It all started back around 1983 when my dad bought a Commodore 64 and accessories from TG&Y. I remember walking through the parking lot carrying it. We got everything.. the Commodore 64, the Commodore 1541 Floppy Drive, Commodore MPS 802 Printer and a Commodore VIC-Modem with phone cradle (were talking 2400 baud baby!).
Anyways, i remember dad hooking it all up to an exsting small tv and BAM!. Impressive! I would stay up late, trying to write lines of BASIC code out of the commodore 64 manual.
100 PRINT ” MY NAME IS MATT!”
110 GOTO 100
Then once we figured out all of that, we tried out the phone modem. I took the phone handset off the receiver, and placed it in the cradle. I remember hearing that sweet modem sound for the first time.. Sccrreeeee…krssssssss…..twweeeeeeeeeee…. and then we were connected to a BBS (Bulletin board system).
I remember staring at the flashing cursor on the screen and saying “So there are other people on here?” My dad saying “I think so” and i replyed… “neat”. From that point on i was hooked on the internet.
Fast forward to today. Now i am helping businesses around the world, compete better online so they get more traffic to their websites and more new customers in the door. Kind of funny how things run full circle.