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Your Own NORAD

Your Own NORAD

NORAD stands for North American Air Defense Command.  So you must be wondering what I’m talking about.  And no I’m not talking about your own missile defense, although that in game form has already been done. My own NORAD is kind of a family joke.  I’ve...
My Accidental Road To Programming

My Accidental Road To Programming

Funny How Life Works Looking back at life it is easy to see how I became interested in programming. It seems so logical now. But at the time it just seemed like a series of random events. I’m sure when others look at their own lives the feelings are similar for many....
Shareware Paid My Grocery Bill

Shareware Paid My Grocery Bill

This story is about how I paid my family’s grocery bills using Shareware.  It is also the story of a side hustle, before the term was even known. What Was Shareware? In the 1980’s most software was expensive and distributed by big publishers.  It was sold in...
My Experience With Satellite Internet

My Experience With Satellite Internet

I never thought much about satellite Internet.  Where I lived cable was the only viable choice.  While far from perfect it was fairly reliable and the speeds have been gradually increasing (along with the price.)  That all changed recently. How I Came...
Remember Floppy Drives

Remember Floppy Drives

These days there are so many options for saving your data.  Much is stored online now but if you must stay local you have traditional hard drives, SSDs, CDs, memory cards, or flash drives of ever increasing capacities.  This wasn’t always the case. ...
Early Dial Up Memories

Early Dial Up Memories

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about old computers and that got me thinking about my early experiences with going online. My First Modem The first modem I can remember was a 300 Baud modem that plugged into my Commodore 64.  This modem did not even plug directly...