Basic Maths

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  • jow774jow774 Trusted Regular Registered Posts: 465
    I have too Jilt.......oh my they are big.....and old, lol. Are you sure they still used them in the 70's? What are all the buttons for? There is definately more than a qwerty and a number keypad on there! Was it for all that fraction malarky that was "back in the day"?

    Thank goodness for decimal I say!:lol:
  • CJCCJC Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 1,657
    jilt wrote: »
    I'm no spring chicken but what the hell are Burroughs machines?
    William Seward Burroughs inventor of the Burroughs Adding Machine was the grandfather of William S. Burroughs the novelist, who in addition to his many fine novels produced a collection of essays entitled The Adding Machine.
  • mark130273mark130273 Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 4,234
    AK002 wrote: »
    I'm rubbish at maths full stop lol

    didnt even know the was a full stop in maths ?
  • jow774jow774 Trusted Regular Registered Posts: 465
    Thats very intellectual!

    I cant do sums and cant do intellect either, I should be a poster advert for GCSE's!
  • AK002AK002 Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 2,492
    mark130273 wrote: »
    didnt even know the was a full stop in maths ?

    :lol:
  • JanJan Experienced Mentor Registered Posts: 654
    The pictures you are looking at are the addding machines - the rows of buttons were for each amount so for say £1000 you'd hit the 4th 1 on the row instead of 1,0,0,0. If you wanted to enter £1005 it would be 4th 1 and 1st 5, and if you pressed the 5 slightly harder it would add it in, saved pulling the handle! You could get up quite a speed once you got used to it.
  • jiltjilt Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 2,903
    'The Burroughs large systems machines starting with the B5000 in 1961'

    :ohmy: I'm as old as the large ones :crying:
  • JanJan Experienced Mentor Registered Posts: 654
    Try this link for the first "computer" i ever worked on, way back in 1976!

    http://www.acbm.com/inedits/images/musee-unisys/burroughs-tc500.jpg

    I remember it was a TC 500, as I called it Top Cat. (A cartoon about an alley cat at the time).

    My part of the office wasn't much better, underneath a sky light that leaked if it rained heavily. H&S what H&S?
  • mark130273mark130273 Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 4,234
    im quite glad i wasnt around when these Borrough machine were.....they dont sounds like too much fun to me !
  • DiannewDiannew Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 2,814
    AK002 wrote: »
    :lol:

    Go on I give in............................:lol::lol:

    It's Fizzy, It's Ginger, It's Phenomenal

    Is it Fanta?
  • mark130273mark130273 Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 4,234
    Jan wrote: »
    Try this link for the first "computer" i ever worked on, way back in 1976!

    http://www.acbm.com/inedits/images/musee-unisys/burroughs-tc500.jpg

    I remember it was a TC 500, as I called it Top Cat. (A cartoon about an alley cat at the timr)

    that looks well funky.....the first one i ever had was a dragon 32 !!!!and i thought that was old !....hey and ive still got it up in my mums loft !
  • jow774jow774 Trusted Regular Registered Posts: 465
    Jan wrote: »
    Try this link for the first "computer" i ever worked on, way back in 1976!

    http://www.acbm.com/inedits/images/musee-unisys/burroughs-tc500.jpg

    I remember it was a TC 500, as I called it Top Cat. (A cartoon about an alley cat at the time).

    My part of the office wasn't much better, underneath a sky light that leaked if it rained heavilty. H&S what H&S?


    Now, Im older than that, suddenly its not so funny anymore! :lol:
  • AK002AK002 Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 2,492
    Diannew wrote: »
    Go on I give in............................:lol::lol:

    It's Fizzy, It's Ginger, It's Phenomenal

    Is it Fanta?

    LOL! I do hope you are joking :)?

    Although you may not get the adverts in England(?)
  • DiannewDiannew Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 2,814
    AK002 wrote: »
    LOL! I do hope you are joking :)?

    Although you may not get the adverts in England(?)

    No I wasn't joking...this sounds interesting.............if it is not Fanta?

    Come on spill the beans...........................but be careful in that suit:lol::lol:
  • mark130273mark130273 Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 4,234
    think the beans have already been spilt in that suit !
  • jiltjilt Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 2,903
    Jan wrote: »
    Try this link for the first "computer" I ever worked on, way back in 1976! QUOTE]

    Wow, that looks suspiciously like a machine I used when I was on a Youth Opportunites Scheme back in 1979, I seem to remember my trainer referred to it as an accounting machine.

    That was my first introduction to accounts but she confused matters by calling the nominal ledger a cost ledger. I remember going for jobs afterwards and the interviewers didn't have a clue what I was talking about :lol:
  • blobbyhblobbyh Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 2,415
    Going back to the topic while the oldies go off on their tangents (!), although my mental arithmatic isn't too bad, I do even the most basic sums on a calculator. Why should I spend time trying to subtract 232 from 967 in my head when I've got a calculator next to me? Calculators exist. And if there was ever a world without them, I don't think the lack of a calculator should be foremost in our minds.
  • JanJan Experienced Mentor Registered Posts: 654
    Slightly back to the op - I was about to say I can't remember ledgers coming into it, but then I remembered the old ledger cards we used to do at the end of the day. You had to manually take away one figure from the next when they were side by side and then next day when you got the reports back from the computer centre check that they agreed. If they didn't you had to find out why & correct it.

    When we got a new computer system in the the 1980's some branches didn't balance for weeks!

    Enough of this - I'll have to get back to some work.
  • jiltjilt Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 2,903
    blobbyh wrote: »
    Going back to the topic while the oldies go off on their tangents (!),

    Er, we'll have less of the oldies, you've only got 6 years on me :laugh:
  • CJCCJC Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 1,657
    Jan wrote: »
    Enough of this - I'll have to get back to some work.
    Put a pound in the swear box!
  • JanJan Experienced Mentor Registered Posts: 654
    Think I'd better put £2 in - I'm supposed to be on a busman's holiday, catching up on all hubbies bookkeeping I haven't done!
  • jewels.pjewels.p Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 1,774
    mark130273 wrote: »
    i still have my first calculator , it was a scientific one which my mum got me when i was 11 attending the BIG school . it was great and of cause we all loved doing the 55378008 and 71077345 on the calcs too !!!or was that just me ?


    I laughed when I read this. We used to do that number thing on the calculator too!:laugh: I forgot all about it! It was 4517734 (had to type it on calculator to remember) I didnt know the 55378008 one you put but typed it in also and realised that was probably boy code at school!:laugh:
  • JanJan Experienced Mentor Registered Posts: 654
    Ok, hands up who grabbed their calculators at this point?
  • jiltjilt Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 2,903
    Jan wrote: »
    Ok, hands up who grabbed their calculators at this point?

    Gulity as charged :blushing::lol::lol:
  • mark130273mark130273 Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 4,234
    jewels.p wrote: »
    I laughed when I read this. We used to do that number thing on the calculator too!:laugh: I forgot all about it! It was 4517734 (had to type it on calculator to remember) I didnt know the 55378008 one you put but typed it in also and realised that was probably boy code at school!:laugh:

    cant belive that someone hadnt done the 55378008 one........

    and i was wondering if anyone had grabbed their calc and tried typing on there first !
  • jow774jow774 Trusted Regular Registered Posts: 465
    I remember my "big school" calculator had hexadecimals on it, so that opened up a whole new world of naughty numbers (in a 13 year olds eyes anyway), lol.:lol:
  • AK002AK002 Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 2,492
    Diannew wrote: »
    No I wasn't joking...this sounds interesting.............if it is not Fanta?

    Come on spill the beans...........................but be careful in that suit:lol::lol:

    Good Scottish drink - Irn Bru :)!
    mark130273 wrote: »
    think the beans have already been spilt in that suit !

    :lol::lol:
  • CJCCJC Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 1,657
    No idea if it's still there, but there used to be a big illuminated Irn Bru sign atop Glasgow Central Station. I lived near there and it used to be a very handy guide home after a few pints of 80/-
  • DiannewDiannew Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 2,814
    AK002 wrote: »
    Good Scottish drink - Irn Bru :)!



    :lol::lol:

    Duh! should have got that........I thought it was refering to you..and that you had red hair..............never mind.......i'll live to fight another fun packed day:lol::lol:
  • AK002AK002 Font Of All Knowledge Registered Posts: 2,492
    LOL nope no ginger hair here :P
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