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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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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