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Val, the young micro-processor engineer depended on the processors having an alternate mode… a “back door”, so essential for testing and troubleshooting. Management would allow it, at least until the beta version. But what if this “double-minded” chip got out of the building? What is said of the double-minded man? … Unstable. What if the …

Ron & Walter

Part V: The plot   Chapter Ten Ron & Walter   Ron’s Research Ron’s resources were limited, meager, and primitive when compared to the Intel lab he had formerly had at his disposal. Regardless, he did have brains and determination. It was painstaking work, but with what he knew from his former association with Tim …

The Plan

Chapter Nine The Plan   Testing, Testing, 1 2 3 The plan was for Val, and his staff to put their chip in the module, and do some initial testing. They had some real, and some dummy loads and interfaces. They had a week to test separately, after which time they were to get together …

A Shaky Start

Chapter Eight A Shaky Start   Who Are You? Elaine knew of the “Stages of grief” Dr. Elisabeth K├╝bler-Ross introduced in her 1969 book, “On Death and Dying.” 1. Denial 2. Anger 3. Bargaining 4. Depression 5. Acceptance. But Elaine also knew that grief is a unique journey, and many people don’t experience these stages …

Associates and Partners

Chapter Seven Associates and Partners   Worlds Collide Val was ecstatic. Tim’s company had little choice but to deal with Colossus for processors, and he had been given the task of liaising with them. He was to contact a lady called Elaine to arrange for the shipment of test units to and from her lab. …

New relationships, Old Friends

Part IV: USA   Chapter Six New relationships, Old Friends   Transferred Head office was different! Val was recognized for his efforts to improve the design and testing of the processors, and the head office in the States soon took notice as well. He was transferred to the head office lab. Here was that “new …

Gram & Gramp’s

Part III: Canada   Chapter Five To Gram an Gramp’s   A New Home Toronto, what a sight! After the six-hour flight, Val was exhausted. He remembered Heimaey’s population of 5,000 and Reykjavik’s of 120,000. He had been brought here twice. Once he was too young to remember, and the other time, still quite young, …

Erik the Red

Part II: Greenland   Chapter Four Tim   Erik the Red? Erik, Tim’s father, preceded Tim in his love for technology. He had seriously concerned his in-laws as he simultaneously took their daughter for his wife, and launched an electronic/technology/gadget shop they saw as doomed to failure. But Erik had a vision that contained more …

What Now

Chapter Three What Now   Save The Harbor Thorbjorn Sigurgeirsson meant to stop the lava. As the entire nation watched on television, a small crew with fire hoses squirted the front of the lava, producing billows of steam. This battle in early 1973. Quickly, the cooling of the lava became a national joke. While having …

What Was

Chapter Two What Was   The Arena The arena had been a pet project of Val’s dad. Thanks to his mom, their house was nearly always open to his friends, and friends of friends. They soon saw the need for a place for sports and play. A lot came available between two cliffs. It was …