Kids react to old computers

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Kids react to old computers

Post by Paul McKeown » Fri May 30, 2014 5:24 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PF7EpEn ... e=youtu.be

The Apple II (Europlus) was the very first computer I ever used... twin disks though, and a Pascal card!

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Re: Kids react to old computers

Post by John Upham » Fri May 30, 2014 10:20 pm

I first used an IBM System/360/65 to run a very trivial program using a Monte Carlo style algorithm to simulate physisorption onto graphite.

The 360 lived at the University College London Computer Centre.

Submitting a batch job required walking from Gordon Street to the centre and depositing a card deck with a technician.

The job cards were wrapped in two thick pieces of card held together with a rubber band or two.

A major event and expense was the upgrade of the core memory by 1 Mb in around 1979.

It cost around £1 per byte.

I believe it was replaced by an ICL 1900 running George as an OS.
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Re: Kids react to old computers

Post by Ray Sayers » Sat May 31, 2014 11:29 am

I remember the excitement at our school when our teletype link to the Sunderland Polytechnic computer was replaced by the earliest Commodore Pet PCs.

I believe the casing was made from salvaged Tiger tanks.

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Re: Kids react to old computers

Post by John Upham » Sat May 31, 2014 11:55 am

Ray Sayers wrote:
I believe the casing was made from salvaged Tiger tanks.
From which zoo?
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Re: Kids react to old computers

Post by Ray Sayers » Sat May 31, 2014 2:08 pm

John Upham wrote:
Ray Sayers wrote:
I believe the casing was made from salvaged Tiger tanks.
From which zoo?
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