Update Mar 2020
My first computer of any type resembling a computer was the Sinclair ZX81 and I quickly realised the potential of “home computing”. Even my wife took an interest and we both learned how to program using ZX basic – we were not all that good at it but we did manage to do a few programs to entertain and educate our (at that time) 2 kids. We did little programs that helped with Maths and spelling and then witnessed the huge growth of “ready made” programs available on cassette which could take anything from 5 minutes to 15 minutes to load.
Some people may scoff at the ZX80 and 81 but it was an inspiration that I think fired the imagination of “home computing”. The Sinclair Spectrum was a bit of a game changer (no pun intended). The Commodore 64, Amiga, Atari, Apple, Apricot, BBC Micro and more quickly followed although I don’t remember in what order. By today’s standard the “PCs” of the 1980’s were not much more than toys but we had a lot of fun and learned a lot very quickly.
I still have my original Atari 520ST, it didn’t have any built-in floppy disk or hard disk (wonder if the 40MB Ext HD still works) but I managed to upgrade the 512KB memory to 2.5MB and fit an AT286 emulator board under the keyboard so I suppose it’s a bit unique. I also still have the software that I used to run my business, e.g. Cashlink accounts, K spread and a fully relational Database based on “D Base”. I haven’t looked back and my wife calls me a “terminal Junkie”, others call me a Geek some call me a Nurd. I don’t care, I love computers and technology, I love it even more when it works and actually does what it’s supposed to do and makes my life easier 🙂
I have passed several Microsoft MCP exams (Microsoft Certified Professional) along with COMPTIA A+ and was Admin certified for SCO Unix and Mandrake Linux. I have exposure to SUSE, Ubuntu, Solaris, CentOS, BASH). I worked initially as an “Engineer” for an ISP, doing general stuff like configuring routers, building and installing new PCs and generally any of the “grunt” stuff like running Ethernet cables in the Data Centre and on customer premises. I moved on to working in the data centre looking after servers. I then got a job as a “Regional Support Analyst” for a large construction company (company car and doubled my salary). I had a smile on face pretty much all of the time, I had a (very well) paid hobby 🙂
Over the years I have helped people from the complete beginner’s stage to them becoming quite competent by preparing tutorials and email advice but this site will be mostly giving you the information so you can help yourself to keep your PC safe especially when using the “Internet”. Hopefully I’ll be giving you the “tools” (knowledge) to make this possible. 🙂