[rescue] Perverse Question

Dave McGuire mcguire at qyx.com
Wed Jun 11 22:07:36 CDT 2003

On Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at 09:17 PM, Skeezics Boondoggle wrote:
> Didn't Avi leave Akamai and go off to Sealand to immerse racks of 
> servers
> in nitrogen?

   Egads, someone else knows Avi Freedman?

   Years ago, when net connectivity was still pretty much a 
colleges-and-a-few-companies thing, I used to pile blank 9-track tapes 
into my car (I'd *just* gotten my license...this would've been maybe 
1987, I don't recall) and head over to his office at Temple University 
in Philadelphia.  He'd lock me in a room with euclid.math.temple.edu, a 
then-brandie-new Sun4/280...a GLORIOUS machine.  It had a net 
connection, a 9-track tape drive, a console terminal, and a door that 
locked. :)  I'd spend all day in there ftping to the world at large, 
filling tapes with good stuff to last me until my next trip. :-)

   One day I showed up there and he'd just gotten a new SPARCstation-2 
with 56MB of RAM (this was an ungodly huge amount of RAM at the time, 
on a very new machine).  I knelt before it with much stiffness.  He had 
SoftPC on there, and I seem to recall much craziness in which we 
installed Xenix/286 under SoftPC running under SunOS.

   What fun, what fun. 8-)


Dave McGuire             "I've grown hair again, just
St. Petersburg, FL           for the occasion."       -Doc Shipley

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