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Pipes and Nodes

Post work-adjustment exhaustion syndrome, I was back in uni-town for a reunion. A friend had access to a flat for sleeping over, but on the desk was a one year old original 1984 MacIntosh and we had permission to try it out, except for one program. They were not called apps then. This was a graphical description of a North Sea oil pipe distribution network and nodes from rig to shore. Our absent host used the program to lay out connections between verses in the Old Testament. That was the earliest info-graphic layer of a hefty database I had somehow seen before; The Bible, one of the early digitized texts. Our host, the theologian, had got the program off an acquaintance in the oil industry. Early software piracy in the name of the Lord!


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