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Old 11-16-2005, 10:01 AM   #43
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I retired before the camera was invented, so I don't have any photos of me at work. Here is a picture to give you an idea of what I did.
I saw that picture a while back. It's a great picture, kind of reminds me of an IBM excutive's statement. "There's a market for maybe 5 computers"..
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Old 11-16-2005, 02:07 PM   #44
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I retired before the camera was invented, so I don't have any photos of me at work.* Here is a picture to give you an idea of what I did.
Morgan, thanks for the memory jolt here. We could probably swap stories about punch cards, paper tape and removable disk packs. Fortran (referenced in the caption) was actually the first programming language I learned many, many, many years ago.

Now I manage the support and training side of a software company specializing in inventory control systems. The best part of the job is that several of our clients are in the RV parts supply business.


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Old 11-16-2005, 04:34 PM   #45
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[b]I retired before the camera was invented, so I don't have any photos of me at work.* Here is a picture to give you an idea of what I did.
Morgan, thanks for the memory jolt here. We could probably swap stories about punch cards, paper tape and removable disk packs. Fortran (referenced in the caption) was actually the first programming language I learned many, many, many years ago.

Now I manage the support and training side of a software company specializing in inventory control systems. The best part of the job is that several of our clients are in the RV parts supply business.


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Memories.

When I worked for General Electric, I invented a high speed chad reader. I figured there was no since wasting all that perfectly good card stock. GE decided not to market the reader. They could have used one in Florida a couple of years ago.

FORTRAN was also my first language. Can you imagine where the PC industry would be today if users had to learn FORTRAN or BASIC?

I like that photo because it shows how far off scientific predictions can be, usually too conservative. Science fiction is a better predictor of progress than scientists are.
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Old 11-16-2005, 05:54 PM   #46
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Hey! I used to speak broken Fortran! Now I guess my broken Spanish is all I have left...

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Old 11-16-2005, 06:49 PM   #47
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I took FORTRAN in college in 1993! At that time, I was studying to be an environmental engineer. I had a minor in "partying" which quickly became my major.

Long story short, I now dwell in a cube...
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Old 11-16-2005, 07:28 PM   #48
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I don't have a picture of me at work, but I'm on the faculty of the local university. I teach Genetics. Fun stuff - but I'm biased.

Computer picture:
As I recall, that photo is real - but it's misslabeled. I think it was just a typical computer of the era. Back in that era nobody was thinking 'home computer'. Heck, people hadn't even conceived of desktop publishing yet - what would the typical person need with a computer???

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Old 11-16-2005, 07:34 PM   #49
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I don't have a picture of me at work, but I'm on the faculty of the local university. I teach Genetics. Fun stuff - but I'm biased.

Computer picture:
As I recall, that photo is real - but it's misslabeled. I think it was just a typical computer of the era. Back in that era nobody was thinking 'home computer'. Heck, people hadn't even conceived of desktop publishing yet - what would the typical person need with a computer???

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That photo is a photoshop composition. Part of it was from an old shot of Houston Space Center. Other stuff was added along with guy standing. I don't remember where about it. When was sometime early spring 2005.
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Old 11-16-2005, 07:38 PM   #50
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Fake pic:

Here's the Snopes page on it:

http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/hoaxes/computer.asp

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Old 11-16-2005, 07:40 PM   #51
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...Computer picture:
* * As I recall, that photo is real - but it's misslabeled.* I think it was just a typical computer of the era....
The photo is amusing, and predictions of technology are routinely very wrong, but that particular image was a hoax. Mike beat me to posting this revelation, but here another link about the hoax:
Popular Mechanics: Fictitious '54 Home Computer

My favourite are the movies and TV shows of the late 1960's which are set far in the future (even in the 21st century), and feature computer rooms full of reel-to-reel mag tape machines - most of those tape drives were retired in the 1970's...
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Thanks for the snopes link. I knew it was doctored, but forgot that it was a submarine control panel that been doctored.
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Old 11-16-2005, 08:20 PM   #53
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I work at a vet hospital. I am the office mgr, the secretary, and vet assistant. I do whatever the Veterinarian does not want to do, that I can do.
I also raise Maltese puppies.
I love my jobs, but they do keep me from camping much.
Sorry, but I haven't figured out how to post the pictures yet.
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Old 11-16-2005, 10:28 PM   #54
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I'm retired, & have only one job left in life... & that is: to harrass everyone, who "has to work."

I've had a lot of jobs, & actually had fun, on some of them, but I'm having more fun now. It's not easy, but someone has to do it, & I volunteered!

I was born & raised in So. CA., so most of my jobs were while I lived there.

I worked as a waitress in Hollywood, near the USO on Hollywood Blvd., during the Vietnam War. (Well someone, had to feed, all those servicemen! )

I've had jobs, like making ceramic castings. I was a full time Mom for a while, then, a professional house painter. When both of my sons were in school, I became a school bus driver, & drove lots of charters too.

I drove city buses in Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, & Simi Valley. I even drove a "trolley" in Ventura, & was a 911 Operator in Oxnard.

My last real job was as a Pinkerton Security Officer, in Camarillo. (I also had a gun permit. On my qualifing test, for my permit, I shot a 490 out of 500. Now, "THAT" was FUN!)

I was medically retired, from Pinkerton, in 1995, at the age of 47 because I had a heart attack. I have had 3 more in the same artery, since then. (But, I haven't had one in over 5 years now.) Did you know that if you have only 1 artery blocked, they will NOT do a bi-pass? They ONLY do bi-passes on multiples, kind of weird, but TRUE!
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Old 11-18-2005, 09:16 AM   #55
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this is me a year ago, working on a skip drive system at Craig Mine

the skip is what brings the ore up from underground , like a giant bucket, holds 40 tons, travels from 4700 feet below ground to surface
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I am licensed as a California Service Agent by the Department of Food and Agriculture, Division of Measurement Standards. That is a bureaucrateese way of saying Scale Repairman. I make sure any weighing device I work on is accurate according to the laws of the State of California. I usually travel to the scale's location... which someone once said makes me a traveling scales-man.
But, hey... They pay me to push my weight around.

My job takes me anywhere any item is being weighed. The smallest Laboratory Balance I have worked on weighs the impurities in our City's water supply, and discriminates to 9 decimal points of a gram. The largest vehicle scale I have worked on is used to weigh railroad cars up to 300,000 pounds.

I also take care of the scales that weigh the animals for the San Diego Zoological Society and Sea World San Diego.
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