[rescue] First computers (was FS: Timex Sinclair 1000)
mloewen at cpumagic.scol.pa.us
Wed May 5 06:51:45 CDT 2010
On Wed, 5 May 2010, Dave Fischer wrote:
> mloewen at cpumagic.scol.pa.us writes:
>> The first computer I learned to program was an IBM 360/67 at Penn State
>> in 1969. The first one I owned was a TRS-80 Model III in 1982 (16KB,
>> cassette storage). The oldest computer I worked on was the IBM-built
>> AN/FSQ-7 (SAGE) computer, vintage 1957.
> What did you do on SAGE? Was there much programming on them after they
> were installed?
I was a hardware maintenance tech, working in the central computer
area. I did manage to write a little machine-code: a music interpreter
that played tunes through a speaker on the Duplex Maintenance Console:
The programming was initially done at System Development Corporation in
Santa Monica, but eventually transitioned to Air Force programmers.
According to this account:
...there were 15 programmers assigned to each site.
Here's an online text from a USAF programming course:
I have some artifacts from SAGE:
...and I also maintain a site dedicated to the appearence of SAGE
hardware as props on TV and the movies:
Mike Loewen mloewen at cpumagic.scol.pa.us
Old Technology http://sturgeon.css.psu.edu/~mloewen/Oldtech/
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