Feeling old sometimes...
I like to use analogies and not long ago – I was talking with two technical people and used what I thought was a perfect analogy. It involved how extended memory (XMS) versus expanded memory (EMM) used to work in the olden days (back when 640k was standard, big even). I remember how the EMM used a “window” and you could page your data into this window in 4-16k chunks. It wasn’t easy to use in a program, but it could be done. And the flat memory addressing of XMS versus the paging memory of EMM worked great for the analogy.
Anyway, one of the people I was talking with had sort of a quizzical look on their face – the other was nodding their head in agreement. Then, the one that was agreeing laughed out loud after looking at their co-worker and said something to the effect “you do know that George here is 23 and has never heard of nor worked with any of this stuff you are talking about”. I didn’t even think about that. I remember spending many hours with Quarterdecks QEMM and their loadhi/devicehi tools to figure out the best way to pack my TSR’s (terminate and stay resident) programs and devices – without causing the machine to become highly unstable (moderately unstable I could live with). Ah, the good old days.
Also, last night sitting in the Red Carpet club in Seattle waiting for my redeye back home, I read this post. Too funny – I found myself wondering if I was sitting in the same chair as the guy that wrote it (he too was in the Seattle airport – but about 12 hours in front of me). Really laughed at the two of everything comment in there – I do have two of everything so I never forget my toothbrush, razor, whatever.
But today, I am remembering why I never take redeyes. If I just flew home in the morning – I’d be getting in just about now, and since I am just starting to feel normal again right now, it wasn’t necessarily worth getting home earlier.