Thomas Reardon! The Doogie Howser And the Internet Explorer’s creator

A while ago, I purchased a book called “How The Web Was Won”. It chronicles the journey of several Microsoft idealists who convinced Bill Gates to jump into the Internet bandwagon. It was the beginning for the Internet Tidal Wave, a memo written by Gates himself and sent out to his employees in 1995.



Among the handful of Microsoft denizens  who pushed Microsoft from Windows and right into the web, figures Thomas Reardon. A thin, pal skinned computer and math prodigy with a feature of an Irish poet.

I’m interested in Reardon because he was the driving force behind the Windows 95 and 98 projects and the man behind the famous Internet Explorer.

According to his biography, Reardon grew up in the New Hemisphere among 18 children in a strict working class family.  According to his relatives and significant others, TR was a child prodigy, learning math and computing. He took a few courses at MIT, and at 15, he enrolled at the University of New Hampshire. He was miserable—a combination of being a peach-fuzz outsider and having no money. He dropped out within a year. “I was coming up on 16 and was, like, I need a job,” he says. He wound up at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at first working in the radiology lab at Duke, helping to get the university’s computer system working smoothly with the Internet. He soon started his own networking company, creating utilities for the then-mighty Novell. He sold his company to the venture capitalist and Bill Gates’ former girlfriend Ann Winblad, who ushered him later to the Gates’ empire.

Reardon’s first job there was leading a small team to clone Novell’s key software so it could be integrated into Windows. However, the major turnover in his career came in  1993, when TR saw the original web browser. He created the project that became Internet Explorer, which, because of the urgency of the competition, was rushed into Windows 95 in time for launch. For a time, it was the world’s most popular browser.

In 2001, Reardon left the company,  frustrated by the bureaucracy and worn down from testifying in the anti-trust case involving the browser he helped engineer. Reardon and some of his browser team compatriots began a startup focused on wireless internet named Avogadro. He is now the CEO and co-founder of CTRL-Labs (formerly Cognescent Corporation) specialized in Mind Control, and according to TR, it’s ain’t no sci-fi thing.


Gone But Not Forgotten. On this day, four years ago, Comedy Legend Harold Ramis passed away at age of 69

Don’t cross the steams.

It is hard to imagine that it has been four years since the comedy legend Harold Ramis passed away. Four years seem like an eternity to me. And today, I thought it would be the right time to commemorate such a giant and to pay him a tribute. Hollywood really lost a gem.

Harlod Ramis accompanied by his daughter Violet Ramis during the shooting of Ghostbusters.

Harold Ramis, for those, who don’t know him, was an actor, writer and director of many comedy movies in the 70s, 80s and 2000s. To me, he is best known for playing the role of Egon Spengler is the successful Ghostbusters franchise. However, Ramis’s filmography is a huge encyclopedia. But before coming to prominence in the 80s with Ghostbusters, co-written back then with his long time collaborator Dan Ackroyd, Harold Ramis wrote National Lampoon’s Animal House. Next up, he crossed the path with Bill Murray and together starred in Meatballs.The movie was a commercial success and became the first of six film collaborations between Murray and Ramis.

His third film and his directorial debut was Caddyshack, which he wrote with Kenney and Brian Doyle-Murray. It starred Chevy ChaseRodney DangerfieldTed Knight, and Bill Murray. Like Ramis’s previous two films, Caddyshack was a commercial success.

As I mentioned above, Ramis collaborated with Dan Ackroyd in what would become the biggest hit ever of summer 1984. Ghostbusters became a sensational hit that would spawn a sequel five years later,  cartoons and many related merchandises.

Illness and death

In May 2010, Ramis contracted an infection that resulted in complications from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis and lost the ability to walk. After relearning to walk he suffered a relapse of the disease in late 2011.

He died of complications of the disease on February 24, 2014 at his home on Chicago’s North Shore at age of 69 He is buried at Shalom Memorial Park in Arlington Heights.

Here is a statement I released four years ago today on Facebook upon hearing Ramis’s death :

Tonight, I deeply saddened by a news that came down like a sledgehammer. The actor Harold Ramis passed away. He marked my childhood forever as I first saw him in Ghostbusters at age of 7. (c. 1992) I loved his character of Igon Spengler. That intelectual techno wizard from the movie, sidekicking Second City alums Dan Ackroyd and Bill Murray in one of the most successful movie of 1984. What’s left now ? An icredible imprint of comedy, influencing générations. Yes, Ed Neumeier, he will be deeply missed. May his spirit be a source of joy and happiness forever.

Don’t cross the steams. You are deeply missed Egon!


eBay plan to jettison PayPal in favor of Adyen

For someone like me who has been shopping online since 2013, it’s going to make a big difference.

For fifteen years, PayPal has been the premier partner for eBay as its payment getaway but the reign is coming to an end.

eBay decided that by 2020 to jettison PayPal as its primary payment processing getaway in favor of a 12 year-old startup coming right from Amsterdam, Adyen.


But fear not!

By 2020, PayPal will remain a payment option for shoppers on eBay, but it won’t be prominently featured ahead of debit and credit card options as it is today. PayPal will cease to process card payments for eBay at that time.

PayPal’s stock dropped as much as 12 percent on the news in after-market trading.

At eBay, the move is being billed as a way to take more control over the critical checkout experience as other giant online shopping destinations like Amazon and Alibaba have, while giving more payment options to eBay shoppers. Adyen supports more than 200 payment methods across the world, eBay said in a blog post announcing the news.

But it is a great opportunity to seize for Adyen for a small company with a revenue of $178 million in 2016 as compered to the 11 billion dollar cash cow generated by PayPal.

PayPal entered agreement with eBay all the way back in 2003§. The two companies split into separate public companies in July of 2015 and signed a five-year operating agreement to maintain a close relationship through mid-2020.


Ed Neumeier to pen the sequel of the “original” RoboCop. Ignoring all the rest of the franchise. 

It has been thirty one years since RoboCop made its debut in theaters  and became the sensational icon of the corporate satire and ultra violence that marked the end of the 80s. With the success of the first film, the original writers Ed Neumeier and Mike Miner set out to write the sequel under the subtitle of Corporate War. However the infamous 1988 writer’s strike prevented them from finishing the script. As a result, The unused Corporate Wars was never materialized and the production company at that time, Orion, replaced them with the comic book legend Frank Miller. Miller was inexperienced as a screenwriter and the sequel RoboCop 2, even though was filled with violence, did not achieve the same level of success as the original one.

RoboCop 3, rushed into production just as RoboCop 2 hit the theaters was a complete disaster. And the rest is just history.

But now, Ed Neumeier finally gets his revenge. As the writer of the original film, he sets out to write down the sequel of RoboCop 2.  As of now, we don’t know much about the story, whether or not, Ed would just “port” and continues the Corporate War storyline where he did leave it off thirteen years ago.

In an interview with Zeitgeist Entertainment Magazine, original RoboCop writer Ed Neumeier confirmed that MGM has hired him to write a direct sequel to the 1987 film, which was directed by Paul Verhoeven. Neumeier describes the new script as “a continuation really of the first movie. In my mind. So it’s a little bit more of the old school thing.” There’s some ambiguity there, perhaps implying more of a tonal kinship than a total abandonment of current continuity. For now, however, it certainly seems like RoboCop 2 and 3, not to mention the 2014 remake, will be falling by the wayside.



A book I do recommend to read: 1995 The Year The Future Began

The title might sound like 1984 by George Orwell. 

It has been a month since I did not publish an article in my blog. Sometimes, you have to understand me. I’m a flight attendant, and I do spend much of time on the airplane. Back in 2012, I was active on my tumblr weblog simply because I had to keep the trend when scribbling about one of my favorite TV Show, The Mentalist.

Things have changed since then. Now, I’m 32 years old and still writing but the cadence has slowed considerably as compared to my former calling as prolific writer on Tumblr.

But anyway, as the slogan of my blog says : “I keep blogging about everything and nothing”

Anyway, let’s start 2018 with a book I do recommend reading. It’s called 1995: The Year The Future Began. It chronicles the events it occurred that year, which according to the writer, Joseph Campbell, it 1995 ushered the world to the new millennium.

The title might sound like 1984 by George Orwell. (but on steroid)

The book digs dipper into major events that shaped American history for the better and the for the worst. Campbell starts with the emergence of the World Wide Web and the infamous, almost bloody war between Microsoft and Netscape. Then, he jumps into Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon with its humble beginning. And the emergence of the Wiki, which allowed the web to be a more collaborative hub for everyone.

1995 was also a tragic year for America, as the world witnessed the pre-September 11 attack on the American soil. The infamous Oklaoma Bombing that claimed life of 168 lives, which many people will certainly remember the photography of the firefighter holding a moribund newborn. It was by far the deadliest attack ever occurred back then.

On the legal side, 1995 was marked by the trial of O.J. Simpson charged for double homicide while on the politics side, The infamous affair between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky that send a reverberation accorss America and impeached the U.S President.

As Campbell demonstrates in this absorbing chronicle, 1995 was a year of extraordinary events, a watershed at the turn of the millennium. The effects of that pivotal year reverberate still, marking the close of one century and the dawning of another.

A good book that I would recommend to read.


Add more ROMs to your Super Nintendo Classic Mini

The Super Nintendo Classic Mini is a must and a no brainer for a collector just like me and for those who would like to leap back to their childhood, enjoying those wonderful games that made our day.

The Super Nintendo Classic Mini comes with 21 bundled games. But its internal memory is limited to 256 MB, and Hackers found their way to add more ROMs to the console thru the workaround.


The following tutorial shows you how to add more ROM and enjoy the games that you tended to play when you were young. However, it should be noted that hacking the console will void its warrenty and there is a chance that you blank the console’s memory.



Book collector software no longer offers the standard version. Opt for Premium instead.

I have to tell you something, I’m an ardent reader of movie tie-ins. I got them shipped directly at home and start reading until the end. Right now, I got a collection of more than two hundred books that need to be classified.


To proceed, a year ago, I stumbled upon, a website that offers you to downloaded a trialware version of Book Collector which let you classify your books. However, it appears that recently the company no longer offers a standard version of the software which was priced $ 30. As a result, you need to pony up a premium version of with addotional $ 19, bringing the figure to $ 50

The policy change on removing standard version applies to all products.

You can order your copy right here.

Nevertheless, the software is a must for book aficionados