28 August 2008
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19 August 2008
I'm in the process of migrating articles from an internal wiki to a new platform (I much prefer the one we're leaving, and I prefer MediaWiki to both, but it's not my call). Anyway, I stumbled over an entry that I wrote a few months ago about top box and bottom box statistics. Top box analysis, as far as I can tell, is fairly popular in the market research industry. It's often used with measures of customer satisfaction. It's a simple tool, but it hasn't received a lot of rigorous academic attention, so there isn't a lot of information available online. And, unfortunately, the only way to search for it is with "top box -office -set".
08 August 2008
Dan Wohlbruck has started a series of columns on his early days as a programmer in the 1960s, starting with training on the IBM 1401 system. The 1401 used a model 1402 80-column card reader-punch for input and a 1403 printer for output.
Once the card was read, where in memory are the 80-columns of data placed, you wonder? In positions 1 through 80, of course. The 1401 mapped the first 333 positions of memory for card input (1-80), card output (101-180), and a print line (201-332). The 333rd position of memory could be used for printer channel control. If you are scheming how to use those leftover positions from 81-100 and 181-200, you are ahead of the game.