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All the machines were huge, including the card readers and printers, they made a huge noise, and I used to always secretly feel that if the air conditioned premises were devoid of these lumbering magnetic memories and peripherals, the place would be ideal as a marriage hall. Every Dassehra, there would be a Puja function when all the machines would be cleaned, decorated with kumkum and flowers, and the Gods prayed to.
The folks at the top of the echelon would brake a coconut on the floor for prasad(=consecrated food), and I remember thinking how wonderful it would be , if a certain troublesome part of the hardware could be used instead of the floor , for breaking the coconut.
My introduction to the IT of the old days, was through coding sheets, on which you laboriously wrote your programs in some third generation language as they called it.
In my lifetime, we have moved from teletypes, to huge mainframes, to table top models, to laptop and palm top models.
But when it comes to explaining (to those who are perfectly happy with what they have), things like 'booting", I realized that the standard explanation of "bootstrapping" (pulling yourself up by your bootstraps) simply did not jell in a system where modes of entering, starting off and retiring were clearly defined and visible.
They finally understood when booting was explaining with an analogy to .
Sometimes, the programs and data cards occupied several boxes, which we lugged around everywhere.
There was more acceptance of changing standard deviations, a feeling , that if you worked at it, things would be normal and fun once again.