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  •  I Wasn't Interested In Small Computers Till (11+ / 0-)

    they began entering the workplace. At that time I was a very energetic musician so I never would have put the time into programming at home for the very simple tasks that were then possible.

    I first saw a word processor and watched the secretary (I was only a typist, working with carbon paper, paid less than her) cut and paste sentences into different order. That was magic for me!

    Within a year I had a clerk job (still below Secretary pay) that required me to work with a Wang minicomputer terminal in our office and began finding sorting and data entry errors to correct. Wang had a set of a dozen maybe pamphlet manuals that each reprinted the complete index and I quickly learned from them how to write programming routines.

    Soon we broke off the minicomputer because the office was to be moved too inconvenient for the connection, and got an IBM AT with a 10 megabyte hard drive. Then I was coding in dBase III, Clipper and moving into a range of office automation and tech support.

    My first computer at home was a cheap 286 pc clone.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 03:55:21 PM PDT

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