I will be 64 in September. I served 26 years in the Army and worked 18 years in the federal government. My last assignment was the second time I was recalled back into the army from retirement. I worked at the Pentagon for 2 years in Causality and Mortuary Affairs. It probably the worst and most rewarding assignment I ever had.
Over many years begining in 1966 I was involved in communication. From small hand held radios such as PRC 8 to backpack radios like PRC 25 which I carried on my back in Vietnam and had several rounds go into radio. Sure caused a lot of static when I keyed on. I was a high speed Morse code interceptor and decryption specialist and several other communication activities. I started in computers in 1967 on DIM relay/transmit/intercept radio. It also had a recorder. Of course in all had tubes. Then I went on to the big boys that took up entire floors - all tubes and reels and reels of tapes and programming. This was in Augsburg Germany at ASA relay station. I worked on IBM, Wang,and several other front runners of todays computers.
I know this is boreing the beegees out of you but the pain will end soon.
I started college in 1972 beginning IBM punch card reading and programming. ASCII and 0's and 1's and more zeros and ones!
Later I took the MCSE course, Cisco and Novell. Dabbled in Oracle. But I became a little bored until the high speed DSL came along then my interest resurfaced.
I greatly enjoy the enthusiasm the younger generation presents in programming, writing code and general hacking. I encourage all of you to continue on this path.
Although I love my country and served it with honors. That does not mean I agree with the political BS that is shoved in our faces. The truth needs to be told and freedom of expression, speech, and sharing of technology should not be veiled (que the "It's a Grand Old Flag song".
I have 5 grandchildren, three children; two sons and one daughter. My wife and I have been married since May 1966 , sorry you will have to do the math, I smoked that part out while in Thailand.
I'm not a flag waver nor a radical of any kind. I belive and support such people as Julian Paul Assange, An Su Li, and other notable freedom personages. Ted.com is a magnificent site that I would encourage anyone to visit.
Well that's it. My moniker is GIJerryO. Thank you for allowing me to extend this greeting.
Edited by GIJerryO, 30 April 2011 - 02:22 PM.