Someone mentioned the other day that there seems to be a high correlation
between woodworkers and computer-oriented folks. After giving the matter
serious consideration for about two minutes, it occurred to me that the
computer-oriented folks were the most likely to get to this newsgroup. How
big is the percentage of non-computer-oriented folks who are familiar with
Usenet? The number of woodworkers on computers in not small though--about
17000 over at LumberJocks.com, for instance.
Yup... like there being a high correlation between the number of fire trucks
and the size of the fire.... some folks might get the casual direction
backwards. Though, around here there seem to have been a lot of volunteers
lighting fires over the years so maybe that's a bad example...
It would be extremely rare for a non-computer oriented person to know about
USENET. A better question is, "How many computer users know about USENET?
Very few from my experience. Off the top of my head, I know of one other
out of dozens of people connected to the internet.
Bangpaths? Phssst. Those were trivial.
I ran a mail hub that handled UUCP, BITNET, AND DECNET simultaneously.
Nothing like getting some email addressed like this and trying to
decide where it needed to go.
Thank you everone!
This whole chain takes me WAY back. I started working with computers back
in 1968, we had an IBM 1401 and a 7070. Neither had real stored program
capability. It was a huge step forward when my company finally got a
360/50....lol. I still remember "programing" unit record devices using plug
Spent some of my time in the telecommunications field and used Usenet
(started as Bitnet actually). Didn't really find NetNews all that usefull
until Mosaic came along and gave us a decent user interface.
Joined IBM a few years later and just retired last year. Been a woodworker
for a lot of years, but my job involved a lot of travel (Computer Security)
so really didn't have the time to devote to my hobby. Well,...now that I'm
retired I have been able to devote much more time to it and I love it!
Working it the IT industry most of my output was intellectual but
wordworking is very tangeable. You can step back and get intstant
gratification from what you created. I find it VERY satisfyiing...and I'll
bet many woodworkers are computer vets.
Thanks again for the memories.
I joined IBM right out of college in '74 and retired (from IBM) at the end of
'06. I ran on my "buy-out" for a while, got the house in shape to sell, then
got bored (SWMBO wouldn't let me make any more messes) and went back to work.
I figure I have another seven years before I really retire. By then I should
have all the toys. ;-)
I've been doing electronics design pretty much since college. Design is
intellectual and definitely has a tangible result. I find it quite similar,
in fact, to woodworking but woodworking has the advantages of no boss, no
deadlines, and no crap work. Well, there is sanding... ;-)
I ran ZP/M on mine (Z-80 CPU) with memory boards that I designed and wire
wrapped myself/ But that was my third micro computer.
And I had been using commercial computers for tne years by the time I got to
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