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Old 04-03-2008, 12:15 AM
Gene Heskett
Default Linux is KING - Couldn't be hacked - Mac, Vista went down inflames

On Wednesday 02 April 2008, Mikkel L. Ellertson wrote:
>bruce wrote:
>> i recall my 1st use of a time share on the local university's machine..
>> my 7th grade math teach was taking colleges courses, in like 1972.. and
>> she had access to a tele-type machine with the dialup phone couple hooked
>> to the machine...
>> the machine created rollup punched out paper spools that we had written
>> our "basic" programs on....
>> i thought punch cards were a step up when i got into college later on!
>> i say all this as i cruise on a 4G-Mem/250G-Drive/17" laptop on a fast
>> wireless network!
>> my god i'm old!!!
>Even better - it was a 110 baud connection. The teletype was
>probably 72 characters wide, all capitals. The paper tape had up to
>8 full size holes and one small alignment hole. You were probably
>punching 7 bit ASCII code, possibly with parity. The aliment hole
>was used by a toothed sprocket to move the tape on the teletype, but
>could also be used as a clocking bit for optical readers.
>There was also a 5 bit version that didn't use ASCII... Both types
>also had a 20ma or 60ma current loop interface. Great for long
>distance wired serial communications. The bast part is that were
>almost entirely mechanical, with very little electronics.
>The teletype was also popular with early home computers like the
>Altar 8008, and other S-100 systems. CP/M had teletype support.
>Now I feel old - I owned a model 33 teletype.
And I still own a 1650-ro, the ro meaning receive only. The worlds fastest
Daisy Wheel printer at 40 cps. Its a friggin tank folks, I haven't been able
to kill it in the 15 years I used it. In its day, an amazing printer. 18"
wide BTW.


Cheers, Gene
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