In the mid 70's, I was a young teenager living in Lafayette,and I started reading the PCC and Doctor Dobb's, but never
came to a meeting (too far away and I didn't have a car or
a driver's license yet). My computer experience was strictly
by the hour at the Lawrence Hall of Science until I helped
a friend build a SOL-20 from Processor Tech. I believe I've
ended up on this list because of a letter or two I contributed
to PCC during that time.
Then, in 9th grade (!), I moved to New Jersey where I became
active in the ACGNJ (Amateur Computer Group of NJ) which
was the largest such group in the US at that time. I built
a SWTPC 6800 from a kit, learning about computing by programming
in machine code (in all 4K of memory) until I expanded to 20K
and switched to BASIC.
In the intervening years I have lived in Atlanta and Boston,
and now back in the Bay Area working for Sun Microsystems.
Along the way I earned a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and
found a place for my early interests in computing by focusing
software design and usability.
In recent years I've concentrated on interactive technologies
that users don't perceive as being a computer. I've edited
a book on this topic called "Information Appliances and Beyond".
I recommend that everyone reading this blurb at least take
the time to read Chapter 4 -- which is an interview with
Rob Haitani who drove the design of the original PalmPilot.
Interesting conversation, and extremely enlightening about
how to approach the user interface design process...
If you like that book, be sure to check out fellow PCC alum
Jef Raskin's excellent book
The Humane Interface.
All in all, I credit PCC with helping foster my interest
in this field from a young age (I think I was in 7th grade
when I first read a PCC publication). So I give big thanks
to many of the folks who are on this site!!