Joined 9 years ago from Kansas City, Missouri
I started out repairing computers, mainframes, before the first microcomputer was invented. When the second generation microprocessors, the Intel 8008, came out, I designed and built my own microcomputer from scratch.
I had to write the operating system myself from scratch too with eight toggle switches in binary code (machine language: on off on on off off on on [1011 0011]...). You see, it had no compiler for assembly language (ie. MOV A,C ;Restore value of C.)
See The WikiPedia article on Intel 8008 for a picture of the 18 pin dip chip and more information. I still have one of the chips, and that was from, I believe, 1972. Could it be an antique collector's item? ;) We've come a long way since then.
Around 1975, while looking for parts in an electronics store in San Francisco, CA, I saw a hand-made microcomputer in a wooden case with the name "Apple" painted by hand in white letters. They wanted $1,000 for it. But, I refused since I was set on building my own.
Later, I became an ISP, setting up my own network long before Google, AOL, or Yahoo were online. At the time, most of the networks ran only gopher and were .edu and .gov sites. The only other .com I could find with a web server was in Hong Kong.
Now, I am more interested in discovering the many ways people use the Internet and how they can benefit.
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