Part I starts with a quote from the movie Lawrence of Arabia (1962): "Big things have small beginnings, sir."
The quote "If you live an ordinary life, all you'll have are ordinary stories" was taken from the movie Passengers (2016).
In Dutch, Ypres is written as Ieper: ieper.be.
In the late nineties, Ypres almost had a future in tech. L&H, a company founded by local entrepreneurs Jo Lernout and Pol Hauspie, developed speech recognition technology that was destined to conquer the world. See Lernout & Hauspie on Wikipedia.
My First Computers
My first computer was a TI-99/4A from Texas Instruments. As far as I remember, we paid about 40,000 Belgian Francs for it in 1982. That's about €1,000 / $1,200. Today, you get a decent computer for that price, but in the eigthies, 40,000 Belgian francs was a lot of money.
My second computer was a TRS-80 4P. My parents paid 120,000 Belgian francs for it (€3,000 / $3,600), but a couple of weeks later the price was cut in half.
VisiCalc was a spreadsheet software for personal computers, a pre-decessor to Lotus-1-2-3 and Excel.
My mother followed a multimedia workshop and made this video using old pictures:
I was 25 in this picture (1995), but it gives you a fair idea what I meant when I wrote that "I wore glasses that made me look like Bill Gates":
© Foto Video Filip (Moorsele)
- I knew that I was reinventing the wheel, but I didn’t mind. Building something from scratch is often the best approach to understand how something works, and maybe improve it along the way.
Whiz Kids (1983-1984) was one of my favorite series in my teens. I watched it on French television (Sunday afternoons on Antenne 2), where it was called Les Petits Génies . You may have noticed that I wrote "I considered myself a little genius in high school" in the introduction. That was a reference to the French title of this television show.
I listen to music, but my taste in music is questionable. I've selected a handful of songs for every chapters. Sometimes, there's a link to the chapter, sometimes I just like the song.