Re: Research Question - Darkrooms closed?

From: Richard Sullivan ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 10/10/04-03:42:07 PM Z
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Yeah! My first computer cost about $4,000,000.00 and had 64k of memory.
[IBM 360-40] You had to talk to it through an IBM golf ball Selectric or a
deck of cards. Some of the old timers could talk to it through the switches
on the front panel but I never could. Back in the 80's I wrote the bid
specs for a 4 meg memory add-on for a dual channel IBM 360-65. Winning bid
(IBM of course) was just over 4 million dollars. Not bad at a dollar a
byte. Memory came in 4 cabinets each the size of a refrigerator and the
memory was water cooled. Times have changed. The earlier memory was made of
bead size ferrite donuts strung on wire frames. Much of it made here in New
Mexico on the Navajo reservation. IBM found people who knew how to string
beads and farmed it out as piece work.

--Dick Sullivan

      A t 02:57 PM 10/10/2004, you wrote:
>Don't ya just love the progress in technology—this is a great example of
>great valuee—low cost and high quality—hard to imagine what will ll be
>available just 5 years from now.
>In a message dated 10/10/04 2:52:16 PM, writes:
>>I just got a Microtek i900 scanner. It's unbelievably good. We have Epson
>>4870's at the school and the Microtek eats Epson's for lunch. They are both
>>about the same price. For instance the i900 weighs 24 lbs and the Epson
>>14lbs. of course you don't buy by the pound but the Microtek reflects the
>>quality that the Epson doesn't You can now get quality today for $600.00
>>that was only available on $100,000.00 drum scanners a few years ago.
>Mark Nelson
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