This is a tricky one indeed. I’ve previously written about how I became a geek and pretty much everything I could say there has been covered here. So, um… yeah. Here are a couple more anecdotes, off the top of my head:
- My uncle gave me an old broken 286 motherboard, back when 486s were all the rage. I took it to pieces and observed every part, even though I had no idea what any of them did. I was probably only 6 or 7 years old.
- I found an old Commodore 64 in my grandparent’s backyard shed (probably belonging to that same uncle). Unfortunately it was broken… so I took it to pieces!
- Really, just lots of ‘Obtain geeky object XYZ, disassemble into component pieces X, Y and Z. Put back together again, building an XZY.’