Growing up, I never really considered myself a 'nerd.' I really wasn't your stereotypical definition of a nerd; I had my share of friends, I considered myself decent-looking, I wasn't socially awkward (cerebral palsy notwithstanding), I did get pretty good grades, but I wasn't in the running for Valedictorian or Salutatorian, I never really got into the whole 'sci-fi/fantasy' genre, I followed and even played SOME sports (What do you mean Bowling isn't a sport? IT IS SO!)... None of my personality fit the 'Nerd' spectrum.
However, one thing that I did enjoy was technology. I still do enjoy it, probably more now than I did when I was a teenager.
I got so much pleasure from watching 'Kevin Cable' work when he would install/upgrade our cable lines. He probably thought I was 'underfoot' watching him. But he made it interesting, and when Mommy got into her 'switch the living room around' moods, I was the one that was in charge of unhooking/reconnecting the TV setup.
In school, Computers were a big part of my life. I was almost ALWAYS using one, and I was one of the first ones to have a computer at home. I was one of the first kids to access the Internet at school... way before it was commonplace to use it in the library. I was the first one of my friends to have the Internet at home... when the only options were AOL or a local dial-up provider.
When we went to digital cable and Road Runner Internet, I was the one who once again watched Kevin install the new cables and had to learn the new set top box and new remote... this wasn't a 'hook the coaxial cable to the back of the TV and use the TV's remote.' Nope. All new technology. Same with the new Internet... 'Ethernet? What the heck does that even mean?'
As time went on, my academic interests shifted to tie in with this 'nerdyness.' I 'dropped out of' the Medical Transcription course from ICS (now Penn Foster) to take their Web Page Design course. I threw myself into this field, even asking my mom for HTML coding BOOKS for Christmas that year. Seriously, what 19 year old girl wants BOOKS for Christmas? Oh yeah... a nerd.
When Mommy died in 2001, I promised myself I'd graduate with the equivalent of an AA degree in Web Page Design, and I did. I got my certificate in 2003, and seeing my name on that paper with the words 'Satisfactorily Completed the Requirements' was one of the proudest days of my life.
Since then, the love for technology has grown tenfold, and in some way, has even expanded. I have taught myself graphic design (and why I don't do it any more is a post for another day). I have repaired old laptops to decent working status quite a few times. I have even taken an old HDD from a failed laptop and turned it into an external drive, thus recovering my files from the drive.
I love reading about Windows, Mac and even Linux distros. 90% of my YouTube subscriptions are technology related. I love debunking people's 'beliefs' about technology...Yes, Win10 'phones home'... A LOT. However, it's anonymous. When Win10 sends data home, it's under an id like 'UserABCD1234,' not your name. Microsoft has NO clue what files you actually have or what is IN those files. They just have data of what apps you're using and what WAYS the apps are being used. All technology that is connected to the Internet does this... Android, iOS, Mac, Linux... even my Chromebook does it. The only difference is Microsoft is up-front and honest about doing it! I love reading about all the fun and interesting things you can do with a piece of technology.
I don't see my love for technology dying soon. There is way too many interesting things to see, learn and do with technology to even consider not being a technophile... and if being a technophile means I have to embrace my inner nerd... Well, Let's start embracing, my little inner nerdy self! LOL
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