I spent my formative years living in Kagoshima City, Japan, as a very rare gaijin at the time. Sakurajima dumped ash on us regularly, proving that its reputation as one of the world’s most active volcanoes is no lie, and earthquakes and typhoons were part of the package.
For me, there was no better place to spend my youth. I learned another language, and more importantly, another way of thinking.
My interest in computing technology was born in Japan as well. My brother scrounged parts off an IBM employee he was friends with and built homebrew systems that he programmed in binary and hex. We played with Japanese computers and the Apple II. I learned to type thanks to game code listings in magazines like Softalk (more on that here).
My first personally owned computer was the original 128k Macintosh which my dad bought for me. Today I’m still a Mac user, but I did spend a lot of years on PCs as well (and I still use them at work).
As far as my current favorite computing device goes, it’s really hard to choose between my 2020 iPad Pro and my 5k iMac. I love and use both in as many geeky ways as possible. In terms of personal computing technology, we live in a truly magical time. Unfortunately, in terms of the social aspects of the internet, we live in truly depressing times. It’s up to us to take computing back and make it fun again.
Among other things, I plan to post about automation and geekiness for both Mac and iOS platforms here – Shortcuts, apps, secret terminal incantations, and more.
My happiness in life is due pretty much entirely to my wife and daughter. They are amazing.