Friends and loved ones, Retrospectives

VCE exams – good luck everybody

I was 25 when I first had kids. One outcome of this is that my eldest son's education is running 25 years after mine. The dates don't match up completely -- the main event, the English exam, for me was on 7th November 1988. For this year's VCE, it's today. Good luck Isaac, and all of the other 43,000 students sitting the VCE English exam today. (Though if any of you are reading this b


25 years on – school reunion

The weather on Friday night wasn't favourable, but I think we all had a good time at the 25th school reunion in any case. Amusingly, it clashed with the year 9+10 social in the main building. When I first arrived (wearing a black suit) I was asked if I was with Security. It was a mixed group of 25 years/1988 and 20 years/1993. I assume the Old Boys Association reckoned that was the best


Before Facebook and Twitter, we did analogue social networking with paper and pen

Tonight I'm going to a school reunion. Almost unbelievably, it's 25 years since year 12 in 1988. To mark this occasion I've dug out something even older than that. Once upon a time, before Facebook and Twitter, we couldn't write on each others' Walls or send a Tweet. On occasion in class, we'd pass a piece of paper around instead and write notes on it. Here is one that survived, from July

Melbourne, Photos from ten years ago, Retrospectives

I first got a digital camera 10 years ago. Here are some of my first photos.

Ten years ago this week I got my first digital camera: a Canon A70. I'd held on until the price seemed right and they did a half-decent job of video recording (as my old Video-8 video camera had given up the ghost a couple of years before). I assume I only started with a fairly small memory card, as it looks like I deleted my first ever digital picture -- and the second (what we now know as a "

music, Retrospectives

My retro iPod

I just realised my iPod is nearly nine years old. That's an age in the world of computers and electronics... does that make it a retro item? It's a third-generation iPod, back from before they had silly features like apps, movie playback, and colour screens... And yes, it's still going strong, though admittedly most of its use is at home in its cradle, playing music into the stereo. And

Clothes, Retrospectives

No old school tie for me – how about old school cuff links instead?

I'm not a great cuff link wearer, but recently I inadvertently bought a shirt that needs them, and I couldn't find any at home. I noticed the school Old Boys association sells them, so (I guess to mark 25 years since I did VCE -- gulp) I bought some. I don't mind these... they aren't too obvious when seen from a normal distance. I'm glad I got the plain pewter design though, not the colo

Geek, Retrospectives

Personal geek history

A piece of personal geek history: yesterday I had heard that a system I worked on when just out of uni in 1993 just finally got decommissioned. Myself and my mate Brian got out of uni at the end of '92, and looked for IT jobs. In early 1993 I landed a contract at a Big Company and Brian came on board too, and we wrote the first version of system "X", using Visual Basic 2 (the application runnin


Telstra brochure from 1997 explains new-fangled “text messages”

Clearing out some old books, I found this from 1997. It's a Telstra brochure explaining a new product they're introducing: the "SMS Text Message Service." Front cover: Middle pages: Back page: Everything was new once upon a time, right? From the brochure (and this matches my recollection), initially messages could not be sent between operators. This didn't come until April 200