[vcf-midatlantic] the binary programmer cartoon

Alan Hightower alan at alanlee.org
Wed Aug 9 08:13:08 EDT 2017


The cartoon is clearly referring to Verilog and VHDL programmers... 


On 2017-08-09 06:11, Jeffrey Jonas via vcf-midatlantic wrote: 

> re: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/209/503496984_bc43812ff6_o.jpg [1]
> It's a Far Side style cartoon "real programmers code in binary"
> showing a fellow at a CRT displaying only ones and zeroes.
> The kybd has 3 keys: 0 1 enter
> I'm not amused, nor is anyone who uses front panels,
> whether toggle switched or pushbuttons.
> At least we "enter the program" in binary.
> Even Evan's doing that now!
> Some systems have pushbuttons that encourage "chording" in octal:
> the kembak, Univac, HP, etc.
> There's a reason all computers up to the 70s had huge front panels.
> The binary status REALLY MATTERED.
> -- Jeff Jonas

[1] http://farm1.static.flickr.com/209/503496984_bc43812ff6_o.jpg

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