I have always been a technophile. After burning myself on a soldering iron at the age of 5, I was branded for life ;-). Way before home computers came along I was making stuff. My favorite place was the garage. I used to spend endless hours in there messing about, conducting experiments, building things. Over forty years later, I still do, only mostly in software.
It has been amazing to watch how technology has progressed during my lifetime. It's been very exciting and an honor to exist at such a time, where everything I could imagine came to be.
In 1977, I wanted my own computer. Within a year I owned an Acorn System 1.
In 1981, I was fed up with cassette tapes. Within a year I had floppy disks.
In 1991, I had a modem and there existed providers who would allow you to access to Usenet by logging in to their servers. I called them one day and asked if it would be possible to create a bridge over the modem connection so that my computer would become part of the Internet. They went "huh?". Within a couple of years, it happened in the form of dial up Internet access.
In 1999, I wanted to host my own web server. Surely, I thought, it must be possible to provide Internet access at good speed at a flat rate? Within a year, (A)DSL arrived.
I have watched the world become more connected, devices get smaller, more powerful. Today's generation take it all for granted, and as wonderful as it is, it is also scary. What would happen if someone pulled the plug? How would those who have never known a world without the Internet react if it was taken away?
I still play in my "man cave", sharing the technology with my musical instruments. Shhh. I'm busy.