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RTFM

Growing up in the 90’s was pretty sweet. There was economic surplus and good music playing on the radio. The schools I attended had very little if no computer curriculum beyond typing proficiency. When I took an “advanced computer applications” course I was able to finish the 3 months of Photoshop tutorials in a week. The rest of the term I spent hacking on linux, a network I built, and C.

I was not the only student who needed technological challenges beyond what the school could offer. My friends and I ran the computer network. It wasn’t official, but we poked, prodded, and hacked our way in to every facet of the schools computer network. We had warez servers, irc, maps of network printers, free printing, and a shared record of how to circumvent every “nanny” app on all of the different computers.

The mischievousness of our actions is not the only thing that kept us from asking adults how to accomplish our tech goals. The teachers simply didn’t know how to do it. We lived in an environment were if we wanted to learn something we had to find out ourselves.

There is a wealth of knowledge that is freely available to anyone who takes the time to look for it. There are libraries, book stores, college campuses with approachable professors, and Google. With a few keystrokes one can get all of the information required for almost any project they could conceive. My friends and I were able to utilize these resources to our advantage.

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