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Posted on 2007.11.14 at 09:12

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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)
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-11-15 16:58 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Part 1

CRTs
That was my bad. I meant to say that even though LCDs have been mainstream for seven years... Either way, you answer my question. I know that it has been said that CRTs were perfect for gaming, but I never found that to be the case. Maybe I've just always purchased good LCDs.

I had a 1-in-3 chance. The odds aren't all that surprising.
When you put it that way...

You don't like programming
So it's not that you can't do it. Hrm. I feel better about you modding Perl scripts now.

dual monitors
Thanks for the focus.

It comes in cycles. Sometimes I just get so tired all I want to do is rest and recharge.
That's all of us. Even me. My problem is I don’t have any discipline. If I did, I'd be behind the keyboard writing every night trying to make something of myself instead of consuming film. It's easier and more enjoyable to consume the product. But I get to try again tonight.

writing
I still say that you want to be a writer despite your obvious mad skillz and that there a story to tell but you just don't want to tell it. I mean hell, you're blogging so that your kids will know how you think. That, Sir, is a magnum opus in itself.

That never happened, and we didn't know why.
You had each other, semi-gay-shoes boy!

real world
I don't know what this means.

Later, they brought in a Unix Instructor and he gave us all a one-day class. I was fascinated.
Learn Unix in a day! Or is that supposed to be more like chess: a day to learn, a lifetime to master?
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-11-15 17:49 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Part 1

Maybe I've just always purchased good LCDs.
Until recently, there was no such thing. Perhaps your video card wasn't good enough, or your games were too old for you to tell the difference?
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-11-15 18:11 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Part 1

perhaps. Define recently.
Me
photogoot at 2007-11-16 01:41 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Part 1

I would like to correct one point in ehowton's story of the lesbian parties. We did know quite early on that there were at least a few lesbians. Over time we became amazed at just how many had gravitated to us. And just to set the record straight (no pun intended) I did have sex with one of those lesbians. It was hot.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-11-16 01:45 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Part 1

How come you scored with the lesbians and Howton did not?
Me
photogoot at 2007-11-16 01:49 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Part 1

He was scoring with regular chicks I assure you. The lesbians over time became my rubik's cube. The more I played with them the more I wanted to figure them out. Eventually I cracked the code and solved the puzzle.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-11-16 01:52 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Part 1

What is the asking price for your secret?
Me
photogoot at 2007-11-16 01:54 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Part 1

Some things can not be taught and can only be learned through experience. I recommend you get out more. Oh and in your case, become a better listener. You'd be surprised what you pick up when you shut up.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-11-16 01:58 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Part 1

I recommend you get out more.
It's a big scary world out there. I like the indoors.

Oh and in your case, become a better listener. You'd be surprised what you pick up when you shut up.
the man that heareth speaketh constantly.
Me
photogoot at 2007-11-16 02:01 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Part 1

It's a big scary world out there. I like the indoors.
good luck with that...

the man that heareth speaketh constantly.
A quote taken out of context I am sure.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-11-16 14:13 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Part 1

Well I wasn't going to "out" you (so to speak) but I suppose we can talk about it now. I was thrilled for you and jealous at the same time. You worked that mojo like a master!
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