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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.
Atmosphere carries combustion vapors to places where they will do good instead of harm - Mike Faraday's 'History of a Candle': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W0MHZ4jb4A

Whoops ::)

msssltd

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

ChrisTenone

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

At least they recognized it as music!
Atmosphere carries combustion vapors to places where they will do good instead of harm - Mike Faraday's 'History of a Candle': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W0MHZ4jb4A

Whoops ::)

ardly

At least they recognized it as music!
There is nothing worse than Gregorian Chanting at 03:00 in the morning.
"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored" - Aldous Huxley

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