View Full Version : Tom M. here

05-21-2004, 10:53 PM
Hi, I'm Tom and I go by the handle of MrQuietGuy. I entered the computer field in 1959 when I joined IBM to work on the SAGE system. I was 24 at the time; you do the math. You can find out a little more about me here ('http://forgemtn.net/tom.htm'). I took early retirement in 1989.

I began doing websites for nonprofits in 1998 using FrontPage. I later changed over to Dreamweaver, and still use it. I still do websites for nonprofits (I have about two dozen sites), and my service includes free hosting. I've never charged anyone for any website, or for any hosting. Click here ('http://forgemtn.net') to see what I do, and check out the portfolio page for some of the sites I've done. I'm not an expert by any means, but I enjoy what I do.

I also do some photography, but I'm no expert at that either. You can see my photos on Pbase here ('http://www.pbase.com/mrquietguy'). I love playing with Photoshop.

I'd like to see this board take off and be a place where Dreamweaver users can give and receive help.

Tom M. (MrQuietGuy)

05-22-2004, 01:20 AM
Hi Tom and welcome to the new forum!
I read your page and I'm in awe of the projects you've worked on. I looked up SAGE and it was really interesting to see what the equipment looked like (http://ed-thelen.org/comp-hist/vs-ibm-sage.html#Photo ('http://ed-thelen.org/comp-hist/vs-ibm-sage.html#Photo')), the technical specifications are greek to me, but I realize it must have been ground-breaking:
# first/early use of core memory (6 microsecond cycle time)
# first/early use of modems over phone lines
I also think it's admireable that you devote so much of your time and efforts to help the disabled and non profit organizations. I'm glad to have you here

05-22-2004, 02:35 PM
Yes, SAGE was quite a computer. The two computers (one active and one standby) filled up the first floor of a building that I estimate to be about 100 feet square. The input/output equipment occupied the second floor and the manned display stations were on the third floor. The fourth floor was for administration and management.

The SAGE computer used vacuum tubes, as transistors were not yet sufficiently developed. The clock rate was 2MHz, about 1/1000 of todays 2 GHz computers. It started out with 4K memory (RAM) which was later upgraded to a whopping 64K. It's hard to believe that this was sufficient to monitor all air traffic in the area, help identify bad guys, and even help in the interception of bad guys. Credit belongs to SDC (System Development Corporation) for managing that programming feat.

You can see a photo of me at the console here ('http://forgemtn.net/images/tomsage.jpg').

When the computers were eventually dismantled, the consoles were sold to movie companies and used in several science fiction movies.


05-25-2004, 07:05 AM
hey welcome hope you enjoy it here