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Ok so I was born in Wales on the 5th Feb 1985. My parents bought the first family computer back around 1990 or so, a Commodore 64! I remember my Dad spending the whole day coding an Air Ballon (a sprite) to simply bounce around the screen. No-one in the family had a clue about computers but my Dad had achieved this, it was pretty awesome to say the least. Unfortunately we didn’t have a hard drive or floppy drive. All we had was a tape drive and we didnt have a clue on how to save the work to it. Power off…. the Air Ballon was no more. I wish only back then I had paid more attention in how my father had done this, it’s something I wish I could have picked up back then, my programming skills are pretty non existant to say the least!

A few years on, the Christmas of 1995 if I remember correctly, my sister and I were presented with a large box covered in cow spots. What on earth was it? We didn’t have a clue, my Dad certainly did, it must have cost him an absolute fortune! It was a Gateway 2000 Desktop computer with Windows 95. The machine was a Pentium 133MHz, had a dedicated graphics chip on the motherboard and was lightening fast. So here I was, it was Christmas day and I had a brand new, very fast, very expensive PC to share with my sister and the family. What to do, what to do? Inside the cowspot covered boxes were a few included extras, one of them was Virtual Fighter, an arcade style fighting game. My Dad explicitly told me that this computer was not for Games, more for homework and learning. Bah, what the hell! I took the disk out of the packet, wedged it in the drive and started to install the game. Install complete, reboot required.

Sitting excitingly for the machine to start felt like an eternity, it was, nothing appeared on the screen. Oh shit! I’d foobar’d the brand spanking new computer. I told my Dad and he was less than pleased, especially considering I’d gone against his word and broke the PC installing a game, whoops! Fotunately Gateway2000 was a fantastic company and had Tech support open on Christmas day! As it was me who broke it my Father saw it only fit that it was me who fixed it, a long call and an hour later of following instructions the machine was back up and running. Basically the included version of Direct X on the game CD would not communicate correctly with the GFX drivers. Well I kind of understood what went wrong, a Driver controlled the hardware, the direct X told the game how to speak to the driver?

Now the next point is what I feel is the most crucial part in my intrest in Computing. No more than a few hours after fixing the PC on xmas day did I pluck up the courage to install the game again in order to understand what went wrong. Once again the game installed fine but so did the DirectX software. I had remembered all of the steps indicated by the tech support so went through them all again to fix the PC. I felt like a PC guru! Not only had I managed to break the PC, I could also fix the PC, and better yet; now play Virtual Fighter!

Years on it was me who was constantly breaking the family PC so it was me who also had to fix it, all this breaking and fixing led me to understand more and more about computers. It made me the family PC expert. Finally at such a young age I felt that I had been able to be good at something. I guess computing was just “my thing”.

And finally, should you need to securely email me please use my GPG public key,
phillips321 at gmail dot com

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4 Responses to About Me

  • Alva says:

    Mr. Philips, I’m curious, what did your Father for a living ?! Anyway, you sure were blessed with a visionary Dad.
    I probably are around your Dad’s age, I bought my first machine (a omnibook 500 HP,led by friend “advise”, whose money I still cry ) in 2001! Being always busy I started learning W98 in 2003 (!), doing a worklist in Excel(!)…In 2008 I started learning Linux….( not bad for an old?! ).It looks like You in the opposite mirror…Greetings from Portugal .

    • phillips321 says:

      My Dad dropping a bomb on the first gateway PC was the beginning for me, without that i’m sure i would have never fallen on this path of computing :-) Keep learning linux… today i picked up an old Mac Mini G4 to play with OS X. Something i’ve been meaning to do for a long time but never had the funds or the time. Being based on FreeBSD i’m looking forward to understand the internal workings of the system. Once i’ve finished playing with it i’ll turn it into an audio station for streaming :-)

  • Dear P

    I found your nanode code to upload data to Pachube here: http://pastebin.com/w66AY6wH

    I have checked the code and seems very updated and clear, your code for dhcp, nslookup and Pachube API v2 looks great. But afther compiling and updating, it seems that it cant finish the 3 way handshake and it never sends the data.

    Could you take a look, and maybe give me some tips? Regards.

  • Hey Phillips, I found your blog the other day looking for a script to upgrade BT5. Thanks for your work, as I saw you were trying to create a sec distro yourself as well. Too bad it didn’t work out. I was inspired to start my own blog (well I just did actually) on similar topics. The post above reminded me of my old days when I also got a computer in ’95-96 with Windows95 installed. It was a 486 with 16MB RAM, a PCI video card with 1MB of memory (hah, those were the days!) a 500MB HDD (in order to install a game, you had to unistall the previously installed one) and also an ISA sound card. I remember getting another 8MB of RAM later on and thinking that I owned a super computer :grin: Anyway, wish you luck. Keep blogging.

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