Do you remember the first time you saw a computer? I do! It was a very memorable experience because the computer filled a huge room. Seriously! One of the demonstrations of it's extraordinary complexity and amazing capabilities was that it could play a one note tune of "Yankee Doodle"! Check this out ~
This was such a major event for First National Bank, that there was a big article included in the Arizona Days and Ways 50th Anniversary issue.
How about a closer look at that photo *winks*
That cute little girl with her chin on her hands is my sister, Mary. I am standing in the back staring at part of the computer.
And listening to it play "Yankee Doodle"! Yep, that is what it was like in 1962.
In the early 1970's, after I went to work for First National Bank (following in my father's footsteps *winks*), I had a chance to take a tour of THE bank computer. Yes, a tour of The Bank Computer. That computer was the size of a football field. We only toured a small part of it, but it was fascinating to watch. And very noisy.
How many of you had a Commodore 64? ROFLOL - that was our second computer. The first was a KAPOK and the key board was so small that it required a pencil to push the keys. Programs? yeah, if you manually input them in DOS *winks*
Now, we pop open the box, plug the critter in, and travel all over the world in minutes. Mindboggling!
So what did you do before you spent your time cruising the World Wide Web? I watched TV. Frankly, I think computers are a lot more fun!
Happy Cruising in 2010!