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Around 1979 I built my first personal computer around the Z80 chip and CP/M. Early on, I cut my professional technical project management teeth networking ATT 3B2 UNIX System V R4 hosts. I compiled and installed my first Linux server using an early release of Slackware's distribution and have run various Linux distributions for my personal computing ever since. I was a technical systems project manager for 40 years, managing projects in the federal, DoD, legal, banking, consumer services, and healthcare industries. I first coded on a PDP11 via acoustic modem to a monster teletype machine in 1970, learning to program Lisp. "coded on a PDP11" - no, coded into a paper tape! LOL. I was in high school, and clutched cigar boxes crammed with my projects punched into the paper tape as some of my most valued possessions. (Yes, I'm devoted to my Emacs.) With my Z80 platform (Heathkit H-89) and full source code to the BIOS and CP/M, I learned machine language and had a ball writing and customizing modules in the BIOS. In college I programmed Fortran and Algol. Once I got my hands on UNIX systems I wrote sysadmin s‎crip‎ts in shell, with reliance on AWK, sed, and the like. So when I discovered perl, it was like being reborn, and I've not adopted a different programming language since. (Altho I do enjoy elisp.) Thank you, Larry Wall!

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