I never specially wanted a computer but when I started at Newsday I was chained to a terminal with the rest of the the high school sports operators and after I stopped crying, was hooked. Soon I bought a 286 for my own, but the big revelation was "multitasking" with the 386DX -- using XyWrite under OS/2 1.3 in 1991 while FaxWorksPM was sending in the background was jawdropping -- like owning slaves, without the guilt or expense. The next step, joining Compuserve, was enough to make me a smug expert. I scooped the golf world when Jim Frank put me on the internet case for Golf Magazine, got some fun work for Yahoo! Internet Life, wrote a thing or two for Suck, the great anti-cultural virtual toilet-wall graffiti takedown of the internet culture.