Censorship and old less

Peter petergoggin at bigpond.com
Fri Nov 9 09:52:22 UTC 2018

First programs were written in autocode for a computer using valves with 
an average up time of two hours, then the establishment purchased an IBM 
mainframe called Stretch which was the only true scientific computer 
made by IBM. We could then use Fortran. The later IBM mainframes were 
not really intended for scientific use and could no be used to invert 
matrices foe curve fitting because of the limited range of numerical 

I started using DEC mini computers in 1963 or 1964 and micro computers 
in 1974  or 1975.  I used other high level languages like cobol and 
pascal, started working with relational data bases in 1983 after I came 
to Australia.  I retired in 2001.


Peter Goggin

On 9/11/18 8:28 pm, Tony Arnold wrote:
> Peter,
> I guess you first started coding in Fortran, if it was in 1958? Or 
> maybe something else? Just curious!
> Have you looked at Gramps on Linux for your Genealogy work? I'd be 
> interested in your views on it if you have.
> Regards,
> Tony.
> On Fri, 2018-11-09 at 10:45 +1100, Peter wrote:
>> Not often I bother to respond to these types of e-mail. People do not
>> seem to realise just how much they have and need to be grateful for.  I
>> personally thank all the developers of the various flavor of linux. I
>> have been using Ubuntu for many years, and while each new version often
>> presents problems because of changes to the desk top the system is still
>> much superior to the various commercial offerings.  I should perhaps
>> mention that I wrote my first computer program in 1958 and have used
>> computers continually over the last 60 years. I have worked with a range
>> of operating systems, but since I used the Red Hat version in the late
>> 1980s I have move all of my computers from windows to linux and apart
>> from one or two programs  ( in the genealogy field) I do not use
>> windows. I run the genealogy programs using VirtualBox and an old copy
>> of XP.
>> Regards
>> Peter Goggin
>> On 8/11/18 4:47 pm, Gene Heskett wrote:
>>> On Thursday 08 November 2018 00:17:45 MR ZenWiz wrote:
>>>> On Wed, Nov 7, 2018 at 3:56 PM Karl Auer <
>>>> kauer at biplane.com.au
>>>> <mailto:kauer at biplane.com.au>
>>>> > wrote:
>>>>> Indeed. This is my standard response to such muppets:
>>>>> https://biplane.com.au/blog/?p=375
>>>> Bravo and very well said, Karl.  My hat's off to you.
>>>> +10!
>>>> Mark Richter
>>>> Senior Staff Engineer
>>>> http://www.linkedin.com/in/markrichter1
>>>> FSF Member #12694
>>>> http://www.fsf.org
>>>> Registered Linux User #472807
>>>> http://counter.li.org/
>>> And heres another +10.  Well said indeed.
> -- 
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