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Enterprise Networking Planet: Ziggy Admin and the OS from Mars

Nov 22, 2005, 22:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Deann Corum)

"This crusty old curmudgeon started futzing with computers in the 1980s, way back in the days of 5.25" floppies, DOS and DOS batch files. When I started messing with personal computers, it was because someone walked up and took away the typewriter I used as a secretary and replaced it with a Radio Shack TRS-80 (aka 'Trash-80') Model III. It had two 5.25" floppy drives. It was the latest technology and no one in the office knew how to use the thing including me. So, I set about learning what made the thing tick, learning first to install and use the software that was necessary to do my typing and other work, then how the operating system (TRSDOS) and floppy drives worked. I was eventually the only one in the office who had a clue how to operate the machine and I trained others. Being the opportunist I am, I put this experience on my resumé. The next job involved even more computer work, including an old DEC PDP 11 and the humongous disk packs it used. They held 67-256MB of data, I believe, which was a lot at the time. We also had a few IBM Personal Computers in the office--again with some DOS-based word processing programs and a couple of floppy drives. This experience also ended up on my resumé..."

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