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Alpha. First One.

Alpha, my first blog.


We have come a long way since 1983 when I first started working with computers. Yes, I used DOS, Windows 3.1, Windows 95 (free download…took me all night on a 14.4 modem), etc. Lotus Notes, Lotus Database program.

It was in the Operations Centre of Bow Valley Square in Calgary.  I started out as a night operator of the building.  I basically shut off the lights, pumps, fans and put the four buildings asleep.

That sucked. So I started reading all of the books and binders that were there.  Books and binders that taught me the language of these computers that I was using.  Hey, guess what, these babies can be spoken to and told what to do.  Duh, what do computers do? They do what I tell them to do and when to do it!  There are only 1440 minutes in a day and devices (lights, fans, pumps, doors (yes, security was part of my job too) are either on or off or tweaked at certain times of the day or night.

Knowledge is power. I had the knowledge to program those computers to turn off the lights and lock the doors. When I became a day operator of the building I freaked out the management.

The Operations Manager ( my man Ron C. Logan) and the Chief Engineer (asshole John Paisley) were doing their morning inspection of the maintenance rooms and I was about to have them jump.  I ran one of my first programs that shut off these massive pumps that pushed cold water around the building to cool the tenants. You basically had to judge when the temperature of the water would be at when you manually turned the pumps off.  WTH……so I enable a program that read the temperature of the cold water and turned the pump off two degrees before the low point of the cold water.  Vice versa on the other end of the thermometer.  Two degrees before the warmest the water could get and the pumps would turn on.

The freaked out part?

These massive pumps were pushing water at a very high speed.  For me to shut them off could have damaged the impeller (the turning thingy that moves the water along) blades. Holy Cow, they were both down to the Operations Centre very quickly. They asked if it was me turning these pumps off and on.” Nope”, I answered, “it’s the computer.”  “What?”,  they both said.  I proceeded to tell them about my programs. The Operations Manager thought about it and came up with the idea of controlling the fans that cooled the water.

Eureka, life at work was simpler.  Life at work got more interesting.

Well good people of the Earth, citizens of the world, I bid you good night and a safe a healthy life. … Pictures?  Sure here are a few. …

Well, that is it for now friends.

See you later.


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