I was an early user of computers; my first programs
(we called them programmes then) were written for
the Ferranti Sirius in the autumn of 1964.
I subsequently used:
- Atlas at Manchester
- KDF9 in Edinburgh
- Various PDP8s in Edinburgh
- IBM 360 and ICL 4/75 in Edinburgh
- CDC 6400 and Univac 1108 on sabbaticals in North America
- The Emas system on 4/75 and 2900
- Various early personal and `micro' computers:
- Tektonix 4052
- CBM Pet
- HP 85
- Apple II and original Mac
- Plessey Miproc 16
None of my own very early programs have survived.
The earliest program I have been able to find was
written by one of my classmates in final year
Chemical technology at Edinburgh in 1964/5.
It is in Sirius Autocode, written by Stuart Baillie Strong,
and a scan is here.
I am currently collecting information particularly on early programming
languages and software which I will link from this page
in due course.
If you are interested in this or similar subjects I'd
be glad to hear from you, especially if you have copies of early
Work in Progress
I have accumulated, collected or been given quite a large amount
of software which is described
I have kept or salvaged a collection of 1970s and '80s small
computer hardware, see here.
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