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My Geek Origins

Kordsy or delic8genius as he is known is a DPE for Microsoft Australia and he’s collecting Geek origin stories for some sinister plan at Tech Ed so I thought the best place to write mine up was on my DotNetNuke blog. So where did all this begin for me.

My earliest recollections about being a geek are back in the ‘80s – yes I’m that old.  My dad worked for Channel 2 TV in Australia and ran a side business of fixing TV’s for people so our shed was always full of open TV’s.  The ones with valves and real wires and knobs and stuff you could work out what it did if your old man showed you.  I was always in the shed soldering things together and helping dad with the various TV’s, radios, VHS players and anything else that plugged in to the wall socket.  Then one day dad came home with a Texas Instruments home computer that we hooked up the biggest TV we had, so I had a PC with a monster 46” screen in 1982!!!  We had a few games like Defender which was a great arcade game at the time which I could now play at home, very cool.  Didn’t take long to figure out we could write our own programs so dad and I wrote some maths programs to teach my sisters maths and then  we found out about sprites and graphics and off I went for quite a few years.

Teenage years were upon me so computers went out the door for surfing, girls and other distractions.  It wasn't until I finished my Chemical Engineering degree that I got back into programming and while running my own web shop I discovered IBuySpy in 2001.  At the time I was trying to work out if I should jump from VB 6 to .Net, glad i did and I’m extra glad I found DotNetNuke as that has been the focus of my career for the last 9 years.

Now I get to work on my pet project full time as an Employee of DNN Corp and I love it.  Being a geek rocks!


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