One of my earliest memories is of sitting in Ms. Tollman’s class while she wheeled an Apple II into our classroom. I remember the sound of the Disk II mechanism as it booted her homework – yes, our teacher wanted us to know she went to school at night and had homework too! An ASCII picture of R2-D2 appeared on the screen, accompanied by the Star Wars theme in those classic 8-bit beeps and I was hooked. I had to know how to do that myself!
For twenty years, I’ve made my living through programming. I’m a passionate advocate for web usability and accessibility, and a believer in the power of online technologies to connect us all.
And, for much longer, I’ve enjoyed collecting, tinkering with, selling, and enjoying classic computers and ephemera, especially items from and related to Commodore Business Machines. The name “csixty4” comes from the license plate on my old Chevy Cavalier, which I styled as a mobile tribute to the computers I love.
I grew up in the Chicago area and was active with the SWRAP user group, where I was treasurer and then president for a couple of years. These days, I’m in Boston where I make technology, old and new, do amazing things.