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I am so old there were no college classes in computing.

My first encounter was in a grad school stat class. The point of the exercise was to learn to use the main frame. The exercise itself was to head over to the computer center and, using a free terminal, set up a 2x2 ANOVA. Results would be available the next day. It took as long to do the punch cards as it would have for me to do the whole thing by pencil and paper--and I'd have had the results immediately.

Still, larger problems would have been faster than pencil and paper.

Eric Hine
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