Robert Osband's Computer Resume
While my regular resume
has all the usual information on my past places of employment, it has
occurred to me that it does not really reflect my computer background
properly. This web page is an attempt to rectify that situation.
- 1967 September
- Irondequoit High School got an IBM-1130. When told it was
"for the higher level math students" I said, "Hey, those kids
already know how to count. I'm the one who needs
access to the computer!"
- 1967 December
- Started hanging around the computer room anyway. The lady who
ran it took pity on me, and let me borrow "programmed instruction"
books on Fortran.
- 1998 June
- Graduated High school. Visited the IBM Trailer at the Oak Hill
Country Club, where scorekeeping for the 1968 US Open Golf Tournement
was being kept on an IBM-1130.
- 1970 - 1974
- Bought time on an HP-2000 C at the State University of New York
at Brockport. They were selling computer time to any schmuck off the
street for $1 per hour. That was cheaper than pinball, and
I qualified. I was a schmuck off the street!
- 1974 September
- Assisted in putting on a Computer Games exhibit at the World
Science Fiction Convention in Washington DC using borrowed computer
terminals connected to accoustic couplers. We dialled up local
TIPs (Terminal Interface Processors) of the ARPAnet (precursor to the
Internet) and brought up games on computers from Massachusets to
- 1975 June
- Moved to Boston MA area to work programming PDP-11 computers for
a Value Added Retailer. Company folded 6 months later.
- 1976 February
- Put on a Computer Games Exhibit at local Science Fiction Convention
using new-fangled Altair 8800 micro-computer.
- 1976 June
- I had so impressed the company that sold the Altairs, that they
offerred me work at their store in New York City. "Altair Basic" sure
looked alot like "Basic Plus under RSTS/E" (Resource Sharing
Timesharing System, version E) on the PDP-11's I'd been working on.
I came to find out that the "bright, young, college kid" that wrote Altair
Basic also used PDP-11's. It was later marketed as "Microsoft Basic".
The kid was Bill Gates.
- 1977 June
- Was briefly "Communications Editor" for the ill-fated ROM magzine
(Read Only Magazine), but it got me a tour of Comsat General's satellite
earth station in Santa Paula CA. I had been communicating with ships at
sea via the telex circuits of Comsat General's "Marisat" satellite
from my computer terminal and accoustic coupler.
- 1978 January
- Hired by Stan Veit to work at The Computer Mart in Manhattan. Stan had
people fluent in the Apple ][, and Southwest Technical 6502, so I became
the Comodore Pet and Ohio Scientific maven.
- 1980 - 1987
- Miriad jobs in computing and programming. Enjoyed my one good drinking
night of the month when I went to DECUS (Digital Equipment Computer Users
Group) meetings at The Netherlands Club above Charly O's in Rockefeller
Center. Going home by subway meant no DUI worries.
- 1984 - 1987
- "Ozzie, they won't let me take a job offer out of town unless I
can find someone to teach my course". That's how I began teaching
in the night program of Baruch College in the course "Introduction
- 1987 May
- Worked with the NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) Representative
of the International Business Womens' Professional Organization, to set up
a BBS (Bulletin Board System) called UNITEX (United Nations Information
Transfer & Exchange). Wrote to Computer Shopper Magazine to get listed
in their BBS list.
- 1987 June
- OK, so I didn't just "write to Computer Shopper". I wrote directly to
their Editor In Chief, Stan Veit (see "Computer Mart" above). Stan left
me e-mail to call him about a day or two of consulting work in
- 1987 June - 1990 May
- Helped run a database of airplanes for sale on a Computer Utility
called "Delphi" in Cambridge MA from offices in Titusville FL. The
company was owned by the fellow that owned Comuter Shopper.
- 1988 March
- Got my Ham Radio License (N4SCY). I got it primarily to play with
"Packet Radio", which is computer data sent via radio.
- 1991 December 14, 04:30 EST (09:30 UTC)
- Placed electronic mail directly in the Packet Radio Mailbox
of the Mir Space Station. (Ham radio is one of the hobbies you can take
with you into space)
- 1996 March
- Got my Internet account at Florida Online
I bought a book at Books A Million, took it home for the weekend, and by
the follwing Monday morning had my first web page written & online using
WordStar in non-document mode.
- 1996 September
- Became webmaster of
web site of SpaceLaunch News, a tourist information magazine handed out
to the tourists that line the Indian River on Launch Day to watch Space
Shuttles launch from the Kennedy Space Center. On launch days, I can
usually be found at
Space View Park
- 1997 August
- Made a presentation at Beyond HOPE (the second "Hackers On
Planet Earth" conference) on "Low Bandwidth Access to the Internet using
Public Library Terminals" which was very well recieved.
- 1998 September
- Presented my
testimony to the Florida Public Service Commission suggesting that
the "Countdown Capitol of the World" (what's a little hyperbole between
friends?) should have the Area Code 3-2-1. They were going to give us
a new Area Code anyway, I just "nudged" this lumbering frieght train
down a side-track of my own! Let's see. I asked for it, they approved it,
so I guess it's my Area Code, right? :-)>
- 1999 February
- The PSC Approves the 321 Area Code. Service to The Space Coast of
Florida will begin in November. Interviewed by
The Wall Street
Journal on my "vanity area code", I formed
"Spacey Ideas, A Consulting Firm
with Out Of This World Ideas". (I'm starting to get good at this
- 1999 March
- Recieve E-mail back from Governor Jeb Bush that he'd be interested
in placing the First Official Call to the Kennedy Space Center on November
1. I also got the President of BellSouth Mobility to grant me the
telephone number 543-8633. It was in the middle of a bloc of numbers in a
"Corporate Account", and was otherwise not available. For two years I was
able to be reached at the phone number 321-Liftoff!
- 2002 October
- Began selling Palm handheld organizers at
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