One of the first minicomputer systems that I worked with extensively was a Digital Equipment Corporation’s VAX machine. The particular machine that I used, a VAX 11/730, was at the time (1983) an entry-level minicomputer that cost just under $40,000 (that’s just the CPU!) and delivered real-world performance of about 0.15 MIPS.
I recently acquired a Sony TR2A laptop system. This machine, a capable subnotebook system, comes with a copy of Windows XP Home Edition. It’s possible to order the machine as the TR2AP, which comes with Windows XP Professional Edition pre-installed, but I already own the requisite XP Pro licence and didn’t want to pay for a second copy. Even if I had gotten the TR2AP, I’d have likely wound up reinstalling, since the disk comes weirdly partitioned and with more than ten percent of its usable space reserved as a “recovery partition.”
I’m writing this page using Mozilla’s Composer application. I’d normally use Macromedia’s Dreamweaver MX for this task. Dreamweaver is definitely a more powerful and convenient tool; Composer is downright primitive by comparison. But I’ll suffer the inconvenience of more clumsy tools rather than upgrade to Macromedia’s latest Studio MX 2004 suite.
Why? Product activation.
Spotcast was growing rapidly in May 2000, and we finally ran out of room in our little office in Silver Spring’s Zalco building.
So the company took a lease on space down the street, on the tenth floor of 8484 Georgia Avenue.
(Click the photo to see a small album).
Holly and I traveled to Paris with my parents in May 2000.
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