Hey there! Today, I want to take some time to go down memory lane and explain how I stumbled into the world of software and hardware. So, grab your cup of coffee and let’s dive in.

Learning by Doing Link to heading

I’ve always been that person who learns best by doing. In grade 7, I found myself in a bit of a pickle – school filters were blocking my access to my beloved Miniclip games. Not one to be deterred, I decided to take matters into my own hands. Armed with sheer determination and a hint of rebelliousness, I built my very first website. This excercise in curiosity not only let me enjoy my games but also showed me the incredible power of software in solving problems; however minor or major the problem may be.

Yahoo Search and DIY Websites Link to heading

Ah, the good ol’ days of Yahoo being the go-to search engine. I vividly remember racing home after school to scour the internet for guides on creating websites. With every click and line of code, my self-taught journey into software was gaining momentum. Little did I know that my humble site would become a hit among my peers at the Dufferein Peel Catholic District School Board, racking up a cool 2000 daily visitors until 2015. But hey, even the coolest websites need a breather, and I decided to take it down when maintenance started to feel like a daunting task.

From Pocket Money Woes to Hardware Wizardry Link to heading

High school brought new challenges, and the need for some pocket money led me down an unexpected hardware path. Dad wasn’t keen on me getting a part time job, but he did throw down the challenge of making my own income. I had this quirky Sony Ericsson Walkman phone, which I sold to fund my very first hardware experiment – fixing a broken BlackBerry Storm. You know, that phone with the screen that pressed down to make selections? Yeah, that one.

Tinkering, Breaking, Fixing, and Learning Link to heading

That broken BlackBerry Storm was just the beginning; every curious question answered created two more. With some borrowed cash and a whole lot of determination, I not only fixed screens but soon found myself knee-deep in PCs, laptops, and more. Grade 12 saw me working on 10-15 phones of different makes and models per month, each repair a new learning opportunity.

Where I Am Now Link to heading

So, where am I now? Well, my curiosity and need to solve problems continue to drive me forward. I find myself deconstructing and tweaking everything – from phones to PCs to Software – pushing the boundaries until something inevitably breaks. But here’s the thing: breaking things isn’t the end of the road for me. It’s just the beginning of a new challenge, a new puzzle to solve.

And there you have it – a little snapshot of my journey from a Miniclip-loving kid to a hardware and software enthusiast. No formal education, just a whole lot of trial, error, and a touch of good old-fashioned determination. So, the next time you’re faced with a problem, remember – you’ve got the power to tinker, break, fix, break again and ultimately continue learning, just like I did. Happy tinkering!