Saturday, 10 March 2007

Hustle for Russell

Way back in the mists of time, okay, circa, 1992/3, the only internet access for the likes of you and me was through a shell account with ICONZ - then housed in downtown Auckland, in a huge first floor windowless cave of a room with a huge table covered in computer terminals. As for the cabling - well let's just say OSH would have had apoplexy.

Sitting at, or hovering around this table, you'd find, many of the faces/names who would, in time, become local internet legends.
Most of them were there because they got to hang out and learn - or had something to contribute; or, like me, really needed to understand this internet thing, because they were convinced it was going to change, as David Merritt, one of the resident legends of the aforementioned cave, would have said, " a whole bunch of stuff".

In those days - says he with an old mans drawl - there was a shell command [which I forget but would love to re-learn] which when called from the prompt line of your own home terminal, would produce a list of the logins of who was online on the ICONZ node alongside you. One of those was almost always Russell Brown.

And yep - he was there for you if you had a question, or something you wanted to share.
Since then, I reckon there must be hundreds if not thousands of logins/users to our local internet who has benefited from his quiet musings, but loud insights, on the internet revolution.
I know I have.

Also, his blogging community, public address, has shown the rest of us what web 2.0 can do in terms of influence and opinion.

So - for me its time to pay some dues - you might like to join me - here's the link - or - click the picture.


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