Report Offensive Message
First IBM Equipment
Other than an impromptu introduction to the PC (via a neighbor's IBM PC with the green screen in 1982, that had ZERO graphics capability), my first experience with IBM equipment was my freshman FORTRAN 77 programming class in college (1990). We had accounts on the university's IBM System/370, which were accessed either using a lab full of PC clones running 3270 terminal emulator software (with token ring adapters), or another lab full of actual IBM 3270 terminals. We also had our introduction to the internet: our e-mails on the said mainframe accounts were U @.edu We all thought it was cool that we could e-mail our friends at other universities before our friends and family even knew what the internet was. It was doubly coold that you could download programs like Tetris for your HP 48 programmable calculator onto the lab PC's using an FTP client For your homework, you had to print out your source code and output. You submitted jobs for both of those, and you had to wait while someone behind the counter in the computer center ripped out the print jobs off of the greenbar printer in the computer center and stuck the output in your cubbie hole (which was alphabetical).