- Mar 11, 2009
- 1,514 (0.39/day)
- Little Rock, AR
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 2600|
|Motherboard||ASUS ROG Strix B350-F|
|Video Card(s)||EVGA Geforce GTX 980ti FTW|
|Power Supply||800w CM|
|Mouse||Corsair M65 Pro|
|Software||Windows 10 Pro|
Sorry for the platitudinous ramble. Just struck a chord.
That was the most beautiful bit of off-topic rambling I think I've ever heard.
I love these threads, and I just scrolled back to see I hadn't commented on this one yet that I could find.
For me, I'd always been an inquisitive kid. The type to take apart the remote control to see how it works, and get grounded for it. I played some old games on my mom's PC back in the windows 95 era, but would have never dared to touch it for fear of breaking what amounted to a huge investment at the time.
Played consoles as a kid mostly. Xbox came out, and one fateful day, I discovered The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind. Played that game religiously for years. Eventually I found out that you could mod the PC version, and I absolutely HAD to get in on that. But there was no way my mom's PC was going to handle it, and they wouldn't let me upgrade it.
I literally found a PC sitting beside a flee market dumpster, and asked them if I could take it. They said it was broken, so sure. I got on the 56k interwebs (yea, my small town still had dial up) and researched my butt off.
I fixed the computer, as it luckily had a good motherboard. Upgraded it to a Pentium 3 500mhz. By this time, I had a small stash of "broken" computers from various sources, and stole all the ram out of them, and upgraded the original computer with it. Had a whopping 768mb of ram, which was utterly massive in that day. 1gb ram sticks wouldn't be affordable for another several years on the consumer market, and a computer with 256mb of ram was considered a high end computer. Luckily, the original motherboard had three ram slots, and with a bios update and three sticks of salvaged 256mb of ram, I basically had a supercomputer. Eventually found a Pentium 3 1ghz, and that thing flew (compared to what it was before lol). The graphics card was a Radeon 9550 AGP. I played SO much Morrowind, WoW vanilla, Guild Wars, etc on that thing.
Skip forward a few years of being the go-to tech nerd in town, several jobs and a stint in the Marine Corps later... A buddy of mine got me a job in tech support at a local company. I'm still at that company, but am now a certified Software QA Engineer, and now get to break software for a living.
Long story short... I owe my career to Morrowind. Thanks Bethesda!