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My first experience was an IBM 101
My first exposure was an IBM 101. This was essentially a counter-sorter but was programmable with what looked like switchboard cords in the back panel of the machine. I'm in the Market Research business and had previously tabulated all our data by hand and counter sorter. This was a phenomenal breakthrough. The year was 1960. However, within a couple of years we acquired an IBM 1401 with a 1403 printer attached. I thought this was going to put us all out of work....but here I am 51 years later pounding on a keyboard!!