This blog has been a place for me to share my journey from working on custom applications software in IT service companies, to getting back into computer science.
I received my BSCS in 1993 from Colorado State University. I worked for IT service companies for 7 years (when I could), but I felt like something was missing–the reason I got into this stuff in the first place. This blog partly documents my process of reacquiring that raison d’être I had many years ago.
I’m trying to get beyond what undergrad CS taught me, to something richer and more powerful–an outlook on what computing represents, one that has been lost within the field, but exists in the computing luminaries who are still alive (as of this writing), and in the documentation and artifacts they created. I’ve been very inspired by the research that was done in the Information Processing Techniques Office (IPTO) in the ARPA program in the 1960s, and the research at Xerox PARC in the 1970s.
I don’t have all the answers I seek yet.
If you want to follow my thought process on this, go to my “bread crumbs.” What I have left behind is a trail of thought from the time I first began to realize there was something more exciting about computing. Along the way I’ve occasionally gotten off into other subjects, which you can read on my blog, but the main focus here has been to share what I’ve discovered.
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