Punch Cards to iPad


Punched cards have been used for centuries to aid automation. When I was in med school, at the University of Ottawa, I occasionally watched the engineering guys cursing their IBM, punch-card stacks, while I waited to meet my wife, who was in U of O’s nursing school.

punch cards to the iPad

It doesn’t feel like a long time but, computer history from punch cards to CP/M PCs to Macs and now to the iPad tells a longer story; from punch cards to iPad.

Observation: iPad users seldom curse. 🙂

What’s next?

1984: Long Ago, Cumberland, Computers…


How long ago was 1984? Jump into your ‘way back machine’ courtesy of this short, Apple, internal video. Pay attention to:

  • the music
  • the clothes
  • and particularly the computers

Unlike many of you, I was alive in 1984, living in the Comox Valley, on Vancouver Island, on Canada’s west coast. I was living in Cumberland. FYI, the picture of Cumberland above was not taken in 1984; it’s a picture of Cumberland’s China Town back in Cumberland’s coal mining days. Two of my three children had been born, they were eight and six. I even had one of those little Mac computers.

1984 was a long time ago.

Mac 1984