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Old 12-07-2014, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Madrid, Spain
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Old 12-08-2014, 09:19 AM
 
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In the early 1980s, at 'work', the first computer placed on my desk was an HP Touchscreen. At that time, we secretaries were using typewriters.

No instruction manual, no verbal instructions. I had no clue how to get documents typed and printed.

My boss said, "Use this computer to complete your work, you are to stop using the typewriter immediately." Uh...ok boss. When I asked for an instruction manual I was told, "Learn to use the computer or find another job." Nice guy.

I went to the local HP store and they gave me instructions, thankfully.
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Old 12-08-2014, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Texas
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That's his way of saying he know nothing about computers so you'd better save his rearend or else.
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Old 12-08-2014, 02:37 PM
 
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That's his way of saying he know nothing about computers so you'd better save his rearend or else.
He was just a horse's rear end; I transferred out of his department.
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Old 12-08-2014, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Exactly.
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Old 12-08-2014, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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My first computer was a MacPlus that I bought from my employer for $50 when we all got tired of squinting at the teeny screen for 8 hours a day.
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Old 12-08-2014, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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It was like a ruler with a sliding thing on it . I learned to use one in high school because I thought they were fascinating.
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Old 12-09-2014, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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Seriously, the very first computer I remember using was at a tech school I went to in 1985, I worked with a couple of IBM main-frames (System 36 and System 38) to program in COBOL, CICS and RPG II, and I worked with a Texas Instruments TI-990 small main-frame to program in COBOL and Fortran, plus I worked with the IBM PCs they had back then to program in BASIC with the DOS operating system.

I didn't get my own first PC until 1996, it had the Intel 386 processor and Windoze 3.1.
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Old 12-09-2014, 11:08 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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IBM main-frames (System 36 and System 38) to program in COBOL, CICS and RPG II
System 36/38 machines were mini-computers, not mainframes.

CICS ran on 360/370 systems, not on 36/38s.
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Old 12-10-2014, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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System 36/38 machines were mini-computers, not mainframes.

CICS ran on 360/370 systems, not on 36/38s.
Thanks for the correction, this was almost 30 years ago so I got the system names mixed up, I did work with COBOL/CICS in the first Tech school I went to and I couldn't remember which main-frame it was on.

Back in the day we used to call the System 36 and 38 Mini Main-Frames, I didn't work with main-frames too long after I graduated from school, about 2 years or so, they decided to down-size to a Unix platform in 1988, and that was where I got my C/Unix experience, with the fun shell scripting, then C++ and Java in the mid 1990s.
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