or how i got started in networked computing years before most programmers knew what it was
Here are a few links about the networked computer system I first used in grade-school for class instruction, but then as a way to learn how to program. Along w/purchasing a Vic-20*when it 1st came out.. . . . ..,display a.kay
[During undergrad I dialed into work w/a TexasInstruments w/thermal-primer(instead of screen)and 2cups for old style phone to hook to acoustic modem.
(hey it was sitting around;)
In grad school, for awhile I had another old (barrowed)PC a compaq_portable;]
My next computer purchase was a sun ipx about the time that java came out, so I could play w/it, and keep a unix platform outside of work (I had used unix at least 10yrs by this time).
My last computer I had to purchase, was the very 1st fully loaded Ti-Powerbook. I used the os-x beta on a loaner before this. The Ti-book was upgraded after board failuers to an Al-Powerbook, which I still use today.
-now back to my earliest (eg.3rd grade) computer experience:
__ math-games_iPlayed http://www.platohistory.org/about/
Now dead: http://www.thinkofit.com/plato/dwplato.htm
Most of the old archives of net-news votes etc, have me w/emails that start w/ mbobak.
If I didn’t mention it before, I got my plato 'Authour' account via computer explorers, just as I was also attending engineering/(sci)explorers, which helped get my 1st lab job, in high-school. (Go explorer-scouts:)
The internet circa 1971: (w/ UIUC in the middle;) I was online w/email in grade school b4the 1st bbs.
(and I didn’t even know where I was playing games w/people back around then;)
and again circa 1975:
..77, and now: