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.
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.
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.