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Old 11-01-2007, 03:57 AM   #2
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My first real sighting of a computer was in 1976, when I joined ICL as a technical writer. A trip to the computer hall - an air conditioned palace in the basement - was a jaw-dropping experience for a new graduate. Rows and rows of orange and brown cabinets, whirring tape decks, and lots of blinking lights! Probably about the same processing power as a top-end PC these days.

Before that, I'd only seen the distant end of computing: card readers and a teletype when I worked at BP as a programming assistant.

But it was years before I could afford a PC (CPM) at home, or even saw one at work.
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