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Jerry Lippey
United States
I'm an old guy. So there's lots to cram in here.
My computer career began as an engineer in the IBM lab where the first commercial hard drive was developed. That device had 50 two-foot-diameter platters, stood about four feet high, and weighed a ton. Seek time was more than half-a-second. Capacity, only 2 million 6-bit characters.

I learned to program before fast memory was solid state. Instructions were read off a drum (and they were not in consecutive locations). There were no high-level languages. We were grateful for SOAP (an assembler that helped unscramble the drum locations).

I'm proudest of a Senior Engineer title in IBM, but mostly I was managing software projects. I was the systems programming manager for the IBM 1500 - an education-oriented time-shared computer that flopped in the marketplace. I was a third-level manager for a while. 

Left IBM in the mid-1970s to run a small business, which I still operate. For 14 years we used a computer with a Z-80 processor. That cpu ran at 4 MHz and could address at most 0.064 MB of RAM. We had four 8-inch floppy drives ("microcomputers" didn't have hard drives in those days). 

At the time, we used BASIC from a tiny company in Albuquerque, New Mexico calling itself Microsoft.

I subscribed to CompuServe in 1980 and several years later a much larger Microsoft began running SIGs (Special Interest Groups) there. When Microsoft departed in 1996, I was offered an MVP position.
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