Take a look at our
ThinkPads.com HOME PAGE
For those who might want to contribute to the blog, start here: Editors Alley Topic
Then contact Bill with a Private Message

Remembering the good old IBM days...

Talk about "WhatEVER !"..
Post Reply
Admin Emeritus
Admin Emeritus
Posts: 23106
Joined: Mon Sep 18, 2006 5:17 am
Location: Loch Garman, Éire

Remembering the good old IBM days...

#1 Post by RealBlackStuff » Sat May 14, 2022 1:21 am

Came across this mainframe article today, something that a few of us still (fondly ?) remember.
Retrotechtacular: The IBM System/360 Remembered.
In there you'll find a nice short movie with some interesting history.

My brother had started working for Honeywell and he invited me for a sightseeing of his working place.
This was back in 1964, my first ever acquaintance with a computer, in this case a Honeywell 400.

In 1968 I moved to Canada and landed a job with IBM in Vancouver, BC.
The machine used in their data-centre was a 1401.
As a systems analyst/programmer I have since worked on many IBMs and also on several Univac/Unisys mainframes.
Thus my switchover to ThinkPads did not come as a surprise.
Lovely day for a Guinness! (The Real Black Stuff)
Lenovo: X240, X250, T440p, M900 Tiny (all with W7/SP1)

Senior Member
Senior Member
Posts: 522
Joined: Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:54 pm
Location: Coyoacan, Mexico

Re: Remembering the good old IBM days...

#2 Post by mikemex » Sat Jun 25, 2022 2:48 pm

Terrific memories.

T61: T8300 | 8GB | 400GB S3610 | SXGA
X301: SU9600 | 8GB | 400GB S3610
T420s: 2640m | 16GB | 400GB S3610 | HD+ 4200M
W530: 2740qm | 32GB | 400GB S3610 | FHD K1000M
X1C5: 7600U | 16GB | 1TB PC711 | FHD
P14s G1 AMD: 4750U | 32GB | 1TB PC611 | PG FHD Touch
T14 G2: 1145G7 | 32GB | 1TB PC711 | FHD

Posts: 41
Joined: Thu Feb 01, 2007 1:29 pm
Location: NE Ohio, USA

Re: Remembering the good old IBM days...

#3 Post by ohthinker » Sat Sep 24, 2022 9:52 pm

Ah, memories. I also met my first computer - a UNIVAC - in '64, or maybe '65. I couldn't tell you what model, but it used drum memory, and had a front panel with a version of the legendary Stanford "blinkenlights" sign taped to it. The waste heat from the computer heated the office in the winter.
Ohio Thinker - T23, T43, T60, T400
Previously - 760EL, 600E, T20, T22

Posts: 1427
Joined: Sun Sep 13, 2015 9:51 pm
Location: Marissa, Illinois

Re: Remembering the good old IBM days...

#4 Post by MikalE » Sun Sep 25, 2022 8:20 am

My first computer experience was much later than yours.

I was introduced to the HP1000F mainframe in 1984 through the US Air Force. All of the Minuteman II and III missile wings implemented a new maintenance data analysis system to take the load off of Base Data Automation and the EMDAS was the result. Expanded Minuteman Data Analysis System.

Maintenance personnel from all different shops were pulled for duty on this new system and was a permanent assignment. We were trained in California for three weeks and then returned to our home bases.

This system did not last long as the PC took over for the mainframe system in the mid-90s. I was out by then, so I don't know how the system ran on PCs. I would imagine the EMDAS Center still maintained the server(s) and programs for the various maintenance shops.
A31p P-IV 2Ghz, 2MB, 2653-R6U
T500 T9600 2055-BE9
T510 i5 4384-DV7
T510 i7 4349-A64
T520 i7QM 4242-4UU Highly Modified
T16 i7 1260P 21BV000SUS

Post Reply
  • Similar Topics
    Last post

Return to “Off-Topic Stuff”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 19 guests