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Feeling Old

New librarians hate it when I talk about having done punch card programming at library school. The again, it brings our progress clearly into perspective when I read this posting.
How many punch cards would it take to program a 3 minute MP3 file?
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The short answer is 40,960 cards (the 21 boxes of cards would be 5 feet nine inches tall). Throughput is apparently 228 cards / second (althuogh I am sure mine was much slower). So you can do the math . . .!
Try to put that in your iPod!
Stephen

Posted on: August 4, 2005, 2:45 pm Category: Uncategorized

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