Art without engineering is dreaming;
Engineering without art is calculating.

Steven K. Roberts, N4RVE

Media – Winnebiko

KA8OVA at 1986 Dayton Hamvention computer session

The photo above shows me giving a talk about the Computing Across America adventure at the “Computers in the Ham Shack” event in a hot room during the 1986 Dayton Hamvention (photo by Dr. Jim Grubbs, KR6EN/ex-K9EI, who was session moderator). The Worldradio article below is from the July issue, but the Dayton weekend was April…

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Southwest Spirit - Winnebiko

Computing Across America – Southwest Airlines Spirit

This was one of my rare forays into the in-flight magazines, published in the interlude between the Winnebiko and the Winnebiko II. The photo was taken during my book-writing layover in San Clemente, California. This version of the bike was lean and well-tuned, fresh from 10,000 miles on the road. That fabric enclosure in the…

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Cross-country biker to motor this time

This was a glimpse of a mercifully brief period, just after the first 10,000 miles, when I thought I’d be taking off around the US in a motorhome. I was still working on the Computing Across America book (with editorial musical chairs causing a publishing-industry horror story), and had plans to go mobile with my…

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Bicycle (UK) cover June 1985

High-Tech Low-Life… Bicycle Magazine (UK)

This entertaining article in a British bicycling magazine was written during my layover at the end of the first 10,000 miles, when I was holed up in San Clemente writing Computing Across America. My parents were somewhat distressed by the title, but I reassured them that “low life” has a different connotation across the pond.…

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Recumbent Bicycles and Remote Work

This article appeared just about at the end of my first 10,000 miles. I had landed in San Clemente for a while to write the Computing Across America book, and it was a time for synthesizing what this all had meant… although one significant leg of the journey remained (continuing up the West Coast to land…

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Parole from the Ordinary – Personal Computing

Personal computer users, who were a sort of breed apart back then (despite that phrase sounding a little strange today) were fascinated by the implications of this newfound technology. In 1984, it was still somewhat radical to think of working “at home” instead of “at the office,” so working on the road was curious and…

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Portable Computer Keeps Traveling Writer in Business

This cover piece with short descriptive text came my way through the Computer History Museum, which received this as a donation in 2015. The photo itself is by Jeffrey Aaronson, with whom I spent a most interesting day in a shoot around Aspen, Colorado. Those stunning mountains are the Maroon Bells, and elsewhere in these…

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Cycling Speaker Writes on Road

This took place at an odd moment in my Computing Across America journey… I left the bike in Telluride and flew cross-country to speak at the Carolina Computer Expo in Charlotte. Here is a snippet from the book… A life online is a life outside the strictures of physics—at least the conventional physics that make…

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Biker Computes Across US – Scholastic News

Occasionally I rubbed elbows with the education community, and this little story triggered a few inquiries from teachers. Finding it now in my collection, I’m saddened by the front-page article about NASA’s quest for a teacher to fly on the Shuttle. Christa McAuliffe became that person, and was killed in the Challenger disaster on January…

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Cycle Circuit – Enter Magazine

A short little piece in Enter Magazine, by Children’s Television Workshop… and the image above is from the Sunday Comics of September 30, 1984. Enter — October, 1984 You’ve heard of people who peddle their goods. Well, here’s an example that might make you blow a circuit. Steve Roberts, 31, of Columbus, Ohio, wanted to find…

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