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#1 galileoaz


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Posted 28 January 2010 - 04:24 PM


I just joined BleepingComputer. Combo Fix, which I downloaded from BleepingComputer, got rid of several problems that had been bugging my computer for more than a month.

I first learned about computers in 1959 at the U of Utah. I first worked with a computer (main frames) in 1961 when data from neutron scattering experiments was punched out on cards and then reduced to "scattering law" using an IBM computer that filled a room, more or less, and had to be air conditioned because of the heat it generated. Then in the Air Force I got a guy to write a program to do a Fourier transformation for X-Ray diffraction data. I learned to program in Fortran in grad school at the U of AZ. Used main frames for years. Gravity data and the data reduction program was input on cards till we got a terminal where we could enter the data remotely and run the program and get the results.

Then along came PC's which completely mystefied me at first. My first computer was a Commodore 64 with 64 kilobytes of memory and no hard drive. You could save data to tape or use their word processing program to save to a floppy disk. I learned to program in Basic which is much more forgiving than Fortran. In 1990 I got a PC with a DOS operating system and a 40 megabyte hard drive, yes 40 megabytes. I just ordered a new computer with a terrabyte hard drive.

I became a consultant, which means I lost my regular job, in 1985. I got some very sophisticated software in 1990 which you could do wonderful things with. For me it was filtering gravity and aeromagnetic data once you got it digitized on a grid which the software would do for you.

I retired in 2000 and now I fool around with many many photographs that I took during my professional career using programs that filter the digitized data along with other computer projects and go fly fishing on the Salmon River in Idaho.

Regards, Galileoaz

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 04:31 PM

Hello Galileoaz and :thumbsup: to Bleeping Computer.

Be sure to check out the New User Orientation and the excellent Tutorials.
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who haven't got it.

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