I fell into computer world at a somewhat late age, compared to other nowadays 25-year old people. The first keyboard I typed onto at age 13 was a Macintosh one. My dad bought a Macintosh LCII, and I could learn Word and Excel. He bought this kind of computer mainly because he was a journalist, and journalism and graphism people worked on Macs. And since none in the family was a gamer, it was a good choice.
I then discovered Windows 3.1 or 95 and some more technical software in high school technology courses, in 1994. Among the programs were one to draw and print printed circuits, and also a self-teaching keyboard typing program I never had success with... It was funny to notice that half of the computers in that room were out of order by misuse by 15-year old people who were as willing to learn than impatient or prone to create a mess in a file system.
I discovered the internet in 1996 or 1997 in a youth club, but the problem was, when hitting a search engine, what to look for ?. Fortunately I became fond of a signer at the end of 1997 and thus could feed my greediness for information in one of the computer rooms of my secondary school.
At this time it was absolutely necessary to get an e-mail account and feel proud of it, even when none would write to you... In 1998 I finally jumped over the gap. I thought that the login name I chose would conditionate my whole future. So concatenated my name, the first letter of my surname, and the last two digits of the forthcoming year I was placing a lot of hopes into. The last year in this school. I wasn't disillusioned later.
Then I had hard times choosing a webmail that could stand the sluggish network we had, our buildings being at the end of the university's nest. My choice went to Yahoo (.com).
In 1998 my dad proudly got a laptop from his company, Power Book G3 which he kept until the end of 2003. What a sadness for me when this "friend" went back to the company, since the beast still worked very well. I finally think that it was given back because of limited software evolutivity (my dad wasn't able to update it), and the numerous bugs of Netscape 4 and Internet Explorer 4.
When I came to Paris in 1999 to achieve my studies by three years of computer science, I finally had my own computer, and dial-up connection then ADSL in 2001. Windows 98 was very unstable, I kept reinstalling it, then had more luck with Windows 2000. In Spring 2003 I finally did what I had been preparing myself for for a while : installing linux. It was like getting a new pair of wings...
Last modification: October 2005