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|Monday, 4 January 1999|
|The year 1998 is over.
It is time to look back, and forth.
My first computer was a Commodore VIC20, with colour and sound! You could just plug it into your TV. It had almost 4K of free memory. You could play the most fantastic games, using a joystick. What a prodigy of technology. "A keyboard, screen and joystick. What could a future computer need more? It was impossible for me to envision. To me the computer was complete, finished.
A few years later I learned S360 mainframe assembler. It was the only program language that facilitated a world wide response time (.../responsetime) of three seconds. The 4K boundary returned, as maximum size for a program segment. It was spacious for someone who was used to 3.5K in Basic.
The mainframe text processor was the IBM Document Composition Facility (.../DCF370HOME). Documents were platform independent because of various cryptical codes. A few years later the Apple Mac hit the market. Everything was graphical, even the text processor. I could forget the cryptical codes. Great, what a prodigy of technology.
In the nineties I worked on all sorts of Object Oriented PC systems. Today's PC's are fast as lightning and have plenty of memory. A one-second-response time is no problem for most functions. O miracle, what a prodigy of technology.
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