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TomGeorge

#30
Feb 04, 2018, 01:04 pm Last Edit: Feb 04, 2018, 01:05 pm by TomGeorge
Yayyyyy.... good old punch cards... Fortran... HPBasic.... Elton John.. Suzi Quatro.... 
(I think I'd better stop there!!)

:) :o :) :o :)
Everything runs on smoke, let the smoke out, it stops running....

travis_farmer

Yayyyyy.... good old punch cards... Fortran... HPBasic....

:) :o :) :o :)
LOL :D

i just found THIS. remember the days of loading a program from a cassette tape? this project should be Arduino compatible, with a bit of thought. if i could find my old cassette tape player/recorder, it would be a neat nostalgia project. :D

~Travis
My GitHub: https://github.com/travisfarmer?tab=repositories
My website is where i organize my thoughts and ideas. feel free to visit it (http://tjfserver.ddns.net/).
My Radio Station: http://travisfarmer.caster.fm/ (if i am on-air)

TomGeorge

LOL :D

i just found THIS. remember the days of loading a program from a cassette tape? this project should be Arduino compatible, with a bit of thought. if i could find my old cassette tape player/recorder, it would be a neat nostalgia project. :D

~Travis
Z80 evaluation board and VIC20...
I think the encoding was called Manchester ...
Everything runs on smoke, let the smoke out, it stops running....

travis_farmer

Z80 evaluation board and VIC20...
I think the encoding was called Manchester ...
sadly, i had to look up Manchester encoding, as i had forgotten. (i linked it for others to follow along)

looks like if one was to build their own data tape player/recorder, that differential Manchester encoding would be best for a stereo tape deck conversion. (...thinking out loud).

~Travis
My GitHub: https://github.com/travisfarmer?tab=repositories
My website is where i organize my thoughts and ideas. feel free to visit it (http://tjfserver.ddns.net/).
My Radio Station: http://travisfarmer.caster.fm/ (if i am on-air)

groundFungus

I remember punch cards and cassette storage and feel nostalgia for neither.

Robin2

I remember punch cards and cassette storage and feel nostalgia for neither.
Some of the die-hard railway modellers use the chads from punch cards to add individual bricks to model buildings.

Not sure where they get them from nowadays.

...R
Two or three hours spent thinking and reading documentation solves most programming problems.

groundFungus

#36
Feb 04, 2018, 06:44 pm Last Edit: Feb 04, 2018, 06:45 pm by groundFungus
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Not sure where they get them from nowadays.
Florida?

You might have to be middle aged to get the reference.

Robin2

Florida?

You might have to be middle aged to get the reference.
IIRC there were only a few spare ones in Florida - that's why there was a row.

...R
Two or three hours spent thinking and reading documentation solves most programming problems.

larryd



OMG

Repaired card punches and readers for many years.
Each time I left those friging punches, my hands were cut and bleeding.
We punched more than 100,000 cards per day.

I feel old.



No technical PMs.
The last thing you did is where you should start looking.

travis_farmer

OMG

Repaired card punches and readers for many years.
Each time I left those friging punches, my hands were cut and bleeding.
We punched more than 100,000 cards per day.

I feel old.
compared to some, you are old.
compared to others, your still quite young.

compared to me... ;)

~Travis
My GitHub: https://github.com/travisfarmer?tab=repositories
My website is where i organize my thoughts and ideas. feel free to visit it (http://tjfserver.ddns.net/).
My Radio Station: http://travisfarmer.caster.fm/ (if i am on-air)

ardly

Punch cards go back a long way and a lot was done simply by mechanically sorting the cards without any involvement of computers. There are allegations that IBM helped the Nazis use punch cards to identify racial groups.

I have used a twin tape cassette system to remotely enter programs for batch processing. It was really quite good. You locally typed in the Job Control Language (JCL), your program and data. Mistakes were corrected by editing between the two tapes. In preparing the tape you had to predict exactly what information the remote computer would require.  Once you had your tape prepared you would dial the remote machine and hit play. A high speed (1200 baud  :)  ) conversation would then take place between the tape machine and the remote computer, which saved expensive telephone time.

Does anybody remember storage tube displays?
"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored" - Aldous Huxley

TomGeorge

Hi.

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In 1801 the Frenchman Joseph Marie Jacquard invented a power loom that could base its weave (and hence the design on the fabric) upon a pattern automatically read from punched wooden cards, held together in a long row by rope. Descendents of these punched cards have been in use ever since (remember the "hanging chad" from the Florida presidential ballots of the year 2000?).
http://www.computersciencelab.com/ComputerHistory/HistoryPt2.htm

Tom... :)
Everything runs on smoke, let the smoke out, it stops running....

Robin2

The Macclesfield silk museum has working Jacquard looms and lots of great information about the process, including the design of the patterns and creation of the cards.

...R
Two or three hours spent thinking and reading documentation solves most programming problems.

ChrisTenone

It says "http://PunchCardReader.com".  That's a funny anachronism.
tanstaafl

msssltd

Middle age - When I realised the people telling me to turn the music down were younger than me.

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