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Flow Chart Template

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I have been working on a project lately where I need to fit a design into an enclosure and was fumbling through my drawer looking for a measuring scale when I came across an old flow charting template.  I acquired it almost 40 years ago when I was working on a hydrocarbon process simulator that we were programing in FORTRAN.  That project was the last time I wrote code until fairly recently, but anyway, here is the template:

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Pretty funny...  On the left side is a "card scale" that you could put next to a stack of IBM punched cards to estimate how many you had.  Over at top right are the main ways of getting something into the computer - punched card, magnetic tape, and punched tape.  I actually remember using punched paper tape on a computer once.  Down below is online storage, offline storage, and "drum".  Followed by document, display, terminal, and manual operation.

 

I don't actually remember using it as we weren't required to document with flow charts.  But we did have extensive user documentation in the form of paper manuals and the code itself was heavily documented.

 

 

 

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Yeah, Visio was the standard tool for engineering concepts and flow charting in my previous life.  But recently I have just been drawing on paper or a white board and then taking a picture with my phone.  Quick and easy!

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Hallo,

 

Oh, that brings back so much memories.

I used to program in FORTRAN. And still do.

Here is my Flowchart template.

 

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I recently (within the last year) got rid of several of my templates, including flow chart and logic symbols, because with the youngest of them being 30+ years old, the plastic was starting to get `that smell', as it degraded. You all know the smell.somewhere between stale cheese and decaying animal,along with the white crust on the surface. I can't remember the source of the flowchart template (IBM? Digital? Data General? One of the big ones), but the logic symbol were the green TI and the blue National. I remember getting them at a recruiting fair in the early '80s.

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Fmilburn, no kidding i almost cried when saw your photo.

I am sure to have one of these,with a very white nice plastic cover bag about 20 years ago (although in my memory that plastic cover was meant to be discarded once opened).

 

DOS became Windows 3.1 became Windows 95 became Windows 98 became Windows XP became Windows 7 became Windows 8 became Windows 10.

 

Mine disappeared somewhere along the number / char change, but the memory of my pencil following this flow chart template will stay with me forever.

Thanks for posting this!

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We are all dating ourselves by responding to this post : )...

 

This is the one I remember:

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I also have a metal ruler that was used for laying out formats for an IBM line printer.

 

-rick

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I have been working on a project lately where I need to fit a design into an enclosure and was fumbling through my drawer looking for a measuring scale when I came across an old flow charting template.  I acquired it almost 40 years ago when I was working on a hydrocarbon process simulator that we were programing in FORTRAN.  That project was the last time I wrote code until fairly recently, but anyway, here is the template:

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Pretty funny...  On the left side is a "card scale" that you could put next to a stack of IBM punched cards to estimate how many you had.  Over at top right are the main ways of getting something into the computer - punched card, magnetic tape, and punched tape.  I actually remember using punched paper tape on a computer once.  Down below is online storage, offline storage, and "drum".  Followed by document, display, terminal, and manual operation.

 

I don't actually remember using it as we weren't required to document with flow charts.  But we did have extensive user documentation in the form of paper manuals and the code itself was heavily documented.

You can still buy these. Perhaps not with the punch card measurement stuff, but these definitely exist.

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Yeah, Visio was the standard tool for engineering concepts and flow charting in my previous life.  But recently I have just been drawing on paper or a white board and then taking a picture with my phone.  Quick and easy!

What about rational rose ? Except back then it was called something else, and I do believe that rational rose predates MS Visio.

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