What a small world we live in. It may interest both of you to learn that I did all the outboard device driver and chip driver code for a remotely operated mine clearing bulldozer that was rushed into service in Kosovo.
That was the only time in my long career in the computer business when I worked directly on a weapons system. The other times it was mainly indirectly, when I was a marketing suit with Digital Equipment Corporation concerned with such weird issues as why a particular 11/45 system that was part of the China Lake instrumentation range was failing when none of our other stuff failing, not even in the same equipment room. I didn't do the trouble shooting but I had major account responsibilities along those lines.
At one point I was the addons marketing manager for our multinational PDP-15 18-bit computer business, for which I also had factory book/ship responsibility. Two of my -15s were the computer basis for the first B-2 flight simulator. The first version of AFIS -- the federal fingerprint ID system -- was developed on one of my -15s. PDP-15s were used to test out design concepts for the redundant majority vote software logic for Space Shuttle. And so on.
So, I've read about your stuff, BlueStrat. Isn't it interesting how three very different techies are getting together in this thread. We're different -- yet deep down inside we're the same because ... well ... because we're techies and we love to read and talk about this tuff.
My wife and I have committed to driving East in late September and early October. I haven't spoken with Werman yet and for all I know I won't -- but we're going to arrive in the general Massachusetts area late on September 30 or early on October 1. We'll be staying with friends in the Boston area beginning sometime on October 2, but maybe we could pick you up on the 1st or whatever and run back to Tanglewood/Werman for a short visit.
I also may be having an old friend fly himself up from Florida to join the Werman party if there is one. This friend, computer and broadband pioneer Dave Waks, is a folk music fan who was my first boss out of college. He admits to playing badly
but as I said to him yesterday by email, by now his knowlege of that genre must be encyclopedic -- and if he joins the site to run a Folk/Bluegrass/Newgrass section, he wouldn't be playing, he'd be more of a DJ. I don't know what he's going to end up doing, but that's the kind of fun thing that's going to make this site really interesting.