[vcf-midatlantic] My first computer memory was using a terminal

Gregg Levine gregg.drwho8 at gmail.com
Sat May 22 02:55:14 UTC 2021

Funny you mentioned it, there are supposed to be machines like that
hiding in storage back at the VCF facility.
Gregg C Levine gregg.drwho8 at gmail.com
"This signature fought the Time Wars, time and again."

On Fri, May 21, 2021 at 10:50 PM Mike Loewen via vcf-midatlantic
<vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> On Fri, 21 May 2021, Mike Loewen via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> >   I joined Explorer Post 385 in State College, PA in 1969 as a 9th grader.
> > Our emphasis was computer programming, which was fairly unusual for the time.
> > We took programming classes from PSU grad students and area professionals,
> > starting with FORTRAN and continuing with IBM 360 Assembler and PL/1. EP385
> > was sponsored by HRB Singer, and we had an account on the IBM 360/67 at Penn
> > State. The preferred FORTRAN compiler was WATFOR (University of Waterloo
> > FORTRAN). PSU upgraded to a 370, and we moved on to WATFIV (Waterloo FORTRAN
> > IV). I still have some printouts from 1975 with the JCL and listings of some
> > of my FORTRAN programs.
>     This was on punch cards, of course. We wrote out our programs on coding
> forms, then headed to the keypunch room to punch the deck on IBM 029
> keypunches. You then took your deck to the dispatch area, filled out a form
> and submitted your deck to the dispatcher. Some time later, possibly hours
> depending on how busy it was, you got your deck back with the output listing.
> Hopefully, it ran. If not, you headed back to the keypunch to fix your
> error(s), lather rinse and repeat.
> Mike Loewen                             mloewen at cpumagic.scol.pa.us
> Old Technology                          http://q7.neurotica.com/Oldtech/

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