[ih] internet-history Digest, Vol 83, Issue 5

John Day jeanjour at comcast.net
Wed Feb 12 13:38:30 PST 2014

If we are talking about accounting on mainframes for job time, etc 
back in the day, they all did it to a greater or lesser degree, 
especially on university systems.

No one worried about network charging on the early ARPANET because no 
one was charging us.  That kind of spoiled us and then we got the 
idea it should be free.  But commercial networks did charge.

>There was no place to put the data because memory was very expensive 
>and small, and I/O devices
>expensive, at least in the Big Blue world where I mostly lived. 
>OTOH, the compile-and-go
>operation on Stanford's B220 did record job times, at least I think 
>it did. This was early 1960s.
>Probably punched clock values and job names on an IBM card. The 
>actual accounting must
>have been done offline.
>Larry Breed, who wrote the very simple OS to log jobs on and off would know.
>Bob Braden
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