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Famous Geeks and Stately Funerals

I saw some old DEC friends on the web yesterday. Seems Jon “Maddog” Hall (the fellow who tought me UNIX, really) now works for ThinkGeek/Slashdot. How cool is that? I know a couple of computer “geek” Gods besides Jon actually, although I used to work closely with him. I used to sit across a visiting “consultant” type at DEC who was never around, whom I never actually got the chance to meet. Why am I telling you this, you ask? Because his name was Bill Gates (yes, THAT Bill Gates) He had a cube in Nashua (rather large one actually) but I doubt he ever showed up to work in it. He was, at the time, trying to convince DEC to open a plant in Seattle. They didn’t, but he did and the rest, as they say, is HISstory.

Oh, and I once had lunch with Ritchie (the C guy). He was cool. Although I always got him confused with Kernigan, however you spell that. I used to date the guy who wrote Kerberos. I know nothing about Kerberos (not even how to spell it really) but that doesn’t stop folks from asking me. I suppose I could always call Bill and say, “Hi! How are ya? BTW, I need to ask you…..” but I absolutely HATE getting those phone calls myself, so I will refrain. Lucky me, it’s been a while since DEC had to decipher the netsetup code I wrote.

Listening to Keb’ Mo’ at work and really enjoying it. It’s a nice sunny day today. I want to go sit outside somewhere and eat. I packed a lunch, but don’t really want to eat it. But, I’ve a new house, new car, and the economy is sucky, so I probably will. Another cheese sandwich in a purple lunchbox done me wrong. I should write a blues song.

I watched the funeral for the Queen Mum this morning. It was elegant and stately. Just the way she was. If that royal family had any brains, they would drag her around the street for another six months, as she was the only respectable member of the entire family. It’s all downhill from here, folks. And I hope I’m not the first one to point this out to you. Charles should be re-named Chuck but than that would be an insult to famous Chucks throughout history. Wait a minute, are there any famous Chucks? I suppose if I think really hard, I will come up with one or two. I think Chuck Woolry is famous, even though I do not know how to spell his name. But, he is a Chuck for you. My dog would be insulted and he’s a Chuck. Sort of. Charlie is close enough, I suppose.

Hey Ken, if you are reading this, we need to figure out how to add graphics into this thing. To make it more complete. But then, I suppose I’d have to get a REAL web site, with a REAL website host and all, and I’m too cheap to pay for this.

Until next time, this is Carol, the Carol in “Carol’s Little World” signing off.

PS If you read this, please either sign the guest book or send me a note, so I’ve a count of how many folks are reading. I want to start keeping track of these things, you know. And, do let me know if you would be totally pissed off if I moved the site to someplace where I can have pics. Some of mine, in fact. Thanks!


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