The “I have programmed using plugboards or punchcards” badge.


Kind of like our level 5 computer programming badge. (GS)



  1. that’s how I learned to program FORTRAN
    before that I use a teletype and programmed in BASIC

  2. Learned FORTRAN & COBOL this way…and got first case of carpal tunnel that my orthopedic surgeon had ever seen…Good Times!

  3. The first “computer” I had was from Radio Shack. to “program” it you had to use patch wires to connect switches, relays, and lights. Of course the switches were the “input” and lights the “output”.

    My mother was a punch card operator. Her version of the “internet” was putting her cards in a shoe-box and mailing them to the west coast office.

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