ahh yes... [sigh]
let's see, I moved from the farms of bohol [phillipines] back with my mom in the US [hawaii, at the time]. cities, compared to rural settings, is SO much more technological. My mom introduced me to THE computer [a packard bell 286 with 10 MB hard drive [huge!] and 512Kb RAM]. after about a week of "playing around" with it, I happened to spill a glass of milk... IN the case. In my haste of trying to repair it, I rushed to the library to look for books on computers. took them ALL home. Opened the box to find that nothing serious has happened, just cleaned the box. I read the books anyway and found all of the books refer to BASIC. after that summer, i was a decent BASIC "programmer". I wrote drug wars in basic. I tried to emulate word perfect, beacon mavis and Harvard Graphics [to no success]. I wrote things that weren't always good and that's all I'll say about that, pending a court case that was all in 1993.
in my pursuit of higher learning, I came across C. I didn't have the prerequisites [at the time] to enroll in computer science in high school but I had a class right next to the CS class. so when my class got out, I rushed next door to copy whatever was on the board. I thought C was the class' grade - hence why I didn't go to the library to look up the language C. it was also hard to look at every book for pseudo or partial code. eventually, I enrolled in a CS class, taught by the same teacher i had been copying from. because of his left over notes on the board, I found myself ahead of the class. ...
before i start to ramble, that's pretty much how I came to be a programmer. what lead me to study CS in college was because I was denied enlistment into the military [air force] - because of my bad eyes and asthma. I no longer have asthma [now called reactive lung disorder since i haven't had an attack in 4+ years].
OGL vs DX
in summer of 2000, I became VERY interested in 3D graphics. so I bought 2 books - an opengl and a directx book. I read the opengl book first. to this date, i have NOT read the directx book.
to sum it up, I may have not started with a vintage machine like the 8086 or the an amiga or a tandy but the intel 286 is vintage enough for me. I still have the processor [the case and compononents long have been destroyed]. also with that computer came the first optical mouse that used light, not laser [so it was rather slow, and required a special light-sensitive mouse pad] - those, i still have too.
thanks for taking me down memory lane.