Barney & Clyde by Gene Weingarten, Dan Weingarten & David Clark

Barney & Clyde

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  1. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, about 4 years ago

    Well, I remember those machines. They had one at Thrifty’s near my house.

  2. Arye Uygur

    Arye Uygur said, about 4 years ago

    I miss the sprocket holes in computer paper because the pages of the paper were all joined together and with a program called “Sideways” I was able to diagram my family tree manually. Them days are gone forever.

  3. x_Tech

    x_Tech GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    TV tubes? I’ve still got some, just can’t the testers any more.

  4. x_Tech

    x_Tech GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    And who remembers these?

  5. Johnny Potseed

    Johnny Potseed said, about 4 years ago


    I remember!
    (Oh #$%&, now you all know how old I am!)
    When I got my first office job, we worked on computers who printed out on paper with sprocket holes. In an adjoining room, they still worked on the punch card machines.
    There’s a theory which says, that, after a certain medium (book, tv, tape, …) is invented, it will never fade away. I think, this theory can be falsified now.

  6. x_Tech

    x_Tech GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago


    That should be can’t find the testers

  7. finale

    finale said, about 4 years ago


    Got any radio tubes?

  8. PoodleGroomer

    PoodleGroomer said, about 4 years ago

    I have a working portable tube tester in my basement.

  9. 64old

    64old said, about 4 years ago

    the tester was at Western Auto in my town

  10. runar

    runar said, about 4 years ago

    There was one at a drugstore near my home. They also had Ray-O-Vac batteries in a dispenser rack that let you buy them individually instead of buying a four-pack for a three-cell flashlight, always having one left over, and then losing the extra ones before you’d accumulated enough to use them.

  11. runar

    runar said, about 4 years ago

    Every once in a while, I used to bring home a bagful of the discarded sprocket tapes that had been torn off printouts. I dumped them in the middle of the living room floor, where they amused my cat for hours. Like Calvin in a leaf pile.

  12. thebird55

    thebird55 said, about 4 years ago

    As late as 1970 there were testers in many convenience stores, like the one up my block.

    Tubes are still around. I bought a new (guitar) tube amp this past summer. Does that count for anything?

    We learned how to read punch cards in 8th grade (late 1969).

    In the mid 60’ I used to occasionally get to see the machines that read them at work, while picking dad up from work (USAF). Amazingly fast. My dad worked with those “state of the art” computers in his job. (In a room full of rows of machines, with wires looping out everywhere.) I once got to do my math homework on a computing machine about the size of an old cash register (probably classified stuff at the time) after showing dad that I knew the method of determining square roots. (Teacher had piled a ton of it on the class as punishment, and I had not acted up as others had done.)

  13. ronald rini

    ronald rini said, about 4 years ago

    who cares about your tube testers who do you get rid of the ear hair and do not forget the nose hairs

  14. Comic Minister

    Comic Minister said, about 4 years ago

    You had to ruin it didn’t you Cynthia!

  15. Benndayy85

    Benndayy85 said, about 4 years ago

    I service computers and printers. There are still fanfold (sprocket hole) forms in use and dot matrix printers. Any time you go to a Parts Store they print out your receipt on a multi-part NCR form (white to customer, yellow to accounting, green to the stock room, brown to the Restroom). I bought a Tube Tester many years ago and still know how to use it. Now, about dialing a Rotary Telephone: (Actually the "Sprocket Thingeys are called “Forms Tractors”. Really!

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