|Owned by||Shropshire (Salop) County Council|
|After two years at
got ambitious (restless?) and applied for a job as a Project Leader
with Salop County Council (as it was then) in Shrewsbury on a new IBM
360/30. This was popular with Barbara whose family lived
there. We moved to Church Stretton in September 1965 and I proceeded to
attend a number of IBM courses.
My main task at SCC was to write a system for the computerisation of the rating system for various district councils in Shropshire - collecting rates was not a function of the County Council.
|Programming||Programs were mainly
written in Assembler (although Fortran and RPG was available).
Once cards were available we could use the 'standard' technique of compiling a program and producing the binary version on punched cards - amendments were made by inserting 'patch' cards which modified the machine code.
|Hardware||The system had 16kb (32k?) of memory, 2 x 7Mb disk units (2311 with removeable disk packs), P/T reader, line printer and a console typewriter.|
|Software||Due to unwise money saving the 360/30 initially did not have a card reader and all input was on Paper Tape. This was very strange for most of the IBM personnel involved as they didn't know much about it. A mod was made to the BOS/360 operating system (even simpler than DOS - "DOS/360 was for sissies that couldn't handle TOS/360. TOS/360 was for sissies that couldn't handle BOS/360") so that JCL could be read on paper tape - unfortunately each line had to look like a punched card - the commands had to be padded out to 80 chars (no EOL chars) ! This produced endless problems and a card reader was installed within a year.|
2311 Disk drive with pack loaded
pictures of 360 era|
IBM Archive - lots of data and pictures
Lars Poulsen's Archive Site - 360 and successors
|Wiki IBM 360