Why am I starting a Tech Blog???

This is the question of the hour. Why have I decided to start a technology blog? Certainly there is no shortage of these on the Internet. I guess it’s just my calling. I want to highlight what it is that drives and motivates me. Besides the love for God, my wife, and my children, technology certainly has been an important part of my life. You could call it a passion, my desire to know all there is to know about the latest technology and gadgets. I’m especially passionate about virtualization and network technologies. VMware, Hyper-V, ProxMox (KVM & LXC\Docker) all are of significant interest in my realm. Routers, Switches, Firewalls\IPS\IDS…I truly enjoy building, configuring, and troubleshooting networks...

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A stroll down memory lane

I live in the world of technology. From the time I was a young boy, technology fascinated me. As a teenager in the mid-1980’s, computers were just starting to become affordable for use in the home. The Tandy TRS and Coco series, Commodore (Amiga\Vic 20\64\128), Atari (XL and ST series) are just a few names that caught my attention in the day. If I saw a computer somewhere, I just had to get my hands on it.

The first computer I ever really got to play with for any considerable time was the Commodore VIC-20. This machine connected to a television and was one of those all-in-one style cases that were common for the generation of hardware. It boasted a whopping 5kb of RAM, expandable only through the use of a cartridge port. This particular machine was owned by my Aunt and Uncle, and had no permanent storage. I would, therefore, spend great amounts of time keying in the sample BASIC programs in the back of the owners manual to yield a finished product, only to lose it all when the machine was shut off. Options were available to use cassette players as permanent storage, but since this wasn’t my computer, I was pretty much at the whim of the available hardware. More details about the Commodore VIC-20 available at Wikipedia here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodore_VIC-20

In time, through the grace of a close friend whom I worked with, I obtained my own personal computer at home. It was a product of Tandy Corporation (aka Radio Shack) known as the Color Computer II (or “Coco” for short). This computer spent much of it’s time living on a table in the garage at my parents house. Much like the VIC-20, it too used a television as a monitor and had a cartridge system for expansion and applications. Permanent storage options existed in the form of cassette tapes as well as floppy disk and even a harddisk solution eventually showed up. Unfortunately, the floppy disk and harddisk solutions were extremely expensive. As a gift for Christmas one year, my Mom saved the money and purchased the floppy disk unit for the computer, and I was elated. I now had a reliable, permanent storage solution. This computer, while a great machine for it’s time, was also quite limited like the VIC-20, featuring only 64K of RAM. It was on this computer where I learned to write applications in BASIC. More details about the Tandy Color Computer 2 are available on Wikipedia at:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRS-80_Color_Computer#Color_Computer_2_(1983%E2%80%931986)

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