purpose statement

A little bit about me:

  • I helped assemble a computer at the age of 3.
  • I could beat my dad and his friends in action-based computer games by age 4.
  • At age 6, I was introduced to LOGO.
  • I was a Number Muncher at age 7 (prime!).
  • I learned DOS and windows 3.11 for workgroups by audiocassette at age 8.
  • My oxen died on The Oregon Trail when I was 9.
  • I used my 2400 baud modem to connect to bbs systems when I was 10.
  • I was the only 11 year old (anywhere) who managed home-computer tape backups (lightning fast through a parallel port connection).
  • I created my first personal website at age 12. (guy incognito’s simpsons domain)
  • I was offered my first full time job as a webmaster at age 14.
  • By age 15, I knew what the difference between raid 5 parity 3 and raid 5 parity 5 was.  Also, if you were being annoying in an AOL chat room, I was sending you IM bombs.
  • I had a 6 foot tall anti-piracy poster in my room when I was 16.
  • I completed my CCNA at age 17.
  • Today I work in the Data Storage industry

I grew up with computers as a pillar of my youth.  My computer world started with command prompts and floppies, later transitioned to a Mac SE/30, added an online experience with BBS and gopher, and later upgraded to Windows 95, 98 and my choice of Netscape or IE (on my family’s screaming fast DSL line).  The rapid advances in the digital experience made it tough to keep up, but I had the time to spend (devote) to experiment with these evolving tools.

It was this experimentation that really gave me the opportunity to explore.  I loved to try things out.  Games, utilities, shareware, beta software, anything I could get my hands on.  My Dad’s one rule for our computer was: “It doesn’t matter what you install…but the computer’d better work when I want to use it.”  This rule stuck with me.  Honestly, it’s a good practice.

I’ve tuned this method over the years, and as the line between the local computing experience and the cloud blurs, I’ve had a new set of challenges put in front of me.  The sheer volume of utilities, hacks, apps (local, portable, web), blogging sites, portals, and digitalia out there make it tough to stick to the simple strategies I grew up with.

My Digitalism is where I can share what is working well, what I’m trying to improve, what my goals are, and what the method to my madness is.


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