Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th May 2008 20:27 UTC, submitted by rosebug
Bugs & Viruses 1983. The year of the IBM PC XT, the Apple Lisa, Pioneer 10 leaving the solar system, and Hooters opening up shop in Florida. It's also the birthyear of a 25 year old BSD bug, squashed only a few days ago.
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RE[4]: Comment by panzi
by Nanotube on Sun 11th May 2008 18:14 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by panzi"
Nanotube
Member since:
2008-05-11

Exactly what I was thinking too... ;)
Those younglings! an OS in use is older then they are!
Ha!
In our time you had to manually start the computer! Naaa... i'm joking.

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RE[5]: Comment by panzi
by sbergman27 on Sun 11th May 2008 18:43 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by panzi"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

The first time I actually got to interact with a computer was in high school. Computers were quite exotic at the time, and it was only because ours was a "magnet school" that we had such resources. I started on the Altair Time Sharing Basic version of the Altair 8800 talking to serial terminals at 300 baud (Other students later upped that to 9600):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altair_8800

Ours did not have the front panel switches and LEDs but did have an 8 inch floppy drive in a separate enclosure about the size of a modern mid tower on its side. We also had a DECwriter hard copy terminal, some old teletypes, which were also connected. One of the teletypes had a punch tape reader/writer. We also had a section of core memory. But that was just sitting on a shelf collecting dust.

There was a Data General Nova, mentioned in the Widipedia article, upstairs. But it was nonfunctional.

Our school also had 2 TRS-80s. One in the physics lab and one in one of the math classrooms which sort of doubled as a computer science classroom.

Kids today, brought up on the Internet, have no conception of how things were in the late 70s and very early 80's. Of being 16 years old before touching a computer for the first time, and feeling privileged to do so at so young an age.

Alas, if IBM found a bug in Z/OS which had gone undetected since the advent of OS/360 it would not quite predate me.

Edited 2008-05-11 18:47 UTC

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RE[6]: Comment by panzi
by modmans2ndcoming on Tue 13th May 2008 00:24 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by panzi"
modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

OK... not THAT old :-)

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