Posted 07 May 2009 - 04:45 PM
I have been skulking around the site for a while, and decided to introduce myself. I got my start with computers when the occupied air-conditioned "clean rooms", and did my first programming in COBOL and fortran. I got started messing around with micro computers, which was the name we gave those little home-builds that we used to access various bulletin boards and occasionally FTP a term paper from a remote university using AARPANET. (The term PC hadn't been invented yet, IBM introduced if for their Micro Computers.) My first micro was an Altair, that I built myself from a bag of parts I bought at Tandy (ancestor of Radio Shack), and I still have the solder burns to prove it. I got out of the computer business for a while, to get a "real" job and earn some money to pay back those demons-from-the-nethermost-regions-derived-student-loans. Now I'm Back.