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Thomas Hoops and Derone Bryson founded Technology Associates.
In 1994, their partnership incorporated under the name
of Technology Associates, Inc. Between 1993 and 2000,
Technology Associates successfully operated a small
chain of computer stores in the Reno/Sparks area which sold
and serviced computers.
Technology Associates was also one of the founding investors
in Great Basin Internet Services (GBIS), Northern Nevada's Largest
Independent internet service provider. In 1998, TA divested itself
of GBIS. In 2000, TA divested itself of it's retail stores
to pursue manufacturing of the EternaLight flashlight
and other related and unrelated products developed by Thomas Hoops
and Derone Bryson. In 2007,
the organization formerly known as Technology
Associates, Inc., founded by Thomas Hoops and
Derone Bryson in 1992 ceased to exist.
This site is still a
functioning sales platform for the EternaLight products
manufactured and sold by EternaLights, LLC. However,
the remainder of the site remains as it was in it's finality before
the closing of Technology Associates, Inc.
Today Mr. Bryson is privately employed as a Software Engineer. Mr. Hoops
is privately employed in a manufacturing company as
it's CTO. After working together since 1990, through their various
projects and partnerships, Mr. Hoops and Mr. Bryson are still best friends
and continue to explore new opportunities together.
Tom's rants from 4th Quarter 1999
12/20/99 - "I'll see you on the other side..."
This has been a busy week for me. What with that last minute shopping -
you know - pokemon, jewelry, 50 gallon gas containers, 100 gallon water jugs,
grenades, rocket launchers, 2 chickens, 2 cattle, 2 dear, 2 elephants, 2
monkeys, 2 Klintons... Ah well, you can't save all the good without saving
some of the bad. So, what am I expecting? I must say, that I've seen a lot
of our civil servants willing to stick their necks out and "look silly",
if nothing happens. I applaud them. In my opinion, many groups are
preparing for a bad situation without casting aside all reason and that is
a good sign. As I've said now for several years, left to itself, the computer
and technical problems could be solved or worked around quickly - within
a week or two. But, the public response is my big concern. Hording,
plotting, people taking advantage of Y2K breakdowns as excuses to not
finish jobs or pay bills. Frustrated groups who plan to use violence to
express their messages and Y2K as the time to do it. These are the
things I fear the most (see rants 10/17 and 8/22).
As far as the reality of the technical problems, consider this:
Had I not made the Y2K fix to our business control system software at the
beginning of the month, our bank registers would not have balanced
(we wouldn't have known how much money we had), our inventory reordering
would not have worked, our A/R reports would be wrong (we wouldn't have known
how much money people owed us) and probably a half dozen other things
I can't think of right now.
This little bug was serious enough to destroy the operations of our
business. We're more fortunate than most businesses in that not only
do we possess the complete source code to our business control system but
we also possess the expertise to add to, fix or change it. This is
pretty unique for a business as small as ours. But, imagine the
tens of thousands of companies out there that are between 1 to 100 employees
in size. Most of these companies are depending on third-party software makers
and consultants to help them. Also, the hardware is a factor in
this problem too. Our hardware had to be dealt with as well as our
software and throwing big money at the problem isn't always the solution.
Again, a lot of these businesses are going to make the wrong
decisions or get the wrong advice about how to completely handle this problem.
Now, if Microsoft can't fix things right the first time, with their huge staff
and budget, what are the chances that all these little businesses are going to
pass through without harm? One thing is for sure, it will be less than 100%.
Such would not have such an impact but this problem is synchronized and so
even a little mishap is magnified by the shear number who will experience
problems within roughly the same day. In the last thirty years or so, we've
become a highly integrated society. Rarely now does something affect
one business without that business affecting another. So, I think we need to
wear our seat belts on this one and expect a scary ride, but I don't think the
roller coaster is going to jump off the track. Now, April 15th of 2000, that
should be "verwy, verwy intowesting" :)
12/12/99 - Where's Monica when the Chechen's need her?
RE:Russia's Chechen campaign.
Sorry it's been so long since my last rant - what with the end of the
world coming and everything, I've been busy. Anyhow, thank the powers
that be! If the Klinton administration were going
through a high profile scandal right now, you can bet a dollar to a
dognut that our troops would be precariously close to sticking their
noses into the bears cave about now.
Aaaand, maybe I'm all wrong here although it just seems like banter to
backup his last action. Maybe the lacy legacy president
is planning on some nuclear fireworks to celebrate the millennium?
But oh, if it weren't for that cigar, and that dress! The Serbs would
have finished their mission, barely noticed by the American media.
Wag the dog? Maybe, I think more like "dupe the dumb". Nobody
can prove it but I knew it long before I ever saw the movie. This
guy has no scruples. But... he does have screwpoles. Ride'm Billy
oh ya... whooz yer dadday?
11/30/99 - World Tariff Order held sleepless in Seatle!
RE:WTO conference and protestors violence
GAWD! How refreshing! It's so nice to see some people finally angry
enough about something of political involvement and of global consequence
to actually make a stink. Maybe there is still some fight left in the
old American slug. I hope the slugs don't give away all their rights and
guns before the fight gets serious. Do I like the WTO? No, it is yet
another opportunity for consolidation of power and that ultimately means
another corruptible force with too much power. Unfortunately those who
are protesting need to be more clever and grass roots about how they protest.
After all, we've given the government SO MUCH power and might over the US
citizen, do you really think anything violent will have a successful outcome?
Do you really think the corrupted mainstream press will ever tell a story
of martyrdom about those who get bloodied for their beliefs? NOT! Be smart
people. Use the internet, collect your numbers, exploit the inefficiencies
of the system and clog it up with volume and annoyances. Force our
legislators to bring more power back to the local governments - then
you'll have more power and you may win.
The one thing the creators left out of the constitution was the creation
of a "anti-legislature". This purpose of this fictitious branch of the
government would be to continually remove and repeal junk, constricting and
corrupted laws which the legislative branch
passed! Oh well, I can dream...
11/23/99 - If it walks like a Bully and it talks like a Bully...
RE:Class actions suits filed against Microsoft.
I hate to keep ranting about Microsoft but it is a big deal! MUCH
bigger than EGYPT AIR I might add. Today's latest dogpile law suit effect is
based on the fact that, whether you give a rats ass that Microsoft has
become a monopoly, there are public responsibilities that go with being
a monopoly. Not least of which is too not overcharge your poor customers.
Normally, I think any company should be able to charge whatever they want,
unless, ofcourse they have a monopoly. Imagine if power companies could
charge whatever they felt like. Do you think they wouldn't take advantage
of that "power" now and then? It's kind of like a government that could
pass laws and raise taxes whenever it felt like it... ahhhuhu,
wait a minute... Oh, we already have that too. Or, I mean, a government
that didn't allow you to sue it for its unaccountability - oops - uh,
we already have that too. Ok, or a government that took away all your
guns so you couldn't even fight back - hmmmmm... This originally started
out about Microsoft and monopolies, I guess I needed a release!
11/13/99 - Windows 2000 steps on scale, scale EXPLODES!
RE:Coming release of Microsoft Windows 2000.
That's right, FATWARE 2000 is so big it can't get out of its own way.
Weighing in at a hefty 29 MILLION, yes, that was MILLION, lines of code
(December Wired Magazine) Windows 2000 could very well be the largest
waste of computing resources ever conceived! That's something like
three lines of code for every transistor in Intel's gargantuan Pentium III
processors. However, Microsoft should get Kudos for its lack of
consideration to the consumer all these years. If it didn't take so
much CPU horsepower and hard drive space just to keep a pulse going in
their operating systems, there probably wouldn't have been quite the explosion
in computing hardware power that has occurred in the last four years.
Even Jim Allchin of Microsoft (the W2K project leader) admits that W2K is
grossly inefficient and infested with bugs, mostly due to this
inefficiency. As Microsoft wrenches it hands in the DOJ antitrust case,
the obvious guilt of their tactics is becoming painfully apparent to
the users of their operating systems. Simply put, the most consistent
and unbeatable aggression Microsoft plays against its competitors is
to make the feature, function or entire program of a product they "eye", part
of their operating system. This has over the years helped to produced
an operating system which is catholically obese.
In a simpler age, the operating system was just a "loader". It loaded
programs and executed them. Later, it was expanded to manage the execution
of programs and manage files. Microsoft has endlessly appended to that
definition to become the "Grand Unified Do Everything" computer program.
I know, I'm old fashioned. I still like to see screws, plates, nuts & bolts,
it may not be smooth and pretty, but you can fix it and fix it right.
Nowadays, the hood is hermetically sealed and the engine is potted! It may
run longer with fewer problems, but once the problems begin, keeping it
running for a long time is not an option.
In conclusion, I introduce my "BIG TARGET THEORY" which I wrote right when
Window's 95 first arrived. Here it is:
There are many things which can take your system out. Viruses,
bad hard drive sectors or failing hardware, corrupted cache writes, errant programs,
power failed writes, EMI, static, etc. So, think of your Operating system
as a target for these types of events. The bigger the target, the better
chance it stands of getting hit.
Unfortunately when you're talking about an OS, regardless of the size,
it only takes one hit (bad bit) to make ruins of your system. While hardware
reliability has improved somewhat, the improvement has not kept pace with
rate of increase in size of Microsoft's OSs. Introducing.... FATWARE 95!
Now with more dll's, larger kernel and more setup files than anything
ever before! Window's 95 is competitively sized with HUGE applications -
for your added convenience! Never mind that your HUGE application gets
hit and doesn't run. With Window's 95, the odds are split that OS will
take the hit and "yer whole daymn campewter won't ruhn"!
I hope you've enjoyed this rant, it is one of my favorite things to bitch
about:) - LINUX RULES!
11/7/99 - Microsoft found guilty of being Microsoft...
RE:Recent court ruling on Microsoft antitrust case
If you know me, you already know how I feel about this. But, let me be
terse: Microsoft has monopoly powers and has used them. In using
them, it has destroyed or limited otherwise viable or expansive
companies and thus has stifled competition and creativity. And, if I
were running Microsoft, I probably would have done the same thing!
Nobody whose goal it is to build a company has a competition friendly
plan. So, the question is, at what point should your success become
public domain? Because, that's the only way to truly level the playing
field that a successful company has ruled in the past. Now, for all
the people who think Microsoft deserves to be the monopoly it has
become because they build "great products" for great prices, let me say
this: most people who like microsoft products have not tried other
products, especially when the market was fairer to Microsoft's
competition. These people just love what computers can do and
Microsoft is mostly the only thing they know. That is not to say that
Microsoft doesn't have good products. They do have some fine products.
However, many of their products "features" and "innovations" were not
Microsoft's and came from their competitors who they have long since
been crushed one way or another.
What is the problem? The problem is
that Microsoft controls, and to their advantage, the ingredient that
programs need to economically run - the operating system (nowadays know
as WindowsXX). So, Microsoft can easily make their competition look
bad by adding secret features that the competition doesn't know about
or handling their own bugs that competition doesn't know about or by changing
their products way in advance of planned changes to their operating
system way before their competition can react.
Is it fair? No, but it is business. The problem is that like power,
food and other public necessities, some things shouldn't be allowed to
be so monopolized. This is why LINUX (the free and public operating
system) is gaining such strength so rapidly. The few left standing
competitors of Microsoft now realize that the best protection is to
move to an operating system which nobody owns and nobody can own,
namely, LINUX. I think the only fair way out for Microsoft and the
industry, if Microsoft is to remain the standard for operating systems,
is to force Microsoft to make the operating system source code public.
11/2/99 - Your odds of dieing in a plane crash just... remain the
RE: EgyptAir Flight 990 (Boeing 767) crash.
It never ceases to amaze me how the whole world (ok, the US news media) stops
whenever a plane crashes. Alright, it's terrible, and a tragedy, no doubt!
But, G's (a little flight humor)! Get over it! It's not like the warranty clock ticked out on all
Boeing aircraft and now their all going to fall out the sky with you aboard.
These things happen. They will continue to happen. It doesn't matter how many
more FAA regulations which jack up the price of air travel go into place, it
doesn't matter if the manufacturer is sued and forced to lay people off while
trying to recall its parts or planes! If we see a few more Boeing 767's fall
out of the sky soon, maybe something should be looked into. But for now,
identify the dead, research the cause and call it a day already! There are more
important things going on right now in our legislature and with the corrupter
in chief. Let's swing the camera around and look at that!
10/28/99 - California "SKS" GUN CONTROL is a pot shot at the 2nd amendment!
RE:CA state's SKS rifle buyback/confiscation program Jan 1st, 2000.
Woe to those who own SKS rifles and California told you were legal to possess. If you don't
participate in their "buyback" (confiscation) program and relinquish your SKS before
Jan 1st, 2000, just call yourself a felon. And, since you will be a felon and
possess an assault rifle... hey, what the heck, you've got nothing to lose by
using it now right? It reeks of conspiracy but if you dig deep into the
"reasons" why this law was passed and why it is targeting SKS rifles specifically,
you'll actually find a more comforting reason. This law was past after a snafu in the
General Assault rifle ban California passed prior to this program. So, while it may
appear as an innocent corollary to an otherwise acidic law past before it, it does
allow those who would like to see this type of program used on much broader basis
a glimpse of how well it will be swallowed.
As for me, I don't swallow.
10/20/99 - Cellphone + Head = TUMOR?
RE:20/20 report on cellphone use and adverse health effects
OK, and the tobacco industry thought they had it hard... At least they got away
with it for 30 years! Well, before I express my political take on this,
let me whip out my engineering card for a moment and evaluate the data I
So, in my mind, these are the questions which need to be answered:
- Number one, it HAS been scientifically proven (years ago)
that sufficient microwave energy can damage organic and thus genetic material.
- Number two, it HAS been scientifically proven that damaged
DNA can cause cancerous tumors.
All things being equal, we must consider the technology primarily in use
today. Now, in evaluating the test 20/20 sponsored, I immediately suspected
that the worst results would come from older technology and improper use of it.
BINGO! I was right. Their test evaluated phones in their "analog" mode
which is an older and higher energy technology. Second, their worse
result was produced by a phone when the antenna was retracted - an improper
use. Regarding the frequency of the energy, most cell phones still operate
at a frequency which is on the lower end of the microwave spectrum. This lower
end has a lesser impact on organic matter than similar energies of higher
frequencies. So, what am I saying? I'm saying that unless your phone is
older, you're too lazy to raise the antenna and, you'd function better if
it was glued to your head, you're probably at very low risk. And, in life,
"low risk" is the best you get (see rant 9/16)!
- Is the energy which a cell phone produces "sufficient" to cause organic
- Is the frequency of the energy which a cell phone produces
considered biologically effective microwave energy?
- If the first two questions are true, what kind of exposure density
is required to produce a measurable effect of biological impact above the
baseline error level?
However, I must say that
since the early 70's, the ambient level of radio and microwave radiation
in an urban area has risen dramatically and the cumulative effects of this
maybe something to inspect.
Now for my political ranting... You know exactly where this is headed don't
you? DOW Corning never had scientific evidence proving they were liable
for cancer from their breast implants. Yet, crucified they were. Witch hunts
never go away, they just change the face of the witch.
And this dovetails nicely into my rant from 10/11 below!
10/17/99 - DOW < 10K = Y > 2K
RE:Recent dramatic decline in DOW.
I'm uncomfortable making predictions but here it goes: Things are going to
suck. And, it may have little to do with Y2K. And, it may only be
symptomatic that the DOW will fall below 10K. But what it may really be
is something more like trying to convince yourself that you feel warm
when your standing naked somewhere in a polar region. You feel some warmth,
but don't worry, that feeling WILL go away. Most of my ranting up to this
time all points in this direction and that is that we've enjoyed floating
in a bubble and now it's about to pop.
When you have control over the media like the liberals (Clintons) do, you
can continually tell people things are great and they'll believe it until
they die of hunger. Bill Clinton was the wrong man at the right time to
take credit for the economy and not take the responsibility and duty of
protecting its bounty for the generations to come (see rant 9/23). Now we
have several generations who think that roofs, jobs and cars are entitlements,
food is free, home is a place to trash and life is about what you can
thrash. And, those with
compassion and children are willing to sell their freedom to the monster
in return for a gush of restricting but "comforting laws".
"reality bites" generations are about to get an overdose of reality. And,
thanks to the planning, foresight, self control, diligence and honesty
of Clinton administration and all their cattle, a lot of people will go
into reality shock! But, don't worry - be happy!
10/11/99 - AMERICA - the only country with a SUE-AGE system that creates
more SHIT than it removes!"
RE:Colt, stopping its manufacture of certain civilian hand guns.
Everyone knew it was only a matter of time before the greed and
insanity of the attack on the tobacco industry started to infect other
more productive industries. And, it didn't take much time at all. I guess
that should come as no surprise. After all, what spreads faster than a new
deadly, hot virus in America? Answer: new legal precedents which rip money
right out the hands of hardworking industrial companies and place it in the
hands of attorneys who are working hard to make everyone else work harder. Oh,
and lets not forget the few drops which fall to their clients just to make
everyone FEEL better. We've
seen our great industries all but vanish in the last 30 years. And now, thanks
attorneys who either have no sense or no scruples or neither, and justices
and juries who want to fix problems so desperately that they would burn the
constitution if it made the courtroom just a little warmer, we are left
staring down the barrel of a gun, which COLT did NOT build, but most certainly
will blow away the last shreds of what built America.
Paranoia (FUD is the Microsoft version) is the tool of choice used by the
malignant parts of our legal system to spur short sighted, frame based
decisions and legislation which is slowly but surely confining us all. I
can't understand how the people involved in the lawsuits against Colt
can, in their conscience, justify such an abstract assignment of guilt.
Truth: "Guns don't kill people. Bullets do."
If colt is liable for the wrongful deaths, why not sue the bullet makers who
made or reloaded the rounds that actually struck the victims?
Another truth: Guns don't
aim themselves and pull their triggers, people do, or well trained monkeys.
Why not sue the idiots who actually committed the crimes? Oh, they
don't have any money, I, I, mean they're dead.
So their you have it America! Welcome to the New Justice 2000 paradigm:If
you have money, you're guilty. And, if you're guilty but you have money,
you're innocent! OJ anyone? For more of my Gun ramblings, see Rant 9/16.
10/9/99 - 5'5" hard training landscaper out boxes rusty 5'2" jockey!
RE:Oct 9, MacGregor vs. Chow battle of the sexes boxing match
What can I say? Despite the fact that remembering the word chivalry and
thinking about this event at the same time makes me want to walk around
naked with a sign that says "If god created us equal, then
how come we're different?" Just to make things "EQUAL" in this battle
of the sexes boxing match, they had to use a 5'2" jockey who's boxing
skills were rusty against a 5'5" woman, at least 10lbs more weight, who
had been training hard and was in the middle of her boxing career.
Duh, guess who won. I guess
I'm old fashioned, but I prefer my woman's nose powdered, not broken.
10/8/99 - Whiners alert!!!
RE:Rapid price increases coming in electronics
I hate to doom & gloom so close to the end of the world but.... I'm
afraid the lazy and fragile US consumer is in for a few heart
attacks. Lead times of electronic components are going up
dramatically and it is spreading among component types you wouldn't
normally suspect - like tantalum capacitors! Various factors are to
blame for each instance (availability of raw materials, cost
reductions, high demand, factory refittings, earth quakes, y2k net
term reductions...) but the net result is cumulative and is becoming
pervasive. What does this all mean? It means that we could
experience a dramatic price increase on nearly all types of
electronic devices shortly and thus drive inflation up wildly. The
sheltered US consumer has gotten so use to 3rd world economics
applied to 1st world technology that most people will likely snub
their nose at higher priced products assuming that the price will
come down shortly rather than pay the increased price.
A prime example of this is the change in RAM prices lately.
Technology Associates just about 2 months ago was selling 128MB SDRAM
for just $95 at standard margin. Today it is forced to sell the same
128MB SDRAM for $290 at just $10 over cost! We can't afford to sell
all computer components at just $10 over cost. But, at this time,
RAM is so disproportionately priced that we have no choice. However,
we are seeing the effects of the electronics cost and shortage
quickly manifested in pricing and availability of major computer
components now! Even sound cards and modems are increasingly harder
to find and costs are going up! Will they come down soon? My
prediction would be "yes" under normal circumstances, but I don't
consider the coming of Y2K, change in presidential corrupter... I, I
mean leadership, dynamic weather patterns, explosion of the internet,
explosion of US prisons, depletion of US based production, senseless
stock market values, accelerated loss of constitutional rights,
postal rage, retroactive tax policies, expanded policing policies or
confusing 5 pounds of uranium with 35 pounds, a normal circumstance.
Click here for my 3rd Quarter 1999 rants.
Copyright (c) 1999, by Thomas Hoops. All rights reserved.