Reply to post: Re: Boot ROMs.. we dont need no stinkin' boot ROM's

NASA dusts off FORTRAN manual, revives 20-year-old data on Ganymede

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Re: Boot ROMs.. we dont need no stinkin' boot ROM's

Yeah, I remember the days - but you lived in high-tech land, we had a PDP-8S (w/internal Serial data bus). Now, that might sound primitive, but I'd cut my teeth 10 years earlier entering FORTRAN programs on IBM punch cards (for overnight processing) on one of the relatively few university UNIVAC 1107 mainframes as an undergrad. So, we thought that mini-computers, ASR 33's, paper-tape readers, magnetic tape program storage etc were the cat's meow for data acquisition and control. (we used terminal access to U mainframe for data analysis). Actually, mastering that machine was an excellent preparation for understanding and exploiting microcomputers as fast as they came on line in the '70s and '80s.

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