I got pulled in at a pretty young age. First it was the computer games — Lode Runner on our black-and-white Macintosh; later, Warcraft 2 on our 486. It just escalated from there. I still play a lot of video games (my parents will tell you that I play way too much, and they’re probably right), but the less… flashy end of computing pulled me in, slowly but surely, as time went on.
My Dad taught me some basic DOS commands as we installed Doom from about nine floppies. I learned how to install and uninstall programs, tweak the operating system to gain more performance, mess with the registry enough to need a Windows reinstallation… (not very hard, that last one — but a rant on the Windows registry should be a topic for another day)
I downloaded tool after tool, tinkering with different things. I discovered the editor wars (Vim vs. Emacs), and decided I wanted to take a side in that war. (Vim, by the way…..it’s where I’m editing this article right now!) I eventually took a large course in C# and Java my senior year in high school, and that’s when the fun really began.
My name is Colton Myers, and I’m currently attending the University of Utah to get a degree in Computer Science. I’m a nerd, and proud of it.
Along my journey I discovered a something:
Nobody knows everything about computers. It’s true. There’s just too much for one person to know it all. And so we rely on the millions of other nerds out there who have a piece of the knowledge, and together we can do some pretty spectacular things.
The point is, I don’t claim to know everything. In fact, I generally know just enough to (1) be dangerous, and (2) have an idea of how much I do not know. But I do know a few things, and hope to be able to share some of them. I also hope to be able to learn a few things in turn from you, the reader. So please, comment! I love questions, and I’ll do my best to find the answer for you, and I love it when people give new ideas/tricks, or yes, even when they correct errors in my knowledge.
So let’s get to it! =)