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Prof. Ron Mak, San Jose State

     - Old Fashioned Data Processing - e-mail Dec 2013 - updated April 2020
     - Sat Nov 14, 2009 - 2nd Sat & Class

Old Fashioned Data Processing - e-mail Dec 2013 - updated April 2020
Yes, there are still some old computer science professors who insist on teaching the antique technologies.

Here's an updated link to my lecture slides:
I discuss bucket sorting and card sorters starting on slide 23. I show them how to do a 4-tape merge sort starting on slide 29.

I have been known to teach my students how to multiply using a slide rule.

-- Ron, doddering old prof

Ronald Mak

Department of Computer Engineering
Department of Computer Science
Department of Applied Data Science
San José State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA USA 95192
"On two occasions I have been asked, 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question."
     -- Charles Babbage, 1791-1871
     World's first computer scientist

"The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers."
     -- Richard Hamming, 1915-1998, mathematician

Ed Thelen here, if Ron thinks he is "doddering", just imagine him at my age, 39*2.27

Saturday November 14, 2009 - 2nd Saturday & Class

from Ron Mak, via Stan Paddock
Hi, Bill [Worthington] and Stan [Paddock].

Thanks for teaching my students about the 1401 and unit record equipment yesterday! It was much appreciated. I overhead one student say that the keypunches reminded him of those "ancient typewriters".

I think they'll now appreciate their laptops and iPods more ...

-- Prof. Ron
Department of Computer Science
San Jose State University

Ron is also:
- Our software lead
- Author of ROPE, our 1401 editor/assembler/simulator GUI
- and author of computer software books #1, #2, #3, #4