Out of Memorycomputer memory programming
Image by John Virgolino
D90, Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G, f/4.8, 1/20, ISO 200
This is a small portion of the maintenance panel of the SAGE computer system at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. I have a strangely deep connection to this because it represents some of the memory registers for a computer system that took up at least one room. It makes me think of the very early days of programming when you didn’t have much computer memory to use. When every bit mattered and how that just made for better programmers. Today, with cheap gigabytes of memory, only the purest of programmers pay attention to memory usage and finesse. It reminds me that once upon time you had to manually flip switches — it humbling and you have to have deep respect for those that paved the way for the innovations which we take for granted today. It’s important to understand where all this came from. I for one am glad the Computer History Museum is around to preserve that legacy.