I worked on core memory computers in the 60's. You had 16K, tape drives (no disks) and FORTRAN. What a gas!
Were there some "Well, that's interesting..." moments where we launched something and realized it was affected by cosmic rays?
(This /was/ a surprise to the folks who designed Hubble, but the spook satellite people apparently knew all about it . . . and didn't tell the Hubble folks, not even over beer or something. Great win for national security, guys </sarcasm>).
*I am not a physicist, someone correct me if I'm grossly wrong.
I think this is one person who can legitimately say that he programs with a magnetized needle and a steady hand.