Here I am…

starting down this road to doing something new. That’s really what draws me to technology. The idea that you can make something new, that you can make something better. Though I am part of the generation that has grown up the rise of the personal computer, it has only been in the last 4-5 years that I’ve turned my focus to technology. Sure I would help the random friend or family member “fix” their computer, but that rarely amounted to more than swapping out a stick of RAM or making sure they were running a decent anti-virus/firewall setup. But clearly there is so much more out there. So many things that are converging and offering people the opportunity to do more. To do something new.

It was around that time that I came back to my hometown. I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do in college, but I knew I was going. As my interest grew with technology though I didn’t feel that my local community college was able to offer me the skills that I needed to jump in with the the emerging tech on the web. I promptly stopped giving them my money and time. Fast forward a few years, and I’m working as a server technician. Not quite what I want to be doing, but I’ve learned plenty. I also made the jump and switched to Linux a few years back, and that has helped bring me further than perhaps anything else to date. Mostly because it opened my eyes to an entirely new area of technology, Open Source. Now don’t get me wrong, I believe a worker is worth their wages. I don’t demand that everything be given freely, and I’m happy to either pay for something with a price tag, or donate towards development. That being said though, I deeply appreciate the existence of (F)OSS, and what it has meant for innovation.

That brings me full circle to my desire to do something new. I firmly believe that (F)OSS, and Open Hardware are my road to that. I’ve started with Linux, and carried on with Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and dabbling in various programming languages. I’ve tried a little of HTML/CSS, Ruby, and Python. I’m excited about this journey, and to have to opportunity to share it somewhere. I’ve already built a few things that I hope to post up here soon. And I’m about to start a new project that I’ll either chronicle here or certainly link to. This being the platform that it is though, I ask for a little grace. I’m certain that I’ll make mistakes as I go along, if I haven’t already. I am always open to constructive criticism, and of course suggestions on informative resources and new technologies.

Here goes nothing.

(copied over from my previous hoverboard.io blog)