I’ve spent the better part of 20 years working in the IT industry – working in as many different jobs, as with different technologies, as with customer types. It’s been fun applying what emerges from labs and factories to educating children, entertaining ourselves, making business communication more effective, and bringing insights to corporate decision makers. There are many changes to come – brought about by new technologies, web services, and the demands of a world desperate for solutions and a tech savvy youth impatient for gratification. Virtualization will be commonplace. We will compute almost completely off the cloud, with our private data sync’ed to personal storage devices that will be effectively invisible. More information, readily available to more people, Will help bring about a better world.
About the Image at the top of this page
The calculator model in the picture is the HP32s. This was the first HP product I owned, and it was a brilliant machine for an aspiring engineering student. It featured RPN, a different way of calculating, than the typical, linear algebraic method common on today’s student calculators. It was special because this was the kind of product that NASA scientists would have used, and that Scotty would have wanted to keep in his private museum. These were the days where apple II and ibm pc clones abounded and shops in Peoples Park sold parts, floppies and pirated manuals. Scott Kim’s designs and the mental twisters from Hofstadter’s “Godel, Escher & Bach” filled my consciousness, and when Claremont, Byrne and Austin were working their magic with Xavier’s students, and Moore was reworking the origin underpinnings of older, less successful DC characters (Swamp Thing and Adam Strange being among the early beneficiaries). I had my own little white Mazda323 hatchback, and was always on the lookout for something to help the engine be a little more powerful so it wouldn’t be such a difficult thing getting up the slope at the hostel block 19 early in the morning when the engine was cold. There were still farms in the NTI campus at that time. Farms littered with little ponds, filled with tropical fish. Farms by the jungles from which giant moths would emerge, to gather in huge numbers in the shared toilets where the lights were on all night. Like they say…..those were the days.
What else do I write and place in the public domain?
This blog was started to document matters relevant to my professional life. I keep another blog, created earlier, for other musings of a less work-like nature. You’ll find it at http://gunonglaut.blogspot.com/
About the Name of this Blog:
I was fortunate enough to catch the first run of Douglas Adam’s “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” on the BBC world service. Fans of the radio serial will be familiar with the matter of “42”, which has been postulated to have extremely profound meaning. Not nearly as profound, though, as the concept of the infinite improbability drive. Or the effects of a pan-galactic gargle blaster.