The Accident

I recently stumbled upon pictures associated with one of our “life stories” that we tell folks about from time to time. This is the story “the accident”, which was no accident at all.

How it began … and ended

At the risk of assuming anyone actually cares, here’s a peek into: How it all began… From late 1979 to 1983 I was working for a small company in Seattle writing software for a Z-80 based data entry terminal, and eventually a CP/M based computer. The problem was that they were small….and getting smaller. They […]

Base Race

St. Benedict’s Seattle, Grade 7 Class Photo circa 1969 (I’m in the middle row, 4th from right.) Looking back I think it was in 7th grade that I got my first clear indication of what my future career might become. We were being taught about number bases. Because we have 10 fingers our numbering system […]

Borrowed Property

That soldering iron doesn’t really belong to me. Back in “the day” (1983, to be exact), when I joined Microsoft it was truly a small company. 360 people small. It was also not networked. Instead, each office was connected to shared servers by one or more RS-232 serial port connections – think dialup modem technology, […]

Y2K wasn’t going to be a problem, but …

Back in 1999 I was in Microsoft’s Developer Division, the folks who bring you developer tools like Microsoft Visual Studio and the like. Y2K was coming, but we weren’t particularly concerned. Most PC software would handle the “problem”, such as it was, just fine. It was really only older mainframe based software that really raised […]

The TV Repair Man

I credit a friend of the family, a TV repair man by trade, for setting in motion the sequence of events that would lead to my eventual career and subsequent success. All this while I was somewhere between 9 and 16 years old. Jim and his wife Tina were friends of my parents – Tina […]

Relic

Cleaning out a desk drawer I stumbled onto one of these:

A (Pre) Microsoft Story

Back in the days BM (Before Microsoft), I worked for a small company in Seattle called International Entry Systems, Inc, or IESI. They manufactured Z-80 based data entry terminals that were, basically, a single line display, a keyboard and a data cassette recorder. All software was loaded from tape. (This was 1980, after all.) One […]