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Pwiggler

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Re: Home computer 2004
« Reply #15 on: November 27, 2007, 07:52:09 AM »

i didnt realise they made abacus's that long ago eric??   :P
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Re: Home computer 2004
« Reply #16 on: November 27, 2007, 07:58:29 AM »

They didn't, we had to make our own using string made from grass, and wood carved with flint knives. 8)
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Re: Home computer 2004
« Reply #17 on: November 27, 2007, 08:19:51 AM »

Nothing wrong with a nice abacus


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Re: Home computer 2004
« Reply #18 on: November 27, 2007, 09:01:00 AM »

I,ll  :drink: to that Steph
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Re: Home computer 2004
« Reply #19 on: November 27, 2007, 09:47:46 AM »

I still have a slide rule here - my 3yo grandson likes playing with it for some bizarre reason.
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Re: Home computer 2004
« Reply #20 on: November 27, 2007, 10:07:51 AM »

Steph, is it possible to buy an abacus like that without the silly bead thing on the top? ;D
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Re: Home computer 2004
« Reply #21 on: November 27, 2007, 10:45:49 AM »

I got 3 for 20 in morrisons yesterday :drunk:
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Re: Home computer 2004
« Reply #22 on: November 27, 2007, 02:21:10 PM »

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I did my first piece of programming at school when I was 15 or 16, in Basic, and it was a paper tape interface, 5 hole I think! We all traipsed off to the local computer magnates - Elliots, later GEC Elliots. Can you guess the year?
In 1961 I joined AEI as an Student Engineering Apprentice. A few months later (early 1962) I worked with programmer to produce printed instruction sheets for an operator of a machine tool; the sequence of instructions was optimised by a program so the component was made in the shortest possible time -  a sort of forerunner of numerical control.
The computer was an Elliot 803B with thermionic valves, input/output by punched tape and filled a room the size of an average lounge. We had a similar machine at college on which I did a bit of programming. The company later used one of its own machines, an AEI 1010 with transistors, that filled a much bigger room and had punched card input/output.
Ah, the good old days when programs needed to be efficient because the power of the machine was a fraction of what we have on our desks now.
Terry.
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Re: Home computer 2004
« Reply #23 on: November 27, 2007, 04:27:20 PM »

Good heavens, small world. I did a 1-5-1 sandwich course with them, starting in 1963 in Rugby, later in the electronics lab in Leicester.
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Re: Home computer 2004
« Reply #24 on: November 27, 2007, 05:32:47 PM »

It IS a small world - I was a thin (that was better than being 'thick') sandwich student '61-'65, at Rugby College of Engineering Technology. I stayed with the firm through all it's re-incarnations on large electrical machine manufacture; retired early 5 years ago so I'm really busy now  ;). It's good to be nostalgic sometimes! There must be 100's of ex AEI apprentices around all over the world
Only about 200 work in the 'machines' bit now but they are very busy & making money I'm told. Quite a change from the 60's when 6000 worked on the site.
Terry.
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