About me: Nathanial Lewis

Posted on 11 sep 2018 by N@ Lewis   |   Filed under templates, internet   |   Comments (11)

 
 

    In 1985, my fascination with technology began as I sat and watched my father enter code from a paperback into an Apple computer, which after a very lengthy time, would become software. Then, just as now, I despised not fully understanding how something worked. Even at the age of seven, I had a fair understanding of how electricity worked as I had been taking everything apart that I didn’t understand, mostly older televisions (eventually I was even able to put them back together and even repair them, at times). I was mesmerized by the fact that an A/C current could be transformed into a Direct current and manipulated and organized so much, that it could become text, pictures, music and games. I had to know more.
    I did everything I could to get as much information in order to understand how this was possible. A few years later, in the 7th grade, after many searches and trips to the library, I was able to get my hands on an old book that was titled, “How to build your own Central Processing Unit”. That book, in a way, changed my life. By this time computers were a major part of my life, in fact, I was using telnet to access the local library database to reserve books via BBS, or bulletin board systems, as webpages and the internet were not yet available. The book described how to build the most basic central processing unit, with materials you could get at your local Radio Shack. I never attempted to build a CPU as it was slow and wasn’t capable of what my 386 was. However, I was finally able to see diagrams with explanations and visualize how a CPU was capable of manipulating and organizing energy into raw data. This process still amazes me to this day.
    It was like flowing water (I use that metaphor because, when I first learned basic electronics, that is how I was told to imagine a functioning and complete circuit, like a river, the water had to flow in and out for the circuit to be complete, voltage was described as a faster river and amperage was described as a wider river, I guess it stuck with me), that could be manipulated by timing and voltage to change the outcome. I imagined scientists creating this process for the first time, flipping the switch and watching the flow of energy, amazed themselves at the outcome of their creation.
    I already knew what all the components of the computer were and how they functioned and the basics of how they communicated with each other, yet I did not fully understand how the cpu was processing this information, I only knew that it was. It was then, that I became obsessed with binary and the organized process in which electrical components communicated with each other.
    I did not have the finances, nor did I know anyone who could teach me any of these things, so I relied on the local library, which did not provide hands on experience with the new ideas I was attempting to comprehend. I did, however run into a math teacher in the 10th grade who, one afternoon, outside of class, helped me find the answer to a problem I was facing while programming. He took the time to help me understand how I could use algorithms to solve my binary and hexadecimal questions. Even though he had no, or little knowledge of binary or hexadecimal format, through his love for mathematics and the scientific process, we were able to break down, organize, and create code that helped me better understand the results I was receiving from my peripherals and create a more functioning program. I knew the code to make my programs do math, however I was still learning Algebra at the time. So, I used his math to create my code, what I took away from this, was able to do just that. I was able to convert any algorithm into code, obviously different depending on what language your using, but the concept was the same. I will never forget our math teacher Mr. Wagner, even though we only spent a small about of time together, the impact he had on me was immeasurable.
    After high school I went to work at the newly created OlyNet, one of the only two internet service providers in my small town. I was the lead Technician there for 2 years before leaving to start A+ Computer, I obtained my business license and took a picture of my first dollar and hung both from the wall.
    These events continue to inspire me to never stop learning as much as possible. They shaped me into the person I am today. These are just a few of the more memorable events that had great impact on me in my youth. Now I have 5 going on 6 children (Beginning of January Due Date!), and my biggest goal is to inspire them to learn the way I was when I first watched my father entering that code from a paperback into that old green screened Apple computer.
 

Teaching | Sharing my passion

Posted on 29 aug 2016 by N@ Lewis   |   Filed under (734) 459-0539, (713) 632-3764   |   Comments (7)

    When I was younger, I was somewhat obsessed with computers and technology. In the early to mid 80's I was told on several occasions that computers were expensive novelty’s for ordinary people, that they were to complex for the average person to operate, and that they would mostly be used for accounting in large companies, or within simple to use game consols (it was a small city). I was told to focus on more realistic dreams that would lead to a more lucrative career.
    Obviously, things changed dramatically since then, however, because of those experiences, I spent a great deal of time showing family and friends and whomever would listen really, about the benefits of computers and technology, and how they could be integrated with whatever they may have been interested in.
    If they were interested, I would teach them all I could, and try to inspire them with the same passion I had. I continued doing this in college, and found I loved teaching students who had the same interests as I did, and I was really good and relaying complicated ideas in a way everyone could understand. In part, because I had to teach myself the same way. Energy is so much more than the electricity flowing through our technology to me, it’s the same energy that traverses the neurons on our brain allowing cognitive thought, and splitting cells for growth in all life on the planet. We can create it, we use it, and life wouldn’t exist without it.

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