Tag Archives: Online Today

Bovine Computing – Online Today

During the ’80s, I got into a kick of finding interesting computer applications in unfamiliar fields, then writing about them for my favorite magazines. Interesting stuff always happens at the boundaries between specialties, and this let me be a productive … Continue reading

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Work at Home? Work Anywhere! – Online Today

I wrote this article at a time of intense discovery… the crazy high-tech bicycle adventure was becoming a self-supporting enterprise, and the emerging toolset was hugely provocative. In 1984, there was much intense discussion about the viability of working at … Continue reading

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Life in No-Node Land – Online Today

This is the print version of my online column on CompuServe (arguably, the first travel blog, though of course “blog” had no meaning yet). Here, I was blissfully immersed in Key West while my old Ohio home was freezing… the … Continue reading

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Information Brokers: The Online Freelancers

Written while I was on the road, this piece discusses information brokers who leverage their knowledge of Dialog and other database services into consulting work. I had done a little of that myself (as The Information Institute), but that was a minor sideline … Continue reading

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The Hosteling Experience (Online Today, Chapter 5)

I quickly discovered the allure of hostels as I began my new bicycling life… and this one is one of the finest of the breed. If you ever pass through Brunswick, Georgia, take some time to savor this complete non-sequitur. … Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence – Online Today

Between 1980 and 1983, before venturing off on a life of technomadics, I had the good fortune to become a sort of cutting-edge dilettante. Every few months, I would jet to an academic conference with a press pass, spend a … Continue reading

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An Encounter in the Woods (Online Today, Chapter 4)

This event on the Chesapeake and Ohio Towpath in Maryland was the first of the truly bizarre encounters of my bicycle adventure… bordering on the terrifying, rife with absurdity, and yielding a crazy tale that entertained audiences for years. It … Continue reading

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Discovering the Basics in Ohiopyle (Online Today, chapter 3)

The adventure was starting to unfold, and my monthly narratives from the road were published in CompuServe’s magazine (as well as more frequently, in the CAA area online) Many, like this one, were later fleshed out as book chapters. Computing … Continue reading

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Cruising the Hoosier State (Online Today, chapter 2)

This was written in early October 1983, during the 762-mile shakedown cruise that began the adventure aboard the Winnebiko. I was still feeling my way and getting to know the tools, and this is #2 in a monthly column that … Continue reading

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Computing Across America (Online Today, chapter 1)

This was the first of a monthly series that ran in CompuServe’s Online Today magazine from November 1983 until July 1985 (20 chapters). These were written during my first 10,000 miles, and were more refined versions of some of the … Continue reading

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