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Comment Re:Fortran (Score 1) 454

BASIC on my own, a little bit of machine language which I did not have the patience for, then FORTRAN for school.

I would find it instructive to have people post their ages along with their first languages... but some people might balk at that. Anyway, I'm 56.

My first language was actually assembly - I had a high school electronics course where we put together a simple circuit board around some Motorola processor (IIRC). We had to write some simple program for the thing and be able to save (and recover) that program to/from a cassette tape. As I recall, we'd write the assembly language on paper, then convert it to octal and key that in... maybe it was hex, but I believe it was octal.

I learned BASIC on my own, followed by FORTRAN via an advance placement program at a local university. That came in handy in college, since a lot of my engineering courses required FORTRAN (a lot of people were more or less piecing the language together in the course).

Being able to program helped me in my first internship, since at that time it was rare for engineers to how to code - towards the end of it, coding was most of what I was doing. And, since I figured out I didn't particularly like engineering anyway, being able to code made it much easier to switch career paths early.

Comment Re:Email tie-in (Score 1) 68

The big problem is that for years, like, a LOT of years, you built your entire online existence on a single email address - and for many people that address was the one they got from their ISP.

Having been through a lot of ISP changes from the early 90s onward, I learned this lesson early. Fortunately, I have a permanent alumni address from one of the universities I attended. I've been forwarding that to whatever ISP or email provider I am currently using for 20-25 years now.

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