About life in the last third

I have been animated


For the last two months, I have been doing podcasts and video interviews regarding my book, The Flight of a Wild Duck, recently published. It has been an exciting and largely enjoyable experience. Most of the podcasts were audio, although I would have video communication with the person interviewing me.

One podcast was the Silicon Valley Podcast with Shawn Flynn, which I can recommend in general. Shawn decided to great a short animated video which you can watch here. I recommend it. It is fun. However, whoever did it must be too young to remember a time before personal computers. In my book, I describe my first encounter with a computer which took place in 1967. The computer was a PDP-7 from Digital Equipment Corporation. Only 150 of these computers were ever manufactured. Ours was number 145. It cost $500k in today’s dollars and weighed 1,100 pounds, not counting the tape deck. The animation shows me programing the computer using a keyboard and a computer monitor. There were no computer terminals at this time. Instead, we programed and interacted with the computer via a teletype.

PDP-7 and ASR 33 Teletype

The changes in computer technology have been so rapid. The experience of someone 20 is so different than the experience of some who is now 60. Nevertheless, I still laugh when friends tell me that their toddlers keep trying to interact with family television by touching the screen.

6 thoughts on “I have been animated

  1. “I still laugh when friends tell me that their toddlers keep trying to interact with family television by touching the screen.”

    A true story: A boy in the first year of kindergarten. The teacher is handing out books. The boy takes it, opens it, looks at it, and asks the teacher: ‘where do we click ma’am?’

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