Me: My first experience with computers goes back to elementary school in the 80s. I remember sitting in front of the Apple computer with math exercises and also playing Oregon Trail. It wasn’t until late in high school that computers started to become available in classrooms, and then, it was only certain classrooms. It was a great early beginning, being able to research all my favorite bands and pulling lyrics, pictures you have never seen and just having all that information out there.
I bought my first computer in 1997, an Acer desktop w/ 166Mhz CPU from Walmart. It was amazing to hear that dial up and “Welcome” screen from AOL. A few years later, enrolled into Computer Electronics and Networking from a local technical school. Two years later, landed a job (where I currently work) that deals with building custom networking computers that interface with fire alarm control panels.
Also, joining the military slowed my progress down, but at the end of my military career I found some great training opportunities in computers, landing A+, Network+, Security+ training from the DoD.
Apple - I made the switch and have never looked back. I love all Apple products because of their beautiful craftsmanship, but also their simplicity. Their simplicity does not mean that it is not advanced, which it is, far beyond my Microsoft machines, but their approach to everything, just makes more sense in less steps. That being said, I own Microsoft products, and will always have them, but my main machines will be Apple.
I am an Apple Certified Associate, and will always continue to be learning and renewing my training in order to help aide and support others.
With that being said, my work computer is a mandatory Windows 7 machine which I love. There is Microsoft products that I use everyday that I couldn’t do without; Xbox360 for media playing and Microsoft Sync in my car. I look forward to Windows 8 (Server) and I would have a Microsoft phone if I didnt have an iPhone already.
Other interests: I love to travel and would love to visit every single country in the world, and I have traveled a lot through the military and would love to continue that. My fiancé and I love a great meal and the adventure that ensues to find one is half the fun. We aim to eat healthy but when tempted with fast food fries, who can say no? We both love summer weather and loath winter weather (still trying to figure out why we choose to live on the east coast).