I’m glad to say, that after a couple years of procrastination, and work always being in the way, I’ve finally revived “duffysrant.com” a blog started by my father, to rant about life, the stupidity of society, and just an outlet to present his view on life to others. A note at this blog, it’s funny how things progress, this blog was just the start to my father’s outbound communication. Soon after the start of this blog, Dennis, got into podcasting and outlet to vent and tell stories across the air, a fascination he’s had since listening to the voice of Paul Harvey from WGN 720am radio in Chicago. Podcasting, took a place to the side when he got his General License to practice Amertuer Radio, a skill / hobby he’d spend countless hours partaking in, and making hundreds of friends from across the world. He went by the call sign of “W9FBM” a callsign started by his brother, and he had a passion to take over. I’ll never forget my Father, being Santa, broadcasting to other families of HAM Radio operators as Santa Clause. One of those things, to this day I won’t forget.
Below is a note from the past, the original About me section about my Father.
I’m a fifty-something techie who got intrigued with the whole podcasting thing and dove in, nearly head first! : )
I’ve been in technology since the SWTPC 6800 came out and a friend of mine and I put one together. The SWTPC begat the Ferguson board, one of, if not the first, all on one board computer with a whopping 64K of memory. We were taken by the fact that this one board, the size of a sheet of paper, had the same amount of memory that the 360 mainframe at school had.
The rest is history and I spent since 1988 working on the AS/400 (now iSeries) computers from IBM. During all this time, I’ve been exposed to other OS types and have worked on PCs, Macs and, currently, learning more and more about the elusive Unix!
I hope that you enjoy the podcasts. Let me know if you are listening!
I hope I’m able to continue this in a fashion that would make him proud!
Happy reading everyone!
What a great time, during my close friend Josh’s bachelor party, we decided to take a drink break, well a look around at the Revolution Brewing Company’s brewery.
The tour begins, kinda of like a Tarantino film, you start at the end in a 40-degree chilled room where all of their non pasteurized beer sits before it’s travels to a distributor and you see a wall lined with pallets of empty cans. Now we end up at the beginning of the brewing process, where we touch on the grain milling process and then walk through the brewhouse where you’ll see the brewing system. Finally we end in the middle, where we learn that the canning line is originally from RC Cola and has been in use since the late ’70s.
Booze included: A can of Rev Pills Beer.
Fun things learned:
- The canning line of from the RC Cola plant from the late 70’s
- The lead brewer spent time at Three Floyds Brewery, still my fav till this day.
- Don’t come there pre-intoxicated.
What a great time, an adventure all through Chicago, we checked out Revolution Brewing, and Half Acre breweries. Went to the Chicago Bean, made fun of the Trump Tower… Saw about 50 other Bachelorette parties and just an overall great time!
A local couple were treated for minor injuries at the local hospital emergency room after their Smart Car hit a squirrel on highway. The squirrel refused treatment and left the scene.
“If you can violate your standards faster than you can lower them its time to go away”
Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.
Well, it’s been a while since I last posted anything here.
First, I’ve been off work due to an injury. don’t know if I’ll get back to work before school ends.
Next, I dropped a grand on the car to get a bunch of stuff fixed. Sheesh! Now, I tried to reprogram my key fob so I don’t have to screw around with the key but no luck so far. Yeah, I tried the “get into the car, close door, turn key to on and back to off 8 times leaving it ON.” I didn’t get the locks to cycle so I don’t know what’s going on. : (
Other than that, nothing real new on this end.