midrange-nontech-request@xxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:

(Joe:) Evidently VB.NET sucked the soul OUT of Visual Basic...

(David:) How do you suck the soul out of something that never had any soul to
begin with? ...david ...(whose first programming language was Applesoft Basic)

(Tom:)You use "dark energy", predicted by quantum microsoftics. ....Tom Liotta
(whose first programming language was also Basic, though I have no idea what Basic it 
was; so, my "real" first programming language was 1401 machine language)

(Alan:)Wow Tom, my first "real computer" I worked on! (Not counting 701 Tabulators!) I guess it had to be machine language to get a program into 8K!

The 1401 was also my first... i.e., the first physical one. I had some prior remote access, plus most of the various 'unit record' machines and their wiring boards. Ours was a 12K system because we had a 4K expansion box -- maybe the size of a washing machine in addition to the refrigerator-sized 1401 itself.

Sigh... 4K expansion. I carry a 1GB SD memory card in the little business-card case I have. I can already foresee that I'll want to upgrade to 16GB eventually. I can put a few CD images on the card I carry; it won't be long before I'll be needing to carry DVD images instead.

Just a tiny step from 80-column cards, eh?

Tom Liotta

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