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Fri Feb 4, 2011 00:04
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...in the beginning for the IBM 705 was machine language.
Program patches were mean, what with all that "outer space"
stuff. Autocoder came later and the compilers long after
that.

The IBM 705 was intended to be a business machine, in
contrast to the IBM 701 and IBM 704, but we ended up writing
design code for it.

Herb Grosch had a way with women, and he bragged about it in
his autobiography that is posted on the net. Look for "Bit
Slices" with Google. I had some email correspondence with
him a few years before he died. Early on we kept "passing
each other in the night", but I did attend a very small
seminar where he was the guest speaker. Very flamboyant
guy. The old gang is dying off.


  • I have a good memory ...Mondo Fuego™, Thu Feb 3 16:42
    ... I still remember how to program in machine language, SPS, Autocoder for those early IBM computers that I listed. For example, on the old IBM 705, you didn't move data from one location to another ... more
    • The only language available — cc, Fri Feb 4 00:04
    • ...at the IBM data center. The larger programs were tested in Chicago. My first experience with 42nd Street was a result of those trips. My first program on the IBM 705 was in operation for 10 years, ... more
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