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Technology Autobiography by Matt Merriam by Mind Map: Technology
Autobiography by Matt
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Technology Autobiography by Matt Merriam

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Early Luddite

No electronics

Cheap Stero

Alarm Clock

TV w/o remote

Experimented with reel to reel tape

No TV HS or College

Loved tools

Hammers & saws

Asked for rope for 3rd B-day

Tree house

Intro to Computing

Learned basic on paper in 1973

Fortran on teletype machine 1974

Intro to Apple 2

Didn't get to touch it

Didn't really follow


"here are your Fortran routines"

But comp sci is not a prerequisite!!?

Get over it, you will need to program

UNIX on Green Screens

Could write papers

Some sort of chat

At least we were past Punch Cards



HP Basic, Plotter, Thermal Paper output, Write basic math, Plot a line, Linear regression, Fundamental theorm of calculas

A/D converter, No clue how it worked, Totally dependent on guy who biult it

IBM PC with three digit serial #

Converting hex to binary

Publishing two body wave eq, First J Phys Chem, two weeks to process

Drilling through the wall

never got it to replace Huey


Building Raman Spectrometer, Setting up light table, Lots of plumbing

SpectaPhysics Ar Ion, old Ar laser, fixing it, sending it for refurb, buying new Ar Laser, better for pumping dye, with 2 lasers could do more

Building Dye Laser, wide range of reds and yellow, new ability to do resonance raman

Published 2nd J. Phys Chem article

Teaching with PCs

Didn't really work, Students crying, creating useful student doc

integrated to electrodes

no useful documentation

Montana State


building Mass Specs

borrowed student desktop PC

made resume in Wordperfect

printed on impact printer

faxed at copy shop