He ended up "using" my abilities to better his class. He would "invite" me to teach the class for the week. And of course at that time I was just a kid, and public speakign was difficult! He was making me teach the rest of the class HTML. I mean, I had
to walk around and instruct my friends and foes. My teammates from the wrestling team were there, I had to teach them. The "Hot" girls were there, and had to teach them. Understand the pressure!
Oh, the same here. I was invited to teach my Java lessons (the doctor origionally planned to teach C++ that she knows, but my department wanted her to teach us Java that she don't know, so it's not exactly the fault of her... However, I just learnt Java for
a month in that time, so I'm not exactly better either...
). And... where are the "hot girls" in my lesson? [C]
For me, my uncle is a degree holder of Computer Science. When he graduates (I'm 10 at that time, my father is about 10 years older than him), he brought us a new computer(286XT, 4 MB RAM, 200MB HDD) and a few games. We(my brother and I) play the games, and
one day, we discovered the ROM BASIC(We're told to insert the floppy disk to boot... but that day we forgotten to lock the drive door). My brother have no interest in it, but I'm attracted and started learning it. There's plenty of books in the public library
here. Then I started to feel insufficient and started reading English books(I use Chinese natively, but at that time, reading Chinese books for computing means you're reading something from almost 4 years ago)
So by the age of 12, I started learning assembly language, and by 15, I started learning OOP. One of my brother's friend is also computer fans, his could produce excellent 3D animations at the age of 486s. I was very admire of him. He wrote a few game at that
time and won a few competitions. Sadly he decided to abordon his skills and focus in fine art.
When studying Higher Diploma in the university, I reached out some friends in the student union's BBS. The admin of the system is one of the earliest Linuxer. This is one of the "forces" that brought me to Linux. The BBS is still functioning, but have become
a chatroom for alumni only.
For the actually reason of learning *nix, in the programming lesson(I'm a Maths. student but still have to learn programming) we origionally are required to use Visual Studio to learn C++, but for some reason I forgot the IDEs of everyone cannot start. So the
tutor immediately changed the plan and told us to program on the acedemic cluster - a solaris server running SunOS 5. That brought me to the world of *nux, vi and pico.
At that time, games are forbitten to be installed in the computer lab, but there's rarely anyone in the lab of solaris workstations. I must admit I've enjoyed a good time playing freeciv in XWindow. The longer I stay there, the bonding between me and *nix increases,
so in the final year, my programming project is also hold on there.
I also found the university library valuable, there's plenty of books I was out of reach otherwise and I spent much time there reading books and journals. The later decision on implementing LAN across everywhere in the library made my life easier there too
(I could reading while reaching people online then).
That concludes my earlier life in computing.