Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by retrofit, May 15, 2018.
Of course What else do you do at the seaside?
I still have a VHS machine and tapes, open reel tape recorders (3) but the only things that are redundant are sets of imperial sized spanners and BA sockets that haven't been used for over 30 years.
Buy a proper (Series) Land Rover!
Mine's a 32S, copyright 1987 it says on the back. It is my third.
Mine is an 11C from the stone age.
On that note, my 3 years studying electronic servicing is pretty redundant, and was as soon as I had finished.
We had been on the computer and control syllabus, when the exam board decided to give everyone the TV and Video exam around 6 -8 weeks before we were due. Cue lots of cramming and practice, just a couple of weeks after our Tutor had just told us that Toshiba had become the first VHS manufacturer to make a recorder with no serviceable parts....
Mind you, I should have taken his advice and got into computer networking several years before I actually did.
I used to have a Psion Organiser II, (M&S was one of their main customers) which had one of the best keyboards I've encountered on something this small. Still sometimes regret not having it around. Don't think you can get them repaired any more.
Hi Roger, Just sent you a PM about your Paterson enlarger, which I'm definitely interested in!
Oh, just remembered, I've also still got an APL keyboard knocking around here - Haven't used it for some time now, but it's a darn sight less tedious to use than a spreadsheet when you have multiple arrays of data to manipulate!
That brings back memories! Using 3270 or 3279 terminals to program in APL under VMS/CMS iirc!
This thread prompted me to dig out my old Casio Digital Diary 4000. Haven't seen it since goodness knows when! Was a useful bit of kit in its day.
Many years ago a colleague (who was a refugee from Yorktown Heights) referred to it as "Awful Programming Language".
My very last employment was writing manuals for ICL's Virtual Machine Environments. One or two survived, I think, but there were maybe ten to begin with; I remember VME-K.
I started my working life in the 70's writing programs in Cobol on ICL 1900's running under George and remember being sent on various courses to ICL Beaumont near Windsor when VME came in, always loved going there
By around 1990 I was finished with mainframes or they were finished with me, it was great while it lasted
You can't put the buggers down with an axe. A few years ago I went to work at one of the high street banks on a data mining contract. 5 minutes into the job we were asked how well we remembered our TSO and DB2. A chorus of gulps ran round the table. . Still it's amazing how fast you recall things when your pay cheque depends on it.
So, maybe those of you who worked for ICL, remember Tim and Martin Corser or Bidlake-Corser - known by me as the 'Terrible Twins'?
My formative computing experience was getting a right telling off for coding something recursive that crashed the university ICL 2970 - that would probably be 1973 or 4. Although I don't remember the details I was still anxious about programming mainframes ten years later.
Going back to the original thread title, apart from a couple of Faber-Kastell slide rules (10" and 5") I also have a mechanical planimeter that I used while developing software to measure the volume and slope of slag heaps after the change in legislation brought about by the Aberfan disaster. I have kept it purely because it is beautifully designed and engineered.
The other sadly redundant item is my beautiful sextant. I loved (and still love) marine astro-navigation. When I took a sabbatical year after four years in war-torn Iraq and sailed my boat from Falmouth to Gibraltar non-stop, the worst landfall I had was a third of a nautical mile. I had programmed an HP95 with a permanent almanac for the sun, moon, the six navigational planets and 63 navigational stars plus Polaris, and ran a running fix all the way, picking up 'double-angle on the bow' fixes at Scilly Isles, Finisterre, Cape St. Vincent and the rock itself.
Ah - glory days!
The HP95 is now long gone, but in a fit of nostalgia last year I started re-writing the software for Android - just to check the accuracy of my GPS, you understand.
We have a nice sextant at home. It is there as "art" and is on the wall in the lounge. I wouldn't have a clue what to do with it in real life, but it looks good. It came from my father in law after he died. No idea if he ever used it, though i doubt it.
There was a bloke called J Alan Cash who was a freelance specialising in travel photography. One of his pictures is called "Shooting the Sun" and shows a group of officers immaculately dressed in white uniforms with shorts all lined up with their sextants. His library is still in operation.
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