Good ‘Ole Days

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I’m just getting ready for a talk in CISC-490: The History of Personal Computing.  The instructor, Jim Rodger, has asked me to speak about my brief time at Corel at the height of the dotcom days in Ottawa.  I’ve done some interesting prep, dusting off old laptops and Linux distributions.

I worked at Carleton, CrossKeys, Corel, and webHancer as a co-op student between 1998 and 2002.  These were very fun times in Ottawa.  Nortel was flying higher and higher, Linux was starting to take off, Sun was an industry-leading powerhouse.  (The dot in dot-com, don’t you know.)

High-tech was everywhere.  The best book to capture the feel is Douglas Coupland’s Microserfs.  It tells the tale of former Microsoft employees in silicon valley but it could have just as easily been written about Corel or Newbridge employees in Ottawa.  I didn’t know it at the time, but this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me.  I was very fortunate to be where I was when I was.

I’ll post more on this later, it’s been a fun project.

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