The first computer I programmed had 8K of core (now called RAM) and a disk cartridge of around 250K. If there is one truth I have learned in almost 30 years, it's programmers will never have enough memory.
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction. - Ernst F. Schumacher
well my first computer had 8K and an expansion pack to bring it up to 16K. it had just an audio cassette, no disk at all. but nowadays when im using 200MB and only have 64MB, thats a lot ov virtual memory, and i only have 27.8MB left...if i had any less i would be in serious trouble....well its cause i just installed a 400MB program, i will uninstall it when im done evaluating it though. and i have a 10 GB HD :roll:
Ahhh, the good old days. The first computer I owned was one I built from kit form, and it had 2K of RAM, 2K of ROM, and was programmed in hex. Later there was an expansion module to take it up to 4K of RAM. It was literrally putting one memory chip directly on top of the existing memory chip, and soldering all the pins together except for one pin which was taken to a software controlled gate. The ROM had to be upgraded to handle that too. At the time I was working on far more advanced machines: They had 16 K of ram. Way out of my price range though Now my home computer has 756Mb RAM, and 170Gb HDD (3 drives) and a 19" monitor. Gee how things have changed. Regards, Andrew
How many people here have had to sort a box of punch-cards after dropping them?
Joined: Jan 30, 2002
How many people here have had to sort a box of punch-cards after dropping them? I got so frustrated that we didn't have a sorter in the engineering department in college that I wrote a sorting routine for the card reader. It took multiple passes but eventually you got your program back in order. Hey, it beat walking half a mile to the business department where they had all the fancy equipment, including a sorter.