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I started programming in dBASE 2 and Clipper in 1980, and wound up hacking and debugging something called Windows 286 for an up-and-coming little firm: Microsoft. Did it all online and by EMail, on that brand new online service: CompuServe.
The 1980s were filled with amazing adventures for a hacker — in home electronics, cellular telephone networks, real estate, and franchised car repair. I built all sorts of cool networks, each one running on my own original software. I loved startups.
Like, how 80s could you get?
In 1993, I brought it all home. The Internet was taking off like a ZCar outta Watkins, so I launched Autoscape, an online mall that gave Web surfers a new way to find that special creampuff. Autoscape was far from being an ordinary car site: it racked up 42 franchises and 150 dealers, in four states.