Rares Marian Technology Autobiography — as told by the first computer he ever used.
The year was 1983. Finally, some children entered the office. Noone played my games anymore, the adults just worked me to death, the computer reminisced.. A seven year old entered the office of his uncle where several computers beside myself resided. The uncle showed the young boy, Rares Marian, my built-in racing/shooting game. This game, mostly text and not really graphical by today’s standards, was graphical in the sense there were stick figures. This kid spent the entire time playing the game. His cousin went off to another computer where the uncle typed some fictional story of the cousin being some great soccer player and printed it out as if it were an actual news story. The cousin was very excited about imagining himself being a great soccer player, like most boys at that age. However, this new kid, Rares, just wanted to play the game.
I hadn’t heard about Rares until a couple years later when an acquaintance of mine arrived at Rares’ home on Rares’ ninth birthday. This was Rares’ first computer. The year was 1985. My computer friend was a Tandy color computer, I believe model II. He had a whomping 16k of RAM. Though Rares knew barely a word of the English language, he was able to open the book and tell the difference between the written type and the font face used for code. For months Rares kept learning both how to program the computer in BASIC and grasp the English language, since he had an action/reaction environment. Rares was able to see the results of what he was doing which helped him understand both languages. After about 6 months, after having learned all the different details of the language he was very excited that he could write a three line program which flashed random colors on the screen. My friend CoCo was both excited for him and relieved at not having to perform simple exercises.
Rares’ time was divided up between the computer, playing outside and watching cartoons.
When he was at the computer, he was either playing games or programming short ones that he came up with. One particular time that changed how he used the computer was when he began being interested in not just writing programs but solving problems. Another friend of mine, a Tandy 1000 told me about how impressed he was when Rares was 14 using QBASIC. Rares was already interested in 3D graphics to the extent he could get it out of my friend. The year was 1990. This was just about two years before the time when 3D games began to come out. The child, now a teenager had a pretty good eye on where the technology was heading. He wasn’t simply programming to finish an idea, he was intrigued by 3D graphics and the challenges and he wanted to cover the entire range of the material.
My friend, Tandy 1000, exclaimed that he felt he had a real job because Rares was programming out of curiosity, not just to finish a project. The kid was no longer playing, he was researching.
That didn’t last too long. Later on, Rares was caught up in upgrade mania, looking at the hardware he needed to play the fastest game. One reason for this was that the newer computers lacked programming tools. A gal I used to know, a fiesty little 386, became very depressed and upset at how often he would open her up and change her parts before she even got used to them. She felt that Rares was more interested in her measurements rather than her abilities. Rares was using the computer for networking from BBS to the internet environments.
I have heard rumors that Rares has quite a harem of computers these days. I know for a fact that several Amigas reside with him which shows that he respects the computers a little more than that poor 386 he tortured.
Rumor has it that his children are learning from computers almost my same age. His wife’s Debian GNU/Linux machines brags that Rares comes to her for most of his needs even though Rares claims the Amiga is his true soulmate.
On Rares’ desk is a Beginning Linux programming book, a Commodore 64 computer guide, 2 cell phones, blank CDs, Video Toaster 2000 video editing board for the Amiga 2000.
My sources tell me that Rares’ wish list includes an Amiga Tower System, some electronic components such as spare LCDs, serial ports and other off the shelf pieces to build anything that comes to mind and to always be at the forefront of evolving technology.
Note: Rares Marian, the child, grew to be — Rares Marian, the man involved in freenet, openlaw and other community matters — not just gaming!