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Old 12 May 2005, 01:57   #38
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Originally Posted by Chuckles
We did have one teletype that could be used to connect to a mainframe that the school district owned via a 110 baud acoustic modem, but that was the extent of our computing capabilities. Hard to believe that's the environment where I got my first taste of programming, actually.
Reminds me of one of my friends... He's mid-40's, & when he went to uni, they had computers programmed by punchcards. They had a processor time quota, but he & his friends found out that if you deliberately caused your program to crash, you could exceed the quota in 'cleanup' code (which could be the continuation of your main code...)
In a week of using this trick to generate Traveller universes, they blew the entire department's quota for the year...
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