For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston for July 26, 2015

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    comixluver  over 8 years ago

    The dawn of the great new age….

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    Jogger2  over 8 years ago

    But, that’s how a lot of future software developers get their start.

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    Templo S.U.D.  over 8 years ago

    When Mike said “jumping man”, I thought he meant old-time “Mario” (before he was known as Mario).

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    jessica  over 8 years ago

    And now you can do it in five minutes!

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    TheSkulker  over 8 years ago

    Sorry Ellie, but what skill have you learned or exhibited?

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    diodonofrio  over 8 years ago

    Way to stifle the creativity of young ones, Ellie. Luckily they don’t seem discouraged.

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    xsintricks  over 8 years ago

    Be thankful, Ellie, for the children were quiet for a few hours.

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    NeedaChuckle Premium Member over 8 years ago

    My first program was a golf game on a HP-80. It had a small black and white screen, a thermal printer and a disk drive. HP-basic was great for simple graphics.

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    kab2rb  over 8 years ago

    Good work boys. To others how do you create a program?

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    JanLC  over 8 years ago

    We used to type a simple program into the Commodore 64 computers on display at the store:10 Print “Hi”20 Go to 10Then we would type “run” and watch the thing go into a continuous loop. Drove the sales people nuts because most of them didn’t know how to break the loop.

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    Can't Sleep  over 8 years ago

    And that’s how the battle of “CG vs. traditional” animation began.

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    Can't Sleep  over 8 years ago

    I had a computer course in college which included punch cards and flow charts and Fortran. Absolutely hated it.

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    Peter Gordon Premium Member over 8 years ago

    Fortran and punch cards. What memories.

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    26  over 8 years ago

    I’d bet that her volume goes to “11”, too.

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    Asharah  over 8 years ago

    I think Brian grew up to become a computer game developer.

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    Last Rose Of Summer Premium Member over 8 years ago

    The guy who comes over to “fix” our computers is 17!

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    djhaisell Premium Member over 8 years ago

    A passing fad that people will grow tired of. Just like TV, radio, the car…

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    El-Kabong  over 8 years ago

    One can use both a pencil and paper and a computer. it’s not a contest.

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    USN1977  over 8 years ago

    Keep in mind that Elly grew up in the 1950s, when computers were mostly used by businesses or the military. The personal computer was unheard of. As such, her worldview was different. Elly also has tunnel vision in the activities of her children. That was evidenced by her asking “What USE is it?” which is her way of asking “What will that do to put food on your table when you are grown up?”

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    Darryl Heine  over 8 years ago

    This was a decade before internet existed?

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    samsoltan_48323  over 8 years ago

    Where did they get "fan-fold paper?I’m suprised the boys didn’t have the program on a stack of “Hollerith” cards. ;-)

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    hippogriff  over 8 years ago

    TheSkulker: Mainly the basics of animation. I still have some “flip books” I made as a kid and totally awed my own kids with them once.

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    route66paul  over 8 years ago

    My father worked in Oak Ridge on the A bomb(nuclear physicist). He got stuck in the 50s, he did not embrace any of the inventions since. My brother majored in math at Cal(before Computer Sciences) and my father thought they were just gibberish. Sad, really, that some people refuse to learn anything more.

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    tea62  over 8 years ago

    What’s the use of drawing pictures on paper over and over and over?

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