Followup of sorts.
If you've been employed by any technology company, it's really amusing to find some of the old stuff.
Well, Justin Kestelyn at Oracle found a copy of the proceedings from Oracle's 1983 International User Group Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.
One of the presentations: "A High-Level Interface Between Personal Computers and Mainframe ORACLE" (Martin Gardner, STSC Inc.)
Now think back and remember what this means. At that time, a personal computer was probably made by IBM, was running the PC-DOS operating system, and featured white letters on a black background. If you wanted to get really fancy, you could use stars and other symbols to make patterns on your screen. And the PC was really powerful - take a look at these stats:
PC XT - Model 5160
END OF PRODUCTION
BUILT IN LANGUAGE
Full-stroke keyboard with numeric keypad and function keys
84 or 101 keys
Socket for a 8087 math co-processor
From 64k to 640k, depending on models
80 x 24 / 40 x 24
CGA modes : 320 x 200 / 640 x 200
eight internal slots (five 8 bit ISA), RS232c, Centronics
BUILT IN MEDIA
One 5.25'' FDD, 360k (3.5'' on later models)
10Mb or 20Mb hard-disk
Numerous IBM and third-parties expansion cards, i.e. the QuadRam 512 KB RAM card
$8000 (Complete version with 640 KB RAM, 10 MB HDD, colour display)
But don't forget - this computer had a hard drive! Go crazy in those 10 or 20 megabytes.
And if you really want to date yourself, note that "STSC" stood for Scientific Time Sharing Corporation (how's that for a concept?), which eventually renamed itself to Manugistics, which eventually became part of JDA Software ("the enduring demand and supply chain partner to the world’s leading retailers, manufacturers and suppliers"). Don't think you can buy a time slice on a JDA system, though.
Friday, October 5, 2007
Followup of sorts.