[bct] Re: Youthfulness and technology

  • From: "Ray Foret Jr." <rforetjr@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2006 23:18:17 -0600

MessageAh yes, and, didn't the notice specifically say, "Do not bend, fold, or 
otherwise mutilate this card!!!"?  I recall the days of the punch card myself; 
since I was born in 1965, after all.

Sincerely yours,
The Constantly Barefoot,
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God bless President George W. Bush!
God bless our troops!
and God bless America
----- Original Message ----- 
From: Neal Ewers 
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Sent: Tuesday, February 21, 2006 11:14 PM
Subject: [bct] Re: Youthfulness and technology

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.


  -----Original Message-----
  From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Mary Emerson
  Sent: Tuesday, February 21, 2006 10:56 PM
  To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  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" feature.

  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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