Day 13 of 30 (in 30 days of Geek) – How did you become such a geek? Career? Personal interest?

Day 13 of 30 (in 30 days of Geek)…

– How did you become such a geek? Career? Personal interest?

Definately personal interest, as I have been a geek since birth 🙂

I was an avid reader as a kid, read all the si-fi books in my jr-high library and started dabbling with computers at the same time (we had trs-80s at our school and also a commodore 64),  that would haave been in 1983.

my first real app though (basic) was a phonebook on apple II-e.  (1983 or 1984)

My passion in highschool though was music (saxophone), reading, and AD&D, rather than computers.  (I took a hiatus for about 4 yrs where I didnt do much with computers) but then started dabbling again in while working on my undergrad degree.

After my undergrad degree (started as a msic major but finished with a BS in Leisure Studies – Parks and Recreation specialising in Travel and Tourism Managament) I woke up and realised that I needed a career change if I wanted to pay the bills.  So, I went back to school and did 2 yrs of computer courses (c, c++, shell,  and cobol programming, linux administration, web stuff) and in parallel got accepted into a masters degree (MPA) from NC State (Masters in Public Administration concentrating in Information Systems). And while all that was going on, I got a job as a software tester for a couple years, then moved into software development in the mid 90s, and have never looked back.

Then I met my wife Linda, who is a part time geek (she plays online computer games and reads nerdy stuff) and that brought me eventually to New Zealand where I am now.

So that is the geek story 🙂

About andy dingfelder

Andy is a CISO/CTO in the fintech sector with over 20 years of experience in Software Delivery and Team Leadership in multiple industry domains. Master's Degree (MPA) in Public Administration Information Systems and over 10 years of board governance experience for multiple organisations. Full bio is available at: and links available at or follow him on Twitter at Andy lives in the Wellington region, New Zealand with his wife and two daughters.
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