Posts Tagged ‘History’

So I’m back in the blog game again seems I just can’t get enough abuse or is it I just have some much stuff i want to tell the world that I have no choice but to blog it. So I guess this is the part where I promise constant updates and breaking news and stuff and swear that I will post as much as I can. ¬†Well I won’t lie, I will post here I won’t post like someone who has nothing better to do and spam you with my life’s information both real and in Second Life. Now I’m sure your wanting to know more about me, why I have no clue but here you are reading this. So rather than tell you more about me I will tell you more about why I am who I am today. Back in 1989 I got my first computer a Vic 20

Thats all you got right there

all in one keyboard computer, no hard drive, no floppy drive, no cd rom no this computer worked off cartridge

that you had to use a hammer to get into a port in the back and pray it aligned correctly or else it was destroyed or damaged. Well to me at that time this computer so simple that a child could work it was something I have never seen before and all I wanted was to master it. I would spend hours writing basic code, hundreds of lines just to make thing like the cursor bounce around the screen and change colors. And of course you made errors and had to fix it but I will never the first time i typed the word ” RUN ” and didn’t get a syntax error. I was hooked right there, from that computer I went to a Commodore 120 it was a Commodore’s popular 64 model’s new version that never really caught on, but they had a Commodore 64 core in it so you could at boot tell it to go into 64 mode or at the command prompt could type ” Go 64″ and then when it said are you sure you could answer yes or no.

I don’t want this to be a computer history blog but these are the things that got me to where I am today, Like discovering if you took a hole punch and made a hole on the side of a floppy disk in the right spot you could use both sides of the disk. ¬†That you had to hook your dot matrix printer to the back of the floppy drive not the computer to make it work. And as bad as the games were and as copied as they became I don’t think in my entire childhood we ever bought a game we just copied all our friends disks. And when one friend didn’t have something you had they got a copy of your’s.

Around 1994 computer technology was growing more almost daily, the internet for the general public was coming out more and more, basic HTML webpages with small flash and little content appeared. I got my first computer with a 28.8 baud modem that connected to a phone line and would dial out to a server somewhere and make static noises and beeps and blips and crackles and then poof you could explore a small portion of the internet. I started in BBS (Bullen Board Service) sites like point-blank. From there i made a few friends one told me about Telnet and how university and large corporations used this Unix function to connect to computers and share data back then, or to connect to an account you had on an off site location via a shell account. And then he said if you find the right port number on a server you might even find, other people doing things. So once day when trying ports on the University of Denver’s new Server Evans i came across port 2323.

Talk about going down the rabbit hole, full screen ansi text saying RESORT scrolled up. and Enter user name with a flashing cursor next to it. So of course I entered a user name Craworme. Magic the gathering was new and big and the in geek game back then and it was sitting on my desk so I became Craworme. And entered this new world of confusion and commands and text scrolling and over 200 people there all talking and doing things. Took me 5 or so months to learn how to use this program called EW-too and what it could do, and as this happened I made friends around the globe, London, Sydney, Paris, the entire US, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa. Some of these people I still do speak to today that says something there don’t it.

Within a year or so I like everyone else grew board and wanted more I wanted to be a super user where you got to help residents and grant them residency and verify their email address thrilling stuff lol. Bored and closed the page yet ? well if your still here Resort was the biggest “Talker” ever to this day it’s still has the most unusual user usage. But there were others some big some small most with 20-60 people who called it home. Surfers in the UK, Foothills in the UK , Forest hosted at the university of technology in Sydney. You think sl lag is bad try international cross atlantic cables for lag.

That’s enough I think to get you going, next series will delve into learning Coding, Drama, the wars, and evolution of talkers into……

Kev

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