Seven Things About Me - Tagged by Andi

In a theme being attributed to Tony Bibbs, Andi tagged me. Also see http://in2it.be/whotaggedwho.php.

  1. I have a mixed accent due to being English, but growing up in America and later Australia.
  2. My first computer was a Sharp PC-1211.
  3. I cycled to my high-school computer science teacher's house during summer vacation to use the school computers. My school by then had progressed from a CPM machine with mark-sense cards to having multiple BBC Micros
  4. At school, we watched Australia win the 1983 America's Cup using the TVs that functioned as the BBC Micro monitors.
  5. I studied Comp Sci at Melb Uni, where I got my first taste of UNIX. When I started, all machines had aboriginal names that began with "mu", e.g munnari. One of the mandatory student manuals was a bound compendium of UNIX man pages. Fun historical info is at http://www.cs.mu.oz.au/~alistair/fifty-years/mof06history.pdf
  6. I started reading comp.risks (now at http://catless.ncl.ac.uk/Risks) about that time. Let's try not to expand its archive of computer wrongs.
  7. I use Emacs.
  8. I think there are two types of people in this world, those who can count to seven, and those who can't.

As this 7-Things meme winds down, I'll just tag Tony Dovgal, who has recently become a new father - congratulations!

Here are Tony Bibb's rules for the meme:


  • Link your original tagger(s), and list these rules on your blog.

  • Share seven facts about yourself in the post - some random, some weird.

  • Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.

  • Let them know they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs and/or Twitter.


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