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What Am I Doing Here?

April 12, 2020 — ~snubspreker


I worked with IBM big iron for seventeen years. I was mostly an RPG II, III, IV developer but also wrote, god help me, COBOL and of course CL (control language).

During that time, I was forced to use windoze, and Mac OS, but on my personal devices I used linux. I had been a Slackware user since 1993 or thereabout when I got a book on Slackware that included a CD.

I have been an avid tinkerer with linux, I disdain the term power user, but never had the oportunity to work with linux as a developer eventhough I have experience with a good many languages other than those specific business languages mentioned above.

During the early 1990s, the Internet didn't exist as it exists today. There were a few browsers for the web (links, or lynx being the one I remember) and then we got NetScape Navigator and then everything started blinking and bouncing and boy was it ugly.

Eventually the great tools (gopher, archie, veronica, etc) were either replaced or forgotten. A few years ago I discovered that gopher at least, wasn't dead but was actually making a resurgence with people like me who would rather their information didn't blink, bounce, or slide all over the screen.

So I think what I might talk about here is that. I know there are tons of resources on the web these days but maybe I know something or have thought something that isn't out there already.

I guess we will see how it goes.