Starting with a green-screen 40-column Commodore PET in 1980 at my high school in Toronto Canada, I purchased my own Atari 400 in 1981 at age 15. That was followed by paid articles in other computer magazines, starting my own company at age 22 (what is now emulators.com), creating the first Atari ST emulator (Gemulator) and the first Apple Macintosh emulator for Windows (Soft Mac).
Since then I've owned numerous Atari ST, VIC-20, Commodore 64, Apple II, Apple Macintosh and Windows computers. I moved to Seattle Washington in 1990 for a day job at Microsoft where I participated in the development of Windows XP and Vista, Office 95 and Office 97, Mac Office 98, Xbox 360, multiple releases of Visual Studio, and contributed to several papers including this one on "Time Travel Debugging", a technology that I helped develop at Microsoft Research.
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