[bct] Re: Youthfulness and technology

  • From: "Neal Ewers" <neal.ewers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2006 23:14:14 -0600

Mary, I remember the punch card days to.  I would get bills that were
actually punch cards with information about my account encoded on them.
A friend of mine used to punch extra holes in his until he realized that
he just might convince the computer that he owed a lot more money than
he actually did.

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[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Mary Emerson
Sent: Tuesday, February 21, 2006 10:56 PM
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Subject: [bct] Youthfulness and technology

Neal and all,
I was around when they used punched cards for main frame computer input,
and before the IBM 360 and 370 machines were invented, although I was
only about ten years old then; so maybe that counts too. Maybe all the
over-40 set should do a Skype podcast called "remember when" and give
everyone else a taste of living history. My parents told us a lot about
world war two and how they felt and lived through it, and it was
incredible!  Speaking of Skype, Hope, Megan and I had a blast this
afternoon using Skype and I recorded part of it, but it didn't come out
well enough to use in a podcast; next time I'll just use the internal
microphones and lean the recorder against the speakers for quick
recording. My sound card doesn't have the "record what you hear"
Speaking of living history, I heard on the StarDate podcast this morning
that the computer used in the Apollo spacecraft was incrredibly
primitive by today's standards; it only had around 74 KB of ROM and 4 KB
of RAM. It could only hold the equivalent of a page of text. Just
imagine what we could do today on a similar mission if circumstances
allowed us to go back to the lunar surface with current technology!
Mary Emerson
E-mail: maryemerson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Skype name: mkemerson
Podcast web site: http://www.emerson.libsyn.com
Podcast feed: emerson.libsyn.com/rss

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