According to my earliest memory, a teacher. But that all changed when my father bought a 80386 when I was 7 years old. A year after that, I was handed a dusty QBASIC book, and from that point on, my new path was set.
Because they are the perfect way to get your horizons expanded.
You can always read some tech article online, or learn a new language or framework, but the sheer enthusiasm that the creator or a passionate user can share with you is irreplaceable.
And about Voxxed, I love the idea of having a brand that can attract renowned speakers and a broad audience, and have them all gathered for an event happening right in your neighborhood.
Hmm… Let’s go with this one:
During my studies I managed to kill an external hard-drive in the middle of restoring a backup to my freshly formatted laptop. It was my fault though, cause I tempered with the power circuitry of the enclosure, trying to ‘fix it’. Needless to say, a lot of stuff went bye-bye, including the source code of an app I made for the company of a relative of mine.
Two years after that, they needed some extensions for that app, and I explained them the situation. They got in touch with a hardware dealer from another country, who got in touch with a factory in China, which happened to have some of this old and discontinued HDD circuitry left in stock.
In a month, I got my data back, and they got their extensions promptly.