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Robert G. Durnal
Updated 9/7/03
I am a 76 year old retired man presently living outside Gainesville FL. I was educated as an electrical engineer at Northwestern University in Evanston Ilinois, went immediately to work for Westinghouse, and worked there until I changed careers in 1977. I started working with computers in 1972. In the 1960s I was living in Baltimore, and started investing in real estate. I got so much bad advice from attorneys that I went to law school at night, and got my degree. I practiced part time while working full time as an engineer. In 1977 I changed careers, moving to West Virginia and practicing law full time.

I built my first computer at this time, a North Star Horizon II kit, with 2 floppy disks, 2.56mhz clock speed, and 24K of memory. (No, those are not typos!) I used a Teletype 33 as the I/O for the first year, and then built a Heathkit H19 and bought an early model Centronics printer. I practiced a lot in the Bankruptcy Court, and in 1981 when the Judge noticed that I was filing my pleadings by computer, I was appointed as a Trustee, handling all of the Chapter 13 cases and 1/3 to 1/2 of the Chapter 7 cases in the northern half of West Virginia. I wrote all my own software for the Z80 microprocessor used in the NSH, and then upgraded the NSH to 64K memory.

In 1985 I bought a Morrow HD5, my first hard disk computer. This machine operated under CP/M, and used the Z80 processer, so I was able to use my NSH programs by recompiling them with a short CP/M front end. (The disks were not compatible, so I had to transfer data over the serial ports.) I switched to an XT clone in 1988, and used XT until 1995. I now work from a 486-88 with 32MB extended memory and 2 hard drives of 2.1 GB I recently picked up a used Toshiba notebook which uses a 486 chip and a used Dell notebook using a pentium. I had a couple of CP/M emulators to allow me to use the Morrow programs on the PC, but they do not work on DOS 6.22, which is what I now use.

We moved down here in 1992, on 5 acres with a triple-wide manufactured home. We have a screen enclosed pool (practically live out there in the summer), 20 dogs, and an undetermined number of cats. We used to run a kennel in West Virginia, and a few of our dogs are old dogs that we couldn't part with. They have started dying off on us, which saddens us greatly. We have a few young dogs, but are limited by local zoning regs. We have limited our breeding to Yorkies, a very affectionae breed. Qw also have a Lab-Pitbull mix that we took in as a stray. We also have about 100 birds, mostly finches and cockatiels Check out the photo gallery at the end of this bio to see some of the birds and dogs (but these are mostly old pictures, and not all of them are still with us).

I have been married (my second) for 36 years now, and we have great- grandchildren already. None of our family live with us, although my wife's son lives next door to us.

My wife, Wilma, had taken up doll making even before we moved down here. She has made well over 100 dolls, and just recently started selling some of them at a local flea market.

My ISP is Alachua (County) Freenet, which was originally part of the University of Florida computer system. They got rid of the ufl.edu domain in 1995, and now use afn.org. This is one of the few ISPs that does not require WinDoze to operate. It uses LYNX for WWW and FTP, and PINE for e-mail. There is also a PPP connection for those who insist on WinDoze. I also got a second e-mail address, using the same user name (afn21533) on lycos.com.

I got Phil Zimmerman's PGP in 1995. I could not get it from the MIT server, because it could not verify my 'net domain as being in the US. I got version 2.6.2i from the University of Milan and later got 2.6.2g, the Rebel Guerilla's version, from the Cypherpunks archive at Berkeley. I got 2.6.3ia-multi05 from Disastry's site, which is the version that I use now. (Disastry's site is now down; I understand that he is deceased). After reading the documentation, I decided that a 768 bit key was probably safe for general use, and faster than the longer keys. I now use a 2047 bit key for more sensitive data. I have corresponded with netizens in .be, .dk, .sg, .nl, .it, .pt, .pi and .uk, as well as in the US and .ca. I have posted my 768 bit key on the keyservers, but have not made the other key available except to known correspondents.

I have started a photo gallery of our life here in Florida. To view it Click Here.>

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AES cipher in CFB block chaining mode with key           afn21533@afn.org
hashing and checking. 459-461 bytes. Download           afn21533@lycos.com
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