So in my last post, I talked about my love affair with computers since way back when. I told you some of my ventures in the software side of computers. Now to the hardware.
I had my own first computer I purchased in high school. Just like my first car, my dad offered to match the money I had when I bought a computer. The computer did well for me for about 4-5 years. I ended up eventually having the mother board go out on that computer (according to a repair person). Did I fix it? No. Sounded like a pricey repair. Eventually, the first time I moved out of the house for a non-school reason, Dad got my sisters old computer and paid for a couple of replacement parts, then gave it to me. I was very appreciative. My salary for that job I was working was only $15k for that first year. I didn’t have the money to be purchasing a brand new computer.
That computer only lasted me so long though. My estimation was that the power button went out (mind you I had never looked inside a computer before). So I decided I was going to do something about the situation. I knew that I had a non-working motherboard in one computer and a busted power button in the other computer. So I opened both of them up under the premise that I can take them apart and remember vaguely where they had gone so I could put them back together.
After I finished my 3D puzzle, it was a success. Everything was working. It was the computer I used until I got my first laptop.
Since then, I’ve put together a computer and server for a small business. I’ve put together a number of servers for a business I worked for. I’ve cracked open several laptops to do maintenance. I’ve also worked on the motherboard of a laptop after there was a problem with the battery not charging properly. I’ve also assisted in the construction of a data network at a hotel. I guess the world can be my oyster if I found a proper way to pursue this track.
Heck, maybe it could kill two birds with one stone and let me get a job in New Zealand with my new skills.