Biography of Donald Daniel

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I am a retired electronic engineer. I was born in 1941. I wish information on waltz balls and social ballroom dancing had been readily available in my younger days, and am making it as readily available as I can as a public service for no compensation in my retirement. These balls are an opportunity for people with similar tastes to meet, and an oasis to experience an environment they prefer. Before age 77 I attended country-western dances regularly and balls when I could.

You have permission to link from your site to any part of my site.

Waltzballs.org is a one man organization. Here at waltzballs.org I am the chairman of the board, president, chief financial officer, head of the research department, and janitor. There is good communication between the departments. The only member of the staff who does not always do good work is the janitor.

By giving away free of charge information that I hope is valuable, I try to serve as an impoverished philanthropist.

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I started programming computers in 1963 on an IBM 1620 model 1 computer. The picture below shows the 1620 model 2. The cabinet with the plastic window behind the right side of the computer is a hard drive. Both the model 1 and the model 2 had a typewriter on the desk that was part of the computer, but could only be used by the IBM repairman. Computer users could only use a card reader and card punch not shown in the picture. When I started on the model 1 it did not have a hard drive. No screen, keyboard, hard drive or operating system. Only a CPU, memory and card machine. The user put in a deck of cards containing his program and a deck of cards containg the Fortran compiler. The computer punched out a deck of cards with either errors or results. The machine in the extreme upper right hand corner was an IBM 407 accounting machine that was very heavy and that could read cards and print the information on fanfold paper. My first program computed a table of numbers representing the frequency response of a twoport circuit model written in fortran-2.

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Given my advanced age, any day this web page might not have an author. I hope that in the event of my death, others will have saved the zip file of this web site so that they can put this web page on the internet under the version of the GNU public license that does not permit alterations. The site could remain in English or be translated to other languages. The references that are only temporarily available, such as links, email addresses and phone numbers to others should be deleted. My stuff could be part of larger web sites that have other articles by other people living or dead.

Addendum 6-6-2017. Recently my website was hosted by Yahoo. But Verizon bought yahoo. On 5-21-17 Yahoo sent me an email warning that new terms of service would come into effect on 6-8-17. The new terms of service would effectively give them ownership of my content, and possibly the right to prevent anyone else from reproducing my content after my death. So I moved my site to a different hosting service and called Yahoo to cancel my contract with them. On 6-2-17 they verbally said the contract is cancelled but refused to confirm cancellation in writing or by email. So after my death they might dispute the date of cancellation and claim rights they are not due. This is for the information of anyone else that might wish to reproduce my content after my death.

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