UNIX funny, classic computing relevant
ethan.dicks at gmail.com
Tue Mar 3 00:00:57 CST 2009
> Kelly Fergason wrote:
>>Yeah, I'm 45, and just missed punch cards in college. and I'm not
0x134 (0465, 309, 60.3%) - Guru
I'm just a bit younger, but I also just missed punch cards in college
as a required activity, but the equipment was still littering the
halls in the computer building only a few years earlier when I was
wandering around as a bored kid (I grew up a couple of blocks away
from Ohio State Univ. and used to hang out in a couple places on
Campus that didn't have the equipment locked away, like the one closet
with a pair of DECwriters w/built-in acoustic couplers, or the
Education library with the free PLATO terminals).
I also used to make and test DEC<->IBM communication peripherals at a
place that had RSX-11, RSTS, VMS, UNIX, and VM/CMS running, giving me
lots of IBM, DEC, and datacomm experience. I was never a huge IBM
guy, but between operating COMBOARDs and taking the one FORTRAN class
in college, I did fiddle with them a bit and did have to learn EBCDIC
to interpret line analyzer streams of HASP, 3780, and SNA traffic
(including lots and lots of BIND debugging!) It doesn't hurt ones
score that these days, the "joke" questions like 0215 "Do you use more
than 1 terabyte?" are not as absurd as they once were.
In terms of rating the test, FWIW, question numbers 0071 and 0077
aren't really questions, they are section headers; and 0245 doesn't
appear at all, so nobody better get a score above 0x1fd (without
cheating, which ought to be a question on its own).
Lots of memories (and lots of years!) wrapped up in those answers.
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