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Programming in the 1960s: A Personal History

April 2015 Presentation
Len Bass (no affiliation)

This talk is for those who want to visit the computer museum but haven't yet had the time. Len Bass describes what life was like for programmers in the 1960s.

Publisher:

Software Engineering Institute

This presentation was created for a conference series or symposium and does not necessarily reflect the positions and views of the Software Engineering Institute.

Abstract

This talk is for those who would like to visit the computer museum but haven't yet had the time. I was hired as a programmer in 1964, and I’ll tell some stories about what life was like then for programmers. If you attend, you will learn

  • why it wasn't my fault
  • why the difference in size between an IBM 360/67 and a CDC 6600 mattered  
  • what the IBM repairman did to warrant being treated as a terrorist  
  • why hairstyles were much shorter in the '70s than in the '60s