The view from geek manor

The Home Office

During the 1980’s, Jerry Pournelle wrote a column for Byte magazine entitled The View From Chaos Manor. The column followed Jerry’s trials and tribulations with hardware and software. Back then you were lucky to have one home computer, Jerry had many, all with cute names.

In 1983, I bought my first personal computer, a Compaq portable. Hooked it up to an Okidata parallel printer and started my own a family of computers and peripherals. The Compaq and Oki are still with me, along with every piece of hardware and software I’ve ever acquired.

Pictured above is my current home office layout, the two laptops I use, an external monitor, an LCD TV and wireless laser printer on the right. Scattered around the house are more laptops and desktop computers, the back storage has the museum of 386, 486 and Pentium computers.

The view from geek manor, because I wanted to be like Jerry.

Ooh-bi-doo, I wan’na be like you
I want to walk like you, talk like you, too
You see it’s true, an ape like me
Can learn to be like you, too