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My interest in computers, web design, and multimedia didn't show up until 2001 or 2002. Of course, I didn't have the means to do it earlier, either... My first "computer" came as a gift I received back in 1995 or 1996, a junk with DOS operating system, I was barely able to upgrade it to Windows 3.1 because of very limited hardware capabilities. The first real PC was a humble Pentium 2 with a 233 MHz processor and 32 megs of RAM, bought out of necessity, Adel was attending college at the time (1998, shortly after we emigrated) and needed to do reserch and write essays.

On the other hand, the other component of this hobby combination came to me a long time ago in the form of photography. Yep, good old black-and-white photography. I was either in the 6th or the 7th grade when I signed for photo lab membership at my local middle school, started taking pictures with an old 36 mm camera inherited from my Dad, and also started processing my own pictures in the school photo lab - mixing my own processing chemicals and learning mostly by myself... the teacher that was supposed to guide me through this, was probably injoying more the money he was receiving for doing this (and his alcoholic drinks) than the actual tutoring he was supposed to provide. Later I bought a real SLR (a Russian made Zenith) and continued on to color photography setting up my own color lab at home.

My first camcorder was a VHS-C PAL analog Akai I bought used while on a trip to England, in 1995. After moving to the US I bought my first digital Super 8 mm NTSC Sony camcorder, also capable of taking 640x480 still shots.

Today I'm playing with high definition cameras and an 8 megapixel digital still camera... and I'm still "all Sony" when it comes to equipment.