The Red Eye
This is a self-serving, self-indulgent blog. I plan to post brain detritus as a distraction from reality. I am guessing that it might serendipitously allow others to take a break from the battering context switching required of a network manager. Either way, it makes me look like I’m working, and it pumps up my ego. Sometimes you might find something useful here. I will try (but not today).
My computer science expertise started and stopped in the mid eighties. I used my dad’s Commodore 64 (the 64 refers to 64 K of RAM) for four things:
- Printing to the dot matrix printer. It actually made tiny burn marks on the paper. That’s pretty close to playing with fire, and that was cool.
- Playing One on One with Larry Bird and Dr. J. If you drove a layup just right, you could shatter the fiberglass backboard.
- Writing programs involving number guessing and flashing colors
- Playing Zork - a text-only role-playing game
It had a modem, which made it capable of hacking into the Pentagon to initiate bilateral thermos-nuclear annihilation of the United States and USSR.
When I was thirteen, I became a Spectrum Product Support Engineer. Maybe I was twenty-eight.
Armed with my degree in Environmental Science, I moved across New Hampshire, from area code 603 to area code 603, and joined my brother and sister-in-law at Cabletron. The Spectrum Orzechowski dynasty began. My brother was doing PR for Craig Benson, who later became governor and installed EZ-Pass on New Hampshire highways. My sister-in-law was team leader of the Spectrum product support Management Modules team. Nepotism.
But eighteen years later, how many Orzechowski’s are left working with Spectrum? Uno. Credentials be da*ned, I have staying power.
Anyway, the whole frivolous point is to explain the name of the blog. The latest release when I started was Spectrum 4.0 rev3. If you started the SpectroSERVER 4.0 rev3 from a control panel on IRIX, my sister-in-law’s voice would tell you, “Your SpectroSERVER is ready." When you launched the SpectroGRAPH (there was no OneClick), the VNM icon stared at you with a menacing eyeball like the one on the dollar bill – Rob Kettles uses it for his communities avatar. Thus the name of the blog.
To come: colloquial crash terminology