Don’t Like Slashdot? Blame Ed

My brother grew up knowing Jeff Bates (Hemos) and Rob Malda (CmdrTaco) of Slashdot.

From what I understand, it may have been Derek that introduced Jeff Bates and indirectly Rob to the idea of modems and computer BBS’s. I was talking with him during Christmas and it turned out that he specifically remembered explaining what a modem was to Jeff Bates.

And why did Derek know? He knew because I’d bought a 300 baud modem for my Commodore 64 with birthday money when I was in high school. And why did I have a Commodore 64? Because I’d been over to Ed‘s house a lot, thought his Commodore 64 (with an unbelievably fast 1200 baud modem), was pretty cool and had saved up money from picking blueberries one summer to buy my own.

Strange how tenuous a series of events it is.

Before people come to the conclusion that I’m in tight with Rob and Jeff Bates, I should mention a couple things. First, I wouldn’t know them if I saw them on the street. Second, I didn’t speak with them much even then. I’m pretty sure I dropped Jeff off at his house a couple times and I’m sure I saw their posts on boards that I frequented, but I’m pretty sure I also ignored them because they were seven years younger than I am.

Funny, eh?

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