Share your geeky memories

I love this nostalgic, but fake 1985 blog entry at Engadget. It reminded me that I didn’t just become a hardware and software junkie overnight. It took years of trips to Radio Shack and hours of poring over stacks of Popular Mechanics and Popular Science at my grandfather’s. I even held a deep seated belief that I one day would build the hovercraft from Mom’s vacuum cleaner as promised in the back of Boy’s Life. All of this before the first 300 baud analog coupler modem or Pong paddles entered our home.

Now that I’ve wandered into a post without an ending, what are your geeky memories? What made you the geek you are today?