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We're Jon and Nicole -- although this site is made by Jon, so its mostly full of my interests. We live in Ohio with our kids, but we're from Ontario, Canada. We've also lived in Seattle, Washington, and Albany, New York. Nic is a stay-at-home mom, who volunteers at church and with the kids' school. I'm a technololgy leader, who's had a variety of roles at different big (and some small) companies doing everything from software development, to business development, to product management. Most of my career has been in manufacturing technology, but I've had a few exercusions into consumer tech, as well.
One of my favorite topics! Since this
is a retro site, here's some delicious retro tech...
|Classic Macs are little works of
art! Design is made better through constraint, and the
original Macs had to pack functionality and beauty into
the very constrained technology of the day. Restoring an
old Mac makes for a challenging, but doable project, with
plenty of documentation found online, and most of the
parts still available -- either through harvesting a dead
Mac, or reprodocution by other fans.
While restoring and re-selling is fun (but not particularly profitable) I keep my original Mac Plus, upgraded with an external SD2SCSI drive, a Performa 6200CD "bridge" machine, and a G4 Cube, as permanently useful members of my collection. I'm also typing this on a PowerBook G3 (Firewire). My main workstation is an early 2008 Mac Pro Tower.
|Classic consoles are interesting
too. Again, a lot of attention was paid to design -- both
the industrial design of the system, and of packing
technology in at a low cost. Early CD-based systems are
fun to collect, since you can usually try out old games
just by burning a CD. My favorites are the Sega Saturn,
Atari Jaguar (although I still can't afford the CD
add-on), and the Dreamcast. But I keep a backward
compatible PS3 around, for the odd PlayStation game I
want to try out.
|LaserDiscs are like vinyl for
OK, not quite... but they are still retro-tastic. Big, beautiful cover art, high res (for its time) video, and fantastic surround-sound (even by today's standards!) Other advantages: if you stop paying your Netflix subscription, you can still watch your LaserDisc movies, and sometimes its the only way to watch the original unedited version (I'm looking at you, George Lucas!)
Just hooking them up to a modern home theater is a fun exercise in itself. A RF AC-3 decoder and upscaler are a must, and seeing a big old LaserDisc player along-side a modern A/V receiver is totally cool!
This page exists so some of that old tech has a place to go online. While the HTML is old, newer isn't always better. The web is a lot worse place than it was in the 90s: Facebook and Google exploit us for our personal data, people manipulate the media as a way to control us, trolls aren't new but getting "doxed" or "swatted" is -- and its awful. We don't need TLS1.2 to make it good again, we just need a simpler, kinder web, and maybe a barrier to entry that keeps the riff-raff out. You can read this site on your iPhone X plus, or you can read it on an Amiga, or original Macintosh. However you got here, be a part of a better web.
We love to travel! For now, here's a list of some places I've been in a rough order. Maybe I'll try to do an image map, or something HTML4-ish later:
We're "professional lay volunteers" at both our local church, in the global Church. You can find us service on Sundays, and supporting missions around the world every chance we get! Here's some of our church family:
Looking for more retro-friendly
content? Check out TheOldNet!
Or if you've got a newer device handy, and want to learn more about us, visit our main home on the web: jonandnic dot com