Who Created The Pragmatic Family of Frameworks?
A simple man.
My career began at the age of 16 in 1978 as an Electrical
and Electronic Apprentice with Marconi Radar Systems (Blackbird Road,
Leicester, UK) At that time I was really into electronics and had been playing
with little circuits for a few years. It was really exciting. I spent my time
between college and “The Factory” where I got the chance to work in many
different departments. It was really exciting. Around 1980 I ended up in a
Department (New Parks, Leicester UK) called TEPIGEN (TElevision
who had built the visual system for a ship simulator. Six million Pounds of
custom built hardware (that had less processing power than the CPU in the phone
that’s in your pocket) consisting mainly of four racks of “Picture Processors”
(Motorola 68000s) driven by a PDP11. It was really exciting. The output was on
three channels each delivering 40 degrees field of view which drove three large
Barco projectors. Interestingly at one point there were black speckles that
kept appearing on the displays, moving about in random patterns and appearing
and disappearing in the same apparently random fashion. After months of
software and hardware investigation the problem was identified. It was a test
Radar across the apron from where our Portacabins where located that was
spraying us periodically with microwaves! It was really exciting.
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