Well, when I were a lad, we much preferred to use zeros rather than ones, because the more ones you used the longer it took to punch the cards. We used to optimize our programs by using as few ones as possible.
Bear Bibeault wrote:Oh yeah, well when I started we didn't have any of them fancy-smanshy 1's or even l's. ... The big advantage was that computers didn't even need to be plugged in.
You are not THAT old. If you were, you would know that computers were nearly all women.
Are you guys talking about normal card punches of letters and digits? Or binary cards? WIth normal, the card had holes roughly representing a value, with a hole in the zero row, it was a character zero. if in the one hole, a character 1. Binary cards were simply 11 or 12 binary values punched in each column.
Real men could read binary cards, just as later they could read punched paper tape.