It was 1979 when my bosses at Honeywell said "Look at this screen ....The information being displayed are temperatures of different office areas of the Mountain Bell building in Rock Springs" (200 miles away) ....we can turn pumps on and off from here or the lights". I thought I was witnessing science fiction.

A few years later (1984) I was calling up contract customers from home on my (believe it or don't)Commodore 64 talking to Tracer 10's (glorified time clocks)and doing the science fiction my ownself.