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Andy The Hat Silver badge

Re: Only the straight-A students had access to the schools computer (singular)

Pah, computer? We had a teletype connected to the local Tech College's ICL via a 150/300baud acoustic modem (in stylish wooden flip-top box with velvet lining) but most of the time it was fill in the programming sheet and wait a week for the punched cards with the obligatory syntax error to be returned, correct error ... wait ... time passes ... a card punch emits a blinding flash as a circuit board explodes ... miss a week ...

Had the honor of working with a guy who was on development of one of the last big card reader/punches and (reputedly) the fastest ever built ... It was also the one that produced the biggest mess if it misfed and jammed on the output ...

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