About the author
Mark has been in IT for 15+ years, starting at desktop support and moving up to Systems Engineer.
Early history with computers
Mark has been experimenting with computers since the time of his dad’s home computer business. The family business sold the Texas Instruments 99 4/A, for which Mark was the official game demonstrator. Mark and his dad bought do-it-yourself books on how to build PCs, and assembled an 8088, then a 386, 486, and Pentium system. Mark’s father’s hands were paralyzed, so he guided him to assemble the systems and to make all the components work. Thanks to his father’s persistence, even though there was some complaining about being forced to stay up all night installing sharp-edged PCI cards, Mark gained skills that have helped him in his career.