Allen Trevethan

1. When was the first time you touched a computer and what kind of computer was it?
My first computer was the CoCo. Tandy’s TRS-80 Color Computer, and I begged and pleaded for the 64k version, because OMG 64k!!

2. When was the first time you actually owned a computer and where/how did you get it?
I was a huge Radio Shack — pour some out for our homies, yo — fan, and of because of that was exposed to Tandy’s line of computers rather than Commodore like some of my unfortunate friends. My dad bought it for me, handed me the box and said “have fun, kiddo!”

3. What was the first job that you had which required you to use a computer?
In South Korea, I had a summer job in High School working for the Army’s 20th Support Group doing office work and drinking way too much free coffee than a teenager should. Because I was a nerd, I got handed the desktop publishing duties and used Aldus’ Pagemaker for all that stuff. Who remember’s Pagemaker??

4. When was the first time you got online and how did you? -Was it a BBS, AOL, Netscape etc.?
First time I got online was in the local BBSes. It was called “Larry’s Place”, a single line joint run out of some dude’s house. You’d fire up Boyan or some other home grown terminal program, yell at the house that you were using the phone so nobody picks up a second line, and finally fire up the autodialer and wait for the line to free up for your daily allotted time. (Note to millennials: a ‘second line’ was something we had on our land lines where you had more than one physical phone that used the same voice ‘line’ hehehe)

5. When was the first time that your job required you to have internet access?
Pretty sure that would have been AOL… Reasons are obvious. I still remember the training classes we went through before hitting the floor. I remember thinking, OMG I’m gonna get paid to sit on a computer all day! I’ve hit the motherlode! Hehehe.

6. What did you not see coming (in the computer/internet industry)?
So many things! Didn’t see the ridiculous gains in stock we had at AOL — clearly… The biggest thing that comes to mind though for this question is easily Microsoft’s move to join the Open Source Foundation!! I mean, holy crap. If you would have told me that back in my Linux days, I would have laughed and laughed and laughed… If you would have told me then, that I would have worked for Microsoft and count it as one of the best companies I’ve ever worked for, I would have laughed even harder, too.

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