May - 3rd

Old Iron

Posted at 5:26 pm | Filed Under android, blog

IBM 360 Mainframe at the Computer History Museum.

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Apr - 15th

25 Years…

Posted at 7:55 am | Filed Under blog

  I realized that my blog and this domain (kataan.org) are 25 years old today! I started a project to move the older items from a text archive (downloaded from blogger, remember them?) into my WordPress database. I hadn’t realized that with blogger, I used it like Twitter as a microblog – there are some […]

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Jul - 15th

Driving then and now

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I went for a drive on my lunch hour today in my multi-airbag, ABS-equipped, V-6 sedan, and the song “Red Barchetta” came on the radio. It made me think of old convertibles. I drove a Fiat 850 Spyder in high school – it had a wooden dashboard, chrome rear-view mirrors, that super UV-proof thick vinyl […]

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May - 23rd

Strapping Young Lad

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… Went to go see a killer band — Strapping Young Lad — last night at The Pound, a little metal club out in Dogpatch/Hunter’s Point/Bayview/whatever it’s called nowadays. I haven’t been to a clubin years…Lots of metal twenty-somethings, a mosh pit, a surprising amount of thirty-somethings, and lots of blonde hair. It was an […]

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Jun - 14th

LOMO Smena-35 Manual

Posted at 9:49 am | Filed Under blog

I just scanned in the manual for my little Russian plastic piece-o-crap camera, the Lomo Smena-35. I’ve put the HTML-ized version of the manual up at http://www.kataan.org/smena/index.html . Gotta love the cold-war Soviet Union-era manual: The Smena-35 camera is safe for health, life, and property of the consumer and environment as confirmed in declaration # […]

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Mar - 16th

Systems Update

Posted at 9:46 am | Filed Under blog

We’re mopping up after what seems like one of the rainiest winters on record! It’s been sunny for a few days straight, so my leaky office roof can finally dry out, and work can continue on my employer’s heating system. www.kataan.orgĀ is doing nicely; it’s hosting my mail, running this web site and providing network services […]

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Apr - 22nd

Shermer High School, Shermer, Illinois, 60062

Posted at 9:45 am | Filed Under blog

March 24, 1984 Shermer High School, Shermer, Illinois, 60062 Dear Mr. Vernon, We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. And what we did was wrong. But we think you’re crazy making us write an essay telling you who we think we […]

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Apr - 15th

.plan files

Posted at 9:42 am | Filed Under blog

Remember .plan files? I found my old .plan: Here it is again. Some clueless FOOL talking about the “Information Superhighway.” They don’t know JACK about the net. It’s NOTHING like a Superhighway. That’s a BAD metaphor. Yeah, but suppose the metaphor ran in the OTHER direction. Suppose the HIGHWAYS were like the NET. All right! […]

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