lucy24 - 7:10 am on Nov 22, 2012 (gmt 0)
Only later did they realise that all the US planes would fall out of the sky when the electro-magnetic pulse from a nuclear blast fried all their circuits, while the Russian plane using valves would not be affected.
Reminds me of when NASA spent wild amounts of time and money developing pens that would write in zero gravity. (I remember the pens, in fact, when they went commercial. You could write notes upside-down.) The Soviets meanwhile sent their guys up with pencils.
those thin filament wires easily fracture, just like in an incandescent bulb
When he was young, one of my father's skills was to jiggle burned-out lightbulbs so the broken filaments came back into contact and they could squeeze some more life out of the bulb. He grew up to work with computers. The lab had drawer upon drawer of what kids all called IBM cards. The ones you clipped to your bike wheel to make lots of gratifying noise. But totally useless for anything else.
Computers were for grownups, though. In school we learned how to use slide rules. Have a nasty feeling this is not a skill that would come back in an instant. I used to know how to use an adding machine too. My brain knows how to touch type-- what is now called "keyboarding"-- but my fingers have ideas of their own.
And no man would be caught dead doing his own keyb-- er, typing.
What forum is this again?
Observers at the scene report that the oldest living programmers had to be forcibly dissuaded from breaking a bottle of champagne against the leading edge of the computer.