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Both of my parents were educators, so we always had Macs in the house. In fact, I can't remember a time when some type of Apple computer wasn't set up somewhere in the family room or basement --but alas, they were family computers, and I wasn't about that life. In 5th grade (circa 1992), I begged and pleaded for my own computer, and all I got was some dinky VTech. Luckily for me, that little cartridge based device had a BASIC interpreter, which is what I spent most of my time playing with. Two years later, my delinquent ass stole a TI-81 from a local department store and my Vtech BASIC experience wound up translating quite nicely to TI-BASIC. That was it for me.

I became rather popular for my calculator hacks and programs throughout middle and high school. I also knew my way around the school's computers and networks, because I was a curious little wannabe hacker. In 11th grade when I was old enough to get a job, I worked at McDonald's, saved all summer, and bought myself a Dell Latitude CPi (which I still have to this day). I spent the rest of my high school years thoroughly engrossed in all things C/C++ and Python. I wrote a lot of "mischievous programs" back in those days.

One night after skating home from a friends house, I stopped by the local shopping center to pick up probably a Sobe, some gummy worms, and a Dr. Dobbs journal. Some guy behind me, that would wind up being my future boss, noticed the magazine, stopped me outside, chatted me up about programming and security, and offered me a job as a programmer/security analyst at MBNA America Bank. I hadn't even turned 18 yet, and I've never worked outside of security/dev/tech since.