Life was not boring as a programmer back in the 80's & 90's. Why you ask? Simple, there were no rules to limits or restrictions placed on us. We hadn't written them yet! Anyway, it was not boring because we were constantly being asked "can you write a program to do ....." (which was something that had never been done before). So what was our answer you ask? "Of Course we can do it" It was actually a fun and exciting time to be a programmer, as you will find out when you read more.
Some of the companies I worked for over my years...
- Packard Bell
- Union 76
- Corinthian Software
- JD Power and Associates
Two of the companies above probably should not be there... Corinthian Software was my own company that I did contract work through, and at Kinko's I was a 2nd level technical support engineer. But I will go into more detail on those companies and projects later on.
I was built using analog tools what you are about to experience is my voyage of entering the digital world and, in my mind, how we got not only ourselves but this entire world in such a mess. Of course there is a caveat to my becoming digital... I was a big part of creating the digital world as I was on the leading, or bleeding, edge of creating software for everything and anything that came my way from the mid 80's to 2009.
I was forced to retire early due to a massive heart attack and series of smaller ones along with a minor stroke. That all stated in 2004 with the massive heart attack. I had always considered the things I did as "challenges" while it hind sight they were in reality nothing but a huge "stress" on me and not a challenge at all. The term is used widely today to get everyone on board with being a "Team Player" and live up to the "challenge". Please people learn from my mistake and believing the bullshit... it is NOT a challenge what it is in reality is "STRESS". I try to tell everyone to learn from my mistake, but will they listen? No! Anyway: I manages to last from 2004 till 2009 before I finally realized that it was taking me a year to write a program that should not have taken more than 3 months at most to write. My brain just wasn't functioning as it used to and it took 5 years for me to face that fact and learn to live with it.
I hope to give you a little bit of an insight into what my life has been like, as I remember it! The good and the bad, the cool and the not so cool stuff. I was part of the history of changes that the world has gone through... from the 60's British Invasion to the coming of the computer age, to today's invasion of privacy with phones and tablets.
To complete the cycle of life I am also completing my cycle of "Analog goes Digital" by going Analog again as I fight the need or urge to go digital. I am trying to find a happy medium between the two.
I have included a re-creation of my "Mouse Pad" web site which defined a large part of my life and who I am. The Sailing Lifestyle will cover the years and urges to sail the ocean blue.
I hope that you enjoy my wanderings by clicking on any of the four major stepping stones in my life below and enjoy a walk through a bit of history. Feel free to add your comments.