This is Domonic, an aquaintance of mine I met through Scott, one of my best friends. He was a part of my circle of friends at the time - we used to hang out a lot. In 'order of appearance', Domonic is the second most important person I give credit to the path my life has taken, although I'm sure he has no idea. I had a party at my house one night and he was one of the people who came. I was in my room with some friends showing them some demos on my computer (look here for info on what they are:
I don't know if he knew how much I was into computers until then but he told me they needed some computer techs at Best Buy, where he worked. A couple of months after I started working there, John came on board and it was John who would later help get me the job that led to all of my traveling.
..................................................................................While working at Best Buy back in 1996 in Columbia, MD, someone returned a digital camera that they bought. Most of the time when someone returns consumer electronics, they ask the computer techs to take a quick look at it before accepting it as a return. Only John was at the desk at that moment but I soon returned from whatever I was doing and saw him on the phone holding some camera with an LCD screen on it. My jaw dropped and I was like - WHOA! Lemme see!!! Needless to say we proceeded to screw with the thing for a while longer that day before turning it in. It was the first digital camera I ever used. I think it was a Casio QV10 - had something like less than 1MB of memory and you had to download the pictures to your computer via serial port. The pictures you see here are the full resolution! This was 1996, before the days of USB and flash memory. Some recognize its successor, the QV100 as the camera that really got the digital photo revolution rolling with its 1MB of memory and 640x480 resolution - which me and John later co-owned. I take a lot of pleasure in reminiscing not only on the humble beginnings of the adventure I was to stumble upon but the way technology has changed. The growth this technology has seen has been in parallel with the growth of knowledge and experiences that I have had: From these tiny pictures of a common job in a relatively common place, to the extraordinary vistas my eyes have been witness to (along with the ever improving quality of the cameras I have used). It is something pleasent to reflect upon.