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Part 1 - Obligation
3rd year of college (Electrical Engineering) 1978 brought two assignments:

1) Make the electro-mechanical guts of an adding machine print "1234567890" using wires, solder, and a Motorola 6800.

2) Full year thesis project. I saw an article in Byte magazine analyzing how the crew of the Enterprise (ST:TOS) interacted with the ship's computer. That got me thinking seriously about voice recognition. So I designed a set of 4 audio band pass filters and counted zero crossings in each band. I interfaced that with a PDP-12 Laboratory Instrumentation Computer and wrote the code that ran on the DIAL operating system. It had a paper tape reader to load, but it also had two small magnetic tape drives.

Part 2 - Curiosity
After that, having been hired by "I've Been Moved" in 1979, I wrote a program to help the hardware service reps submit JCL to MVS for obtaining targeted and summary hardware diagnostic data.

Finally, in 1985, when I was an instructor at the Ed Centre, I created an interactive questionnaire facility (IQF) that ran on VM to create and administer quizes as well as instructor and course evaluations to the students.

Part 3 - Love
Creating IQF really caused me a lot of personal angst. While writing it, I fell in love with programming. I mean hard. I was doing it in my head at the Christmas dinner table. I couldn't stop. Yet I was I was part of an Accelerated Development Program that had me moved from department to department and firmly headed to management. The further I got away from programming the more angst I felt.

In spring 1987 I took the plunge and began making my living doing VAX and embedded programming for a fire alarm manufacturer's Engineering department.

The rest is history.

Thanks for the inspiration to take this trip down memory lane and get in touch again with the spark that ignited the flame.
Cheers,
Mike Fidler

"I intend to live forever - so far, so good." Steven Wright
"I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met." Also Steven Wright
"I'm addicted to placebos. I could quit, but it wouldn't matter." Steven Wright yet again.

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