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Posted on 2007.11.14 at 09:12
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As directed by melancthe:



1982 Dallas, TX - Home

My first "workstation" was in 1982; long before there were multiple color televisions in every room of the house. Ergo, I had to place my TI 99/4A adjacent my 13" B&W. I remember putting it all on a black trunk I created a desk from. My little brother hated watching television on it, but there was really no other choice. I think later my parents actually moved in a folding table for everything to go on.




1989 Rhome, TX - Home

By the time we moved into our second house in Rhome, I had a proper desk and spent most of my formative years writing apple basic programs. I was still very active on the computer as a Senior in 1988, doing most of my projects on it, while my classmates had moved on to things such as the IBM, Jr. *shiver* You can see the corner of the fancy color-monitor I hooked up as a dual-screen back in 1989 I got on sale at Dillard's for $200. What. A. Geek.




1991 Germany - Dorm

Yes, I brought the Apple IIe to Germany with me. A couple of things: There was no real room for it in the dormitory, and I discovered German bier. I don't recall ever using the computer during my tenure in Germany.




1992 England - Dorm

The computer got a lot more use in the UK as I was there quite a bit longer. I wrote volumes of letters to everyone I knew, running that old Okidata dot matrix ribbon dry. This was the beginning of the end, however, for the old Apple IIe. I moved it to Virginia and set it up in my bedroom, but I was roommates with photogoot and he had other ideas how to spend our time. When I wasn't deployed (and I was TDY a lot in Virginia) we were playing games on our Super Nintendo, or partying with hordes of lesbians.




1997 Maple Shade, NJ - Home

I purchased a new computer right before I left the Air Force, and used it to secure a job. When I arrived in New Jersey, I purchased what I was sure was The Ultimate Desk. We had a small one-room apartment at Fox Meadow and Feng shui be damned - there was a lot of thought and creativity that went into crafting a usable and livable space. It appears here that a rear-speaker is placed above the coffee mugs adjacent the couch.




1998 Irving, TX - Home

Turns out that desk didn't like being picked up and moved, even if you disassembled it first. Nonetheless, I must've done that three times or so before she finally just disintegrated. Here is the reassembled monster in the living room of our first house. Later, it was (disassembled, moved & reassembled) relocated to the "office" we made from the spare bedroom once we found we were going to have a baby.




1999 Irving, TX - Home Servers

1999 also marks the first year I got a unix server. My first was the behemoth HP9000/755. It was much heavier than it looks. And because they required their own keyboard mouse, monitor and external disks...I had to rethink the role of the workspace.




2000 Andover, MA - Hotel Stay

drax0r and I were sent to Massachusetts for six and three months respectively. There, we chose to simulate best we could, a working environment. Most of the furniture in my room we moved under the cover of darkness to his room, and set up a rudimentary network, complete with a fileserver, shared printer and scanner, and connected A/V equipment to rip and burn movies from VHS. It was a sight to behold. In fact, unbeknownst to us at the time, two managers were staying in the hotel as well, and had walked by the room when the maid was cleaning it. One said to the other, "See that? That's what we need!"




2001 Boyd, TX - Home + Servers

At my most expansive. Too many monitors, too many discrete boxes requiring their own peripherals. You can see "The Ultimate Desk." It finally gave up the ghost after I pulled all those heavy monitors off it. I traded in the IPX & Rack-mount SPARCstation-2 for my dual-proc SPARCstation-10 and that helped cut down some clutter.




2002 Wichita, KS - Home Server

I took a job in Kansas while living in Texas and commuted for 14-months. During this time I was in used-unix Mecca and finished building out my SPARCstation-10. A buddy in Kansas hung it off his broadband, and unixwolf hosted my DNS. This box was everything to me during this time, keeping me sane during an insane year that also coincided with the birth of my daughter. My Kansas workspace at work was the best ever! I had a Dell XP box, an Ultra-60, and an HP/UX box. I called danzigfried last night to try and scrape up something for this entry, alas, no pictures of that exist.




2004 Boyd, TX - Home Servers

Then I hosted the MUD for about a year when I returned from Kansas. The MUD server had lost its home and was on its way to New Mexico with a 400% increase in hosting fees so I traded in my ADSL for SDSL and with a partnership with dentin and drax0r built-out its new home.




2004 Boyd, TX - Home + Servers

Hanging a head off the back of a rack is something I would turn to again in 2007 for simplicities sake.




2005 Boyd, TX - Home Servers & PC

We moved everything into the formal dining room for awhile. I don't remember why. I think my wife was re-doing the den. As this location had the greatest visibility in the house, she worked double-time on the den project. She hated that the house looked like a data center when you walked in.




2004 Allen, TX - Startup Business

Then drax0r and I became partners in the startup company Wild Damn Texan. Here's a shot where I spent six full months working instead of sleeping or being with my family. It was a hectic time. We later found out we had it easy...




2005 Arlington, TX - Startup Business

...as we later relocated to much tighter quarters! Here's a shot of squackle working some voo-doo for us in a rare Texas visit capture.




2005 Fort Worth, TX - Work PC & Workstation

One of my client sites. This is where I learned of the hell which is knows as Sun Blade 100/150. I heavily modified everything I could in that box to give something even close to performance.




2005 Fort Worth, TX - Temp Home setup at celtmanx's.

Then I sold my house and lived at the Arlington Data Center and with celtmanx as I awaited my new job in STL. Many, many hours playing Star Trek Elite Force here.




2005 Saint Louis, MO - Hotel Stay

I was in this hotel for six months. Thankfully, little mini there is a fully-functioning unix box and the hotel provided me an externally accessible private-IP. I still had my server quark in Dallas at WDT for everything else until that venture dissolved.




2005 Saint Louis, MO - Work

At work, I required a unix box for projects which never came to fruition outside my XP laptop. This was the "office" when I arrived.




2006 Saint Louis, MO - Work

Later, they moved galinda822 and I into our own hard-walled office during a reconfiguration move. Those who used to poke fun of me for running linux (like bigdog_etc) stopped doing so when my blocking tar solution was able to perform >2GB file feats their cut & paste could not.




2006 Saint Louis, MO - Home

My home computer in STL was set up, at one time or another, in every room of the house (or so it seemed). I have those examples, but they're all as equally boring as this, where it ended up: In a basement office my wife & galinda822 created for me while I was away on a business trip.




2007 Anna, TX - Temp Home + Servers at drax0r's.

Moving from STL back into the DFW metroplex three months ahead of my wife required that I travel with all the computers I would need. Here they are set up in drax0r's house, where he graciously hosted us until our house sold and we closed on ours.




2007 Anna, TX - Home Servers

My office today is painted Sun Microsystems colors, and I've culled my collection down to the basics.



2007 Anna, TX - Home Workspace

Simplicity. No visible boxes. Just keyboard, mouse, and speakers. The small size of my office led me to hang everything off the back of the rack, out of sight.



2008 Anna, TX - Home Workspace

Moved my wife in, replaced CRT's with widescreen LCD's, and zip tied all cables to the desk. Moved into the nook to free up wallspace and better utilize the small space in the turret.





2011 Newton, KS - Remote Home Office


Took my job 100% Remote (Work From Home) and moved into the basement of the rent house. (Servers here.)



2012 Wichita, KS - Remote Home Office

MOVED TO WICHITA.



(Click for FULL VIEW goodness)

2013 NEWTON, KS - Remote Home Office

MOVED BACK TO NEWTON.


Comments:


Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-11-14 18:40 (UTC) (Link)
Wow! There is so much here to look at, examine, critque and inqurie about. Today at work is not the time to do so. I'm sure I will have may questions over the coming days. I will be back.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-11-14 20:26 (UTC) (Link)
It does go back a spell.
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2007-11-14 18:50 (UTC) (Link)
As directed by melancthe

Someone listens to me, YAY! :)

Looking at and trying to identify the stuff on top of your monitors is amusing me terribly. Oh, and your wallpapers.

And I love the photo of you in your jacket (the 2005 one). Teh cute.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-11-14 19:15 (UTC) (Link)
He does shine up like a new penny, doesn't he?
Renegade
leonardii at 2007-11-14 22:43 (UTC) (Link)
I do so love your ability to make these chronological type postings. Very interesting.

Nice to see that Apple computer. Man, do I have memories of my Apple 2c. It was a damn fine machine for its time. Built-in floppy drive, and I had an external drive so I could make copies without switching disks. Everybody else in the neighborhood only had one drive... a real pain in the ass for copying gaming files from them when I was over at a friends house.

I was also the first in the neighborhood to have a mouse. Appleworks. The ultimate word processor and spreadsheet application. I too wrote thousands of letters on my Apple... and my dot matrix was humming as well.

I sometimes miss those days. But only sometimes... and I'm glad that I'm using my current machine... named Kickass. It's a Dell XPS laptop. It's beginning to show its age somewhat... but I lack the funds to get myself a replacement. That will change of course, in due time, in due time. I am content to wait... as Kickass still does his job well.

Lovely photos.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-11-14 23:49 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks dude. I'm glad you enjoy them. This one took me three days. I was very pleased with the outcome. So much so, that I added it to my Links list.

I still have Appleworks discs around here.

And that XPS should still be a nice piece of work. My XP box is four years old, but shows no signs of slowing down just yet. Just remember, the Apple MacBook Pro runs Windows faster than any other platform...
anisity
anisity at 2007-11-15 04:13 (UTC) (Link)

Fantastic

All I can say is that your wife must love you alot.

Mine is constantly telling me how the computers are taking up so much space in the apartment. Nice to see the Sparc10 make it on this list too. When I left Boyd, I snagged one of those for myself....still using it too! Just can't bare to get rid of my "first" Unix box.




ehowton
ehowton at 2007-11-15 15:36 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Fantastic

I don't know which is more awesome - the fact that its you, here on lj, or that awesome old-skool Sun Microsystems framebuffer icon you chose as your avatar! WELCOME!

And of course the SPARCstation-10 made the cut. And then we made history. I did finally get rid of all my SPARC32 boxes. I just couldn't keep them all. And yes, that helps when trying to appease the wife...
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-11-15 05:56 (UTC) (Link)
There's just too much to discuss in one comment alone. I'm thinking maybe a comment an age, but some things won't require that.



I'll start with general questions and cover at least the first epoch.



Q. What is your obsession with CRTs? Even though they've been main stream for over 7 years, you still do not sport one in your home use. I do see, however, that you have/had a modded case not unlike Black Widow



1982-1989

You started your "career" when you were 13. I think I've got a bit of a jump on you. I'd have to go back and do the math; I can't remember if I got my first machine when I was 12 or 13. Of course, when I bought my machine it was a Win98 box from Gateway. PII 300 Mhz, 32 MB of RAM, 5 GB drive on-board video and a DVD ROM. That box eventually got upgraded to 256 MB of memory (motherboard's Max) a CD R/RW a 40 & 30 GB drive with a PCI video card to boot!





What made you get into computers in the first place? I know that I got into them because of games, but much like with Nintendo (or any other console for that matter) I couldn't play and win so I quickly lost interest in gaming. Of course, it also helped that I didn't have the money and that it cost so much to build a gaming rig. I'm not sure what you did with that TI machine for seven years, but I'm sure each moment was cherished until it just wouldn't do what you wanted it to anymore.



1989-1991

You started off with an Apple. Now you own a Mac mini. How ironic!



You've stated at various times that you can't/don't program, but recently you mentioned hacking a Perl script and here you reveal that you used to write Apple Basic. What's the deal? Do you just not like programming, never got into it or what? I mean how do you start with code/script and end up a Sys Admin? (I'll answer that question in a bit.) See, I can't help but compare this to when you tried to compile the IRC server and took out all the "comments". As long as you've been around doing this, I'm surprised you're not at least marginally familiar with C.



You already look old in that picture and yet wise beyond your years. Hell, you don't look 20, you almost look 40. No, I'm not saying this because of our recent banters; I'm merely observing that you look old for your age--like you've already had a lifetime of experience.



Buying a monitor from Dillard's? That's not geekdom, that's...well, I suppose you were a product of your generation. After all, shopping malls were in their heighth during the late 80's.



91-92

In two years you lost 10 but the experience/maturity still comes through. Have you always been a forward thinking person?



Why did you write so many letters? Did you ever aspire to be a writer? Is there a story that you want to tell about how you were/are torn between your passion for computers and your desire to be an accomplished writer?



How did you get to party with lesbians? I bet they got all naked and shit. Hell, I have a hard time partying with myself these days. Youth is wasted on the wrong people.



97

I'm guessing that there was a lot of history skipped; an epoch missed. I see that after the apple it appears that you went through a couple of PCs. When exactly did the Unix training occur?



98

You look like some evil Mexican bastard that rapes kids at night and does B movies by day. Where did all the weight come from?



99

Visually boring. This is the first mention of Unix in this post.



2000

Very cluttered. I'm glad you made an impression on your managers. That's always a plus.



If I didn't know any better, I'd say that was Tony holding little boy. And dear Jesus God! In addition to the weight, you are sporting a ponytail! Emo freak!



We'll end here at the end of the century because I'm sure the rest of the comment won't fit.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-11-15 16:21 (UTC) (Link)

Part 1

Q. What is your obsession with CRTs? Even though they've been main stream for over 7 years, you still do not sport one in your home use. I do see, however, that you have/had a modded case not unlike Black Widow.
On the contrary, I've only ever owned CRT's. I 'sport' five currently throughout the house. They're cheap, and for a very long time, you could only get CRT's with Sun's 13W3 sync-on-green connection or HP's sync-on-red RGB. Up until a couple of years ago, they were still defacto the perfect screen for gaming and high-res digital work.

What made you get into computers in the first place?
Kind of like the first commercially available flying car, it was something to do. Brand new. I programmed in Apple Basic. A lot.

You started off with an Apple. Now you own a Mac mini. How ironic!
It would be more ironic if Apple weren't still one of only three or so major supplies of desktops all over the world. In other words, I had a 1-in-3 chance. The odds aren't all that surprising.

Do you just not like programming...
Bingo.

--like you've already had a lifetime of experience.
I've done a lot
God knows I've tried
To find the truth
I've even lied
But all I know
Is down inside I'm
Bleeding

Buying a monitor from Dillard's? That's not geekdom, that's...
Agreed! But the geek comment was reserved for running dual-monitors on an Apple IIe.

Have you always been a forward thinking person?
It comes in cycles. Sometimes I just get so tired all I want to do is rest and recharge.

Why did you write so many letters?
There were a lot of people I wanted to keep up with.

Did you ever aspire to be a writer?
Yes.

Is there a story that you want to tell about how you were/are torn between your passion for computers and your desire to be an accomplished writer?
No.

How did you get to party with lesbians?
We didn't know at the time. As the story unfolds, and over time, we guessed they just assumed photogoot and I were gay, therefore safe to hang out with. In all honesty, we were just trying to get laid. That never happened, and we didn't know why.

Suffice it to say I bet they got all naked and shit.
You've spent far, far too much time on the internet, my friend. Perhaps you should 'unplug' for a time and re-integrate yourself into the real world?

I'm guessing that there was a lot of history skipped; an epoch missed. I see that after the apple it appears that you went through a couple of PCs. When exactly did the Unix training occur?
We skipped 5-years due to obligations in the service. When I left the Air Force, I was a Navy Contractor, hired by a company who wanted someone with my background and clearance level that they could train to install software packages on Aircraft Carriers, and then train the U.S. Navy Sailors on the application's use. It was during this time they got fed up with me asking so many questions. "What does mt -t mean? What does mv do? Why is there a -R after a cp command?" Most of the cattle there were happy to follow the instructions in the book. I wanted to know what the commands in the book meant. It was my first introduction to unix. HP/UX 9.05. Later, they brought in a Unix Instructor and he gave us all a one-day class. I was fascinated.



Edited at 2007-11-15 04:22 pm (UTC)
JaceMan
jaceman at 2007-11-15 15:24 (UTC) (Link)
First... thanks for actually using an LJ-cut. Second, your old pictures remind me that I once too was not a fat freak. Oh how I miss those days!

Lastly, the absolute best way to store your "lab" is my creating your own "hillbilly rack mount" out of 2x4's from floor to ceiling and screwing everything down. I miss that too! Apparently that setup wasn't classy enough for the Mrs.

Edited at 2007-11-15 03:26 pm (UTC)
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-11-15 16:28 (UTC) (Link)
An LJ-cut was absolutely imperative to keep my FL intact for this entry. Furthermore, the way I creatively used the LJ cut, it appears I've met the requirements of the meme with my once, most recent shot. Oh how the unknowing weep when they go to comment and the entire history is unfolded before them!

LJ-cuts are a tool, sir.

And I'm sorry you consider yourself a fat freak just from looking at my svelte pics of old.
prog_guy69
prog_guy69 at 2007-11-15 17:10 (UTC) (Link)
I've never been a computer freak, so it may not surprise you that my first computer was a Commodore 64. Don't even ask me for the specifications, after all it was a long time ago. The first computer I ever used at school was an Apple (Hell if I know what modle) with a good ole fashioned monochrome (orange) monitor. Talk about old school...
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-11-15 21:53 (UTC) (Link)
I still use the green monochrome monitors. I have one in my office. They're fantastic.
prog_guy69
prog_guy69 at 2007-11-15 17:55 (UTC) (Link)
I am cross posting this message, just in case you don't see my reply to your comment from a few days ago.

Good news, bad news.

It appears I may not be able to attend the festivities on the evening of the 1st. Cyn and I are leaving for vacation on the 4th and have a lot to do that last weekend. Besides, it sounds like you are having a rather large shin-dig and I'm not great at big parties.

On the other hand, Cyn is working the morning of the 1st, so perhaps we can get together for an early lunch (don't want to eat a late lunch and spoil the "Chili Experience"). Let me know if this sound good to you, the Mrs., galinda, photogoot, drax0r, jesskd and whoever else may join us for lunch late Saturday morning.

Also, I would be happy to pick up Dumbass at the airport and deliver his sorry butt to drax0r and jesskd's. Give me the specifics (time, airline, city he's flying from, etc.) and directions to T & J's. I'm sure we will have wonderful conversation along the way ...
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-11-15 20:30 (UTC) (Link)
I'm curious sir: who is Dumbass in this context?
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-11-16 02:07 (UTC) (Link)

Part 3

I left you at the end of a century and the apex of a geek's dream. A young son to bear your name and resemblance; a full life still ahead of you. Let us see where we shall go from here.

2001
What in God's holy name did you need that many boxes for? I once had a conversation with our dear friend drax0r; he commented that you like to keep too many boxes going for no good reason when less would suffice and be just as efficient. I think I tend to agree with him. I mean hell, I've only owned two operating computers at once though I've gone through my fair share.

Little boy's expression in this photo could be so many things.

2002
I have not heard this story until recently. What made you commute from Texas to Kansas on a regualr basis? What was the schedule like?

I like this desktop the best so far. Tell me, are we looking at one box with three peripherals? I imagine that the logo on either side of this picture were photoshopped in after the fact. Is that true?

You've had more jobs then I've imagined that you had. How many of these jobs have been with CRC? Correlation to that, when did you start at CRC and when/how did you meet drax0r? Sorry for the deluge of questions, but a body has a right to be curious and this is a period of your life that I do not know. I am, however, more curious with each passing image and word, perhaps because it seems to be that our lives mirror each other's; therefore, I want to know what "comes next".

2004
This would have been about the time that we met on TSS. God, those were the days! As you very well know, I was going through my personal email whist at work this afternoon and ran across where we used to email the "logs" back and forth of the chat. Too bad Thresher let the forums go to pot. Those were so much fun. Perhaps if it hadn't of been for the degradation of the forums (not to mention the fact that TSS was the come back of SchpydurX) we would have never blogged. Ironically, you sit back and watch how the wind blows. While blogging certainly wasn't the newest kid on the block in 2004, it sure as hell wasn't what we have made it become over the years. But I digress.

I never really got MUD servers. They were cool for their time, but I didn't get why you were still playing on them in 2004. Of course, I don't do fantasy and it seems (in my mind; granted I've never played on a MUD, but oh well!) that most take place in a castle and are fantastical. I just don't get it. Maybe if I played on that was very well written I'd renege this opinion, but that hasn't happened ergo I won't.

And that's another thing: if MUDs are text-based, why in God's name do they have to be hanging off of some goddamned lightning bolt? What was the highest number of players that were ever logged on simultaneously?

2005 Boyd
What in God's holy name were you thinking?

I should also point out that this is not in chronological order.

Wild Damned Texan
What was the goal of this business again? Those were some fun times. Oh the laughs that we exchanged and the crazy late hours that we kept. Thank God we're both older and wiser now.

I've not had the pleasure of being introduced to squackle. Do you care to elaborate on what exaclty squckle is doing here? Too bad he hasn't blogged over the years. Quite sad.

2005 Workhole
Eric. G. Howton at his zenith! I love this workspace because it is clean, functional, gives you lots of space to spread out but is simultaneously minimalistic and trendy. You look really happy here.

celtmanx's pad
Interesting. It looks like you got more gaming done here then you did work. I shall have to inquire of celtmanx for juicy stories from this epoch.

Hotel
OS X with a Windoze wallpaper. I should shoot you for this blasphemy! Jesus H. Christ!

I like the prayer rug turned mouse pad. I see that your Storm Troopers kept watch over the b0x3n during the night.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-11-16 15:05 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Part 3

I think I tend to agree with him.
Yes, I could run one box with one operating system. However, in an Enterprise environment (which is what we support) they have hundreds of boxes. And not a one of them runs everything. And they all run different operating systems. So yeah, I had a lots of boxes running different operating systems, and set it up so I could learn how to point at different boxes for different things. Just like in real life.

What made you commute from Texas to Kansas on a regualr basis?
1. A job, to support my family.
2. Because my boss asked me to.
3. My wife was considering relocating to Wichita and this was an opportunity to explore that.

I imagine that the logo on either side of this picture were photoshopped in after the fact. Is that true?
Yes. I no longer have the original pic of this one, and that one (created for another purpose altogether) is all that remains.

You've had more jobs then I've imagined that you had.
I have been with my current company seven years this past July. I have worked for four different clients, one of them four different times. I met drax0r in 2000. We've been working together (on and off) ever since. Prior to that, I was with my current client working for a different company (as was drax0r). Prior to that I was a Navy Contractor deployed to different Aircraft Carriers traveling two weeks every month. Prior to that I served in the United States Air Force for seven years.

Maybe if I played on that was very well written I'd renege this opinion, but that hasn't happened ergo I won't.
You've painted yourself into a nice, tidy corner there, WonderBoy. You are now trapped by faulty logic. You're right, you'll never know if they're good enough to play because you'll never play them to find out. Brilliant.

What was the highest number of players that were ever logged on simultaneously?
All MUD questions should be directed toward dentin who hand-wrote the engine & maps, or drax0r who admins the box. A word of warning only because I know you too well: dentin will not bother answering elementary questions from someone who doesn't first read, research, or play as a matter of courtesy. You've been given this advice before. Heed it, and don't make me post the link as a reminder.

What in God's holy name were you thinking?
How many times in the last three years have you just turned off your computers and put them away for a little while? HOW MANY? That's what I thought. STFU.

I should also point out that this is not in chronological order.
I'm glad you appreciate the time and effort I put into gathering softcopy images, finding and scanning in hardcopy pictures, resizing, cleaning up, indexing, collating, uploading and authoring this post. Thank you. Now go fuck yourself.

What was the goal of this business again?
To make money.

Do you care to elaborate on what exaclty squackle is doing here?
No.

You look really happy here.
I wasn't. I didn't have a house, or a family. I hated the job. I spent one night a week at my folks, one night a week at drax0r's, two nights a week at celtmanx's, and three nights a week at WDT.

Interesting. It looks like you got more gaming done here then you did work.
Brilliant assessment! Yes! All I did there was game. I did no work there whatsoever. We played a lot of Star Trek: Elite Force.

OS X with a Windoze wallpaper. I should shoot you for this blasphemy! Jesus H. Christ!
I also run OSX wallpaper on my XP box. Is that blasphemy too? Or is it humourous? How would you know, you're not funny. Then again, you did use Christs name as a profane oath immediately following the word, "blasphemy" which, had you done it on purpose, would be funny in its irony.

I see that your Storm Troopers kept watch over the b0x3n during the night.
http://ehowton.livejournal.com/23129.html
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-11-16 02:09 (UTC) (Link)

Part 4

Manger Eric 2005
So professional! no hands on even if you try to arrange it. I will take you to dinner at Ruth's Chris one of these days so that I may see you all duded up in person.

I am still searching for the post about the tie. Speaking of, I should see if I can dig up that denim tie for you for Christmas.

Manger Eric 2006
Fully in your element, more relaxed, bucking the system while at the same time obeying the spirit of the law and getting everything done ahead of schedule with a crew that respected you. (Oh Captain, My Captain!) I'll have to dig up your post about the new guy that you hired and "story time". What a RIOT!!!

Why do you call it blocking tar instead of just tar? What's the difference?

2006 Home
I think this is that "artist surrounded by chaos to create" concept that melancthe and I were discussing on her post that inspired this one. I swear, you are a writer. So write, damnit!

2007 @ drax0r's
Why exactly did you need every box that is pictured here? Please to explain. I do have to say though, this is the perfect blend of chaos and minimalism while being a touch on the compact, everything in its place motif.

2007 Anna, TX
This is the best solution that I think you have come up with. It is elegant, clean and functional. Kudos on the color palette.

Closing Remarks
Here we are at the end of a great journey. I have learned a lot about myself learning about you. Thank you for going back to your roots. I know that I have gone back to mine.

This post is evidence that you can write and that you are very good at it. My only gripe about this entry is that it did not have a proper conclusion. I would recommend that after your summation you include the text of Rudyard Kipling's If provided that you can steer your conclusion into the proper tone. Robert Frost's The Road Less Traveled would also work, but it's too clichéd.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-11-16 15:45 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Part 4

So professional! no hands on even if you try to arrange it.
It was a very different kind of job for me.

I'll have to dig up your post about the new guy that you hired and "story time". What a RIOT!!!
I think that was jaceman: http://ehowton.livejournal.com/90606.html

Why do you call it blocking tar instead of just tar? What's the difference?
READ, READ, READ! Study, learn, research. Google is your friend! THIS is what I'm talking about. Tell me, what is "blocking tar" as opposed to just tar?

I swear, you are a writer. So write, damnit!
I do. Nearly everyday. Its called The Empirical Manifesto.

Why exactly did you need every box that is pictured here?
1. OSX (to do Mac things)
2. WinXP (to do Windows things)
3. Ubuntu (to do linux things)
4. Sparc9 (quark - to...you know, run quark again online)
5. Sparc10 (learn Sparc10 to help me at work)

This is the best solution that I think you have come up with. It is elegant, clean and functional.
I agree, and thank you. You'll see it in a fortnight.

My only gripe about this entry is that it did not have a proper conclusion.
This is but another chapter in my life, and that sir, hopefully, is far from concluded. Thank you for riding along.
glodowg
glodowg at 2007-11-16 16:58 (UTC) (Link)
Your place of honor in the world of GeekDom never ceases to amaze me!

Honestly, I am impressed that you have had such a variety of equipment. I am even more impressed that you have pictures of all of it.

I am humbled to say I know you!
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-11-16 17:08 (UTC) (Link)
I am even more impressed that you have pictures of all of it.
Not as much as I am. If only I could've found a pic from 1982...
texas_tangent
texas_tangent at 2007-11-16 17:53 (UTC) (Link)
Wow . That is awesomeness.

Everything with me lately is Dude or Awesome. I'm channeling something I am not sure what.

Love the history lesson.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-11-16 21:13 (UTC) (Link)
You are more than welcome to refer to me as, "Dude Awesome" if that helps.
time3 at 2007-11-18 05:28 (UTC) (Link)
Wow. Very nice photographic time-line in your post.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-11-18 06:05 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! It was a lot of fun putting together. I'm still looking for photographic proof of that TI-99/4A!
Elizabeth Krumbach
princessleia2 at 2007-11-23 22:59 (UTC) (Link)
Very interesting post :)
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-11-24 00:37 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! it was a lot of fun making.
snapper521 at 2007-11-24 17:37 (UTC) (Link)

Workspaces

I had read this post, but was unable to look at the pictures. I have now seen the pictures... so :-)

Oddly enough the desk you had looks A LOT like the computer desk I am currently working at. :-) the shelves are slightly different and we've removed all of the shelves on the left hand side so that the tower sits next to me while I type instead of say on the floor or up above on the top of the desk but... I was actually surprised at how similar they are. :-P Must be I have good taste in computer desks eh? *shrugs*

:-) Laters
bauskeeguby at 2012-02-16 15:56 (UTC) (Link)

Все отлично сделано!

Супер статья! Подписался на RSS, буду следить =)
ehowton
ehowton at 2013-01-08 18:48 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Все отлично сделано!

Ваше здоровье!
kvm_123 at 2013-01-08 11:09 (UTC) (Link)

Data center Rack Security

Large data centers are industrial scale operations using as much electricity as a small town and hence they need Data center Rack Security and sometimes are a significant source of air pollution in the form of diesel exhaust.Effective data center operation requires a balanced investment in both the facility and the housed equipment.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2013-08-05 05:59 (UTC) (Link)
Where the hell is Hellboy in your 2013 pic???
ehowton
ehowton at 2013-08-05 20:49 (UTC) (Link)
In my FIL's attic :(

I introduced my son to Hellboy on Netflix the other day. Now he wants to watch The Golden Army.
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