I was first introduced to a main frame on a control engineering course at Southampton College of Technology in 1975. We were given the task of writing a small computer program for a proportional band calculation. You would write out your code than the staff would prepare the cards and feed...
Of course back in the day I could always talk to somebody on the other side of the world on a Morse Key, and explain my conspiracy theories to them.
e.g. There's giant alien spaceship hiding in the asteroid belt and beaming an insanity beam at the Earth. You want proof ? ... watch the news.
I'm sure there are a few of us who remember playing one of these things at school. Seemed such a simple instrument.
But you get someone who can play it, and some film music from the likes of James Horner ... well ... that's very pleasing to the old lugholes.
There are times when I miss the sea and the job that went with it. But not today I think. That's some bloody hooley blowing in the Atlantic, stretching practically from Ireland to Canada. Pretty much unavoidable if you're on the North Atlantic Run.
◄---- turns fire up.
The only way I'm going to pay Charon for taking me across the River Styx is if he has this music playing on this instrument.
If he he fails in that, he'll get kicked in the nads, thrown over the wall and I'll nick his boat. (That should liven Hades up a bit.)