The DEC RP06 disk drive

My largest computer sale of all time was dozens of RP06s to Thrift Drug in Pittsburgh. It was the last week of December in 1977 (I think December 30th.) The total sale was $ 1,800,000. That's about $ 7M in 2018 dollars. It was a very big deal. Corporate had me fax the contract to them b/c it was quarter end. Because our office did not have a fax, Kathee and I drove to downtown Pittsburgh to a speciality center that did business faxes. Then I took her out to an expensive dinner. I made my quota for the year and the year (DEC's fiscal year) was only half over. In my hand (received today) is a 2 terabyte WD drive (about $ 100 with shipping and tax).


Surprise win!

I didn't think I would win this! Note even material. Often times I get out-smarted in the end game with material like this. 

Jim Salomon obituary

Jim Salomon obituary
Jim Salomon, 84, of The Villages, FL, passed away on Sunday, July 8th at his residence. Born on December 27, 1933 in Pittsburgh, PA to Erwin K. and Frida (Huonker) Salomon, Jim was a child of God and a faithful servant of Christ. He was a retired electrical designer and engineer for Westinghouse Electric Corp. in Pittsburgh and a U.S. Army veteran. Before moving to The Villages in 1993, he was a season ticket holder for over 20 years with the best team in football, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Most importantly, Jim was known to be a “soul winner,” someone who loved to reach out to people and spread the Word of God. Survivors include his beloved wife, Mildred Fewless Salomon; his son, Jeffrey (Ginny) Salomon; his daughters: Janice (Bruce) Snyder and Jane (Dean) Cathcart; 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; a younger brother and sister: Ronald (Barbara) Salomon and Sandra Salomon; along with his stepsons: Robert (Carol) Fewless, Terry (Amy) Fewless, Michael (Laurie) Fewless, Timothy (Angela) Fewless; his stepdaughters: Nancy (Jon) Fitzgerald and Kathy (John) Tytla; along with 18 step grandchildren, 23 great step grandchildren and 1 great great step granddaughter. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife of 46 years, Hermine (Miller) Salomon (2002), an older brother and sister, Milton Salomon and Elsie Collum.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 11:00 am at Tri County Baptist Church, 38405 Rolling Acres Road, Lady Lake, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim’s honor to Cornerstone Hospice @ cshospice.org. or Tri County Baptist Church, 38405 Rolling Acres Road, Lady Lake FL 32159.

Acts 16:31 – “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved,” was Jim’s life verse. He would ask each of you reading this “If you died today, are you certain you would go to Heaven?”
Comment: A friend. He loved the Lord. And he loved the Steelers!


My Great-Grandfather Charles Bingham Peet

Back of card

Front of card


Tombstone of Great Grandmother

Ohio. Roster Commission., . (18861895). Official roster of the soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866. Akron: Werner Co..


Cornered and Checkmate

I got up at 5am this morning. Started this game at 9:00 pm ... so tired I am barely awake. Somehow won by perfect play and the strategy I often employ .. protect the left flank ... open the right flank!

White outplayed Black with Pawns

  • Protected the left flank
  • Opened the right flank
  • Leveraged the White King
  • Defeated Black Pawn promotion (was able to promote to Queen which was immediately captured by White Rook!)
  • Promoted White Pawn 
  • The rest was history 


Dr Pepper Snapple Group closes its run

Dr Pepper & Keurig Merger Nears Completion, Forms Board

Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. DPS and Keurig Green Mountain have announced the board of directors of the new company - Keurig Dr Pepper - after the shareholders of Dr Pepper unanimously voted in favor of the merger deal on Jun 29. With other necessary regulatory approvals for the deal already obtained in the United States and Canada, the companies are on track to close the transaction on Jul 9. Moreover, on Jul 10, Keurig Dr Pepper will start trading on the New York Stock Exchange, under the new ticker symbol - "KDP".

This merger announcement dates back to January 2018 when the leading coffee maker, Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., agreed to buy Dr Pepper Snapple. Under the terms of the deal, the company's shareholders will receive a special cash dividend of $103.75 per share, making the deal worth $18.7 billion. Dr Pepper Snapple's shareholders will retain 13% ownership of the combined entity while Keurig shareholders will own 87%.

Previously, it was revealed that European investment fund JAB Holding will make a $9-billion equity investment to finance the transaction. Also, Mondelez International, Inc. MDLZ , JAB Holding's partner in Keurig, was about to have 13-14% stake in the merged entity.

The combined company, Keurig Dr Pepper, will have $11 billion in combined pro forma revenues and will realize $600 million in synergies on an annualized basis by 2021. This will make it the seventh-largest company in the U.S. food and beverage sector, and the third-largest non-alcoholic beverage company. The company's portfolio will contain a number of iconic brands, including Dr Pepper, 7UP, Snapple, A&W, Mott's, Canada Dry and Clamato, among others. The merged entity is likely to gain from Dr Pepper Snapple's distribution network while Keurig's online presence will boost sales through digital platforms like Amazon.com, Inc.  In fact, analysts are of opinion that the combined company can pose tough competition to beverage giants, including The Coca-Cola Company .
Comment: Purchased a lot back in March 2012 for $ 38.91. The merger just completed
If I understand this correctly, tomorrow I will have 100 shares of KDP which will trade at approx. $ 19.91. New website
8:05am Central update
Good enough for Forrest!


What En L'An 2000 (In the Year 2000) got right

En L'An 2000


En L'An 2000 (In the Year 2000, also loosely translated as France in the 21st Century) is a French image series depicting scientific advances imagined as achieved by the year 2000. At least 87 were produced, by artists including Jean-Marc Côté. They were printed in 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910, first on paper as cigar box inserts, and later as picture postcards, but never distributed. The only known set of the postcards was acquired by writer Isaac Asimov, who featured them in his nonfiction work Futuredays: A Nineteenth Century Vision of the Year 2000 (Henry Holt and Company, 1986).
Comment: See Google search and this and this and this
More: Looks like the above image is from 1930