How'd it All Start?

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  1. 2020Vision

    2020Vision Member

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    On behalf of my son (USNA c/o 2020), I'd like to also thank tacticalnuke and all the others who have made - and continue to make - this forum possible. My son relied heavily on information gleaned from this site during his application process, and he often said he might not have made it without the sage wisdom he found here.
     
  2. Full Metal Bulldog

    Full Metal Bulldog 5-Year Member

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    I wasn't insinuating anything hahaha, I was just joking. I know it's a public forum.
     
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  3. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator 5-Year Member

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    DON'T try to explain RPN...kids will just go nuts!
     
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  4. AROTC-dad

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    But....so...much..faster.
     
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  5. USMCGrunt

    USMCGrunt 5-Year Member

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    Uh ... 5 enter 12 times

    A ridiculous way to enter equations

    Suffered the same fate as Betamax
     
  6. AROTC-dad

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    Beta WAS better technology, though!;)
     
  7. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Hah! Stupid me. I originally invested in the LP size recording discs. I don't even remember what they were called! I sometimes wonder how long Blue-Ray DVD technology will last.
     
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  8. VelveteenR

    VelveteenR Just gathering dust in the nursery...

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    I remember filling a bag with punch card "chads," slipping the open end under someone's dorm door and jumping on the bag. Geek version of 52-card pickup. Good times.

    "Back in the day," I was certified by Bell Labs to teach System V and Bourne shell programming. My kid is fluent with Linux, but not the same thing.

    (Sorry, I get excited when I see the word "UNIX" anywhere.)
     
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  9. eljay60

    eljay60 AFROTC parent, former ANC in USAR

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    'Computer programming for engineers and scientists'. My one and only computer class at Michigan State. Punch cards, mainframes, and waiting at three in the morning to run our stack of cards to see if our FORTRAN logic had worked, since undergrads were way down the priority list for computer availability.
     
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  10. VelveteenR

    VelveteenR Just gathering dust in the nursery...

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    ALGOL W at U of M (Go Blue!) for me, @eljay60, and I was an English major. How I ended up in tech for 35 years is beyond me. I wanted to be a ballerina.
     
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  11. AF6872

    AF6872 10-Year Member

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    Oh my God. FORTRAN in the middle of the night with punch cards. I can still see Stonehenge ceremony.
     
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  12. eljay60

    eljay60 AFROTC parent, former ANC in USAR

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    The blood ceremony only occurred if the card got wedged in the punch machine…
     
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  13. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Ahhhh... FORTRAN and punched cards... brings back memories of young love... Years later (of course) I worked with kids who didn't know what a punched card was... or that a punched card was the original Palm Pilot.
     
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  14. AF6872

    AF6872 10-Year Member

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    Wrote COBOL for a long time. Now unheard of.
     
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  15. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Cobol, Snobol, Algol (Burroughs 6700), Fortran, AP/L, PL1, Basic...

    TOO Many in high school and then the academy! Punch cards, late night runs, and the 100' long "SYNTAX ERROR!" codes...

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
     

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