(j3.2006) Question about DIM

Van Snyder Van.Snyder
Tue Jan 12 16:42:58 EST 2016

On Tue, 2016-01-12 at 14:35 +0000, Bill Long wrote:
> > I wrote my first Fortran program for a DEC PDP-8s in the summer of
> 1967.  I 
> Mine was an IBM 1130 in the summer of 1968. (NSF Summer Science
> program for high school students. I wonder of they still have that.) 

Mine was in the fall of 1963 on the IBM 1620.  While JPL was expanding
for the Ranger and Surveyor projects, there was a time when several
temporary house-trailer offices were outside the fence.  My brother was
working in one of them, developing schedules for projects to use the
Deep Space Net.  One of his colleagues would sign up for time at 11:00
PM, and then call me and say "I'm not going to use it."  I'd park my
motorcycle under the trailer and use the 1620 for an hour or so.  That
lasted for about six weeks.  Then I started stealing 1620 time at Cal
State LA.  Admittedly, that was FORTRAN II.  I didn't start using
FORTRAN IV until late 1964 or early 1965, on the 7094 at Caltech.

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