The Spark


At this point, I should give you a bit of background information on how I got to that point.
My earliest memory of getting interested in technology was in early 1993 and I had just witnessed my dad bring a huge device out of our stereo system. I was so upset I began to cry, telling him how he had damaged the equipment (I loved listening to the radio); unfazed, unfazed, he coupled the stereo as it was and turned it on. My bewilderment turned into amazement as the radio crackled back to life. Stupefied, I asked him, “What happened?”
How could it continue to work after removing such a huge thing from inside it? It was the rotor (motor) that was bad, and that is why it stopped playing cassettes, but the radio part was untouched. From that day, I knew this was what I wanted to do with my life (not so much repairing stereos but learning the inner workings of electronics and much later, computers).
Fast forward to another 5 years, in late 1998. I was so dissatisfied with not being able to watch TV after there was a cut in electricity supply (for my Nigerian readers. Generators were virtually non-existent in those days). So, so much was the disquiet within me that I finally thought up a solution. A mobile TV set; drew the sketch, with 2 knobs, one for volume, and another for frequency tuning. I expected it would be battery-powered, and somehow, I figured the CRT (Cathode-Ray Tube) would be too bulky to make it portable enough to fit in the pocket, and that was it. I got stuck, and never went back to it.
The following year, 1999, I attended a 2-week training course organized by an NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) and that was my first encounter with a laptop. The trainer had an IBM laptop that was running Windows 98 Operating System. I was so mesmerized that I would spend as much time as I could just staring at the beautiful piece of technology. I stared too much; I must have burned the image into my mind. That was another initiation into the world of technology, but it would not be until 2 years later, in late 2001, that I would fully delve into that world of infinite possibilities – The Internet.

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