After a few years of heavy use and abuse, my NES eventually broke down and cried "no más!" Desperate, I "borrowed" some of my dad's tools and managed to take the system apart. Aside from removing an unhealthy amount of dust, I simply disassembled and reassembled the console and guess what? It worked! Amazed by my success, I quickly developed an obsession with taking things apart. By age ten I was repairing failing Sega Genesis systems for other kids in my neighborhood.
Growing up on a limited household income, I lived vicariously through friends and family members who owned computers. This led to me spending most of my teenage years at the library fighting to get access to the internet. Eventually I met up with other kids who shared similar interests and picked up some of the basics in building and repairing PCs.
Once I was old enough to earn a legitimate paycheck, I built my very first PC, which I still have to this very day. Finally having consistent access to the internet, I found myself glued to forums and message boards related to consumer technology and do-it-yourself projects. My constant urge to run my mouth and share my opinion about tech with anyone who would listen resulted in me becoming the resident "gadget guy" in my inner circle.
After a run of deplorable customer service and IT gigs, I found myself out of work and looking for a job. To pass the time while looking for work, I came up with the idea of starting my own blog focused on tech and gaming. By a stroke of divine favor, I managed to get myself into E3. Once I got over the initial shock of being on a packed showroom floor for one of the biggest industry trade shows with an all-access press badge, I was immediately hooked. I knew right then and there that I had to be a part of this industry and going back to the office environment (a place I fondly refer to as "Cubical Hell") just wouldn't do.
Once again blessed by the tech blog gods, I managed to get in touch with Engadget founder Peter Rojas, who gave me the advice of finding my own niche. A few weeks later I launched a Sprint-centric website by the name of SprintFeed and things really started to take off. While running my own blog, I freelanced here and there and eventually ended up working for other publications. However, when the opportunity to join the Engadget team came along, I couldn't say no.
I am extremely grateful to be here and have the opportunity to earn a living doing something that I truly love. The road here has been filled with amazing twists and turns and I can't wait to see what the future holds.