It was Christmas of 1984 when my parents bought me my first computer. It was an Apple IIc with a green monochrome monitor. Knowing that there was functionality to be found outside of games, my parents also bought me an Epson LX-80 Dot Matrix printer.
(NOTE: I seriously have no idea how I just remembered the model number of that printer. Talk about an oddball detail to remember.)
(ANOTHER NOTE: I just Googled the printer to make sure I was right – and found a photo. Yup! That was my printer!)
In 1985 I began to learn to write code because, back then, it was borderline necessity in order to get your computer to do things. There was no GUI or mouse to point and click with; just a keyboard and a cursor.
I started reading programming books and my dad bought me a copy of 1001 Computer Games. The book was an endless printout of lines of BASIC programs that were games – including the classic Star Trek BASIC game. In school, I was taking classes to learn Pascal and event a little bit of C++.
When I jumped to a Windows PC in 1995 (ten years later) my coding skills came in handy since it Windows 3.11 was essentially a graphic interface written over DOS.
(Apologies for all the tech speak.)
By the time the Internet was taking off, I had learned enough HTML to be dangerous (thanks to structural similarities to Pascal) and… well, I never stopped learning. A little PHP. Then SQL.
Now we live in the land of modular programming thanks to the likes of WordPress.
As an adult, I still enjoy coding. It’s brain exercise.
Coming in 2016, I have a series of website I need to complete/update. It’s daunting to think about it – but it should be fun.
- www.TalentForCons.com is getting a full refresh based on new technologies we have in place (and the growth of the company.)
- www.GreenMustard.com/www.WasabiAnime.com needs a refresh. It’s a solid site, but the company has evolved and – while the site is functional and still pretty snazzy – it needs to be “newer”.
- www.TomCroom.com will get a rebuild. I have some interesting integration plans with my blog and other social media project stuff. And things.
- www.InvaderCON.com needs to be turned into a retrospective sites.
There are more, but those are the four in the chute right now.
It’s time consuming – but it is pretty fun.