Punching Holes in Big-Data

Once upon a time, data had substance. You could touch it, feel it – and, best of all, play with it.
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Jeff
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Re: Well done!
Jeff   2/11/2013 12:07:28 PM
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We need a post on the names given to Computer Professionals and thier departments.  I haven't heard "Data Processing" in 15 years. 

 

Will Big-Data change the game enought that we need to change the department name from IT to something else or will there bloom a new department?

Lyndon_Henry
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Lyndon_Henry   2/7/2013 8:34:24 PM
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..

Jeff writes


Second they never covered the what happens after we use the punch card in Computer Science classes.


 

I used 'em for bookmarks.  Oh ... remember books?  Anyway, lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of punchcard bookmarks ... until I was getting smothered in bookmarks.  Well, I'm exaggerating.  But anyway, by that time, I was sick of punchcard bookmarks, and fortunately, the data-processing world was sick of punchcards.  Now I'm besieged by old floppy disks...

 

Jeff
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Jeff   2/5/2013 7:57:41 PM
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Well, punch cards were harder to use in all respects, including finding mistakes.  But   you would have to be more careful from the outset for many reasons.  So I believe there were truely less mistakes to be found.

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BethSchultz   2/5/2013 6:33:54 PM
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Never having used punch cards, or their modern-age software equivalent for that matter, I have to ask -- with which is it easier to find where your mistakes have been made? 

Jeff
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Jeff   2/5/2013 3:54:18 PM
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One thing punch cards did do for you.  You had to get it right the first time.  They were hard to correct.  Like the typewriter to the MS Word times 10.  If your program failed, sometimes, you had to wait days to re-run, this would force you to be more careful.

Alexis
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Alexis   2/3/2013 2:21:34 PM
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Interesting to see how people spent their time pre-social media days!

BethSchultz
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BethSchultz   2/1/2013 11:57:55 AM
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They were re-using, alright -- but think of all the trees they killed in the first place. Whenever I hear "punch card" an immediate vision of all the CS and engineering students scurrying around campus with their big stacks of punch cards -- and I attending a big engineering school, so there were tons and tons of 'em. I was always vaguely intriqued and massively relieved that I didn't have to add a punch card stack to eveything I had to schlep across campus.

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BethSchultz   2/1/2013 11:54:05 AM
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I was thinking about the environs around IBM headquarters -- all those good wives, secretaries, etc. -- crafting with the corporate goods.

 

Noreen Seebacher
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Noreen Seebacher   2/1/2013 8:36:29 AM
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Thanks Pierre!

Noreen Seebacher
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Noreen Seebacher   2/1/2013 8:36:12 AM
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IDK Jeff...I once thought anything digital was "green" until I realized it still leaves a huge wake behind it.

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