Fwd: Re: Architectural diversity - was Re: Pair of Twiggys

Fred Cisin cisin at xenosoft.com
Thu Mar 16 21:16:40 CDT 2017

On Thu, 16 Mar 2017, ben via cctalk wrote:
> But was FORTRAN that portable?

Who was it who said, "FORTRAN is more portable than syphilis"

> Other than the IBM 1130 I cannot think of a small computer
> that had ample I/O and memory to run and compile FORTRAN. All the
> other 16 bitters seem to more paper tape I/O.
> I suspect 90% of all university computers ended up as IBM 360
> systems. A few ended up with the VAX, but who knows what they
> ran.

1620 (if you count PDQ)

In 1983, I was called in as a long-term substitute to take over teaching a 
Fortran class using IBM PCs with Microsoft/IBM Fortran.

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