The first computer I programmed is shown on the left!
This was in the days of my first computer job with IBM at Birmingham, in 1966!
However, before training as a computer programmer on this particular machine,
I gained experience as an operator on a 2nd generation IBM 1401. During this time,
my work was shift-based, and all big computer 'jobs' were left for the night-shift.
So, on the night-shift, all that was needed was to load and start one of these 'jobs',
and then go off into the city to enjoy some cafe night-life, knowing full well that
the job would be going for 2 or 3 hours! In those days, computers were that slow,
and were not able to multi-task (have multiple programs running at one time).
That capability did not arrive until about 1969.
Devon inventors built the fore-runners to to-day's computers over 150 years ago!!
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