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Computer Programmer Since 1981

Yeah, I've been around a while, and I've worked with equipment that has long since been relegated to scrap yards or museums. My first computer was an Atari 400 that cost $1200 when it was a new idea. I had an Apple //e (I still miss that machine) with a 80-column CP/M add-on card and the duo-disc drive setup, and boy how I loved to heard that AppleCat 300 baud modem fire up and negotiate my connection to a local bulletin board. I remember when the IBM PC was introduced, and when the XT came out, I sold my Apple //e to get one. My adventures continued to include the increase from 64K to 640K and beyond to (hold onto your seat) 1 MEGABYTE of RAM. Most of you are aware of the history of computers, and I can tell ya, I've seen a lot of hardware come and go.

Software was just as exciting. You could buy a complete development environment for just $39 with Turbo Pascal, dBase was all the rage, and Lotus 1-2-3 was a good idea. We lived in a world of extremely efficient software, TSRs (terminate/stay-resident) programs, and our biggest metric for IBM PC compatibility was whether or not our hardware would run Miscrosft Flight Simulator.