Thanks for republishing this! Most enjoyable.
7 posts • joined 3 Dec 2007
I am hearing-impaired and find it hard to use a mobile phone. I also happen to only rarely have any need for a mobile. So I do not have one. I would however like very much to have a mobile device just for sending and receiving SMSes. There once was such a thing, called a Peek, but it seems to have disappeared and I can find nothing else like it.
If Crossbar started development only in 2010, how can they determine that retention would stretch to 20 years? Is there some kind of stressing that emulates 20 years of wear?
The Blair Witch Project
Never have I felt I should get my money back more than after viewing this turkey in a cinema.
Green Winging it
As a US-resident Brit who enjoyed Green Wing, I rushed to Hulu when I heard it had the series available. This was my first experience of Hulu and it was a poor one. The quality of the image and audio they stream is okay but the quality of the streaming itself I found barely tolerable. There were numerous "buffering" pauses and finally, about half way through the first episode, it stalled and never resumed.
>Were the on-site engineers the same group that had to program the machines
>with all the punchcards? I hear -lots- of stories of a certain person dragging down
>a cart with a whole lot of punchcard boxes at a time for the programmers to run.
No, the CEs were not programmers. I actually have little notion of what they did -- but they did plenty of it. There were times when I had programs on huge decks of punch cards but I did most of my 6600 programming on Intercom, the interactive subsystem. I worked with SCOPE, KRONOS and NOS. Before my time there was another os called Chip (for Chippewa). I also remember PLATO.
Serial number 4
I was not around for the launch of the 6600 but I did work on the first one to be delivered to a customer. Something the article did not mention is that, in addition to plunking down millions to buy the computer, the customer had to pay heaps more for a team of on-site customer engineers to keep it running. It was a great machine to program; I wrote lots of assembly language for it. Those were the days!