I started out as a programmer with BASIC on the PCjr - the first computer my parents bought. My mother's a programmer - she entertained us at dinner with tales of people who didn't back up their data at work. This, along with piano lessons, prepared me fairly
well for my life, as I have never lost anything important to a computer problem and have never had to deal with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
I've mostly been on PCs all my life, except for while at CMU - when I was there they were focused entirely on andrew (their flavor of unix) and Macintoshes. That's the only time I've owned a mac, and it was at least partially because it was cheap to get internet
access in the dorm for a Mac, but you had to spend extra for a Token Ring card for a PC. Plus, there just weren't many useful PCs available free on campus, but Macs were plentiful.
Programming wise, I was doing Pascal and C at college. When I graduated I found myself thrown into Access and VB without any real training, but was able to quickly get up to speed. I followed along with VB and started to learn VB.NET at work until I was told
they would use C# - I then started learning C# until I was laid off.
I've studied Java on my own, a little, so C# actually is coming fairly well to me. I've been studying it since I was laid off and plan to take my first test towards a C# MCSD in a month. A lot of jobs show up for C# in Denver, but they all require experience.
I'm hoping certification will help me get my foot in the door somewhere, as VB jobs are scarce. I've also been doing a little studying of perl - at first in an attempt to get a job that required it, but now because I find it so interesting. I'm also getting
into game programming and DirectX, but slowly.
Other major interests are Lego (thus the logo) and rpgs, and have a slim adventure published for the Silver Age Sentinels rpg.
I enjoy Channel 9 a lot, and hope it keeps going strong.