I vaguely remember the day my family connected a phone line to our home computer and discovered what the internet was. Naturally, this led to an invasion of AOL CDs into our home. I thought dial-up was the greatest thing ever, even if it was on a single computer we had to share. While it was slow even back then, the internet gave me access to an incredible amount of knowledge and information, and I often found myself reading articles and forums on technology and video games.
Over the years, I became the go-to guy for all my friends and family to ask for help with computers and gadgets, even getting paid for some of the more crucial fixes. This extra income led to me building my first computer in high school, albeit piece-meal over the course of a few months. During this experience, I found so much help within the tech community, both locally through friends and globally through message boards. I often paid it forward, helping other fledgling tech nerds once I had my own bearings straight.
In high school, I grew fond of photography, and ended up being my school's yearbook and newspaper photographer. That often meant sitting after school doing digital photo edits, which grew into keeping track of the servers used to store the department's information. The room next door was used for the Robotics club, so I ended up using my free time to work on my school's Robotics team as a programmer. It was what all the cool geeks did.
In college and beyond, my infatuation with technology intersected with my nomadic tendencies. The introduction of smartphones, tablets and mobile data have really revolutionized how many of us, including myself, stay in touch while on the go.
Yet I seem to remain overly attached to the technology I've owned over the years. I still have that first PC I built, with only slight upgrades since conception. I got my first MacBook Pro in 2007, and it still lives on as my only Apple computer thanks to its amazing versatility. Both devices are still connected to the first flat-panel monitor I bought over eight years ago. My video game systems still see some activity now and then (yes, even the NES). For however quickly technology evolves, it has actually been a steady constant in my life. Still, I find myself intrigued by what gadgets are still to come, and am more than overjoyed to experience this road of discovery with Engadget.