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See that funny thing in the corner with Guild programmer Mike Smolik? That's what personal computers used to look like.
Guild was one of the first mortgage companies to integrate computer technology into its daily operations. Back then, mainframe computers were so big they needed their own room. They ran 24 hours a day, and Guild’s IT staff was always on call to fix any problems. Even if it was 3 am.
Early IBM computers saved data onto large reels of magnetic tape. This IBM System 3 Mainframe could potentially store up to 10MB of data, depending on how it was configured.
IBM System 3 computers were programmed with key punch cards like this one.
Early computers were prone to jams and required ongoing monitoring to run smoothly.