Tech Horror

Switchman Craig (Tech Horror #1)

This happened outside of Chicago back in 1983. The area surrounding Chicago was kind of a special place back then, to Bell. The first production ESS deployment happened not too far from Chicago, and Bell Labs had a big presence in Naperville-Lisle. There was a big telephone culture everywhere in …

more ...

The Ghost of Terminal Past (Tech Horror #2)

A couple of years after the incident at Bell I left the telco to try my hand at system administration. This was around 1986 and things were different than they are today. Computers were pretty scarce compared to now. It wasn't economically feasible to have one on every desk. Servers …

more ...

The Buzz (Tech Horror #3)

I'm going to go back in time a little bit for this one. I had just finished two years of community college, studying electronics. I decided that college wasn't for me and started looking for a job, hoping that I could find one before the summer ended and I would …

more ...

Airwaves (Tech Horror #4)

In 1989 I had the privilege of working on some radio relay towers, as an independent contractor. These were used by AT&T long lines (and later Bell) from the forties on. Much or most microwave relays have been obsoleted by underground fiber. Starting perhaps in the late nineties the …

more ...

The Voice of 9/11 (Tech Horror #5)

I remember September 11th, 2001, very well. I was sitting in my expensive office chair, doing a lot of nothing. A friend of mine called me and said simply, "Turn on the news." I turned on the TV just in time to see the second tower fall. It's useless to …

more ...