Growing Up Geek, Back Then It Wasn’t As Cool (A Short Biography By Engadget)
Back in the day, as someone once painfully put, it wasn’t all that cool to be a geek. Nowadays, many-a-geek rules the earth, though when I was growing up, being into technology, computers and heck, even gaming wasn’t exactly in fashion. As a kid, I spent my fair share of time gaming in the basement but I was also a hybrid jock/geek as well, one that didn’t quite know which crowd to run with, to be honest. What I did know was that figuring out what made something tick was more interesting than school and so I tinkered, a lot – with musical instruments (mostly electric), walkie-talkies or you name it, whatever was new and innovative.
It wasn’t until I graduated college with a BS in Business, that I found computing. I built my first 486DX-33 desktop PC with components from a local shop and upgrades from friends in the business at the time, and it was game over. Technology, where have you been all my life? Fascinating.
Flash-forward a couple of decade later (or more) and now I test, evaluate and analyze technology, products and tech manufacturers for a living. What started out as a stroke of luck, answering a help wanted ad in the Boston Globe, turned out to be a full time career in the Semiconductor industry, as a sales engineer – all the while, cultivating a fascination with technology.
One day I left the day job and became and Tech analyst and journalist with my own publication called HotHardware.com – “The Hottest Technologies, Tested And Burned In.” The good folks at Engadget put up a little chronicle about me, actually. Have a look-see, if you’re bored. Growing up geek was a bit of an adjustment but folks seems to adjust just fine, over time.