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  •  I nominate Admiral Hopper for Mt. Rushmore!! (9+ / 0-)

    Grace Hopper appeared in many places, speaking on generally computerish subjects. I was able to attend where she spoke on three occasions, from the late 70s through the late 80s. She was compelling, funny, and absolutely the straightest shooter ever.

    The Admiral almost always included in her speech a mention of the nanosecond. She illustrated the concept by passing out to everyone a segment of 28 gauge wire, about a foot long, taken from a color-coded piece of multi-conductor telco cable. The wire segment was the proper length for electrons to travel in a nanosecond -- for a lot of folks, even those in the computer business at the time, it was an illuminating, magical thing to hold in your hand.

    I still have my three nanoseconds, carefully kept with my most precious things.

    The furnace of Affliction produces Refinement, in States as well as Individuals. John Adams, 1776.

    by semiAdult on Wed Jul 25, 2012 at 11:08:01 AM PDT

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