Posted 16 November 2007 - 02:33 AM
I am Northern CA General Contractor, network admin (6 or so 'puters depending on how messed up my friends and family have gotten theirs) and a few other things.
I've been computing since 1979 (the only kid in computer lab at high school)
1979: Tandy/Radio Shack TRS-80
1982: Commodore 64/1541 Disk Drive
1986-ish: C128/C128D with its >improved< 1571 drive (online! Dial-up local BBS) (processor speed: 4.4 Khz at full throttle/2.2Khz in drive, as I recall)
1988-ish: C1541 A Stack of 1541's around the time I had the 128D (128K!). The RA memory aboard around five or six of those little handwarmers could provide nearly a MB of memory to the 128 when the pile was in the mood, or you could pull one of the legs on the main IC's to make extra drives (9,10,11,etc.)
When the Commodore computer did whatever it did to fall out of favor, I quit 'puting for a while. At least until the first PC's were hand-me-downs... I built some Frankenstein Pieces 'n' Parts 8088 and 8036/80836 x86 monsters and even learned a little hexidecimal programming while I lived in a shack and drove a twenty year old Datsoon PU. I finally decided that Dell and the rest were better equipped to build computers than I.
Now I live in seven acres of connifers (mostly Redwood), have a broadband connection (imagine!), own a contracting/Equipment business with one of my best friends, had my wedding in Scotland in my wifes ancestral castle, I can hear the ocean and see the stars from the hot-tub, and have two or three computers online 24/7.
I can remember the TRS-80 like it was yesterday.
Life is such a trip.