GHoosdum said:Man, I really gotta get my hands on one of those Radeon 2's!
Man, I really gotta get my hands on one of those Radeon 2's!
Lincoln said:I REMEMBER THAT PIE.
I REMEMBER THAT PIE.
PirateNinja said:Back then my name was gravite2090
Back then my name was gravite2090
CyrixInstead said: Perhaps there's something in UPSLynx's life path idea.
Perhaps there's something in UPSLynx's life path idea.
I was married to @TheHostess, running an IT business with @-tk. @TheSMJ, Deana the Greek, Tim, and Mikael worked for me. Icrontic, years before, was a resource for me that I used to help my clients. I was a lurker until a particular discussion about vegetarianism set me off (I was a vegetarian for a time). @BartWilliams (RIP), @Ghoosdum, @Tex, and a few others were involved in the heated discussion and I just had to put my two cents in, so I registered with the name I always used for forums and gaming. Little did I know I'd be inscribing a name in stone that could never change. Registering for Icrontic that day may as well have been creating my new birth certificate.
Once I had gotten over the registration hump, I was all in.
I spent a LOT of time on Icrontic. I remember one particular evening in 2001 when Tracey (my then-wife) looked over my shoulder as Perry sat on my lap, and she said, "What are you always doing on that site? It's like your job, you're on there so much". Heh.
I got to know @MediaMan really well. By 2003, sarcnet industries, inc. (my company), was a full-fledged managed hosting company. We had several servers in a data center run by @Rob, and I felt pretty confident that we could provide a better hosting solution than Icrontic was currently saddled with. The site was slow all the time. I contacted @Mortin (RIP), and he directed me to Mediaman (Doug).
I struck up a conversation with Doug. He loved the idea of my hosting the site, and I offered to do it for free as a gesture of support for the community I loved and the site I relied on so much. He thought it was a great idea. You can read the rest in the history, where @shorty, @lincoln, @kwitko, @park_7677 and others all helped rebuild the site that got wiped off the web.
I lived in a small house that I bought at 20 years old in south Warren, MI. Not a great neighborhood (especially now), but a good starter home for a small young family filled with hopes and dreams.
I could not have possibly conceived of the journey that life would take me on. Things today are incomprehensibly different than I would have imagined. I've got a phenomenal job with Shinola that I could only have gotten because of the skills I honed here. I met the love of my life, @troublebaker because of Twitter and I got involved with Twitter to promote Icrontic.
I have been destroyed and rebuilt a few times in the last ten years, but there have been a few absolutely precious constants in my life that I needed to anchor me. They've been my rock: My kids, @Lincoln, and Icrontic.
I got re-introduced to Short-Media a year or two later by @TheBaron whom I also went to high school with. The rest is history.
I finally revealed who I was to Brian a while after that, and am gonna live with the Icrontic records as to when I joined for reasons of my own. I owned my own company building and servicing computers for folks for a time and am now retired and disabled.
I went through my old pictures folders trying to find some relics of days gone by. I've got some old photos from my pre-Icrontic days, back when I was active in Clan Beowulf. The first image I've got from IC, sadly, is this attached one from 2006. I made a gallery of some sweet wallpapers from Short-Media, though (have to click download to get full res).
I wanted to say something about 10 more years!... and then I remembered how old I'll be in 10 years. Oh well. They'll be good years.
Hmm this is actually the first time I've looked back all that time since hitting 20 earlier this year. I'm glad for the most part on where I've been. I'm looking forward to where I'll go and how Icrontic will affect that.
I was introduced to Icrontic in 2008, when @magic was finally ready to introduce this incredible group of people to me after dating for almost 2 years. We came out to celebrate Brian's birthday, and I brought him a homemade strawberry pie (first impressions are important!), and we chatted, went to dinner, danced, and listened to Reggie sing. The ICHQ clan made a good impression, and I attended ICOK '08, and lifelong friendships were made. I'm gracious to call many of the Icrontians some of my closest friends, and would do anything for them, as they've been there for me when I needed them the most.
It really wasn't until the summer after I graduated (3 years later) that I had social iterations with anyone from school outside of school. No parties, no hangouts, no movies - I'd go to stuff with my family, but that was about it.
I'd be hesitant to look, but my total play time for my main character in FFXI is... at minimum... 2 years. It is kind of mind boggling to me know that I could spend that much time playing 1 thing.
It sucked, but I've come a long way. Onward and upward~
In honor of our 10th anniversary, if you're not folding, please consider using your spare CPU cycles to kick Alzheimer's, Huntington's, Parkinson’s, and cancer's asses. It's easier than ever to get the latest Folding client to run. Super easy. Just download the installer here.
Our team number is 93.
But for the month of May, I'll be changing my rigs to team 734, to thank the Folding Frogs that gave us our much needed temporary home ten years ago.
Anyway, I was sat at work in a new wing of the office doing something new, and I couldn't get on the site for what felt like ages. Eventually I found AMDmb and came back to a very teal (or was it light blue?) Short-Media. I remember trying to get on constantly so I could get a low user ID, oh the joys of youth!
I had written a guide for other students on how to get by in Germany, and I used the grey Icrontic theme with Fats was it? I still do two thumbs up to people and they look at me like I'm from Mars, but hey ho, private joke Sadly I neglected to do anything about the site's upkeep and as it was on a free hosting account eventually it was deleted when I didn't log in. It's now lost to the annals of history.
Big props to Brian, Shorty, and was it MediaMan? Forgive me if that's wrong, I am now an old git at 31 years of age and my memory is not what it once was. Anyway, I'm rambling now I could go on all night. Perhaps there's something in UPSLynx's life path idea.
One final thing, I had an avatar of a little donkey with a teal background for years. I thought I'd never change it, but I now have a 4 year old daughter who does the best lion roar's I've ever seen. She now takes pride of place as my avatar
These type of thread always get me going to the way back machine for memories.
My hat is off and I'm truly grateful to all those who put in the time and effort to Icrontic alive. Those who are still active and those who have moved on to other adventures.
I think at that point I has an Abit NF7s with a 2100+ that wouldn't over clock for shit. If I remember correctly those where the days when twinmos ram was all the rage and the 9700 pro just came out.
All in all it was a very weird time in my life.
I was in high school then. I always thought I'd work on something computer-related, and sure enough I'm in the software industry 10 years later. On the way I have discovered and pursued more new interests and done some growing up (some).
I always say "impressed" but I'm trying to think of an emotion word. Yes. It's been inspiring to see the site evolve into a lot more than a site, from 10 years ago when it was a hive of unmet people trying to make better computers.
Ten years ago I was broke, unemployed, single, renting a tiny studio, barely scraping by. I was one day away from being classified as a hoarder. Now I am happily married with 2 children, gainfully employed, and a homeowner. The constant has been this great group of friends from Icrontic.
I have also learned the way a group of great people whom I had never met 10 years ago were able to rally support when my daughter Heather was struck by a car and eventually succumbed to her injuries. And that happened right in the middle of this community's rebirth and the chaos that ensued. So the fact that everyone pulled together and gave their support when Icrontic was having its own difficulties still has me in awe. And for that I want to thank everyone again!