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jmazzy

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About Me

I received my first personal computer, the TI-99/4A, in 1984 as an 8th grade graduation gift from my parents.  It was nothing more than a 2nd-hand console and a few manuals, but that was enough to get me started on a lifetime love of the TI and technology in general.

Within 6 months, I picked up a tape recorder with data cable and then I thought I was really cooking with grease.  Until, in 1985, I somehow stumbled upon a newspaper ad that showed someone in a nearby town selling his 99/4A along with the peripheral expansion box (PEB) and a modem.  I remember my dad driving me over to buy it.  (I was only 14 at the time.)  I actually only wanted the PEB and modem, but to my surprise, the seller ended up just giving me his console, the PEB, the modem, and a box full of cartridges and diskettes.  It was a dream come true!  The modem led me into a world of BBS's and opened up a whole other world of possibilities.  I became a chronic user of a local BBS and its chatroom long before most people even knew what those things were.

Not surprisingly, all of this laid the groundwork for a career in technology, for which I've been very grateful.

I still own all of the original equipment.  After 1992, it lived in a carefully sealed box for many years until I resurrected it in earnest around 2015.  Now it has its own dedicated space in my office, opposite my Macbook.

 

FullSystem12 31 2018

I tend to have diverse interests and a constantly busy schedule...so, sadly, I don't spend as much time with the TI or participating here in the forums as I would like.  But I'm learning to find time to fit it in.

In the months and years ahead, I look forward to greater involvement in the TI community and sharing in the joy with other enthusiasts.  Feel free to drop me a line.

 


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