Was it All By Chance?
I’ve loved computers since I was a kid playing with the family PC. I loved playing video games, though at time the old ‘junk’ would frustrate me by being slow. There are multiple times during the weekend when my friends would come over so that we would compete playing some games, but the machine would be slow. It took time to boot and would at times restart.
My dad never paid much attention to all this until one day when, the machine shut itself and wouldn’t boot. When dad realized this, he became so mad at me. I knew that it was the end of using the PC. After a week of the old machine lying there idle, he called a technician who repaired it. The technician arrived when dad was away at work and I got the opportunity to interact with him as I watched all he was doing to ‘wake’ it up. That was the start of my journey to computer programming.
As instructed, I was not supposed to touch the machine. This made me unhappy and my relationship with my dad was getting a drift. Realizing this, he called me one evening after work. He talked to me about my behavior and then told me that he had decided to give the PC to me. That night he took it to my room.
I didn’t know much about computers at that time except for playing video games, but the technician who had repaired the machine had talked to me something about programming which had interested me. At that time, dad had also installed internet which ran on telephone lines and thus I could access the internet.
The World of Programming
There was scanty information then, unlike today, but I was glad to find a small community of programmer online. As time went by, I taught myself several programming languages and by the time I finish high school, I was sure that I was versed with some knowledge to program a computer software.
When I finished high school, I didn’t immediately join college and it was at this time, that I spent programming the software. I didn’t have anything in mind at first on what I should develop but decided to program a software that would be used by hospitals in billing.
It took me about 3 months of trial and error to come up with something, but eventually I was able to make a software system which would successfully store patients’ information (billing, health condition, history, appointments, medication etc).
After I was certain that all worked according to my expectation, I spent the next weeks marketing it. Most of the health care providers and health centers that I approached were cynical about the whole idea although and most didn’t have time to listen to me citing their bust schedule. The few who listened to me, promised to get back but they never called.
Luck came by when I joined college and talked to my lecturer about the software. You can bet that I had decided to study IT. He was really excited about it and through his help; we did some improvements and debugged some issues. After that he helped me get my first user to try. It was the college’s hospital.
Everything worked so fine there that they made recommendations to neighboring hospitals. Within no time, the lecturer helped market the software by establishing a business to distribute its license.
Today, the software may be overshadowed by technological advancement, but what I did back then laid foundation to the computing empire I own today.