About MeDiscussing my interests with those who share them is something I love to do. That's what this website is about. I want people who share my interests to stumble upon all of this. To start off, I want to highlight my early life and the morphing of interests that took place during that time. I am going to break each stages of my life into different versions.
I was born in 1995, the debut year of my first and all-time favorite operating system, Microsoft Windows 95. Yep, that was also right smack in the middle of the production of the world's ugliest cars and fashion trends. But most importantly, it made my childhood right in the middle of the 3D revolution in video game design. My generation was glued to video games from an early age. There was not an hour in elementary school without a video game discussion. Strangely enough, the young me had absolutely nothing to do with video games. I was a Lego-building, tree-climbing, and hammer 'n' nail kind of kid. I was always tinkering with old electronics, building tree forts, and enjoying the outdoors. I was also a hyperactive pain in the neck for any authoritative figures. I am going to label this version of me version 1. I didn’t do what I was told, didn’t do most of my work in school, and my attention was centered on creative art and building.
My 12V Car Radio
In the fifth grade I discovered an old 75MHz Toshiba laptop in the closet under the staircase. I learned to use MSPaint and floppy diskettes with that old machine. I ended up destroying the hard disk because I thought that a large magnet from a microwave magnetron tube would be an adequate way to format it for an upgrade. A couple of years later my Aunt and her daughter gave me an outdated HP Pavilion. It was quite an upgrade going from a 75Mhz laptop to a 400MHz desktop system. I also got a CRT monitor that weighed almost as much as me. It didn't fit on my desk. This computer was a turning point in my life. For me, it was like a young guy driving an old clunker. Every time the piece of junk broke down on me it was incredibly frustrating. But, considering it was all that I had, I learned to fix the problems. Around this time I also developed an interest in plants and gardening. This was influenced greatly by my grandfather and his interests. That was Erik version 2: the computer kid with the random interest in plants.
My First Laptop
I received my grandma's Dell computer with Windows XP when she upgraded to the dreaded Windows Vista. I was soon connected to the internet for the first time. As I explained before, I was almost entirely disconnected from video games for most of my childhood. The internet opened up everything for me. I had access to software of my choice, video content and games. A few times in the past I attempted playing a game called Unreal Tournament on my old HP, but I couldn't figure out how to play it. On my Dell I finally had 32-bit graphics at a resolution greater than 800 by 600 pixels, and I connected to online gameplay with Unreal Tournament for the first time. The game was an inspiration for me. I learned how to use the level editor to make a game map of my house. Also through the internet I found a tool called Resource Hacker, which I used to rip apart and modify programs on my computer. That tool was my introduction to programming. I made my first application by modifying the frame to an Adobe installer. Following the inspiration from my all-time favorite teacher in the sixth grade, I challenged myself by taking advanced math classes, and began earning good grades for the first time. This is Erik version 3. Not just the computer kid, but the weird computer nerd. I must put extra emphasis on "weird."
Unreal Tournament GOTY
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