I am Paul the owner. So, I became interested in computers around the early 1990s. The operating system of choice back then was Disk Operating System or DOS. I remember learning the command line, which was basic and boring. The Internet was a newborn.
A couple of years later, some different applications or programs became available such as online encyclopedias and medical including anatomy, medicine manuals, and so on. These were all graphical user interface and came out about when Windows 3.1 was popular. The most enjoyable thing was playing solitaire.
My mom had gotten an older 486 Intel processor desktop, which we got from my brother. I enjoyed spending time on it. I started to consider the program code and what made it tick. It wasn’t until 1998, I bought my first computer for a hefty price of $1300. It had a blazing 200 Megahertz Pentium processor, a whopping 4.3 Gigabyte hard drive, and an amazingly fast 16 Megabytes of memory. I got burned on that deal.
Learning on my own, I began to look at the inside or the guts of the computer. I read how to format a hard disk and did so. Thus, I began to piddle around with cards and cables. I met my brother-in-law, who is still a programmer and became interested, after he showed me some things.
In 2003, I took a personal computer repair correspondence course. Thus, I became knowledgeable on both repairing and assembling computers. The following year, after completing the course and doing well, I became both Computing Technology Industry Association, CompTIA, A+ and Network+ certified.
I have been doing it as a side hustle since then. Later, I became interested in Web design and started back to college in 2006. Basic courses that semester, then I started learning about the field with everything from writing markup to hosting and administration.
In 2009, I graduated a junior college with a perfect overall 4.0 grade point average. I earned a Certified Internet Webmaster v5 Foundations Associate certification later that same year.
Too, I started a 4-year college, where I had attempted multiple times some years before. My academic records and transcripts were a complete mess. It was hard to turn it all around.
I learned some programming and earned a baccalaureate of science degree in information science in 2014. Since then, I have worked both some web development and computer support jobs.
I am in between jobs now working part-time as a technical sales associate for Staples. I start another part-time job as an inventory technician. I am also in the works for a second interview as a computer support technician for a department of the state of Arkansas.
Money is tight, I am doing some affiliate publishing to try to make some extra money online. I am keeping positive and not letting anything get me down.
I hope it all works out for me.