[ubuntu-uk] memory lane, was: Please can someone look at this and try to help

ronnie at ronnietucker.co.uk ronnie at ronnietucker.co.uk
Mon Nov 12 21:06:20 GMT 2007

   Ahh... them were the days...

   Running in to Dixons/Comet, going to the C64's and doing the old:
20 GO TO 10
... then bolt and watch the 'assistants' panic.

   A few years ago the stock taker in my work still use an old ancient  
'laptop' I use the term 'laptop' loosely as this thing was as big and  
thick as a suitcase! He was using a stock taking program that was  
written in Cobol, wasn't even compiled or anything, the file he used  
to 'start' it was actually a batch file to compile and run it! He even  
had to use old dot matrix printers with the condensed switch enabled  
to get the wide Cobol page onto the paper!

   I nearly wet myself laughing when I saw his set up and this was  
only about five years ago! I managed to get his Cobol app onto a  
modern laptop and he was all happy.

   In fact, I think I still have my first 486 CPU chip at home, an AMD  
DX100 I think it was...

   Eee... I remember when this were all fields lad...   :D

   Quoting Alan Pope <alan at popey.com>:

> On Mon, 2007-11-12 at 13:36 +0000, Sean Miller wrote:
>> These youngsters, eh?  When I started in IT greenscreen was cutting
>> edge, lol ;-)
> My first PC had a mono green text only MDA "video card". I had to
> _upgrade_ to a Hercules graphics card.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monochrome_Display_Adapter[1]
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hercules_Graphics_Card[2]
> Those were the days..
> It were all trees round here you know..
> Cheers,
> Al.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monochrome_Display_Adapter
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hercules_Graphics_Card

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