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    158 points. Shame on me.

    My proudest moment: Q0027, powers of 2 up to 2**16. German Language teacher asked us questions about numbers: “29*53”, and the first student providing the correct answer in German scored a point (basically it was a multiplication by pencil and paper problem…). When he asked “32*64” I answered immediately and he stared at me for a second and then gravely asked: “do we have another John Nash here?”

    Also, Q003A, I used to whistled to get a 300 baud “CONNECT”; tried (unsuccessfully) to impress friends with that.

    I also made my own A4 line-printed ASCII posters because I wanted my room to feel like the University lab, where actual line-printed posters were there since ages. Today I’m still using vi (actually vim). I used to update my custom fortune cookies file; stopped about 15 years ago; my Linux desktop always has full screen terminal windows on both monitors (but most of the time there’s a browser on the right one). Yes, we have terabytes today, in 1990 the average dude had 20 megabytes, the cool one had 40 (the legendary Seagate ST-251, 820 cyls, 6 heads, 17 sectors, 3600 rpm, 28ms average seek).

    I don’t know why for(;;) fork(); is not mentioned. In 1990’s cool guys wrote it on their motorbike muffles. Yes, the same dudes who “cut the single-side tooth” for flippydisk’ing.

    As ridicolous as it can sound in 2020, I actually played Pong - the real thing. Man, I really feel old now.

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      This is a project I stopped working on a while back, but looking back on it there’s still a ton of interesting stuff worth sharing. I’ll still review and merge PRs but probably won’t be writing more original content myself.

      @lorddimwit made a lot of contributions as did another lobster I can’t remember right now.

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        What are you thinking? People will cheat on that computer history test now. ;)

        Seriously though, I suppose I’m going to file a few PRs. I was thinking of a right design for an “eternal” nerd test too, maybe I should get back to it. My idea is not only to avoid questions that may not age well, but also to include questions that are quick to answer for a person with technical knowledge, but hard for the uninitiated, such as “what’s the output voltage of (a complex-looking DC circuit diagram with a diode wired backwards)”.

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        The last time I saw something like this, it was without explanations. I’m glad to see this one has a bit more for those of us who didn’t get to experience some of these things.

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          Anyone know the “Snoopy calendar” reference?

          0044 Do you have a Snoopy calendar?

          0045 … Is it out-of-date?

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            Hey! Here’s everything I know about it – unfortunately, it’s not 100% revealing, otherwise I’d have made a pull request with this two years ago, but at least it’s something:

            Unfortunately what I don’t know is the source of joke in the Real Programmers text, otherwise I’d have made a pull request for this two years ago or so. I suspect that, at one point, it was a popular demo for IBM computers, or at least an usual “toy”. The Real Programmers text is sympathetic towards IBM systems and old-time IBM programmers, and the program’s age and presumably original language (FORTRAN IV) fit.

            FWIW, the calendar is actually pretty cute. A long time ago, when I was very young and had all the walls to myself, I actually had one of those in my room.

            A bazillion thanks to @varjag for the invite so that I can post this!

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              Thank you for this deep dive! Very tempted to update this for a little mini A4 calendar. :-)

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              There’s a plausible reference in this 1982 essay, which is more than twice as old to us than the 1969 Snoopy calendar was to them. O_o

              [edit: forgot the link] http://web.mit.edu/humor/Computers/real.programmers

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                This is all new to me.

                [1] https://bigironnewb.blogspot.com/2008/01/real-programmers-dont-eat-quiche.html

                [2] http://www.pbm.com/%7Elindahl/real.programmers.html

                The typical Real Programmer lives in front of a computer terminal. Surrounding this terminal are:

                … Taped to the wall is a line-printer Snoopy calendar for the year 1969.

                I think Snoopy was presumably one of the first ASCII artworks.

                EDIT: see also Fortran source [3] https://gunkies.org/wiki/Snoopy_Calendar