J Brian Ismay
jismay at unixboxen.net
Sat Mar 5 23:15:50 CST 2005
> Where are the young people on the list ? ;-)
Right here of course :-)
> I'll turn 23 in a month and have been working on oldish and "cool"
> computers for approx. 7 years now.
Born in the septemper year of 1980, so I guess that makes me 24 now.
> Started with a Philips P3200 (286, heavy stuff) which infected me with the
> I can't talk of nostalgia as my machines are mostly from the time, I
> couldn't walk yet... DEC and CDC stuff,
> but also some SUNs from the time I started going to college.
I had my first exposure to computers somewhere around the age of 4. My
grandfather liked to have the latest and greatest (although he was never
the best at actually using it), so at four I had access to a TI99/4A used
mostly for games, although I did get into some basic programming later on.
I moved on to a series of Tandy 1000-series machines and the rest was
history. These days I have a modest assembly of SUN stuff (SparcStation
1/2/IPX/10/20/5, SparcServer 670MP, SUN 3/280 and 3/80) a few small DEC
machines (VS2000, DecStation 3100, AlphaServer 2100) a few small Macs, and
the usual assortment of Wintel cruft.
I would have to say I am a mix of hardware/software guy. I enjoy fixing
small things, although my skills generally limit me to the board-swapping
that Tony so hates ;-) but I am always looking to expand my horizons.
Mostly, I love playing around with the hardware/software as a whole just
doing cool things with the software can be a lot of fun.
PS If anyone on the list knows of a good place to find a TI99/4A complete
with PEM, etc...
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