Never trust a computer you can't throw out a window.
What I was proud of was that I used very few parts to build a computer that could actually speak words on a screen and type words on a keyboard and run a programming language that could play games. And I did all this myself.
All the best people in life seem to like LINUX.
My goal wasn't to make a ton of money. It was to build good computers.
Teachers started recognizing me and praising me for being smart in science and that made me want to be even smarter in science!
My whole life had been designing computers I could never build.
At our computer club, we talked about it being a revolution. Computers were going to belong to everyone, and give us power, and free us from the people who owned computers and all that stuff.
Another hero was Tom Swift, in the books. What he stood for, the freedom, the scientific knowledge and being and engineer gave him the ability to invent solutions to problems. He's always been a hero to me. I buy old Tom Swift books now and read them to my own children.
In some parts of life, like mathematics and science, yeah, I was a genius. I would top all the top scores you could ever measure it by.