About Me. . .

     My name is Tyler Williams and I currently reside in Charlotte, NC.  I have spent most of my life in Charlotte, however I’ve lived in Winchester, VA for a few years as well as Phoenix, AZ.  I have three older brothers, all a year apart from each other.

     I am a computer enthusiast who comes from a unique way of kicking myself into the tech world.  Here is how it goes :)

     I was born in Charlotte, NC and lived there for roughly 9 years before moving to Winchester, VA around the 3rd grade.  My father was transferred from his job thus bringing us to Virginia where my family quickly learned of ways to try to keep busy.  We had moved into a farming district and manufacturing town and the lifestyle we were used to was not anywhere to be found – the closest mall required a trip on the highway.  That’s something that at 10 years old you can’t do on a bicycle or roller skates.  Both my parents worked so summers were the worst as we sat home trying not to fight with each other, trying to stay out of trouble, and trying to find something to do.  I quickly found my father’s computer to be of high interest at the time.  Little did I know that a Commodore 64 was not state of the art, and when we upgraded a year later to Windows 3.1 where playing my games required a change in config.sys and autoexec.bat to load highmem could actually cause problems on startup!

My free time consists of…
     I wasn’t exactly a game enthusiast.  I would rather solve problems like world hunger and peace but games like SimCity and Doom where all that were available.  So, either playing computer games or fighting with my brothers were my only options.  I quickly found that these were boring, and was more interested in why my father wouldn’t show me what changes he was making to these startup files (Autoexec.bat and Config.sys) so I ventured out on my own.  All this was pre-Google, so it was a good luck and best wishes strategy.  Finally I found the files that needed to be changed, and it all looked like mumble jumble!  So a few REM statements here and a few equal signs there, we should save and restart.  Ooops… Computer doesn’t do anything now! Wow, my father is going to kill me is all I could think. 

Fixing the Problem…
     Well since it was summer time, he came home around 5pm and we would have dinner together and would talk and watch movies and all would go to bed.  I was hoping that he wouldn’t go downstairs to the basement, and get online.  And I was right!  I woke up the next day around 6am before anyone was up and started to “Play some Games” or at least was the excuse I used for being awake so early.  I did everything I could to prevent my dad coming down to see his computer not working.  So he’s off to work, and I’m down to attempt to fix something I have no clue at.   Well, after poking around for several hours, I finally see the Windows boot screen.  It felt like I had just solved the world’s problems.  I was so happy, I decided I would see what else I could “break” an attempt to fix. 

Not helping by breaking…
     That’s when I found File Maker and started to delete files I didn’t think needed to reside on the root of the C:\.  Well, several hours later just before my father gets home I realized, oops.  Computer won’t boot again!  So I stayed downstairs for a few more hours and finally – Windows Boot Screen!

Ratting my self out…
     So I later told my father about all the troubleshooting I had brought upon myself, and after his very stern “I have important files on there and that’s what I use for work” talk, he seemed to be quite proud behind it all.

    That’s when I knew I found my new career!