From: Ashley Carder <>
Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2005 23:59:54 +0000

> It could be interesting to know the age"spread" of thist list
> contributors,
> and how long we've had the computer virus under our skin.

I'll be 47 in a couple months. I never saw a computer until I
went to college in 1976 and met a PDP-11/40 running RSTS/E. I
lived on the computer for the next 3 years until it interfered
with my grades and I had to spend time on classes instead. I
got a programming job in 1981 in RPG on an IBM S/34 immediately
after college and have been doing software development ever
since, on IBM mainframes (COBOL, CICS, Assembler, ADS/O, etc),
PCs (Basic, C, MASM, OS/2 PM, Visual Basic, IIS based web
development), primarily Microsoft platforms, taking occasional
breaks from programming to dabble in the management side of
things and fly around the country doing requirements studies,
marketing, training, etc. I always tire of corporate management
and politics after a few years and get back into the programming
side of things until they twist my arm and talk me back into
management stuff again. I've been in this cycle of management/
technical flip/flop since about 1986. For the past 20 years
I've been involved in development of software for the insurance

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