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5 hours ago, charlier said:
7 hours ago, padgett said:

Let's just say I would have been a nerd if the term existed. In 1979 I was designing flight controls for afterburning aircraft using cascaded bit slice processors (AMD 2901) when I got this data book (is in the den somewhere) from Intel on their new 8086 16 bit processor (8088 came later). Was kinda fascinating since it could address a whole meg. Wow. (by 1981 the price of a meg of ram was down to $3k)

 

BTW to boot a PDP-8 involved flipping a lot of toggle switches to load the bootstrap into memory. Ah the days of microcode.

 

Still wonder if the grid can handle a lot of electric thingies.

 

ps last three spoke wheel I recall involved TRX tires, are they available anywhere. Prolly doesn't matter since those Mustangs all have tube chassis and Cayote motors now...

Back in the day I was one of those "Computer Guys" that worked in the college computer lab. I worked for the Math Professor in charge of the lab.

I was one of a couple of Lab assistants that was charged with loading the boot strap into the computer (using the toggle switches) then feeding the punch paper tape (PPT) in to complete the Operating System Loading procedure. Later the PPT was replaced by an 8" Floppy Drive with it's "massive" storage capacity of 80KB but we still had to use the toggle switches to load the boot strap. BTW, this professor wrote his own operating system for that computer. Ahh the days of the old teletype terminals before the age of video terminal.

 

That professor got me an internship at the National Bureau of Standards (now called NIST). That was where I got to see the IBM 360 computer for the first time which took up a big part of a very large computer room. Funny how the smartphone I have now has roughly 1,500 times the amount of memory that the IBM 360 had and at under $1000 is a bargain compared to the $3.5+ million that the IBM 360 originally cost. Talk about advancing technology.

 

 

 

Yikes! Not only one, nor two but at least three of us on this forum!

 

First paid programming job in 1973 was in college working for a professor on a Data General Nova 800 with a massive 8K words (16K bytes) of memory. I found getting paid to play on computers beat having to work for a living so I kept it up for more than four decades, generally moving on from a company when I was promoted to management. Toward the end I was usually the only native born software engineer in the group. Still trying to keep my hand in a little doing some open source stuff (got a little Linux box in the corner taking its sweet time on a project as I view this forum to pass the time waiting for it).

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Similar. my first 10MB hard disk was an 18" removable and had no idea how I would ever fill for a DG Eclipse used to "fly" F-16 flight controls. H.ad to use half of the memory for the base program and the other half to swap in subroutines as needed. Have always felt more comfortable down in the machine code though could think in Fortran V (added if-then-else and case statements.). Helps with reprogramming my cars. Today even my TV is BusyBox and am playing with a Raspberry Pi and Arduino.

 

 

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Given the continuing interests in Teslas on the forum, both on the board generally and in this thread specifically, this story seemed of possible interest: 

 

Tesla Is the Most Valuable Car Company In America Ever

https://www.marketwatch.com/articles/tesla-stock-most-valuable-car-company-51578415861

 

Tesla stock is up again in midday trading Tuesday, by almost $7, or 1.5%. The S&P 500, by contrast, is down about 0.3%. It marks another all-time high for the electric vehicle pioneer. Tesla shares are up a whopping 93% over the past three months and have soared almost 10% year to date, far better than the 0.4% gain of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

 

The recent run, however, is only part of the story. The gains have made Tesla the most valuable car company in America ever. There was Henry Ford, then Alfred Sloan, and Lee Iacocca. Now Elon Musk gets his place on the American automotive Mount Rushmore.

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It's funny because Musk got in serious trouble.

 

Stock is now 469.06 USD +17.52 (3.88%)   and    Mkt cap    $84.55B


Back in 2018 Musk was mad, the stock was down, he was blaming Wall Street, short sellers, or stock manipulators. And he threatened to "take it private" at $420. He had no funding or partners in place to take it private at such an inflated price as $420. SEC fined him, etc.

 

Aug 19, 2018 - Here's what's happened: On Tuesday, August 7, Musk tweeted that he was considering taking Tesla private at $420 and already had funding secured. Current shareholders, he said, would either be able to sell at $420 or hold on to their shares and go private.

 

Aug 8, 2018 - Elon Musk says he wants to take Tesla private at over $70 billion — here's what that means. Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk shocked Wall Street on Tuesday with a tweet in which he said he wants to take Tesla private at a price of $420 per share. Such a deal would value the electric car company at roughly $70 billion ...

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And some Florida land with nice Cypress trees.

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