Wandering, Part One

If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there. – Lewis Carroll

My father gave that quote to me as he asked what my plans were after high school. He was willing to pay for college, but I had to decide what to study and see it through until graduation. I chose to study computer science despite discouragement of people around me at the time.

I mentioned luck (fortunate accidents) played a part in getting into a computer science program because I barely prepared for the exam. Staying in the program is a different problem. Not knowing what a computer science program entailed, I struggled for the first half of my stay at university. Things started to turn to a point where I had to convince university officials that I could finish the course.

I finished while working part-time at the university and eventually stayed a few years more to consult for them on software projects. This was the time when the World Wide Web has started to transform to Web 2.0.

Where It Started

Where the author writes about who he is and why he’s here.

I’ve setup this journal as a way to recall my journey in computing and how computers have influenced my decisions, good or bad.

Back in 1991, my mother’s friend (Ann) had an IBM PC XT at home (640KB of memory and no hard drives). Ann taught me how to boot up the machine using a floppy disk and start programs such as WordStar and PrintMaster. I played DOS games with her kids who are close to my age. I spent at least one summer there, with the occasional visits until 1994. Ann died on the same year and my mother died two years after.

A few months after my mother died, it was time to decide which course to take in college. With only a practical understanding of computing (no programming classes in high school), I applied for a computer science program at a university. Luckily I passed the entrance exam.

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

Nestor: I decided to keep this post as a reminder.

What happens if I update this post?

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