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How long have I been using computers?

Postby Bazza » Sat Aug 10, 2013 3:03 pm

Well this morning my daughter came down with her own Macbook Pro streaming a wireless/radio program. The screen was off and I said to her, "WOW, cool, how did you get that to stream and the screen shut down?"

She replied <with facepalm>, "DAD! It is on screen saver you idiot!"

And lo-and-behold clicking the trackpad brought it up again...

DOH! How long have I been using computers?

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Postby Rhakios » Sat Aug 10, 2013 6:41 pm

I think it's how long the computers have been using you that's important. :shock:
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Postby guy » Sat Aug 10, 2013 7:49 pm

But it's how long they have been using the kids that is scary.
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Postby nelz » Sat Aug 10, 2013 7:57 pm

How long have I been using computers?


I'm not sure, when was the Difference Engine made? :P
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Postby johnhudson » Sat Aug 10, 2013 8:55 pm

nelz wrote:I'm not sure, when was the Difference Engine made? :P


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Postby lok1950 » Sat Aug 10, 2013 9:16 pm

I still have a couple of slide-rules both straight and circular about keep them around for when the batteries/power is gone.

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Postby heiowge » Sat Aug 10, 2013 11:47 pm

lok1950 wrote:I still have a couple of slide-rules both straight and circular about keep them around for when the batteries/power is gone.

Enjoy the Choice :)


Still probably easier to use and more efficient than Windows 8.
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Postby nelz » Sun Aug 11, 2013 10:37 am

And with a similar interface. Who'd have guessed that the Windows 8 interface would have been based on such old technology?
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Postby Nuke » Sun Aug 11, 2013 1:19 pm

lok1950 wrote:I still have a couple of slide-rules both straight and circular

Slide rules? Luxury! I started with log tables, and still have a copy.
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Postby guy » Sun Aug 11, 2013 2:32 pm

Nuke wrote:I started with log tables, and still have a copy.

Did you carve the sums on them with your stone axe or just write with charcoal? [runs away and hides]
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Postby lok1950 » Sun Aug 11, 2013 6:10 pm

Napier's bones anyone :?:

Yeah I do still have some log tables they go with a sextant quite well.

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Postby Nuke » Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:28 pm

guy wrote:
Nuke wrote:I started with log tables, and still have a copy.

Did you carve the sums on them with your stone axe or just write with charcoal? [runs away and hides]

Come to think of it, we only got log tables around the 3rd form. Our teachers made us do everything long hand until they were sure we could, then they took pity and issued log tables. I can still do long division and sq roots long hand (but have forgotten much stuff learned later). The sq root was by a kind of long division - not the faster and easier Newton's method. I cannot imagine they teach that stuff today.

Aren't Napier's Bones a slide rule of two scales held together rather than in a captive slide track with cursor? We were not allowed slide rules even at A Level, I only got one at uni. It's still right here in my desk draw [gets it out], an Aristo Studio. Very complex, with no less than 22 scales on it (trig functions, sqrt(1-x*x) etc)!
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Postby guy » Sun Aug 11, 2013 8:30 pm

Napier's bones are a set of rods which lie alongside each other and can be rotated to show different sets of numbers, kind of half way between an abacus and a slide rule.

I recall a lot school work with Taylor series (serieses?) and something called the Newton-Raphson method.

Log, trig and related tables and the trusty slide rule were a great improvement.

Later I enjoyed setting my Sinclair calculator little tasks which involved dividing by zero and watching it cycle through the numbers trying to approximate to infinity. Ah! the joys of numerical algorithms and the halting problem.

Tell you what annoys me now though, jabbing a finger at my PC screen and the darn thing ignores me. Not touch-sensitive, I keep forgetting what the stone age before real tablets was like! Talking of which I got a Bluetooth keyboard for my Nexus 7. Best £20 I have spent in a very long time.
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Re: How long have I been using computers?

Postby Alex01UK » Mon Aug 12, 2013 6:10 am

Bazza wrote:Well this morning my daughter came down with her own Macbook Pro streaming a wireless/radio program. The screen was off and I said to her, "WOW, cool, how did you get that to stream and the screen shut down?"

She replied <with facepalm>, "DAD! It is on screen saver you idiot!"

And lo-and-behold clicking the trackpad brought it up again...

DOH! How long have I been using computers?

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Postby 1slipperyfish » Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:41 am

1oth birthday in 82 did you mean 100th?? how old are you? are you a jedi master??
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