March 14th, 2002

A Lesson is Learned But The Damage Is Ir

I love this thing

In the process of copying over all of my files from the old computer to the new one. I've got both running, but only one monitor... So I've got two keyboards, two mice, two computers, and one monitor. Suddenly I'm back in August 1996. I'm in a small office in Matawan, NJ, working for Cheersoft. I'm playing around with Worldgroup/MajorBBS client/server programming. I've got the back-end C++ program I've been working on for weeks including an overnighter and bringing code home to peruse on one computer, and Visual Basic on the other computer looking to how hard it would be to code up a graphical interface as we did for UltraGlobals and other fine Cheersoft packages. A little box next to the computers lets me flip between monitors. The Sales department (a few people who can't code or don't want to) are running 486-66s with Windows 95, connecting on our office's T1 to yahoo and such. The Development department (a few people who know a smattering of code) is sitting on P100's with nineteen inch monitors. Just because our boss can afford them, even though we're doing nothing but coding in DOS and testing our code in DOS, except for the one dual machine I was playing on with DOS on a computer and Windows 95 on another.

That company would go out of business a couple of weeks before I started at Drew. I miss that job.
A Lesson is Learned But The Damage Is Ir

Now.. the fun

A few of my co-workers who aren't sysadmins have little Linux boxes or such hooked up to the Network. While I still need to ask my boss if I can use my old box for such a purpose, it's going to need to be re-formatted before anyone else can use it, so I might as well toss FreeBSD on it now. The other computers of this model are sitting around, and I've been told this computer would be scrapped.... so I might just get my wish.

So right now I've got a test monitor hooked up to my old box... and before throwing FreeBSD on it and making it headless, I've got a start of my ideal office... multiple displays feeding me a steady stream of data. Mmmmm. Anyway, time to install FreeBSD and return the monitor before I try to keep it.
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