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Computer skills class. Elwood High School, Melbourne, Australia. Late 1980s-Early 90s.

Computer skills class. Elwood High School, Melbourne, Australia. Late 1980s-Early 90s.



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11 Comments

  • MaleNurse433

    I recently brought a computer from that Era. Very cool to learn about how computers were before I was born. Mine does not boot but I’m restoring it as the parts pop up.

  • ProfessionalBed1623

    Just 8 years earlier we were using paper cards and keypunch machines, manually carrying said ‘stack’ to a card reader that would then feed a compiler and the compiler would submit to the queues segregated into the computer job, and then the print job. Now that’s where the fun began – bad code or print definition code error- no output!

    To get things moving at the speed ‘needed’ to succeed as a computer science major with a part time job, I found , was to master IBM mainframe’s Job Control Language.

    I could then prioritize my jobs and direct my printouts to a printer close-by. So i could see my results quickly and get corrections into my card stack.

    Fair warning- the ‘oh my, I must have coded the wrong character on my JCL card’ excuse – as your printout comes off of your professors’ printers works only so much – then you are cooked! At least that’s what my friend said ;).

  • luv-it

    Pretty sure the computer skills I learned in HS (1980’s) didn’t even help me with HS.

    Like everything I learned was outdated before we even got the textbooks.

    All I took away from computer class back then is a love of computing that still runs strong today.

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