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Category Archives: Nostalgia
04 Mar 2010
“Ethan here: Today marks the 44th anniversary of Candelstick Park tornado that struck Jackson. 57 people died and 504 people were injured.” —@16WAPTNews I haven’t thought about that in years. My uncle was working there at the time; my aunt too, or maybe she was just visiting him. I vaguely remember them describing the experience. […]
26 Aug 2009
It is totally worth it. I’ve on several occasions, inadvertently as well as intentionally, pulled a stunt like this. For example: once long long ago, when I was a teenager or just after, some friends and I were cruising around looking for some mischief to get into. Me: Let’s listen to some Pink Floyd … […]
19 Aug 2009
A Visit From DEC Corporate
I filled out the annual Customer Service Survey, dropped it in the mail, and forgot about it … until one day a nervous Field Service Engineer and a Concerned Corporate Suit showed up outside my office. Background This was back in the day when the numerous DEC (later bought by Compaq, then by HP) minicomputers […]
20 Feb 2009
The first Twitter?
Long ago, on a VAX cluster far away, I was systems manager. phone was among the many utilities available, and was quite handy for chatting with other users on the cluster. Students seemed to enjoy it a lot, so much so that some would randomly phone other users just to say “hi”. Unfortunately, college faculty […]
04 Jul 2008
Ten Years of lohnet.org
I just realized that June 19 was the tenth anniversary of my lohnet.org domain registration (why I registered it). It is still my primary email domain, but the web site just sends traffic here. I’ve not decided what to do with it once I get time to revamp it. Due to my own laziness, I […]
23 Mar 2008
Jeff Moser, in Computing History Matters, said ‘I had always assumed that the “core” referred to in the error message was an adjective for “main,” but when I saw real “core memory,” I realized that I had misunderstood the term for years.’ It’s an interesting overview; you should check it out. However, that particular comment […]
28 Feb 2008
It’s funny what you can find in the back of a closet. I think this Zenith ZFL-181-93 was my first laptop. It can still boot from both the DOS and Minix diskettes — not bad for a nearly 20-year-old machine. Next? Probably a Radio Shack TRS-80 Color Computer (CoCo). Flickr set: Zenith ZFL-181-93 Laptop