I’ve always liked the double entendre of being called an IT Guy. Yes, I’m the one who could save you 15 percent or more on car insurance, but I also wanted to expand my expertise and become the ultimate techie. I set out to hone my skills and prepare for whatever sticky computer problems waited ahead, from smartphone issues to finicky wireless printers. (If you’ve ever tried setting up the latter, then you know exactly what I mean.)
To begin my adventure into the wild and wonderful world of information technology, I decided to start at, the very beginning, and build my own computer. It’s a daunting task, for sure, but one of the most rewarding rites of passage for modern techies. It’s what separates the computer boys from the IT Guys. Now, in the past, I had installed parts like new hard drives, but this would be a new level of challenging. For starters, I created a workspace and compiled all of my equipment.
A few years back, Ars Technica created a handy guide for newbie computer builders, breaking it down into a Budget Box, Hot Rod, or God Box. My end goal was somewhere between a Budget Box and a Hot Rod. It took several hours, but I knew it wouldn’t be a 15-minute undertaking. Once it was done, however, and I could finally attach the keyboard and mouse and turn it on, the sense of achievement was off the charts.
I wanted a trophy of sorts to celebrate my achievement—and commemorate my induction as an IT Guy. To further my education, the guys at 3D Systems not only helped me print this awesome replica, but they also explained the process of developing MAYA files for 3D printers.
So, please feel free to call me the IT Guy.