About Me

Over 50 years ago, I used telephone rotary switches to automate textile machines by soldering programs onto these contacts. Although hardware is now billions of times faster, programming has not advanced significantly since then.

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Then later in the 1960s I programmed the first super computer - The CDC 6600

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Charles Warlick, in the suit, was Director of the Computation Center - University of Texas at Austin in the 1960s & 70s. Under his leadership, we created leading edge software while  supplying the academic needs of a large university.

Later in Austin, I headed up a development center for a computer manufacturer and then founded a company manufacturing a UNIX computer of my own.

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FROM rotary switches  -- TO the first supercomputer -- and BEYOND!

The Control Data 6600 was called the first supercomputer. It was ten times faster than anything else in the 1960s, costing $8.5 million 1966 dollars = about $60 million today - 2014. It took thirty of us - electrical engineers, physicists and mathematicians - to keep it going. It was famous for doing MEGAFLOPs - milllions of floating point operations per second.

Today's iPhones are thousands of times faster and anybody can use them - plus they go in your pocket and run off batteries!

There is now enough technology sitting on the shelf to do almot anything we can imagine. As Einstein said: "Imagination is more important than knowledge."

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A Tale - I Build to Learn & Learn to Build:

Starting as a child in my father’s machine shop after WWII, 
    I built machines and controls by learning from experienced designers around me.
        From there I went to physics and then computing.

Now I am the experienced one,
    no longer building machines of steel,
      but instead now building invisible machines - software inside computers - 
        machines that gather, cut and assemble data into information
          just as my father's machine shop assembled steel into structures long ago.

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Lessons I have learned:

  1. Simpler is better.

  2. Use the simplest solution - not the most complex.

  3. Do the minimum to get the job done - not the maximum.

  4. If a feature is not absolutely necessary - eliminate it.

  5. The most profitable feature of any product is quality. 


Contact: Gareth Harris at 505-358-6668, 

or email: garethharris@mac.com

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