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Re: Typing the lexicon(Shoebox history)

From:BP Jonsson <bpj@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 25, 2000, 20:46
At 01:02 25.7.2000 -0400, Roger Mills wrote:
> There was also a complicated >system of cards with holes along the top and sides which you punched out for >the appropriate phoneme/morpheme etc. To sort out, say, PAST, or PLURAL, >you ran your wife's knitting needle thru the holes, and every card with PAST >or PLURAL etc. would fall out. Who woulda thunk.
My grandfather had a patented system thingy where you could insert the box with the punched cards, then you depressed the appropriate combi of buttons on a small keyboard, and it would sort out and present you with the cards one by one, then put them back. To punch a card you inserted it under the keyboard instead. He kept all his customers, suppliers etc. over a 40 year period with that thing. No backups, no crashes, no dying harddisks -- and a limit of twelve predefined parameters to search for each kind of data. Looked like a monstrous cross between a typewriter and a sewing machine! /BP 8^)> -- B.Philip Jonsson (delete X) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Truth, Sir, is a cow which will give [skeptics] no more milk, and so they are gone to milk the bull." -- Sam. Johnson (no rel. ;)