• discover a big computer with oscilloscopic screen, big printer and punch card readers and fall in love with it (probably 1976)
  • discover a strange beast called Commodore Pet, and divorce immediately from the IBM 1130 ; first contact with Microsoft, since the Basic in the Pet was from Microsoft (1977)
  • discover a few days later another strange beast called Apple ][  and start a ménage à trois with the Pet (1977). First contact with a floppy disk.
  • discover the Logobax LX500 and later LX800 (1980)
  • meet the late Ludovic Gallois (1980)
  • my parents offer me my very first computer, a Sharp PC-1211 (1980 or 1981)
  • my school has a computer room with 4 apple ][ and a printer !!! (1980)
  • meet the first bad geek, Alexandre Fuchs, and the guy is in my class... (1980)
  • upgrade my PC-1211 for a Sharp PC-1500 (probably 1982)
  • meet the first good geek, Jacques Chapuis, who ran a computer store (Triangle Informatique first, then STIa), and let children progam all day in the store. (1982). Meet the bad ones, at Illel Center, who rarely let us do the same in their store.
  • Microtel club sessions every tuesday night in Issy-les-Moulineaux ; Locksmith runs on all Apples. (1982)
  • first use of a modem to log into remote servers at the remarkable speed of 300 bps (1982)
  • my parents offer me an Apple ][-e for my first year of college (1983) ; the motherboard is quickly full of straps and customization.
  • discover the Apple Lisa, with its hires screen and its mouse and can't help but saying "wooooooow" ; see the last avatars of the Apple ][ and decide I will not upgrade (1983)
  • write a logo language interp. for Thomson computers, sell it (1983)
  • extensive use of Mapple (1984-1986)
  • discover the Atari 520ST, fall in love with an Atari 1040Stfc and a 30 Megabytes hard-drive, and keep the Apple ][ only for Mapple (1984)
  • write PixelHunter, and sell it later through ST Magazine (1985) ; meet a lot of good guys around the Atari ST.
  • write an audio player that sits in the accessories tray of the Atari (1985)
  • start emailing with people based 9,000 kilometers from my place (end of 1986)
  • discover Usenet (1987)
  • start compiling software on a big unix or vms box from a terminal on a Mac 128, and I still have no idea where that big box was physically... Found that much more fun and impressive than AppleTalk (1987)
  • start conversing real-time with people 9,000 kilometers from my place (using a talk-like, 1988)
  • first codes released with "this software is provided 'as is' w/o any warranty of any kind ; use at your own risk"
  • meet Jean-François Abramatic, Vincent Quint and Jean Paoli (1989)
  • meet Philippe Dax (1989) and a few others
  • spend six cold months in Sweden and stay in touch with the other students of my CS/Telecom school, some of them being in Canada, Japan, Australia. Tons of emails and talks (1990) ; first invitation for dinner I sent by email ; reconnect with my ex-girlfriend through email/talk. soc.culture.french newsgroup. Discover the first troll, a guy called Giacometti who trolled all the time in soc.culture.french.
  • work on a new mail user-agent (meuf, 1991)
  • first contact with people who don't believe the Internet is going to be successful and change the society (1991)
  • contact and fight with a very bad guy who considers I am dangerous because I use the Internet (1991)
  • start lurking into IETF mailing-lists (1991)
  • discover a lot of people like meuf and download it ; some people build it on their own hardware architecture and release builds.
  • add MIME support to meuf (1992), meuf becoming the first email user agent (after Nathaniel Borenstein's Andrew) implementing all of MIME 1.0, wysiwyg editing, inline images and video, attachments, Unicode, faces.
  • work at Grif on the best wysiwyg SGML editor of that time. Implement the first wysiwyg CALS (ancestor of HTML tables) table editor. Meet Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Caillau. Had a lot of fun working at Grif with a remarkable team, cool, funny, innovative. (1993)
  • discover that internet connectivity is considered as a major threat by some companies (1994)
  • join EDF and start deploying the web in that 130,000 employees company (early 1994)
  • patch httpd to add some features, release the code (1994 and 1995)
  • start lurking into html/http standardization (1994) ; miss WWW'3 because of work priorities.
  • initiate and moderate newsgroups fr.emplois.offres and fr.emplois.demandes. Meet a lot of good guys, and a few very bad ones, who call my parent company to complain because I rejected a job offer not conformant to the newsgroup's charter. First insults and first public slapping of my name, for the same reason. (1995)
  • meet François Yergeau and  many others at WWW'4 and have dinner together while Jean Paoli representing Grif there is brain-hunted by Microsoft . (end of 1995)
  • organize a conference in Paris called "World Wide Web : perspectives et prospectives" (1996)
  • represent EDF in the HTML WG and the CSS WG (1996 or 1997, can't remember), meet dozens of good guys and only one or two bad ones
  • first rant after insults and calls for violence published in fr.rec.moto (1998)
  • join Netscape (2000)
  • start my blog (may 2002)
  • first bad guy of the blog era, and the guy is a colleague in my own team (may 2002)
  • comments allowed on my blog (19 december 2003)
  • Luc Saint-Elie, blouk-blouk, GPL, NVU-fr, linuxfr, Harry Wanders, mozilla(r)(tm)(c) (2003-2006) ; comments closed and reopened multiple times
  • Debian and Sam Hocévar : comments closed , forever this time, may the trolls suffer and perish in eternal flames (2006)