Och-aye-demy

Just noticed that KDE's Akademy conference is taking place in my old stomping ground of Strathyclyde University's Computer Science Department in Glasgow... pity there are no usability sessions on the schedule, might have been tempted to gatecrash for nostalgia's sake :)

Back in my day (1989-93), the Graham Hills building was called Marland House (we'd just bought it off BT), and its main function was to house a lab full of QLs that Sinclair had donated. Despite the stories in the press at the time, every student didn't get one to take home-- AFAIK they all stayed in the lab, and all we ever did with them was our 68k assembly language assignments (as set by Duncan Smeed, who's probably still setting them today...)

The top few floors of the Livingstone Tower, on the other hand, housed (as they still do) the staff offices and the 3rd and 4th year computer lab, which at the time had just been kitted out with smart new Sun terminals (ELCs, IIRC-- which looking back at them now were the forerunner of Sun Rays, I guess). Little did I know then...

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We were CompSci students in Glasgow around the same time (well some over lap since I was 89/90 doing Aero Eng, took a year out and then back to do CompSci 91-95), except I was at the other side of the city over in Hilhead :-) We had Apple Mac Plus and ELC and a few IPC with colour screens; Glasgow Uni CompSci was then almost exclusively Apple and Sun back then.

Posted by Darren Moffat on May 02, 2007 at 04:29 AM GMT+00:00 #

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I am an Interaction Designer in the Systems Experience Design team, arriving at Oracle via Sun where I've worked since 2000. I currently work on sysadmin user experience projects for Solaris. Formerly I worked on open source Solaris desktop projects such as GNOME, NWAM and IPS.

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