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2001\01\26@010901 by Russell McMahon

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Now, how does it go. Ah yes

   When I was a boy we had to crawl to school uphill bothways,
   in the snow without shoes (or feet), and lived in a cardboard
   box at the bottom of a frozen lake ....

But -  I never got to cut up wallpaper to make printer paper :-)
Actually, now I think of it, back in them thar days with Creed 7b's I used
to cut up newsprint endrolls.
The Creed 7B's & 54s were 50 baud and used Baudot code (5 bits =  32 symbols
max, no lower case, shift character to change between alphabet and other
characters). Later came the finicky compact "high speed" model 75 good for
10cps! (with a favourable wind and downhill).

It is unlikely that the younger owners of a modern 600dpi laser or 2400 dpi
colour inkjet printer can every imagine the pride and satisfaction
occasioned by actually getting your processor to talk to a "real" printer.
They were obsolescent even then.

My first processor was a National SC/MP. A rather nasty uP by today's
standards but not as bad as the then also current Fairchild F8 - makes PIC
architecture look good :-)



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2001\01\26@012151 by Bill Westfield

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I usually try to stop threads like these by posting the lyrics and sample
pointer for Frank Hayes's song "When I was a Boy":

http://www.firebirdarts.com/audio/rwboy.ram

    When I was a boy our Nintendo
    Was carved from an old Apple tree
    And we used garden hose to connect it
    To our steam-powered color tv.

    But it still beat that ancient Atari
    'Cuz I almost went blind, don'tcha know,
    Playing Breakout and Pong on a video game
    Hooked up to the radio.

    And we walked twenty miles to the schoolhouse
    Barefoot, uphill both ways,
    Through blizzards in summer and winter
    Back in the good old days.
    Back when Fortran was not even Three-tran
    And the PC was only a toy
    And we did our computing by gaslight
    When I was a boy.

    When I was a boy all our networks
    Were for hauling in fish from the sea--
    Our bawd rate was eight bits an hour (and she was worth it!),
    And our IP address was just 3.

    And you kids who complain that the World Wide Web
    Is too slow oughtta cut out your bitchin',
    'Cuz when I was a boy every packet
    Was delivered by carrier pigeon

    And we walked twenty miles to the schoolhouse
    Barefoot, uphill both ways,
    Through blizzards in summer and winter
    Back in the good old days.
    Back when Fortran was not even Two-tran
    And the mainframe was only a toy
    And we did our computing by torchlight
    When I was a boy.

    When I was a boy our IS shop
    Built relational tables from wood,
    And we wrappered our data in oilcloth
    To preserve it the best that we could.

    And we carried our bits in a bucket,
    And our mainframe weighed 900 tons,
    And we programmed in ones and in zeros
    And sometimes we ran out of ones.

    And we walked twenty miles to the schoolhouse
    Barefoot, uphill both ways,
    Through blizzards in summer and winter
    Back in the good old days.
    Back when Fortran was not even One-tran
    And the abacus? Only a toy!
    And we did our computing in primordial darkness
    When I was a boy.

(when performed live, especially with multiple singers around, this is
usually accompanied by ADDITIONAL patter, the likes of which has people
rolling around on the floor.  "You had DARKNESS?!  All I had was this
damned singularity and darkness hadn't been invented yet...")

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