1975: And the Changes To Come

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    Reading Machine. Printed pages or typewritten documents placed in this machine are recorded on punched paper at a speed of 240 characters a second. The punched paper then can be fed into another unit for reproduction of what the machine "read." A few offices are already being supplied with this type of machinery. By 1975, it will be standard office equipment.

    from 1975: And the Changes To Come by Arnold B. Barach

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    1. Sambones 103 months ago | reply

      Can you imagine how large an office would have to be to contain all of these labor saving devices. Amazing, how revolutionary the desktop computer really is. Still it would be fun to fiddle with all of those punch cards. But how do you index the punch cards. Microfiche?

    2. djkindbeg 70 months ago | reply

      Actually, this was accurate. In 1974, when I first started using computers, any data that was stored was done by paper tape. Our modem had a blazing 75 baud and was the only way to communicate to the mainframe was using that modem.

      A typical session, dial a telephone, put the handset on the modem, log-in, read the program on the paper tape (alternately create a program to be placed on a paper tape), use the program, log out.

      By the time I turned 18, in 1978, the computer club had just gotten the first CRT monitors. Two years later I was the proud owner of a TRS-80 Color Computer, my first PC, with a whopping 4K and cassette tape storage. My first hack was to upgrade to 16K.

    3. tbn97 70 months ago | reply

      Go Tash 80!

    4. Max Johnson 67 months ago | reply

      She's being pretty cavalier with that finger near all that exposed spinning machinery there.

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