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    bcyde, you didn't know the ALT-X trick? (for Larry 3 iirc it was CTRL-ALT-X)
    ... best wishes for you and your wife.

    Yeah, and Civ3 got me addicted for some years too... I even once bought the linux version when I was first trying to get away from Micro**** completely...

    MJE, you think we were a couple of teenagers trying to prove to each other who is "kewlest"?
    Yes, I guess we were But I think this competition among us was one big part that pushed me forward with programming, hardware, learning and also some things that I am not very proud of today. But I think I can safely say that I was "only a kid" then...

    I met SCO unix only once, this was during my second adventures into self-employment around 22 (not sure). A customer had it running on a server. Replaced it with a SuSE 5 then - iirc a UNIX whose shell scripts end in ".com" and executables in ".exe" - Admitted, I was really surprised to read "Microsoft" somewhere in the MOTD (?)...

    ...M

    PS: does anybody agree we should make this thread sticky? So everybody who wants can introduce himself here, and we don't have these 100s "Hello, I am new here" threads...
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    Originally posted by M.Hirsch
    bcyde, you didn't know the ALT-X trick? (for Larry 3 iirc it was CTRL-ALT-X)
    ... best wishes for you and your wife.
    Unfortunately, didn't pick up on that trick. LLL, was always one of those games I just wanted to complete just to see how far they'd go back in the days. Of course compared to games these days, the content is quite tame, but at the time it was quite racy despite the ridiculous graphics.

    And thanks for the congrats.
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    22, Unmarried, male, "American blooded". I am but a wee-one in the world of Hacking - been plugging at programs for less than 3 years now, building/repairing/upgrading PCs for about 5 years, and making web pages for about 8. My foray into "serious" programming pretty much starts with JavaScript at the time I registered here - Perl learnin' followed about 4 months after that. No formal education, though I pretend I'm in school from time to time

    First computer was a 486/33 with 4MB of RAM and Win 3.1 (actually, the first computer in the house was an old tape-driven contraption that I don't remember). First PC that actually turned into my own was a P1 120MHz / 32MB of RAM, Win95/1st.

    Never played LLL - I liked Warcraft, Jazz Jackrabbit, Tyrian, Castle of the Winds, Aethra, Ancients, etc. RPGs and strategy mostly. Phantasmagoria II and Shivers II were pretty kewl too when they came out (advanced stuff with all that FMV and speech).

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    Interesting thread... Santa Claus here... my third/last kid (girl) is older than a few of you here (just scraped past Ctb)... just started her second four year stint for her law degree after finishing her first four in Criminal Psychology...

    Well, dad, (me I hope) .. enlisted and got shipped off after landing in NA from South America.. 14 mths in Viet was more than a wake up call, but at least better than being in Jail .. hehe... moved on to do Math.. and of course, failed my Phd all because I couldnt write/present my paper properly, but did a brilliant job of adding 2 and 2 .. imagine!

    On mainframs since 86.. then came home with a comp science degree... all paid for by a company which had money to burn!

    Since then, every day is just a blur of code...

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    Originally posted by M.Hirsch
    MJE, you think we were a couple of teenagers trying to prove to each other who is "kewlest"?
    Yes, I guess we were
    You pretty much hit it on the head there, Manuel. Didn't like that at all, so I left for few years.
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    For the record, I'm 30 and young at heart. Also, still single
    [edit]Congratulations bcyde and here's wishing you guys a great life ahead

    P.S. You ought to swing by Glendale for a beer one day dude
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    Originally posted by Scorpions4ever
    Congratulations bcyde and here's wishing you guys a great life ahead

    P.S. You ought to swing by Glendale for a beer one day dude
    Thanks, not much of a drinker, but Glendale is really close to where I live though (Burbank/Sun Valley). BTW, if you're in Glendale make sure you stop by Porto's Bakery for some great pastries and Cuban food, that place is always packed, but prices are cheap and the food is really good.

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    does anybody agree we should make this thread sticky
    I vote for that. It is interesting to read about others and it would be nice to have it all in once place. You could change the title of the thread to something like "Introduce yourself here" or something equally unimaginative.


    Webm, I think your story takes the cake so far. A lot of interesing history there!


    All you singles out there, now don't go sending Webm PMs for pictures of his daughter and her phone number!
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    hehe .. shes fully equipped to take care of herself (Criminal Psychology and all) .. failing that, the ole m16 is still around... missing firing pin to comply with Canadian laws so I cant shoot out your tyres but I can still whack ya ..
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    I'm a single 23 year old with a high school education -- I'm self taught in web related technologies. I started on a 386 when I was about 13, using it mostly for homework and some for tinkering. I started with HTML, JavaScript, CSS at ~15, Perl at ~17, PHP/MySQL at about ~21, and recently started working with XML.

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    This has been an interesting thread, particulary since most of the posts have been mostly from the "old-timers"
    Anyway, I am 34, started late in the IT industry, moved to Finland to get into it, nobody took me seriously coming from IT recruitement in the UK.
    Started PHP in Dec 2001, I know, I started reading my first PHP book when I was waiting for the arrival / birth of our boy. I think you have seen the picture
    Have been into computers for a while, though when I was at college all those years ago we were on BBC computers, way before windows. So I was mostly into games, driving, sports and Quake.
    eCommerce application support nowadays, good skillset, I should move somewhere else and get more money
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    Started with Front Page.......ugghhh! Then realized I needed to learn how to write HTML. Now, it's been about 7 years and I know HTML, DHTML, XML, JavaScript, SQL, C#, ASP.NET, and new to Java, but not so new since I know C#. What a mess. So many things just to do what we do here at work.

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    Well where do I start....
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    Chronologically, 10<me<30, mentally - sometimes me<10 others me>30, depends on how much sleep I had within last 7 days. Did linguistics at one of the coldest place on earth, CS in sunshine state, and currently doing business info systems (ala raklet) down under.

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    Isn't great to meet the people you chat to (almost ) every day

    I'm 25.5, single, and enjoy all the good things in life, bars, clubs, etc. Most of all I love living in Melbourne, Australia. Born and bred Aussie (with some Italian background on Dad's side)

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    Did a couple years of CS and dropped it, continued on to do Bus Mgmt though.

    Whilst I did a fair bit of programming during my CS stint (Ada, C, C++) I didn't start any "real-world" programming till January this year, got promoted at work.

    Self taught ASP, VBScript, Javascript, HTML - wouldn't classify myself an expert though.
    Have finally convinced work that Open-source is the way to go, so now we have linux intranet servers, and I've started learning and re-designing existing ASP pages to PHP.

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    Anyway that's enough from me, great to meet you all.

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