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The Soviet punched card

In The spirit of modernism in the computer world, I wrote about a card that was used before to store information (mainly programs). Below, the actual card:


Depending on which number is removed in a column, different letters can be obtained. These letters are also printed at the top, so that it is easier to read the information. These cards were later combined in a pile, in order to produce a program. The corner is removed in order to be able to identify if it is misplaced easily.

The spirit of modernism in the computer world

Recently, I asked my grandmother about her thoughts about the technological development since her youth in the USSR and now. She said it has change a lot, as when she went to school, there were no calculators, however, as her mother (my great-grandmother) did some calculations at home, she brought a mechanical device, which you needed to turn around in order to calculate something. Later on, at the university, grandma got a special card that you could use to calculate stuff on a machine that was as big as an entire room from her friend with a phrase on the back side.

To Taisa (grandma) as a memory of the spirit of modernism.

After some time, these machines got smaller, and finally reached the current personal computers. Even in my mind, since I started to use a computer, I began to use Windows XP (once I got the permission to use it), I have  experienced a technological development as well. Windows XP is probably the OS I have used most of the time; I never changed to Vista. When I was writing this post, I was using Windows 8.

Other programs like Microsoft Office and Visual Studio have changed several times. Below, some stuff I found that reminds me about the past.


Finally, I received my Office 2013!

Today I received my new Office 2013, but this version is Home & Student. The reason why I did not buy Office 360 University is because it would stop working after 4 years, and I really wanted to buy a product and not a subscription. Office 360 has many good features, for instance the ability to upgrade the office when a new release arrives, and it is possible to install it on more computers. However, I am currently only using my Lenovo Yoga 13 laptop, so I only need one single copy + SkyDrive (which is included).

I also found that this time I do not need to use any CD to install it, as it is now linked to a Microsoft account. This is very cool, as my laptop does not have CD/DVD reader. Below, I included the picture of my package.


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