As an 8-year-old in Ukraine, my first interaction with a computer was nothing more than the Tetris game on an old IBM PC.
Things quickly changed when my cousin showed me few lines of Basic code and explained that I could do way more than just play games.
At that point, I began dreaming about my own personal computer.
The second half of the 90's were quite tough times in post Soviet Union Ukraine and for a regular family like mine, computers were way beyond an affordable price-range.
That is why my first Pascal programs were written in a notepad.
My parents sacrificed a lot and for my 15th birthday, I finally got my own HP desktop computer.
The hunger for computer knowledge led me to dive deep into the hardware and Assembler language.
Without the internet the only sources of information were my neighbors who had personal computers but they ran out of answers in a few months.
By the age of 16 I already had 3 students that I was teaching computer programming and at the age of 18 I got my first office job as a software developer at my university.
Since then I never stopped working to evolve my knowledge and my passion continues to grow.