It occurred to me recently that I’ve now been using Linux in one form or another for fifteen years.
Thanks to the power of Google, one of my early posts to USENET about getting a Linux-based office program to sync with my Palm Pilot PDA is still lurking…. https://groups.google.com/forum/?nomobile=true#!original/staroffice.com.support.install.linux/vLu-5B6FBwg/m8quB_SYjoEJ
Here it is -
I noticed this today, August 25, which is the anniversary of Linus Torvalds announcing his (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones on the USENET newsgroup, comp.os.minix.
Of course, I tweeted about it while using the Linux-based Android-driven smartphone I now have, which far surpasses the computing power present in my 1999 Palm III.
As I’ve mentioned previously, the trend in information technology design has been for a shift from desktop computing to mobile computing. While many things are still done better at a desk with a full-size keyboard. This post, for example, was produced at my home desk on my laptop.
I still remember back in 1984, watching the Superbowl and seeing Ridley Scott’s instantly-famous advertisement for the Macintosh computer. At the time, I was switching back and forth between programming on my outdated TRS-80 and my shiny new Apple IIe, with two floppy drives and a hi-res color screen.
It was obvious to anyone that IBM was portrayed as akin to the Evil Empire. Apple would do anything to ensure they were different and not destined for the suit-and-tie crowd.