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aduke

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Re: A touch of humor
« Reply #100 on: May 26, 2016, 12:55:56 pm »

Darn, Rob.  That ain't funny, that's the truth!

It is the truth and I found it funny when, a couple of years ago, I visited the Deutsches Museum in Munich and found a display of a computer for which I had written the system software many years before.

Alan

Note: for those unfamiliar with the Deutsches Museum, it a fine museum of technology. It works hard to make the technology accessible to the visitor. An example of this is a submarine cut in half, lengthwise.
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Re: A touch of humor
« Reply #101 on: May 27, 2016, 04:31:30 am »

That ain't funny, that's the truth!

I beg to differ! It is funny because it is truth.  ;)
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Rob C

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Re: A touch of humor
« Reply #102 on: May 27, 2016, 05:13:00 am »

Strewth!

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Re: A touch of humor
« Reply #103 on: May 27, 2016, 12:04:42 pm »

Strewth!

Here, have a look:



How should someone, who punched cards in his University days, and for whom Windows 3.11 (a.k.a. Windows for Workgroups) was freakin' bleeding edge, feel about that?

Nothing but a broad smile   :D
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Re: A touch of humor
« Reply #104 on: May 27, 2016, 02:56:49 pm »

I'm with you all the way, Zorki. Except I didn't do this stuff in school. I used punch cards at NORAD Hq. to develop a more streamlined combat reporting system. Got damn good with a card punch too. Then, after I retired, the first "good" operating system I ran into was NEWDOS 80. Shortly after that Microsoft came out with a reasonably good version of FORTRAN, which I jumped into. Until Microsoft got off Windows "operating systems" that rode on top of DOS, things were pretty iffy.

My first (external) hard drive was 10 megabytes and I was sure I had enough storage for the rest of my life.
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Re: A touch of humor
« Reply #105 on: May 28, 2016, 03:54:01 am »

I'm with you all the way, Zorki. Except I didn't do this stuff in school. I used punch cards at NORAD Hq. to develop a more streamlined combat reporting system. Got damn good with a card punch too. Then, after I retired, the first "good" operating system I ran into was NEWDOS 80. Shortly after that Microsoft came out with a reasonably good version of FORTRAN, which I jumped into. Until Microsoft got off Windows "operating systems" that rode on top of DOS, things were pretty iffy.

The card punch I used at school was a heavy, cast iron gadget. It had 13 buttons, one for each row of the card, and one for release. We had to learn the hole combinations for each character and be sure to press the buttons together, and firmly. Combined with a turnaround time of a week (we posted the cards to Imperial in London, to run through their CDC7600, and they posted the cards and printout back to us), it encouraged rather careful programming (in FORTRAN, of course, until I discovered assembler).

My first (external) hard drive was 10 megabytes and I was sure I had enough storage for the rest of my life.

10? 10?? Luxury (said with Monty Python Yorkshire accent). Mine was 5, and after ages spent swapping floppies on the Mac Plus to which I attached it, it was heaven. Fast, too.

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Re: A touch of humor
« Reply #106 on: May 28, 2016, 06:31:37 am »

Luxury indeed. I had a C-90 audio-cassette data storage device... :) But I missed out on punched cars by one year. Still interacted with text via line-editing commands on a teletype machine though...

Actually, I think the cartoon is a bit unfair, W10 works more like NT/2000/XP/7 than any of 98/Vista/8/8.1
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Re: A touch of humor
« Reply #107 on: May 28, 2016, 09:09:57 am »

Punch cards were for wimps.  Splicing paper tape was the way to go.

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Re: A touch of humor
« Reply #108 on: May 28, 2016, 09:17:46 am »

Did that too. Card to tape conversions, tape to card conversions, the whole shootin' match. But the keypunch was the key (sorry) to the whole thing.
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Re: A touch of humor
« Reply #109 on: May 28, 2016, 10:06:41 am »

I truly enjoyed a computer-free past! Right until I was given my first, old and very retired Mac.

Since then, my nervous condition has deteriorated severely with each fresh iteration of Windows. I still retain the willpower to refuse free W10 invitations.

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Re: A touch of humor
« Reply #110 on: May 29, 2016, 12:55:18 am »

Luxury (said with Monty Python Yorkshire accent).

 ;D ;D ;D Thanks... Those cigar-smoking gentlemen reminded me something else:

"Excuse me, where is the library at?"
"Here at Harvard, we never end a sentence with a preposition."
"O.K.  Excuse me, where is the library at, asshole?"
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Re: A touch of humor
« Reply #111 on: May 29, 2016, 05:50:00 am »

;D ;D ;D Thanks... Those cigar-smoking gentlemen reminded me something else:

"Excuse me, where is the library at?"
"Here at Harvard, we never end a sentence with a preposition."
"O.K.  Excuse me, where is the library at, asshole?"


That might actually end with a visit to the infirmary.

;-)

Rob

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Re: A touch of humor
« Reply #112 on: June 06, 2016, 07:12:18 am »

"I just bought my wife a clarinet for her birthday," said Bob.
"And convinced her to switch to it, too"

"You mean switch from the piano you got her last month for an
anniversary present?" asked his friend Andy.

"Yup." replied Bob.

"How come?" Andy asked.

"Well," said Bob, "because with a clarinet, she can't sing along!"
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Re: A touch of humor
« Reply #113 on: June 06, 2016, 08:02:30 am »

Splicing paper tape was the way to go.
Dave
Yep, I recall programing CNC machines with toolpath in the 70s.  Used paper tape until I was sure the program was okay, then copied it to an aluminum tape (blue on one side, silver on the other).  Seems a thousand years ago that I learned toolpath at LeBlond in Cincinnati.
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Re: A touch of humor
« Reply #114 on: June 13, 2016, 05:44:06 am »

Especially for our politically  correct friends:

        I rear-ended a car this morning . . .
        the start of a really bad day!
        The driver got out of the other car, and he was a DWARF!!
        He looked up at me and said 'I am NOT Happy!'
        So I said, 'Well, which one ARE you then?'
        That's how the fight started

;-)

Rob

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Re: A touch of humor
« Reply #115 on: June 13, 2016, 05:47:53 am »

From The Times, on Saturday:

I receive a text from a friend of mine that reads: "A mate of mine has two tickets for the Euro 2016 final but he didn't realise when he bought them that it's going to be on the same day as his wedding, so he can't go. If you're interested and want to go instead of him, it's at St Peter's Church in Cambridge. Her name's Louise."

Jeremy
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Re: A touch of humor
« Reply #116 on: June 13, 2016, 05:58:22 am »

Met a lovely guy at my 'How To Speak Cockroach' evening classes. We just
clicked.

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When my girlfriend said she was leaving because of my obsession with The
Monkees, I thought she was joking.
And then I saw her face.

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I like experimenting in the kitchen by adding German white wine to
recipes. It's nothing formal - just an add hock approach.

With apologies

mike
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Re: A touch of humor
« Reply #117 on: June 13, 2016, 11:18:53 am »

Ok, so this is not a joke, it really happened to me yesterday:

I was writing "I do not have a good wifi here..." when auto-correct suggested: "I do not have a good wife" Damn, what an insight! This AI is getting real scary 😄

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Re: A touch of humor
« Reply #118 on: June 13, 2016, 11:37:52 am »

So i guess that rules out wifi extenders and additional access points ?  ;)
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Re: A touch of humor
« Reply #119 on: June 13, 2016, 11:53:58 am »

Ok, so this is not a joke, it really happened to me yesterday:

I was writing "I do not have a good wifi here..." when auto-correct suggested: "I do not have a good wife" Damn, what an insight! This AI is getting real scary 😄

Slobodan, have you passed this event on to your wife?
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