[rescue] Google Map - My Map feature
fitzgerrell at gmail.com
Tue Apr 10 18:26:14 CDT 2007
> > Tembagapura, Papua
> > Indonesia
> > Should be pretty nuke safe here in the highland cloudforest.
> Mind sharing the story of how you wound up writing Rescue list emails
> from such a place? There's gotta be a good one behind that...
Not that much to tell, really. I'm a control systems engineer. I
grew up in Colorado, spent a couple years in Germany, then moved to
Alaska (16 years), then took a job in New Zealand (6 years). Recently
I've moved to a new job in the highlands of Papua, Indonesia.
The interest in the Rescue list is pretty straightforward. Control
systems typically have a very looong lifecycle. The control system I
work with now has 50 Sun boxes as operator workstations: 10 -
SparcClassics, 15 - SS5s, 1 - SS20s, 1 - U5s, 13 - U60s. At home I've
got a Classic, an SS20 and a U60 that I use for various things - some
bought, some rescued.
I enjoy working with old computer hardware - brings back fond memory.
I got my start with computers when my dad brought home a new TRS-80
Color when I was a kid - I remember programming my own versions of
Pong and Asteroids for it and then waiting for them to load off
cassette tape, took forever. When I went to University in Alaska I
bought an HP41CX - nearly as much fun as the TRS-80 - aside from
useful programs I wrote a lunar lander and a hunt the wumpus for it.
I loved the little mag-strip reader I had for saving programs to. My
first "real" computer was a few years later, a Zenith clamshell - dual
floppies, blue backlit LCD screen, no HD of course - Zenith gave it to
me for being their student representative at the school. I also had
an account on the University's MicroVax cluster, and had use of the
math lab's PDP11s - cool lisp keyboard!
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