January 23, 2007

Some of my Life

Posted at January 23, 2007 11:41 PM in About Me .

Early in our lives, I guess we all have those thoughts which pose the question - "What will I be when I grow up?" "What do I want to do?"

I never thought I would ever be involved in computers.

I recall some of my first ideas on what I wanted to be when I grew up. First, it was a pitcher for a baseball team. Then, it was an astronaut. Heck, I had toy space shuttles and big photo books of space exploration. The Challenger explosion in the 80s is most likely what scared me off. Plus, I am not a big fan of heights so hovering miles about the Earth may have been tough to deal with.

While in high school I once again became quite certain of the career I would have when I grew up. I wanted to be a meteorologist. Maybe one of those weather forecasters on tv, or more behind the scenes at a place like the National Weather Service. Earth Science class in high school with my teacher, Mr. Munz really made it fun to analyze the weather and its related sciences. Soon after, my career path led me to getting involved with radio as many who know me are quite aware. My first real career was working as a broadcast engineer for many years at one of the top Philadelphia radio stations. But, the era of computers and my interest in the subject matter made it hard to stay as interested in Radio Frequency. I wanted to be more involved with those things called computers.

Thinking back to when I was about 14 or so, the first exposure to computers came at Christmas one year when my brothers and I were presented with a state of the art x486 computer. I think this sucker ran with a clock speed of 66Mhz and you had to deal with that annoying thing called conventional memory when you wanted to try and play a cheesy game. The manufacturer - Leading Edge - which is probably out of business, came to be my first test of the future technology for the world. I actually ended up messing up the new machine on the first or second night of operation. I was upset but luckily I was able to call my aunt and uncle to provide much needed technical support. I believe the system was running Windows 3.1.

I would sometimes go to work with my dad on days off from school, or during days off in the summer break time. One of the places he occasionally visited for business had an employee whom my dad was friends with. He was also a really good resource for my technical inquiries. The Internet wasn't really available like it is today for searching up a quick solution to a problem. I still remember the day that the guy handed my dad the 20+ floppy disks of Windows 95 to load onto my computer. I was so excited. I guess I am a big dork, but dorks can be cool at times right?

Today, I have obviously stayed in the realm of computers and related Information Technology.


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