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IBM 082 Sorter

I'm quite old and my story in the IT world goes back ten years before this IBM 082 machine was built in 1982. This photo shows a newer version of the machine on which I started my IT career. It is one of the first sorting algorithms. The machine would put a deck of punched cards (as big as you want) in a specified order. What we now call a sort was a long process, passing the full card deck one time through that machine for each column of the field that was the ordering key (twice if the order was alphanumeric).

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By Bill Detwiler

Bill Detwiler is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...