I went to school at the Leeton R-X school district in Missouri. The computer lab was quite humble.
There were mostly DOS machines with some Windows 3x machines connected together via Novel Netware. It wasn’t until about 1996 that Internet access became available.
Before I graduated high school in 2002, we had one major upgrade. Windows 98 with Office 2000. It’s amazing how a school could fall behind on technology.
At least the Internet connection was fast. I remember to this day having to deal with dial-up. It was mostly through my dad’s AOL connection, and heaven help me if I had any Windows Updates.
This was before I delved into this thing known as Linux, or rather GNU/Linux. One of the reasons I wanted to have regular access to hi speed Internet was due to the prevalence of soft modems.
Linux-based drivers were difficult to come by back then.
Access via Ethernet was an appropriate way around that problem. I do have fond memories of dial up, though I’ll admit that I’d be frustrated today, though not nearly as much as with a mobile hotspot that’s going at Edge Network speeds.
Truth be told, I came into the computer culture late in the game. I never got to experience the dial-in BBS’es that others had the pleasure of using to talk to each other and trade files with.
It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I actually utilized IRC. I can only imagine the amount of lag from all the conversations at once.
These days, I feel fortunate. There’s a straight up monthly fee for access (while a price guarantee is in effect). Long distance fees for access are a thing of the past.
Yet I still remember the excitement while exploring vast communities and dreaming of things that I wouldn’t have otherwise attempted to accomplish.
Ah, the month of February. Cupid is in the air, and love is all around us. Sometimes that feeling shows itself in strange ways, especially this week.
There’s creative amusing love, reciprocated love, tough love, and more. This week, we’ll explore a few examples both in the technology and pop culture realms.
Nixie Pixel: Her site is full of tech, video games, and all around nerdiness. After seeing her respond on Slashdot to both positive and negative comments, it was only fitting to have her site linked this week.
Toshiba Chromebook Hits the Scene (MaximumPC): Google’s cloud-based OS is finding itself on more devices. Toshiba’s offering is Intel-based and has a 720p webcam, which means high quality video for YouTube. One can either get it from the company for $300 USD or from other venues for $280 USD when it becomes available.
Maddox Responds to Backlash Against Coca-Cola: Coca-Cola’s Super Bowl ad with America the Beautiful being sung in multiple languages has caused quite a stir. Maddox responds with an image of his own, and sometimes pictures are worth a thousand words. It’s well worth the read, especially given the hypocrisy of today’s society.
Maddox Responds to “Inspiration:” Why link to his site twice in the same week? Simple. He’s Maddox. While there are times for inspiration and positive thinking, people sometimes take things a bit too far as he illustrates in his piece against the motivational speaking industry.