|Re: IBM 1620 computer|
Message #10 Posted by Don Shepherd on 19 Jan 2012, 5:22 a.m.,
in response to message #9 by Steve Leibson
Thanks Dave and Steve, very interesting stuff. If I ever travel to California I'll have to see that museum.
So, there was a bad card in the Fortran compiler card deck you had to read in each time. It's amazing how far we have come in this industry. I graduated from high school in 1968, and no schools around here (Louisville KY) had any type of computers then; the closest they got was big old mechanical accounting machines. Upon graduation I enrolled in ECPI, Electronic Computer Programming Institute, and learned IBM 360 assembler, RPG, and COBOL. ECPI couldn't afford the monthly rent on an IBM 360, so our instructor took our card decks to his day job, programmer at Blue Cross Blue Shield, and compiled our work. I was so proud of my first printout from that machine, it said "no diagnostics". I asked the instructor what that meant, and he said "it means you had no errors, congratulations". Great memories.
Edited: 19 Jan 2012, 5:24 a.m.