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    We found an old 80-column punched card - a relic from the time my wife was a programmer on IBM 360 mainframes.
    The data on this card is object code from an assembler, apparently.
    That's a 1GB memory stick for comparison.

    There's a more recently posted alternative picture here, along with a rant about data security:
    www.flickr.com/photos/ian-s/2785762687/
    and I have a shot of the punched card on its own if anyone needs one.

    Laserone ☆ Lauren, mihailo.genije, and 33 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Ian-S 77 months ago | reply

      Thank you laserone!
      I hope 2008 is good to you (and Riley!)
      :)

    2. ivyknoll 74 months ago | reply

      Gosh - it's hard to recall the days when computing involved punch cards -- it was all so slow back then.

    3. cgt 66 months ago | reply

      That picture represents the last 30 years of my professional life. Thanks for the memories ! The first mainframe I worked on had 128k - the storage cabinet was about the size of a large wardrobe.

    4. Ian-S 66 months ago | reply

      Thank you ivyknoll and cgt.

    5. Ian-S 57 months ago | reply

      Hi pepperstory - thank you for letting me know about your use of this image, and thank you too for the correct acknowledgement.

    6. ChrisChampion 57 months ago | reply

      This is a great photo. I'm using it to illustrate the word "deprecated" on the bulletin board in my computer science classroom. Thanks for licensing it CC.

    7. Ian-S 57 months ago | reply

      Thank you Chris. It's good to hear about how my picture is being used.
      From time to time I get misgivings about CC licensing, when someone pushes the boundaries too far, but comments like yours encourage me to stick with it.

    8. tonemcd 56 months ago | reply

      That's an excellent photo - I came across it embedded (with attribution of course, otherwise how did I get here? ;) in a django presentation on data migration.

    9. Ian-S 56 months ago | reply

      Thank you Tony, and it's good to know that the attribution rules are being followed.
      If you're involved with a data migration project, I hope it goes well. Problems with data quality sometimes start to loom large when it's migrated.

    10. opium_den 46 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Robots, Automatons, Mainframes and the Silicon Revolution, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    11. mwclarkson 31 months ago | reply

      I'm currently (and for the forseeable future) using this on my ICT & Computer Studies based resources site (where all resources are, naturally, released under a CC license) - mukoku.vl3.co.uk. Thanks for sharing!

    12. Ian-S 31 months ago | reply

      You're very welcome!
      (Some good stuff on Mike's site!)

    13. i_tango2004 27 months ago | reply

      Awesome transposition... I used to punch baudot code holes into tape, that then ran through a tape transmitter, to send the signals to printers in other cities.., on the RR.

      Ah how I long for the good old days... Cause they were... :)

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