Can you believe that I received a copy of Windows 1.0 as a bonus, when I upgraded my PC-AT clone from 640KB to a whopping 1MB RAM? This despite the fact that Trey, aka. William H. Gates III, famously quipped who will ever need more that 640K memory!
Those two years were seminal in many ways:
- I called my untitled MBA learning as much in starting up as in winding down a business, though I would never recommend to my worst enemy that they lose their marriage in the process...
- introduced me to Metronet, when AGT the telphone company then optically wired Calgary to link up all oil companies, doing it for free as a guv agency thinking they'd get it back in leasing the lines which they did handsomely
- on which I built then my first page then call hypertext as the web didn't exist yet as such...
- introduced me to those who would 5 years later not only form StrataModel and Argus, later to become MapGuide at Autodesk (no connection I'm afraid)
- but also be part of Gulf Canada (later Chevron), who with Finder (later Schlumberger) and Digitech (later QC Data and IHS Energy), founded PPDM whose first met at URISA 91 - GIS and Energy
- where I met Charles Fried of Operation Database fame, and later PUG chairman when I was furthering PPDM at ESRI
- 10 years later joined Munro Garrett whose oil&gas sector of Argus would become OpenExplorer at Landmark, Esri's best-selling ArcView extension
- which 5 years later would take me to Esri's industry solutions team as petroleum manager until about 5 years ago