Tuesday Oct 14, 2008

Go Cougars!

Today's cover story from USA Today's sport section extolled the rising fortunes of my alma mater's football team.  I'm old enough to have been in BYU stadium to see the home games leading to BYU's 1984 national championship.  It is great to see the level of on the field and off the field performance by the current team. We are doubly excited to see the exploits of Max Hall, the BYU quarterback, who went to high school in Mesa, Arizona, where we now live.


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Friday Sep 05, 2008

Back in the day ...

While searching for the photo of our "Murphy's Law Sofa" I blogged about yesterday, I stumbled across this photo of the first computer I ever built. Back in 1976, while we were sophomores in engineering school at Brigham Young University, Larry Langdon (pictured) and I built a 16 bit computer completely out of TTL logic gates and flip-flops. It wasn't very elegant, but it ran the specified instruction set just fine and got us "A" grades in the digital electronics lab class.

BYU computer

This was so long ago that bell bottoms and aviator glasses were still in style!

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Monday Aug 11, 2008

I Pray in Fortran

Yesterday, my wife found a little sketch I had made way back before I graduated from Brigham Young University in the late 1970's. How things have changed in our perception of what computers look like. Note the bell bottom pants!

I Pray in Fortran


I can't remember when I ever had a Fortran prayer answered. Perhaps I was praying to the wrong God!

PS: the faint faces you can see behind the computer are not the ghosts of dead computers. They are merely sketches I had made on the other side of the paper!


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