Posts by Hiro Protagonist

  • Hard News: They can see your house from here,

    Heather W sez:

    Hiro Protagonist, wondering which element you were picking up as 'interesting'. In Edendale, Southland;

    Does that image show OK for you? When I look at it, there's a big chunk of road appears covering up most of the storefront. Weird.

    PanThalassia • Since May 2008 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: They can see your house from here,

    PanThalassia • Since May 2008 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • Stories: The Internet,

    Memorable stuff for me:

    My first experience programming a computer ~1974 using port-a-punch fortran. Waiting a week for the printout to come back only to discover a syntax error.

    Going online to videotex at 1200/75 with chunky 'graphics'.

    Hacking 1200/75 videotex modems to enable operation at 300bps to access bulletin boards, as the modems had only been 'type approved' for 1200/75.

    Starting the 1st BBS in the South Island. You couldn't buy an auto-answer modem in those days, you had to rent one from [what became] telecom. It was huge, but through some quirk in their billing system we never got billed for the rental.

    Using the tie-lines to Wellington at work to access actrix, as that was the only internet access option available.

    Starting an ISP so I could access the internet from home.

    Meeting my future wife on soc.culture.new-zealand in 1993.

    Seeing what happens to systems operated on trust [like email & usenet] once you let everyone use it.

    Getting broadband in 2008 as our exchange has _finally_ been upgraded.

    Reading Connecting the Clouds and discovering that almost everything written about me [even my name] is incorrect.

    PanThalassia • Since May 2008 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Fun,

    How about a little reality check.

    Auschwitz is in Poland [liberated by the USSR], not far from Kracow.

    Buchenwald is smack in the middle of Germany, only "walking distance" to Auschwitz if you're very dedicated.

    Perchance you were thinking of Birkenau, which *is* very close to Auschwitz, but still wasn't liberated by the US.

    PanThalassia • Since May 2008 • 4 posts Report Reply