Showing posts from February, 2019
My first job was working second shift, for Met Life, 15:05 to 22:50 (3:05 pm to 10:50 pm), the Met Life buildings were huge buildings on 23rd and Madison Ave in The City. They had a newer building and two older buildings including the Met Life Clock Tower. Met Life is no longer in those buildings. They moved to the old PAM AM building in mid town and to a building in Long Island City in Queens.

My first computer system was the Honeywell 200 printing subsystem. The system consisted of several drives, an operators console and three high speed impact printers. Once a tape was mounted, you had to initialize the printer, then check the header info, make sure the paper was positioned properly (more important when printing forms) then send another command to the printer to start printing.

These printers were metal hammers hitting a metal cylinder that had all the characters on it. With three printers going all at once, the noise was extremely loud. We had it measured at 120 decibels.
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