My academic history does not reflect my
addiction affinity for technology. In my undergrad studies, I majored in linguistics, psychology, and nursing. I earned a masters degree in education with a concentration in teacher leadership. In fact, I didn’t take any real computer courses until last year when I began a graduate certification program in network and communications management.
When I was seven years old, my mother bought me my first computer, a TRS-80. I remember how fascinated I was by the clunky keyboard and the fact that it used cassette tapes and BASIC to run programs. I played for hours on that TRS-80, and I loved games like Pyramid 2000, a 16kb text-based adventure. Unfortunately, I never did make it out of that darn maze (YOU ARE IN A MAZE OF TWISTY PASSAGES, ALL ALIKE). When I was bored, I’d figure out how to write enough BASIC to make my computer give yes and no answers to certain questions. In the mid-1980s, I used the school computers; brand new Mac 128k machines filled my high school computer lab. In the late 1980s when I went to college, my mom bought me an XT286 with a whopping 10MB hard drive. I even installed a 2400bps modem in that monster, allowing me to connect and chat with people on a local BBS.
In the 1990s, I bought myself a Packard Bell that ran Windows for Workgroups 3.1. It was on that particular computer that I was able to chat online with people all over the world using IRC (Internet Relay Chat). Even though AOL was around, I used a local telephone company for my internet connection because it was a flat fee for unlimited use. (AOL was charging $2.95/hour for access.) When I moved to the Silicon Valley in 1996, I used IRC to make new friends, and eventually, I met my soul-mate in a chat room, marrying him about 10 months later.
In the past 15 years, our technology at home has changed just as fast as the technology has been invented. We went from a 500MB hard drive on our computers to a 1TB network-attached storage device. Our kids have their own computers, and I have at least four different devices that I connect to the internet in any given hour of the day for my work and for fun.
So, yeah… I am a geek. In fact, I’m about to download an emulator so I can try Pyramid 2000 on my PC. I wonder if I’ll make it out of that maze this time around…