Don Whitney

Welcome to THE SPRING 2024 Semester!


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Favorite Quotes

"Almost everything: all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure. These things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose." -- Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Address, 2005

"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." - Mark Twain

One day, you're going to have to make a choice. You just have to decide what kind of a man you want to grow up to be. Because whoever that man is, good character or bad, he's gonna change the world. -- Jonathan Kent, Smallville

"In God we trust; all others must bring data." -- unverified author

"Life is nothing without trivia, but nothing in life is trivial." - Don Whitney

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. -- Carl Sagan

"There is no reason anyone in the right state of mind will want a computer in their home." - Ken Olson, President of Digital Equipment Corp, 1977

"Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugar water or do you want a chance to change the world?" - Steve Jobs to John Sculley

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity. -- Horace Mann, 1859

"Excuse me... What does God need with a starship?" -- Captain James T. Kirk, 1989

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge -- Dr. Stephen Hawking

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. - Proverbs 22:6

To have made even one person’s life a little better, that is to succeed.” — Henry David Thoreau

"I don't know what weapons will be used for World War III, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones" -- Unknown, just after WWII.

Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in awhile you could miss it. --Ferris Bueller,  June 11, 1986

“It's better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt” ― Mark Twain

Trust, but verify -- Present Ronald Reagan, 1986. In the original Russian “Doveryai no proveryai”

My advice is don't rule out community college or a trade school.  That's what I did. I graduated at a community college. And it was the best thing I ever did.   -- Mike Rowe, 2017

"Ancient Astronaut Theorists Say Yes" --  History Channel

Your future hasn't been written yet. No one's has! Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one! --Doc Emmett Brown, Oct. 27, 1985

One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever. --Ecclesiastes 1:4

If I can't teach you one way, I'll teach ya another. But I'm gonna get the job done. -- John Wayne as Sgt. John M. Stryker in Sands of Iwo Jima 1949

"You have the strength that comes from knowing." --  GOD, Oh God!, 1977.

This Season in Tech-ish History


March 1, 1893
Nikola Tesla gives the first public demonstration of radio in St. Louis, Missouri.
March 1, 1995
Yahoo! is incorporated.
March 3, 1847
Alexander Graham Bell is born. Died August 2, 1922
March 6, 1912
Oreo's Birthday!
March 6, 1998
The Dude abides! The movie The Big Lebowski is released.
March 7, 2012
Apple announces the new iPad
March 8, 1983
IBM announces the IBM Personal Computer XT (eXtended Technology). It features a Intel 8088 processor, 10MB hard drive, 128 kB RAM, 40Kb ROM and double-sided 360 kB floppy drive. For $4995, it’s all yours. The machine was also called IBM Machine Type number 5160.
March 11, 1952
DON'T PANIC. Douglas Adams is born, author of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Died May 11, 2001
March 13
Pluto Planet Day
March 14
Pi Day
March 15, 44 BC
Beware the Ides of March. Julius Caesar is murdered
March 15, 1985
Symbolics became the first domain registered on the World Wide Web.
March 21, 2006
Twitter is born!
March 25
Waffle Day! Celebrated in Sweden
March 26, 1931
Leonard Nimoy was born in Boston on March 26, 1931, the son of Ukrainian Jewish immigrants. He began acting early; at age eight Nimoy was already acting in local productions. Best known as Star Trek's Mr. Spock. Died February 27, 2015.
March 28, 1979
Three Mile Island Nuclear accident
March 29, 1983
Radio Shack introduces the TRS-80 Model 100. It is the first portable computer featuring a 2.4 MHz processor for $799.
March 30, 1941
The first commercial computer, the UNIVersal Automatic Computer (UNIVAC I) is born.


April 1, 1930
Happy Birthday to the late, great and beautiful Grace Lee Whitney, Star Trek‘s Yeoman Janice Rand
April 2, 1968
2001: A Space Odyssey movie is released. "Open the pod bay doors, HAL"....
April 3, 1860
Pony Express established
April 3, 1981
The Osborne 1 was the first commercially successful portable microcomputer.
April 7, 1964
The IBM System/360 (S/360) was a mainframe computer system family announced by IBM.
April 7, 1927
The first American demonstration of television. The live picture and voice of Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover were transmitted over telephone lines from Washington, DC.
April 11-17, 1970
Apollo 13 (Odyssey and Aquarius)
April 12, 1961
First manned spaceflight. A 27-year-old pilot named Yuri Gagarin lifted off from the then Soviet Union aboard Vostok 1 on April 12, 1961. After 1 hour and 48 minutes, and a single orbit of the Earth, he parachuted safely back to the ground.
April 12, 1981
NASA launches the first Space Shuttle mission, STS-1, sending the Columbia on its maiden voyage.
April 15, 1452
Leonardo da Vinci's Birthday
April 15, 1912
The RMS Titanic sinks after striking an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean on a voyage from Southampton, England to New York City.
April 18, 1775
Paul Revere began his ride from Charlestown to Lexington, Mass., warning American colonists that the British were coming.
April 18, 1906
The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 was a major earthquake that struck San Francisco, and the coast of Northern California at 5:12 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 1906. Measuring between 7.7 to 8.25 magnitude. Death toll was over 3000.
April 18, 1955
Physicist Albert Einstein died at age 76.
April 18, 1983
The Osborne Computer Corporation officially announced the Osborne Executive portable computer, the follow-up to its extremely successful Osborne 1.
April 21, 1910
Mark Twain died
April 24, 1967
Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov dies in Soyuz 1 when its parachute fails to open. He is the first human to die during a space mission.
April 24, 1970
The first Chinese satellite, Dong Fang Hong I, is launched.
April 24, 1990
STS-31: The Hubble Space Telescope is launched from the Space Shuttle Discovery.
April 25
World Penguin Day. World Penguin Day coincides with the annual northward migration of penguins. This happens each year on or around April 25th. Penguins do not fly. Rather, they walk, or waddle their way to and from. Penguins are found in Antarctica, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Peru, the Falkland Islands, and the Galapagos Islands.
April 25, 1988
Star Trek: Next Generation episode "Skin of Evil". Lieutenant Tasha Yar is killed by an oil slick alien named Armus

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