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my first paid program...

Posted by Clif Swinford on 20 Aug 2002, 9:40 p.m.

... was on an HP 9810A, in 1972. We had one in my high school, and I put together a card stack to print out a banner message (an obscenity, of course) repetitively. I then sold the stack to another student who planned to print a huge number of "bumper stickers" and throw them into a fan during a pep rally. He got caught before he was able to implement his plan -- but not before he paid me! Five bucks -- my first professional programming gig.


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