Ancient Programmer

In my book, an AncientProgrammer is one who can remember working in a commercial environment, where they had to manually type in the boot loader to start up the system.

You were able to use a keyboard? Luxury! In the old days, we had to enter the boot sequence using switches on the front panel.

You misunderstand - when I said "type" I meant from the front panel.

You had switches? Decadence! We had to rewire the main board.

Eee, tha were lucky. We used to dream of rewiring t'main board. (Still do in fact) Actually this reminds me of a client I had years ago who wanted their PLP 11/70 entirely menu-driven. This included all system administration tasks, and system boot :( -- RomanStawski?

Back in my day, you debugged with oil and a screwdriver.

Oil and screwdriver?? You lucky b*st*rds! All we had was goose grease and an axe!

Wow! You're lucky to have such nice programming tools! All we had was a piece of chalk, and we had to write our programs on cave walls in unary.

Chalk! You had it good, we had to use our own blood. When we had it real good, we found a cave, but most of the time we had to write in the sand.

Cave? Unary?? Blood??? Writing!??? The Neanderthals evicted us from *our* cave; sent us back to the trees! Blood comes from using BleedingEdgeTechnology? unary. Real men don't need no stinking 0's! Why WriteItOutLonghand when you have WordOfMouth?

Numbers!? Hmph. Try coding with bananas hanging upside down by your tail!
In case you missed it, the above is no doubt inspired by a MontyPython skit in which four old men try to outdo each other's childhood poverty stories. The winner said he had to work 26 hours a day and pay his boss for permission to come to work.

The skit ends, "You try tellin' the young people of today that... and they won't believe you!"

MontyPython?! Tha were lucky. All us 'ad were bleedin' BeyondTheFringe? on the smoke signals from next village -- JasonGrossman

I'm intrigued - just what sort of computers were you guys using - please do tell more? Also, do eXtreme Goose Greasers exist? Sounds messy, but fun (except for the goose, of course).

eXtreme greasey with some gal - now that's fun :-)

Reminds me of SamuelColeridge?'s WhineOfTheAncientProgrammer?
You asked for it. Sounds like someone about my age - 38. Wow - that's ancient! Of course, there were younger folks in my high school programming class, so someone precocious 35 year olds might be able to make the same claims.

Ahhh, well then ...


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