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    IBM Punch Card machine EBAY for making computer cards



    If you want to make your own Allen Organ computer cards, this is the machine for you!</P>


    If I lived closer to this machine I would buy it!</P>


    http://cgi.ebay.com/Collectable-Vint...d=p3286.c0.m14</P>


    Yeah, I know I can just buy the cards from Allen for $6.00 a piece, but the thought of making my own kind of sounds fun!</P>


    Am I crazy or what?</P>

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    Re: IBM Punch Card machine EBAY for making computer cards



    If that machine is in working condition, the starting bid is a great price! Minnesota is a little far for me, or I'd bid on it. As the person who created an Excel (R) spreadsheet for designing Allen computer cards, I'd love to have that machine. I do have a manual 011 punch, but the keypunch machines are a lot more convenient. (And one can duplicate cards on them, too.)</P>


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    Re: IBM Punch Card machine EBAY for making computer cards

    That picture brings back memories. I ran one of those babies when I was 18 or so - way back in the dark ages. LOL

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    Re: IBM Punch Card machine EBAY for making computer cards



    I still remember how to punch the program cards for the 026 and 029 machines (and I think the 042 was the same, too).</P>


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    I note that this item sold for the initial bid amount (1 bidder).</P>


    David</P>

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    Re: IBM Punch Card machine EBAY for making computer cards

    [quote user="davidecasteel"]

    I still remember how to punch the program cards for the 026 and 029 machines (and I think the 042 was the same, too).</p>


    David</p>

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    Ah, the 026, where you had to interpret the punches yourself (no printing on the card top) as I recall.</p>

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    Re: IBM Punch Card machine EBAY for making computer cards



    All you guys are dating yourselves!</P>


    I remember the business department of my high school had one, thatno one ever used, sitting in the corner of the typing room.</P>


    It was considered old fashioned back then. This was 1979 and our school just got their first Apple computer with a beautiful green screen. Now that was progress!</P>


    LOL</P>

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    Re: IBM Punch Card machine EBAY for making computer cards

    [quote user="sadatoni"][quote user="davidecasteel"]


    I still remember how to punch the program cards for the 026 and 029 machines (and I think the 042 was the same, too).</P>


    David</P>


    [/quote] </P>
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    Ah, the 026, where you had to interpret the punches yourself (no printing on the card top) as I recall.</P>


    John
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    [/quote]</P>


    Hey, after a while you didn't need the printing on top. Just hold it up to the window and read the holes--a lot like reading music!</P>
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    Re: IBM Punch Card machine EBAY for making computer cards



    Yep. I can still read Hollerith code (but not as fast as I did years ago).</P>


    I sure wished that that machine had been closer--I'd have liked to buy it. (Although I don't have an Allen digital organ to try the card in, I do have my spreadsheet to aid in experimentation and I could probably find some place to try them out.)</P>


    David</P>

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    Re: IBM Punch Card machine EBAY for making computer cards



    Send me a copy of the cards. I could always use some more cards. </P>


    I could play them over the phone for you so you could hear them or make a tape.</P>

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