When I started in the computer service business in 1968 a magnetic storage drum held 2MB of data and was the size of a closet. NASA ran entire satellite ground tracking stations with 32KB of memory, 2MB of drum storage and wrote the real-time telemetry data to tape a block at a time. Processing this data was often an overnight job spinning multi-reels of tape for hours. These systems consisted of 50ft of computer on one side of the room and a field of tape drives, card readers, card punches, paper tape punches and line printers on the other side of the room.
Spent three years at the NASA Goddard space facility in Greenbelt Md. installing and servicing the ground stations for the weather and observation satellites of that time.
Left the real-time computer arena for the data processing side of the business working for Xerox, Honeywell and Data General. Became a Corporate Technical Support Engineer at Data General in 1982, traveling throughout the country fixing problem systems.
I got to work on the development and launch of DG's "Argus" 354MB disk sub-system which pioneered RLL recording, Logical Block Addressing (LBA) and Zero Defect (no bad blocks) media. Installed the first 40 Argus sub-systems in Switzerland, Sweden and Germany in 1984.
Data General was an innovator in the mini computer business and pioneered many technologies.
These technologies were not my ideas but I did get to participate in the troubleshooting and certification of some of the products using these technologies.
I wasn't always in the "glory" side of the business. I spent many a year driving across Massachusetts and Rhode Island fixing mundane problems with terminals and printers. Flying into Vermont in "bug swatter" commuter planes to pull PM's and fix minor problems. But all in all I had a good time doing what I enjoyed doing and being involved in the computer revolution from the "glass house" to the guest house.
Look at what Nexar is doing
for PC's today. These are the people that brought Leading Edge
out of bankruptcy and back into prominence in the SOHO PC market
in the early 90's. When Leading Edge stopped selling product domestically
and closed their US facility in 1995, these former Leading Edge
people developed a very innovative PC design.
Dick Perron ..