Snopes on Ken Olsen

From: Tom Jennings <>
Date: Wed Sep 22 01:27:17 2004

> Vintage Computer Festival <> wrote:
> > A big reason for the techies and nerds was so they could do
> > programming without being constrained by time limits. And what did they
> > programs? GAMES!

On Tue, 2004-09-21 at 20:24, Michael Sokolov wrote:
> Well, to give just one data point, not me: when I first learned how to
> program at the age of 7, in PDP-11 assembly on my first home computer,
> Soviet BK0010,
  ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ----> COOL! :-)

> I did NOT write any games. My first program, although
> it was not on the BK0010 but on its successor, BK0011, was an operating
> system.

Me too. I eventually did get a TDL/Xitan FORTRAN version of ADVENTURE
running (CP/M 2.2 and PDOS), but I've never played any other computer
games I can recall (OK the old numeric TREK typed into DG Nova 1200
BASIC). It was all hardware, device drivers, tape storage, and operating
systems for me too.

Games on computer bore me to tears to this day. I can't imagine a more
collosal waste of time! Obviously, an entire *world* of people today
think otherwise, more power to 'em!
Received on Wed Sep 22 2004 - 01:27:17 BST

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