I have been working with computers for the last 40 years. My first program was created on an IBM 1132 computer back in the dark ages. That was when you really knew you had a computer – there was a keyboard, a line printer that was the size of a desk. The computer was a cabinet where you would insert a large 18 inch disk drive that contained the software that you used to run the code. There was a drive for Fortan and one for APL. It was great fun to run a program as the lights would flash, the printer would start humming and printing out information, and, if your program worked, it produced an answer on the printed page.
I used computers starting with my first real job in a large company that used IBM mainframe computers to run the business. Everywhere you looked there was IBM equipment and software used in the business – computers, terminals, printers, and tape drives. I worked in the Marketing Department and we used computers for business analysis. In the early 1980s my group received the first IBM personal computer to see how we could make use of it in the business. It had two floppy 5 ¼ disk drives, one for the program and one for the data as there were no hard drives. Not soon afterwards Microsoft began producing the operating system themselves and the personal computer age was upon us. We would purchase new software for the personal computers that would provide a whole host of utilities that we had not seen before.
As time marched on the Microsoft became a bigger and bigger behemoth that produced ever-changing software that had to be replaced almost annually. Each software vendor would upgrade their product annually as well which would result in a never-ending cash outlay for the latest and greatest software available. But I, like most people, were soldwp-content/themes/sg-window/img/icons/facebook.png)" href="#" target="_blank" title="facebook">