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Intro: jimo

Posted: Tue May 03, 2016 1:21 am
by jimo
In the early 1960s they wouldn't let us near Fortran until we'd had a year of Algol, but a friend knew a corner of a lab where, after loading a paper tape, using an oscilloscope for the display, you could play SpaceWar! I was grateful when microprocessors came along, freeing us from those boards of logic, and grateful for the Kim 1, a whole development system for $100, and the MOS Tech 6502 @ $20/ea, which meant guys in a garage could build some cool stuff.

I sent my first email around 1980, to a colleague across the lab, and soon we were hooked up to uucp and Usenet, and Phil Hughes and a guy at Fluke, whose name escapes me now, sold us a C compiler for the chips we were using, all Unix and gcc, no M$ anywhere. A few years later Phil would take over Linux Journal, and would point me to Robert and Eskimo as the ISP of choice. Eskimo was reachable from home via dialup to a foreign exchange, so I've been jimo here ever since.

I had plans to set up a website for my wife, an artist, but she interrupted that project by passing away a decade ago. I like to think of her having become Artist In Residence at Dog Heaven. I took a few years off from tech gadgetry to let a Border Collie teach me about training, and now I'm back, the skeptical new owner of a shiny little smartphone, contemplating Arduino projects and Android apps, enjoying some of the amazing live music happening all over the Pacific Northwest.

Re: Intro: jimo

Posted: Wed Jun 01, 2016 5:58 pm
by Edison Thoreau Homer III
nice story

Re: Intro: jimo, phil hughes

Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 4:33 pm
by Nanook
Phil Hughes is in Nicaragua now. We still keep in touch.

Re: Intro: jimo

Posted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 10:12 pm
by Edison Thoreau Homer III
sweet jimo