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October 22nd, 2003
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We've got a cool spot, number 1419...next to Dell, Myricom, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, CalTech, and a bunch of smaller industry players at SC2003 Igniting Innovation in Phoenix, November 15-21.

--Pete

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From:cz_unit
Date:October 22nd, 2003 10:06 am (UTC)
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I used to work Supercomputing. In fact I think my system for SC94's online reg was the first one ever to validate cards on line.

I miss that.

Chris
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From:happypete
Date:October 22nd, 2003 01:42 pm (UTC)

Cool...

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Geek points for CZ! ;) What back-end system did you use?

I liked CyberCash, but I don't know if they were around in '94...
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From:cz_unit
Date:October 23rd, 2003 09:36 am (UTC)

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Double geek points: There was no system around, so I went ahead and built one from scratch.

Chris
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From:happypete
Date:October 23rd, 2003 12:04 pm (UTC)

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Heh...what merchant bank let you connect a homegrown system?
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From:cz_unit
Date:October 23rd, 2003 07:36 pm (UTC)
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What, you think I would tell them what we were doing? This was 1993; banks didn't have a clue :-)

Chris
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From:happypete
Date:October 24th, 2003 07:05 am (UTC)

too funny!

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yeah...in 1996 they were still clueless! I had a devil of a time convincing my merchant bank that CyberCash even EXISTED, let alone that the infrastructure was already in place and all they had to do was send a fax to finish things...

(That and the collection account STILL on my credit report to this day over the "internet" credit card processing software that was in fact, stand-alone modem software--I returned it as not suitable to the purpose of the contract I signed, but the leasing company refused to accept the return...long story short, they tried to collect, they failed, they sued me, they failed, I found out it would be cheaper for me to just wait out the credit history expiration date (which is, blissfully, next month) than to sue them to have them remove the entry.
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From:cz_unit
Date:October 24th, 2003 08:19 am (UTC)

Re: too funny!

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And I think about it some days and I realize that I could have been CyberCash.

Naah. It was a neat hack; it worked, it would have needed other things to make it a legit system (like not being reverse engineered from watching a processor terminal yap on a modem say...)

Still, it was fun. And one of the high points to say I had a commerce system before say... Amazon :-)

Chris
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From:happypete
Date:October 24th, 2003 11:02 am (UTC)

Re: too funny!

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Heh...Amazon only bloomed after a LOT of small merchants had been dipping their toes in the water...

Thinking back, some of the first truly online purchases (i.e. not calling or faxing in a cc# or following an "order commitment" with a check in the mail) I made were probably to cdnow...

That was back when I still bought music. Actually, I did buy a couple of CDs last month, come to think of it.
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From:geekchick
Date:October 22nd, 2003 10:42 am (UTC)
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I don't think we're doing a booth this year, just a BOF. Alas, I don't get to go.
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From:happypete
Date:October 23rd, 2003 08:45 am (UTC)

What's a BOF?

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;)
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From:geekchick
Date:October 23rd, 2003 11:33 am (UTC)

Re: What's a BOF?

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It's a Birds of a Feather session. Plus, it's really fun to say. ;) BOF BOF BOF!
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From:happypete
Date:October 23rd, 2003 03:46 pm (UTC)

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heh...love it...
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