The Nature of Context: The context of Nature
The idea of the context switch has always facinated me. The whole concept really began to gel in my mind when I studied the now-obsolete QNX netrino operating system on a 1.44M floppy. You could boot an old box from the floppy and a wonderous desktop would appear complete with a browser! Working with the thing offline, you could load a special resource manager page and one of the key features you saw was a snapshop measurement of the context switch. What a nice tool that was for troubleshooting old boxen!
I gobbled up the QSSL documentation including most Noteably The "Philosophy of Neutrino" about the guts of the 'micro-kernel'. I was fairly new to *nix-like OSes at the time so I remained lost as to experimenting with QSSL's Realtime Community-licenced platform at that time version 6.0. ...but back to context.
It was during that time (around '99) that I was exposed to the wonders of IRC via irc.qnx.com. I was a member of a rag-tag dev group with high hopes and big dreams that sort of 'hitch-hiked' on the back of the mother channel #qnx. I won't name the group but it is still around. The point is that there was a Sense of Community in place. It is from that context that I became interested in Internet sociology.
An even more prior experience on the old MCSETutor Forum circa ('96/97) was built into my psyche and contributed to the notion of online community. But its always about context.