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hpr1664 :: Life and Times of a Geek part 1

I've been using computers for more than 40 years. This is part 1 of my story

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Hosted by Dave Morriss on 2014-12-18 is flagged as Explicit and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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Duration: 00:26:54

How I got into tech.

Started by monsterb, this series invites people to share with us how they found Linux. It has become traditional for first time hosts to share with us their journey to Linux. Indeed it has morphed to be way to share your journey in tech right up to your first contribution to HPR.

Life and Times of a Geek - part 1

I really liked David Whitman's idea of doing a show on his birthday, so I'm borrowing the idea.

This show is being released on my 65th birthday, and I decided to use this opportunity to tell you about my long experience with computational devices as part of the series "How I Found Linux". Thinking about what I want to cover, I realise that it might be quite a lot, so I'm organising the shows into a collection of short episodes.

I have been thinking about doing this for a while. Up until now I was concerned that it would be a bit self-indulgent, but I have been advised to just go ahead and do it. I hope you find the shows interesting.

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Comment #1 posted on 2014-12-20 09:12:35 by 0xf10e

Cool stuff ^^

Very nice start, looking forward to more!

Comment #2 posted on 2014-12-22 15:10:11 by Colin

Thanks Dave!

Hi Dave, good episode and very interesting. Like 0xf10e, I'm looking forward to the next one.

I followed the links on the slide rule and started to read about how it worked. Having never used one I was quite confused. Any chance of a slide rule tutorial?


Comment #3 posted on 2014-12-22 19:10:31 by Dave Morriss

Appreciate the feedback

Thanks 0xf10e and Colin. The next episode is currently being constructed.

Regarding slide rules, my old Mathematics teacher would be rolling on the floor at the thought of my giving a tutorial I expect. However, I'd quite like to have a go. I'll see what I can do.


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