I mastered the multiplication table without memorizing it automatically. Still, by adding to itself the multiplied number in my mind by a certain number of times equal to the multiplier of the product – this was my first algorithm, with which I was able to master the multiplication. I have consciously come to this, and not by the method of automatic cramming.
When, already in high school, I knew that this is exactly how the arithmetic part of the microprocessor works in a computer.
Looking at 28 students of our group – of which 23 students were of the fair sex, and the rest were boys, it was still difficult for me to imagine these girls as operators of CNC machines in production. Dressed in overalls – they were all as if they were on the selection, so photogenic that at least they took pictures for posters: “Have you chosen the profession of a milling machine?”.
In the first lesson – acquaintance with DOS, my partner, a mechanical engineer, and I almost formatted the hard disk, by a lucky coincidence – a programmer was sitting near us and his prompt intervention – have been saved the database in the computer. This is how I learned the command in DOS – format.