My first memories on a computer had to have been when I was two or three years old. I played Frogger. All the time!
My parents had bought the original Macintosh back in 1984. I remember it had no hard drive for saving or running applications. It had a floppy drive that I had to switch out each time I wanted to play a different game.
At this point I couldn’t really consider myself a computer nerd, but it quickly paved my interest in all things tech.
I survived by that original Macintosh until I was 7 years old and got a PC of my very own. A Packard Bell Legend (yes the telephone company). It’s been called one of the worst computers ever made, but I worked that thing all day, every day!
Right about the time I turned 12, I took a major leap. I made my first home-built computer. With help of my uncle and parents, I found all the bits and pieces I needed and hooked it all together in a gigantic, three foot tall case. I called it the monolith. That case now resides at an old friend’s house as a base for a coffee table.
Throughout high school and up through college, my focus was always around computers, technology, software and creativity. My associates degree was in web development and my bachelor’s degree from the University of Santa Cruz was in Film and Digital Media (go slugs!)
Straight out of college I landed at a small film studio in town and built my way up from an assistant to the managing editor and chief technician. Every step of the way I was still tinkering, learning and piecing things together to make something great.