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Geektastic

Click me!With matociquala staying with us, we've hit some kind of geek critical mass here at the House of Hum.

Asha, BTW, is learning to program – in Pascal, which seems amazingly quaint, but it's what the instructor knows and loves. She's installed Delphi and is starting to poke around. We did some work last weekend in ye olde Turbo Pascal, which after six years of working almost exclusively in Perl was syntactical culture-shock for me. It's that whole := thing. And variable names that start without a special character!

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half_elf_lost
Feb. 1st, 2006 02:58 am (UTC)
I don't want to even guess at your electric bill!

And poor Asha...I learned to program on PL/C, which was considered high-tech at UCONN at the time. Had to punch the damn cards for every line of code, then manage to keep them in order (G-d forbid you dropped them! I remember my computer lab grad student telling us to number them just in case), THEN run them through a huge beast of a card reader, THEN run to the printer output where reams of paper would be spit out (*trees screaming*) just to see if you'd properly written a program where numbers 1-100 printed in order or something.

Geek reminiscing.
netcurmudgeon
Feb. 1st, 2006 11:12 am (UTC)
Actually, the bill isn't that bad ... lots of compact-flourescent bulbs!

I never had the pleasure of working with punch cards. My freshman class ('88) was the first one to learn C on PCs instead of PL/1 on the mainframe.

...Though, down in one of the archives at my old employer I came across a couple ~3" round tins holding punched paper tapes. It's about an inch wide, kind of an oiled linnen paper. Low-density but really neat in a tactile/visual kind of way. :-)
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