The History of Cutter and Computers: Part 2

The Early Days

A continuation of The History of Cutter and Computers

In February of my senior year of High School I went down to the Military Enlistment Processing Station in Atlanta, GA to sign up for the U.S. Army's Delayed Entry Program. I told them I wanted to work with computers, so they sat me down to watch a little movie, off a 12 inch Laser Disc, about the wonders and joys of working as a Tactical Fire Direction Control Specialist in the Field Artillery. Eight months later, while going through Advanced Individual Training in Fort Sill, OK, I discovered that these highly advanced system [note the sarcasm here] were invented during the Korean War, sat on the back of a five-ton truck hauling a noisy generator, and gave it's user a battlefield life expectency of about thirty seconds. (This machinery has been replaced since my time.)

OK, so the Army, computers, and myself, didn't get off to the rockin' start I had been hoping for. But, that was OK. I was young (18 my first tour of duty) and stupid, and really only wanted to get drunk and laid in those days anyway.

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CF's Built-In Server and Virtual Directories

OK. So I'm running CF on it's built-in server on my development system. On production I have a Virtual Directory setup with my hosting provider. This virtual directory houses many different things, all of which I need easy access to from either HTML pages or CF, so a CF mapping isn't an option.

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The History of Cutter and Computers: Part I

The Beginning

"Who's this guy Cutter?" Fair question. One that'll take more than one entry to answer. Today I'll stick to the very basic, and the tech side.

My name is Stephen Gregory Blades, Jr. (aka Cutter), named for my father (of course). I'm considered, by some, to be an old man in the tech world at 36 years. I was born in Roanoke, Virginia. My mother, sister, and I moved to the Atlanta, Georgia metro area when I was six, where we moved all over until I graduated Marietta High School at 17.

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The Unintentional Connection

Ok, so my co-worker, Ben, decided to Google Cutter's Crossing to see what would come up (hadn't thought of that). What he found was am obscure reference within a script for a "Knight Rider" episode:

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Welcome to Cutter's Crossing

So, once again I stand at a crossing. I've been at crossings before. Once was when I crossed into adulthood, as I left home and entered the U.S. Army. Once was when I decided to become a ’web’ guy. Once was that first time I took a stage in front of others to entertain through song. Once was at the alter (with a songstress, on a stage). Once was the birth of my daughter. Many crossings, all unique, and usually life-changing. Now I'm at another crossing, and it's purely mine to share with you.

Why am I here? Here I will embark upon a new journey, waxing rhapsodic about...whatever I like. Probably there will be quite a bit about web development, and ColdFusion especially, but you'll also get my views on most everything and a lot about my life, family, interests, diversions. A word of warning though, I'm not PC. Some of the things I say may offend some of you, and that's too bad. This is my blog, my opinion, and you are welcome (even encouraged) to take it or leave it. That's the great thing about living in America, I have the right to say and think what I want, as do we all. Just use the shopping cart method; take what you need off the shelf, throw it in your basket, the rest can stay. 'Nuff Said.

If you want something pretty to look at you'll have to wait. Ray Camden, who so graciously gives his code away each and every day, is currently working on version 5 of his BlogCFC application, so I'm not going to spend too much time making this pretty til that one comes out. Ray, the CF community can’t tell you enough how blessed we are to have you. Thanks Ray (Looking forward to the CSS support).

Also want to throw out a big Thank You (and a plug) to Emmet over at Full City Media. I've been trying to throw some business his way and he was kind enough to help a fellow developer get some space for his blog (at a great rate). [For truly top-notch, up-to-date, full-service CF7 Hosting, turn to...]

And so I leave you, for now. Come back soon and often, or just subscribe, and hopefully you'll be surprised. I look forward to hearing from you all.

Cutter