I am an Italian living abroad since the day after my Master Degree in Computer Science from the University of Pisa, Italy. Email me: info (at) gloglos.com
Technology, code, computers, electronics...
When I was ten years old, my wish was a Casio calculator, that I got as a Christmas present.
The '80s have formed me, thanks to my brother that bought the first Commodore VIC 20, and I learned how to program in Basic and in 6502 assembler, I still have the book "6502 revealed" a very helpful book for the VIC 20 assembler.
Then the revolution started with the IBM 8088, the Turbo C and Pascal 1.0 that I got from the USA. I remember the label written on it "Not for export", it was the period of the Cold War.
At University the budget was limited for a full PC, I bought a PC with two other students, we shared the price and the time, one month each.
Then the investment started to produce the wanted effects, with programs being sold for few Italian Lira.
Then I got one of the first portable pc's, the Amstrad.
My project was even beter than Windows 3.1
After that event I have being working only on Mainframes based on Unix, what I called true computers.
Due to no internet and less interest for PC's I learned about Linux (unix for pc's) in 1998
I bought at FNAC in Brussels RedHat 5.2 Apollo with Kernel ver. 2.0.36-0.7, for the price of 60,- EUR
To try it, I needed a computer at home, therefore I bought a dismissed second hand COMPAQ PRESARIO 486
I have reinstalled and compile the kernel of linux hundreds of times and my passion for home computing came back.
Then was the time of Apache, PostgreSQL, and PHP3 and the first websites, in 1997 I had 300kbit per second connection thanks to Chello.be in Brussels, it uses the teledistribution cables.
Unix on PC's with great stability and excellent TCP/IP stack management "FreeBSD is an advanced computer operating system used to power modern servers, desktops and embedded platforms. A large community has continually developed it for more than thirty years. Its advanced networking, security and storage features have made FreeBSD the platform of choice for many of the busiest web sites and most pervasive embedded networking and storage devices." I said to many people that FreeBSD was an excellent OS and infact it was choosen by Apple as kernel for MacOSX.
The launch of the first website, sponsored by my brother www.bmww.net, closed after few years due to no business plan, we were just wasting money and time and no way to get any sponsor.
The design was, maybe, one of the first blog ever on the internet.