Reconciling assholes for nearly a decade.

When men were real men

Scroll down to the black and white picture of System/360 testing:

http://www.memagazine.org/backissues/oct05/features/cassist/cassist.html

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Permalink Ward Bush 
January 10th, 2006
The company that Dad worked for supplied capacitors to IBM for the S/360. He said the wiring harnesses in the chassis/frame had a set of pneumatic testing arms that would probe all the connectors, looking for bad or wrong wiring. While the S/360 was a standardized machine, there were so many options available for it that the testing itself had to be computerized, with the test plan tracing back to the customer's original order.

Compare that with today's PC manufacturing. System burn in? Does the time spent in the hot UPS truck count?
Permalink example 
January 10th, 2006
OMG! That mainframe totally had a *bare midriff*. Disgusting! I can't believe they allowed things like that to happen!

Kids these days.
Permalink Star Wars Kid 
January 10th, 2006
Yup, Fred Brooks (of the "Mythical Man Month", and "No Silver Bullet") was the Manager of OS/360 development in 1965. They developed the software at the same time as they were developing the hardware.

Thanks for the picture.
Permalink AllanL5 
January 10th, 2006
The picture's great. The article's ho-hum. The 360/40 was pretty a knockkneed beast. Much engineering analysis was done prior (and subsequent to) the System360 on the IBM1130 (but calling it FEA would have been a stretch). 

And AutoCAD 2002 is mutton dressed as lamb.
Permalink trollop 
January 10th, 2006
There's a reason IBM got overtaken by MS. All those collars and ties cut the blood supply to the brains of their engineers.
Permalink  
January 11th, 2006
That's also why the average payout to retiree's was 6 months.

Ties reduce blood to brain causing heart to work harder.
Guy retires and takes off the tie, reducing demand from heart; Bam! heart attack if heart slows down too fast or stroke if not fast enough :)

You think it isn't true? Ties arn't required any more and people live longer after retirement. See! Proof, I say!

(On the other hand, the averege pay out thing really does have a lot to do with why IBM changed their benefits in 1999 and again last week. If your employees live longer, it costs you more.)
Permalink Steamrolla 
January 11th, 2006

This topic was orginally posted to the off-topic forum of the
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