Thanks to the tried-and-true adage, “Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind,” I finally got around to washing all my white-colored T-shirts. They’d been sitting in a pile on my laundry room floor behind the doors for the last four-plus months. It was amazing how many of those shirts were all of a sudden “new” to me again. <sigh>
I did get to take a trip back in time today though. A lot of the T-shirts I have that were washed for the first time in months, were shirts I got while working for past companies. Of all the companies I’ve had tech jobs at as a permanent employee, the only one still in business is FriendFinder. (No, I wont provide a link to them, I’m not going to give them any more business than they have already.)
That means that Linuxcare, Transmeta, TDSI, and NCS are all *poof!* gone like the dodo. I had acquired many shirts during my time at those companies. I also have a lot of shirts that I got as swag at LinuxWord Expo in 1999, 2000, and 2001. Most of those companies are gone as well.
Many of the shirts have some catchy slogans on them. Stormix had a shirt with the slogan, “It’s Time To Close The Windows.” Borland Inprise had a shirt with the slogan, “Living La Vidia Linux”, a play on Ricky Martin’s song, Living La Vida Loca. Another from Penguin Computing had a picture of a very large Tux trampling the Redmond, WA headquarters of Microsoft and the slogan, “Good evening Mister Gates. I’ll be your server today.” I remember very well those slogans, but I’m sure than many folks today don’t know what they’re all about.
I’ve seen a lot of things come and go with the dot-com bubbles and whatnot. I really miss those days, a lot of innovation came about and things were EXCITING. Of course, things are exciting these days as well, but for very VERY different reasons.
These old T-shirts show an era in history that is gone. It was an era with meteoric rising and falling of companies. Folks made and lost a LOT of wealth. We recovered from the downturn of that era and found another bubble to inflate and burst. I’m confident that things will recover in time. Hopefully I’ll come through it okay.
But one lesson to be learned here… I have WAY too many T-shirts. If this pile of shirts can go for over four months without being missed, it’s time to thin my collection a bit.
That’s all from me for now. I have more laundry to fold. Thanks for visiting and Keep Coming Back!!!