Diary of a Network Geek

The trials and tribulations of a Certified Novell Engineer who's been stranded in Houston, Texas.


Nine Years Old

Filed under: Criticism, Marginalia, and Notes,News and Current Events,Personal,Red Herrings — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Tiger which is terribly early in the morning or 5:35 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waxing Gibbous

I made my first, primitive blog entry here nine years ago today.

Back then, I coded every page by hand, often in a text editor and uploaded the pages. That was back before blogging was cool and everyone was doing it, too, so there just wasn’t any blogging software to speak of. Everyone who had a blog, which is short for “web log”, wrote their posts and pages by hand. Of course, I was mostly out of work back then, too, so I had lots of time to code it all up and link everything by hand. Thank God that all changed! First MovableType and then WordPress. Who knows what else will be coming next?

Of course, a lot has changed in my non-digital life, too. Married then divorced again. Changed jobs four times. Moved once, after buying a house. Survived cancer.
Sometimes, looking back on it all, it sure does seem like a lot happening in a short amount of time. It’s crazy, crazy stuff.

Anyway, I noticed that the date was coming not too long ago and I thought I’d point it out.


Dodged a bullet…

Filed under: Career Archive,Geek Work,News and Current Events,Personal — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Hare which is in the early morning or 7:24 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is a Third Quarter Moon

I think…

Way back when I started this blog, before I even started using MovableType, I was out of work and looking for a job. One of my first interviews, which I don’t think I even mentioned on this site, was with Kaiser Aluminum. I remember crossing a picket-line to get to the interview, which was bad enough, and then finding nothing but envrionmental protest stories when I did a search on the web for more information. Well, they decided that I didn’t have enough Windows experience at the time and decided to take a pass on me. Honestly, at the time, I was a little relieved that I wouldn’t have to decide if was okay working with a company that had as much union trouble as they seemed to have at the time. It turns out, they may have been in worse shape than even I suspected!
I heard on the news yesterday that Kaiser Aluminum had filed Chapter 11 and was possibly going to stick it to their employees by reducing retirement benefits. Yikes! Talk about trouble waiting to happen! Anyway, it was a nice reminder that sometimes things really do work out for the best.

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