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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hang it all!


With MORGAN EQUIPMENT on Bougainville Island, Christmas 1980.
Those gigantic harddisks held a mere 10MB!!!

 

My involvement with computers began in 1976 when I studied FORTRAN IV at the University of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby. In those days of "steam-driven" computers all programming was done by punch cards. Much later came magnetic tapes and eventually floppy and then harddisks.

By the time I was "driving" MORGAN EQUIPMENT's NCR mainframe on Bougainville Island in 1980, I was writing in COBOL and the harddisks were holding a mighty 10MB of data. WOW!!! Ten megabytes!!!

As for computer games, there was nothing of today's sophistication. HANGMAN was about as exciting as it got!

Here, try it for yourself:

Hangman