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Anyhow... the time has come, the walrus said... for
a solilequy! Don't worry, I'm just going to tell you about the days of
yore and how I got into the world of computers and digital communications
a good long while before John Q. Public even knew what the Internet was!
I first got started in the world of computer-based communications back in 1986 just before I got my first real computer and signed up for an account on a local BBS while over at a friend's house. I was hooked right then and there and threw together a piecemeal system that suited my needs at the time just perfectly. It consisted of a very well-worn C=64, a cassette tape drive, 300 baud MoDem and a small black and white TV. Many people viewing this page on the World Wide Web have no idea what I am talking about, so I will attempt to elaborate as briefly as I can...
It was a simpler time... a day when computers were interesting and fun. It was a day of 40 column ASCII text, of 5.25" floppy disks, acoustic coupling MoDems and 8-bit computers ruled the world. It was a day when many still used CP/M and analogue computing was in its peak. Most of the schools had Apple IIs, Atari and Commodore fought for dominance in the home market and only businesses used PCs. These were the glory days when 1MHz was fast enough for anybody, 64K of RAM would run anything they could throw at you and 16 colours still made for a decent picture. You had to notch your 5.25" floppy disks and flip them over to make use of the second side and would have done well in doing so because a 20MB HDD was in the neighbourhood of $500 (US). CDs were only for music and even then it was a show of status and everyone used to wonder how any MoDem could surpass 2400 bps and still use a normal phone line! Now that the industry has been assimilated by the Borg and all of the fun has been stripped away, you would be lucky to see your computer even boot up with many thousands of times that much memory and processing power. My finest memories were of The Pen, The Temple of Zuul, The Hermitage and a host of other Private BBSes that were in my local calling area at the time.
These were also my teenage and high school years and before the drunken beer parties there were, of course, BBS parties, all-night role-playing games and late night pizza deliveries. The joy of these things was (aside from the entertainment value) the idea that computers were beginning to bring people from all walks of life together. People who would not normally socialize or interact with each other were coming together because of a cute little gadget called the "microcomputer". People would argue up street and down alley about which computer was the best but online you didn't know who had an Apple, who had an Atari or whatever, just as you wouldn't know if they were black, white or orange with pink stripes! The digital revolution helped to unify people who may have never met any other way.
In tribute to the days long past and nearly forgotten, this text was originally scribed on my HP100LX palmtop PC via its Intel 80186 CPU, CGA graphics and MS-DOS 5.0! Those were the days, my friend...
Anyhow, that being over and done with, this is where you can go from here:
Poems, songs and misc. blathering
Friends, contacts and everybody else
Nifty People I have never met
Wasteland page (this game needed a page all its own)
Save the Dodo!!!
Bad-Ass Axe Men
Computers of Yore
Well folks, that's about all for the main page. There will be more later, I promise! This page is probably going to be an eternal work in progress, so bookmark it as you will and keep your eyes peeled. From here you can either check out my other pages listed above or send me some feedback. I can be reached fairly easily by shooting an e-mail over to email@example.com or by my ICQ#15447844. If you don't use ICQ, you can page me by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and if I'm online at the time, I'll get back to you A.S.A.P. I have been known to occasionally partake of Trillian for my communications purposes, though I do not currently use it. What is Trillian, you ask? Trillian is one application that supports MSN, Yahoo!, AOL IM, ICQ and IRC simultaneously. You can have all five connections going concurrently and it draws minimal system resources in comparison to any of those individual clients. Best of all, it's free! Visit http://www.trillian.cc or hit the respective button located on this page to check it out for yourself.
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