Michael Lazin on 19 Nov 2015 09:45:52 -0800

[Date Prev] [Date Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

Re: [PLUG] Old computers and stuff

I took pascal at a community college in charlotte north carolina in the early 90s and had an old 8086 laptop, a xenith I think that I used to develop pascal on via dos and pascal booted from floppies.  This was an old computer even then, but I really liked having a laptop.  Memories.

On Thu, Nov 19, 2015 at 12:20 PM, Steve Litt <slitt@troubleshooters.com> wrote:
On Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:25:10 -0500 (EST)
"Keith C. Perry" <kperry@daotechnologies.com> wrote:

> That was definitely a nice trip down memory lane.  I didn't know that
> many people also had a Unix or VMS background before Linux.

You and I must be brothers separated at birth. My first IT job was as a
medical management software programmer on PDP11 with TSX running atop
RT/11 to give RT/11 multiuser/multitasking capabilities. We used
Whitesmith Pascal.

> I had mentioned my Timex Sinclair 2000 during the conversation.

My second computer was a Timex Sinclair, maybe a 2000. It's mentioned
in this article:


> Since most people were not familiar with, I figured I would show
> pictures from a post I did on G+ awhile back.
> https://goo.gl/photos/AJSH9UyvjzFx1maS9
> Oh and JP, that bubble sort brought a tear to my eye.  Also circa '90
> - '91 when I was tutoring engineering and comp. sci majors in
> Pascal.

Turbo Pascal 3 was almost perfect. Every bit as fast as C. Built in
right-sized development environment. Able to fit on and work off a
floppy in your shirt pocket, with a license allowing you to do that (as
long as you kept it on the floppy). When your customer couldn't get his
chosen language to do task X, you just finessed it in Turbo Pascal.
Having that Turbo Pascal 3 floppy in your pocket made you a traveling
solution. Years after later Turbo Pascal versions were install-only, I
still carried my Turbo Pascal 3 floppy.


Steve Litt
November 2015 featured book: Troubleshooting Techniques
     of the Successful Technologist
Philadelphia Linux Users Group         --        http://www.phillylinux.org
Announcements - http://lists.phillylinux.org/mailman/listinfo/plug-announce
General Discussion  --   http://lists.phillylinux.org/mailman/listinfo/plug

Michael Lazin

to gar auto estin noein te kai ennai
Philadelphia Linux Users Group         --        http://www.phillylinux.org
Announcements - http://lists.phillylinux.org/mailman/listinfo/plug-announce
General Discussion  --   http://lists.phillylinux.org/mailman/listinfo/plug