A Word From Richard

Back in the days of the old IBM 8088 and the Compaq 8086 running at an astounding 4 MHz or 8mhz if you had a turbo model times seemed to be grand. You would go to the store at the new release MS-DOS 2.11 which promised to be the best thing out there at the time. Well here we are fifteen years later and not only has the hardware changed but the software has as well.

   I am going to take a few minutes to give you just a few of the differences you see between the span of years. I'll start with one of the first PC computers I had that I can remember. It was a Compaq 8086 XT running at 4 MHz with a 10 megabyte hard drive and 4 megs of RAM (now your RAM were chips that you installed on the mother board or if you were real lucky than you had the 30 pin SIMMs that you could use but none the less either way they were slow as tar running down a steep hill). I also had a tape drive now not a tape backup I mean a cassette tape like you would like for a music tape. It also had a top of the line 3.5 floppy with the 1.44-megabyte storage and I still had the standard 5.25 floppy with a 720-kilobyte storage. And the wonderful 4 color 12" CGA monitor upgraded from the amber screen I had before. Man I thought I had it made.

   Now when you look the new PCs are measured in the Gigs and not the Megs. The hard drives seem like you could never fill them up. Software mostly comes on CDs or downloaded from Internet. And monitors are in so many colors the human eye just can't keep up. But also look at the price difference in the two eras. The cost of a new PC could have been up in the multi thousand range and sometimes over ten thousand dollars. Compare that with today you can get a loaded PC for well under one thousand. In all this time now computer hardware is changing faster than one can keep up with the new specs and the challenge is really to try and stay ahead. Well in this website I hope to educate you on some of the new things out there and also give you a little bit of knowledge on how it was.

   I guess I will also give you a quick sum up of who I am and how this came to be. When I was eight years old I remember the third grade was so excited to receive a new Apple PC for the classroom. The learning scale was about to be raised. I enjoyed that thing so much I had talked my parents into finally breaking down and we bought a TRS80 from the Tandy Corporation an affiliate of Radio Shack. I was on top of the world. I really can't remember everything about that on because all I had done was pay close attention to how it was thinking and started piecing my own together. I would get parts here and there and sticking them in what used to be a Compaq 8086. By the time I was in the fifth grade I was repairing the class computers in the school. By the eighth grade I had gotten a 9400-baud modem and like other kids I fooled around with the phrase of “lets see what this can do”. But that will be another story for another day. I broke away from computers for a little while not to seem like the geek I had become while I was going to high school. That didn't last long and my geekism would resurface into my life. Those pesky 1's and 0's would retake my life in a new way, the Internet and how the networks were put together. This has been my focus for the last ten years. I now have been into the security focus and how to keep those little teens like I once was out of the networks I work to secure. The tools they have at the ready are much more advanced and this process has become so much easier than before. The new game is to stop this game is to play the game with them. Because after all most of this problem is just a game to them. This has been the background in brief so lean on my knowledge and enjoy in the learning process to geekdom.


===Richard B. Elmore===