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Old 01-09-2015, 10:23 AM
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oh don't feel bad, you must have missed the part where I said we were still working with DOS on this machine, that was the first computer operating system that I think went with BASIC language, like where you typed in the command next to the little >: sign....no windows at that point, windows changed so much
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I remember DOS, Ellen. I was such a dimwit I never got it and couldn't get it. So overly complicated and technical.

You won't hear me say this often, but... thank goodness for modern! LOL!
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We still used those printers at the Credit Bureau when I left there in 98. And yes they were very noisy. We printed out mortgage credit reports on them and there would be piles and piles folded up as they spit out of the machine, we kept a cardboard box on the floor to try to keep them in order as they came out of the machine. Then we would take a highlighter pen and highlight the negative things like judgements, etc. there was a asterik beside each negative note.

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Anyone remember microfiche? Our courts were still using those when I left the Credit Bureau in 98 not sure what they use now to copy and record all those documents that are filed there.

And in some of the courts they were still using docket books.. Wow! Those things were huge, worst part of my job going back and verifying old judgements, liens, etc. that hadn't been updated on the computers yet. Ugh! And those poor workers that had to pick them up and rubber stamp new entries every day. I'm sure some of the smaller courts in Ohio still use them.

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Old 01-12-2015, 05:37 AM
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Oh yes, I remember microfiche and the card readers used, I used them for my research back in the late 70s!. In detective and mystery movies, there is usually a scene where the detective looks through old newspapers on microfiche. I don’t know if our local courts have gone electronic yet, I think they might still use dockets? It’s not getting the records online, I think it is getting them online without the possibility of being hacked. Computer security can get expensive.
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I remember the microfiche, too! Thought it was way cool back when, but comparing it to today's technology it really is laughable!
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My group in the sixties was the first to learn the key punch machine where I worked. Was easier than using a typewriter & calculator in the fifties. All the calls were recorded by key punch from a written slip of paper. Someone else would check them then count how many mistakes you made and how long it took us and them to process. At the end of the day it was all posted for all to see. It was really nerve wracking to do every day. Glad I got promoted where a computer printed out the calls on a tape then another computer punched out the cards. Used a collator four times to get them in numbered order and put the keypunched cards into a machine that printed the bills out. Hardest part was lifting the trays of cards and making sure you didn't mix the trays up when putting them in the machines. We all took turns running the different machines so we knew from begging to end what to do. Remember before computers had hundreds of girls sorting into little squares that were numbered all the slips of papers until each stack were in numbered order.

Was glad to have a job for 75 cents an hour to start in those days. As the years went bye paychecks went up but so did the cost of living. At least it counted towards getting my own social security check down the road.
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Neat-O story, Sueanne!
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