Alumni Anectdotes

Computer and Information Science Alumni — Anecdotes

from Kurt M. Vander Bogart, '76

I can remember waiting 2 to five hours to receive a printout from punched cards for about 25 lines of code. Every student computer project at Oswego was batch - punch a card - insert it in the deck and wait. If you made a mistake you would punch another card insert it in the deck and wait. Today the Net is somewhat faster!

The horror stories came from the people who had 200-300 cards that were not sequenced (numbered) and dropped them. What fun! People carried boxes of IBM cards around with them. Compare that with a 3 1/5 inch diskette, or better yet, having your file on a Net server that you can easily FTP.

Apple was not around and it would be 6 more years before this thing called an IBM PC took off.

from Richard C.S. "Doc" Kinne, '87

Well, here you go. Hope you like it. (Doc's story) If you REALLY like it I also have a story where I convinced Doug that I'd deleted my whole compiler project halfway through the class and there was no backup. There is also the time I composed a song (now lost to the ages) at 0400 in the morning to the tune of "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean" while working on a B-trees assignment for Guillermo Serna. I was so punchy the next day (no sleep) that I actually sang it to him and the entire class!

It's amazing what one will remember.

from John Feeney, '87

I was working on a FORTRAN simulation in the computer lab in the basement of Snygg Hall. There was some sort of tour of prospective students and their parents. They stopped by my terminal and asked what I was working on.

Prof. Tymann had assigned a simulation of drunk students walking home from a bar at one corner of the grid and the campus at the opposite corner. Depending on how drunk the student was determined if he/she knew the direction they from which they arrived at a grid corner. Less drunk students usually arrived at campus sooner since they never repeated the last segment they just walked.

The faces on the student and parents was amazing! The guide was quick to shuffle the group off. I don't know if we gained any students but I did my best.


from David Scrano, '93

About the only thing that I could say to an incoming freshman is good luck with your studies, keep your grades up and DON'T Take 4 programming classes at the same time or you will blow your mind like I did and go crazy from over work and lack of sleep. And sleeping in the computer lab will not improve your grades...... or your looks.

Favorite class -- System Simulation with Mohammadi
Second Favorite -- Operating Systems with Tymann

from Rebecca Jones, '94

I remember late night programs that forced you to raid the vending machines of any edible food possible. (My favorite was the Cinnamon Rolls).

Or the Saturday morning when CSC365 *convinced* Prof. Mohammadi to come in to help us with part of a program that the class could not figure out. (The way we convinced him was with Dunkin Donuts).

from Dan McMillen, '94

I can distinctly remember a few events, the rest are VERY vague...

The too numerous flooding of the Computer Room one summer! No one told me the duties of a Senior Operator included water removal. I only hope for Paul Taylor's sake they have replaced the air conditioner.

The time the HALON system was activated in the Computer Room! Ed Beadel, the assistant director, broke several land speed records and miraculously de-activated the system before we replayed Terminator II - and all oxygen was sucked out of the room.

Receiving a very good grade after turning in my final project in Professor Graci's class on BLUE paper. It can never hurt to try!

Many, many, many wonderful and enlightening days in numerous Computer Science classes. It was an experience I will never forget.

I don't know if I have more fond memories of the Computer Science staff or the Instructional Computing Center staff - I'll leave that up to the Freshman to decide for themselves...

Memory serves wise commanders. Tz'u-hsi, 638 AD