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Old 25th Aug 2010, 14:57
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ChristiaanJ
 
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Originally Posted by G SXTY View Post
And to think that she was designed in the 1960s by men with slide rules and drawing boards.
Well, of course we did have computers in those days, mostly for the really big number-crunching jobs.
But you're right, nearly all of the mundane day-to-day design was with a slide rule, and pencil-and-paper.

I still remember how in about 1972 we had to start calculating the electric trim computer resistor values to 0.1% (rather than +-1%), so I bought my very first pocket calculator.... little red LED display, just the basic 4 functions. Cost 42, and those were 1972 pounds (what would the equivalent be today?). Luckily I could put it on my expense account ....

CJ
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