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Life Experience: Raised a Colorado farmer + livestock feedlot son ... wanted to become a locomotive engineer or a commercial airline pilot. Mom and Dad made sure I experienced 4-H projects/fairs, Future Farmers of America, six years of piano lessons + six years learning/owning various woodwind instruments throughout junior high/high school.
Moved on to college with the intent to complete a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Completed a full four semesters before the Reagan Years happened, the economy tanked, inflation soared, and my parents lost their farm. My parents moved to Texas; I moved to a military career totaling almost 26 combined years both as enlisted (Intelligence) and officer (Chinook Helicopter Test Pilot Instructor). Currently "retired" as of 2012.
Travel: More-than-tourist visited/traveled to and/or was assigned in all 50 U.S. states, South Korea, Japan, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Germany, Iraq, Afghanistan (probably missing a few that weren't more than an airport stopover, so I don't count those).
My first computer was a new, "fire sale-pricing" TI-99/4A + PEB V1 my uncle hooked me up with. I even did a couple high school presentations trying to get teachers/parents interested in our beloved machine (latter end of the height of TI-99/4A Home Computer sales).
Then came learning on the Apple II (singular) and Apple II+ (singular) my very rural high school math/physics/track coach managed to budget in for his college bound students during my last two years of high school. Then came learning on shared mainframe time at college programming in Fortran '77 on terminals for the engineering courses. And finally my first IBM-clone PC around 1988-1990ish.
My TI+PEB got lost in one of my many movies and I only recently got back into "owning a piece of my past" and anxious to see where modern tech and my childhood intersect.
Current TI Projects:
Current TI Hardware:
TI-99/4a (presently) - not a collector or hoarder, but in the future I'd like to be able to put together systems for interested people who want to get back into this hobby and have something reliable rather than most of the uncared for junk on eBay + keep a spare or two around as personal replacements
Texas Instruments CC-40 Computer with some excellent prototyping boards recently available