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     I was born and raised in Nampa, ID.  I first got involved in computers when I was in 9th grade.  The first computer I ever saw was the Commodore Pet.  If anyone even remembers this ancient personal computer than you know that this computer was quite powerful, in its day.  Shortly after this my parents bought a TI-99/4A computer.  This too was powerful in its day but had its quirks about graphics programming.  This is the computer where I taught myself BASIC, Extended BASIC, and Assembly.  This is when I figured out that this is what I wanted to do as a career.

    The first "PC" that I bought was an Epson 8088 XT.  Again, I started teaching myself BASIC.  I even started learning about a language called Turbo BASIC put out by Borland.  In High School I took a couple of computer programming classes.  Sadly, my programming knowledge was more advanced than what the teacher was teaching.  The second computer programming class covered PASCAL.  I picked this up very quickly.  After school I started learning C.  I was able to write a few DOS C apps.  However, I just couldn't grasp the C++ object oriented programming at that time so I had difficulty learning how to write programs for Windows.

    When I started working at MicronPC (Micron Computer at the time) I was gaining interest in Microsoft Visual Basic.  I got a copy of VB4-32bit and wrote my first app in the spare time when I worked on the night shift.  The program kept track of an employee's time worked.  It also tracked vacation time and if that employee entered their hourly wage it would calculate how much their paycheck would be.  It was accurate to within $50.  This program (with a few minor modifications) is still used today by a few people.  This also got the attention of a few managers.  I was offered a position to write programs full time.  Of course I took it.  Since then I have wrote quite a few programs and learned about databases like SQL Server.  Within the last 6 months I have started learning about VC++/MFC/ATL.  I have wrote several multithreaded server apps now in MFC.

    Who knows what the future has in store for me.  But as long as it is in programming, I can't wait....