Hello! My name is Jay, and I’m a man of man hats. I’m a gamer, IT professional, and Chef.
My life as a gamer started in the Atari age, and at around the age of 7 or so. Pac-Man was my game of choice, but also being a Sci-Fi buff E.T on the Atari 2600 came in a close second. I was a little kid, and bug/glitches didn’t bug me enough to make me hate a game.
I’ve owned a couple of other consoles since, but my love for PC would take full effect when I got my Commodore 64. It amazed me how I could not only play games from cartridges, but also write my own in BASIC. A few hundred print statements, peeks, and pokes, and *BAM* you have a game. It was “totally rad!” as we used to say back then. LOL!
What IBM Hath Made
In high school, my parents decided I needed an IBM compatible PC to help me with school work. By this time, the C=64 died, and I’d been going to a friend’s house to play on his Tandy 1000. I still say that computer was over priced. I think they paid $2000 for a beige cased 386/SX 66Mhz, with 2MB RAM, CGA graphics, and something like a 150MB hard drive. Not to bore you with details, but I eventually upgraded with a used AMD 486 DX/4 100Mhz. It could play DOOM, and that’s where my PC gaming habit started. Just as importantly, the upgrade alone started me on my path to being the IT Professional I am today.
And so it begins…
I actually started getting paid for doing computer work when I went to work for a small manufacturer in my home town of Amarillo, TX. My first official IT job was as a builder. That’s what I did. I built computers for most of the day, put them on the burn-in station, and took them off to be boxed. My first official build took 3 days because of the training. We used to have competitions to see who could build the fastest, and my best time was something like 7 or 8 minutes from parts to loading station. My path brought me into tech support, and the rest is pretty much history.
My experience includes everything from software testing, building entire networks from scratch, to working on the $500k 3D dental imaging machine. I’ve worked for Fortune 500 companies, and the mom-n-pop shops. Currently, I’m trying to make my way as an independent contractor.
I’m a culinary school graduate. Yes, I’m a Chef, but it’s more of a fall-back set of skills. It takes a certain kind of person to work in a professional kitchen, and I’m not that type. I have huge respect for those guys that rock that life-style everyday. Much love to you all for feeding the world!