I never did the punchcard thing, but I ain't no whippersnapper either. My dad did, however. He "telecommuted from home" in the 1970's! We had an actual punchcard machine in our house, and a special data line connection to dial in to a mainframe. Our touchtone (a new innovation in those days) classic desk phone had a special hookswitch on one side of the cradle that could be operated separately from the normal one on the other side (which actually "hung up" the phone). I missed the 120 baud era, for me 300 was normal, 1200 was fast and 2400 was blazing, and BBS's sometimes restricted what you could do based on your modem speed. I also had a unit on programming in COBOL in high school (:shudders:). You only need to write one COBOL program in your lifetime, it becomes the basis for all future work (if any).BruceBergman wrote:You young whippersnappers... I've been doing this since Bulletin Boards and Usenet, when we just gave up and typed out what we wanted to show but couldn't... (:rolleyes:) When you needed to do real computing you filled in punchcards and handed the whole deck in to be run on the School District Mainframe...jecook wrote: Indeed- I'm having the same problem, along with things like formatting and links. I'll eventually learn. :)
When a proper '.sig file' had a Cut line at the top (space dash dash CR/LF) and a max of 4 lines 72-characters, all printable - violate that and your account was disabled for wasting bandwidth. When 120 baud was the norm, 300 baud was Fast and 1200 was Blazing - 14,400 arrived and I thought I'd died and gone to heaven.