Age of Programmers

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by Duke Leto, Apr 15, 2008.

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How old are you?

  1. 13 or under

    2 vote(s)
    1.0%
  2. 14-18

    32 vote(s)
    16.2%
  3. 19-25

    74 vote(s)
    37.6%
  4. 26-35

    44 vote(s)
    22.3%
  5. 36-45

    29 vote(s)
    14.7%
  6. 46+

    16 vote(s)
    8.1%
  1. macrumors regular

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    #1
    Just wondering how old we all are .. 13 here.
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    LOL approaching 27... It is really sad when you start forgetting how old you are. I almost put 28 :p.
     
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    Hawkeye411

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    So old that I first learned to program using bubble cards :eek:
     
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    Monkaaay

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    Sbrocket

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    I'm just nearing the boundary between the 2nd and 3rd groups, by a few days, so I'm gonna pretend to use Google Custom Time and go ahead and pick 19-25.
     
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    sushi

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    Cool! :)

    I started with punch cards. Still have a couple that I made over 30 years ago like this one.
     

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    redwarrior

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    41
    my brother wrote computer software in our basement on TRS-80s
    when i went to work at age 19
    our disk drives weighed 20lbs each
    and megabytes wasnt in our vocabulary!
    lol
    i can still rock with the best though!
     
  10. macrumors 6502a

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    I don't have any cards anymore, but I still have the card gauge. ;)

    45.
     
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    redwarrior

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    #11
    you know
    we were using cards!! during the bush/gore presidential election
    i worked those elections
    and had to run card readers till we needed to water cool them!
    jk
    but we did have to replace parts!
     
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    sushi

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    #12
    See, good technologies never die! :p
     
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    aross99

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    #13
    Sure didn't expect to see punch cards here! It's been a long time (about 30 years for me also), since I worked with these.

    Remember how you could delete or insert characters when you "duped" the card, if you held the card down so it didn't move while you duped it?

    How about the guy who dropped his card deck with the source to a program, and then had to put all of the cards back in order. :eek:

    I have a guy in one of our offices who saves a couple of boxes of these, and he uses them as scrap paper.

    I'm going to be 46...
     
  14. macrumors 6502a

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    I was working for IBM at the time, fixing hardware, and while at customer accounts, I would get on the keypunch machine and type out love notes to my girlfriend. I think she still might have them... I'll have to check. We married 8 years later, and we celebrate our 20 year marriage anniversary next month.
     
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    aross99

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    Congrats on the 20 years!

    Remember the little bucket under the keypunch that caught all of the card that was punched out of holes? Boy did that make a mess if someone "accidently" dumped it out...

    While we are on the subject of nostalgia, anyone else ever play "ring-toss" with the write-rings from 9 Track tapes? I still have a drawer full of those too. :D
     
  16. macrumors 6502a

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    Yep! Ever crawl under a floor? Ever fall asleep in the computer room for 2.5 hours and literally drool so much on your red tie it turned black, while the operators were laughing and making sport of you? Ever split your suit pants out bending over when working behind a tape drive?

    Ah, those were the times.
     
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    redwarrior

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    #17
    um, yes
    did that
    and still have a had time not looking down on the "operators"!
    anyone ever get caught in a halon dump?
     
  18. macrumors member

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    14 here.
     
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    Cromulent

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  20. macrumors member

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    #20
    I'm 13 and just starting to learn Cocoa. What is the best modern way to learn?:confused:
     
  21. macrumors member

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    I'd start with Objective-C ( or C if you don't already know it ) and then start reading some documentation that Apple gives out.
     
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    pilotError

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    #22
    First Lesson when I was going to school was "Punch Cards Suck"! The teacher made the entire class recite it.

    Anybody else work with those 15ft long sorters with the patch cable boards?

    I remember getting the green bar paper DEC terminals and thinking that was cool. VT100's and the first color workstations from DEC.

    Now you can do more on your iPhone!

    A woman at one of our sister companies died when she set off the Halon. She was in a vault that closed and she didn't want to be stuck there the entire weekend, so she hit the alarm. When the gas started flowing, she panicked and didn't grab the oxygen mask.
     
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    wrldwzrd89

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    #23
    Ditto, I'm 25 but turning 26 soon...
     
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    Flynnstone

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    #24
    I managed to avoid the punch cards.
    I first learned to program on a Commodore-64. Ah ... BASIC.
    Then University, Pascal. I still like Pascal, don't use but like it.
    Oh and Fortran too. On teletypes I believe on an Amdahl mainframe.
    I remember the Xerox 9700 printers, 2 pages per second! Pop, pop, pop ...
    Do they make faster printers now?
    I remember walking into a Sun workstation lab, on the flour was a big box. The box was about the size of a 2 drawer lateral filing cabinet. It said "Micro Mini Hard drive" on the box. I almost pissed myself laughing.
     
  25. macrumors 6502a

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    #25
    Gosh… I think I must be the oldest one here :eek:
    I'm 46 and have been programming for um… 26 years now… and I still haven't got the hang of it. Still, life as a programmer has kept me looking young, fit and beautiful :D :D

    b e n
     

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