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November 01, 2006


Ben Casnocha

Thanks for starting to read it! Can't wait to hear your thoughts !

JOnathan Keller

The shortest generation gap -ever- was provided through computers. I remember Chris and I talking in 1994---or somewhere near that year. I had just received AOL 2.0 and Chris was going to talk me through 'Connecting to the World Wide Web' I think it went a little something like this:

Chris: So are you connected Hawk---?

Me: Yeah I'm trying---but the dial-in number is not detecting a dial tone.

Chris: Are you calling from the same line as your modem connection?

Me: Yes---is that a problem?

Chris: Hey Hawk, go grab the mobile cellular phone bag from your mom and call me from that...click...

Me: Sorry about that---can you hear me OK? I think this cellular phone is the coolest. I like how the cord goes from this big brick phone into a big black hardware bag.

Chris: You are the coolest Hawk.

Me: Allright---I didn't get connected at 28k but I did get 14k is that OK?

Chris: No worries---let me know when you get to your homepage.

6 minutes later

Chris: Are you there Hawk?

Me: Yeah---It just loaded---this AOL 2.0 is blazing!

Chris: Great, now I want you to find the address bar and type the following----h, t, t, p, colon, backslash, backslash, W, W, W, dot, Yahoo, dot, C, O, M.

Me: What the heck is a backslash?

Chris: The one under the Question Mark.

Me: allright...h....t....t.......p....colon.....

8 minutes later

Chris: Are you there yet?

Me: Yeah---I can see the top of a page and it's filling in a few inches every 30 seconds!

Chris: Great! Now your connected---where are you going to surf?

Me: Surf...?

Chris: You know---where are you going to go from here?

Me: I think I'm going to try to unload my Will Clark rookie cards---oh wait---AOL is asking me to confirm my username and password.

Chris: wait dude---be careful it might be a set-up.

Me: too late---I already did---oh wait my connection was terminated. Wow that was exciting! I got a lot done and I need to eat.


Me: I'll call you after dinner

90 minutes later--calling Chris

Me: huh---AOL has terminated my account for inappropriate activity. Yahoo really sucks! Got any other addresses Chris?

Chris: Not off the top of my head. Hey, I don't want those Will Clark cards, but shoot me a price for the McGwire, Clemens and Bonds cards...I think those guys are going to stick.

Chris Sacca

Haha. Perfect. You know, Jonathan was my baseball card mentor so he will remember how I was all about the Canseco rookies, but couldn't afford to buy them outright. So, I would buy wax packs thinking I would get lucky. All I ever ended up with though was the Kal Daniels. So, in a wise move, Jon pushed me into buying McGwire Olympic rookie cards. Sweet.

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I read this sentence out loud to a group of engineers from my team at lunch the other day and they cracked up like I did. It touched off such a wave of nostalgia for the first machines we all used and when we first discovered the Internet. We all felt so old and yet so lucky.

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