Damien Barrett spent his childhood moving every year or two--his family lived in places like American Samoa, England, an Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and even Yellowstone National Park for a summer. When he was 10, he moved to England and lived on an American communications base. The after school activities at the school on the base tended towards what the volunteers (from the base) could teach, and so leaned a bit heavily towards computers and technology. So at ten years old he was learning to program in BASIC, FORTRAN, and PASCAL. After moving back stateside, Damien continued his computer interests and started building computers from parts ordered out of magazines.