Wednesday, January 23, 2008

What I'm dealing with here

I'm glad you all got a kick out of Brandon's little practical joke the other day.

When I mentioned in my comments to "stop praising him!" it was because he does not need to be encouraged any further. We're talking about a kid here who is already light years beyond anything I'll ever be able to do with computers. This little stunt of his to capture my password and hijack my blog was kid's play to him. Literally.

Let me give you a little background of what he does for fun just so you know what I mean.

Brandon has been into all things technical since he was very young. He was only 15 when I wrote this post about the laboratory the had become his room. It's only gotten more ridonculous since.

He is now in his junior year at high school and spends the first 2 hours of every morning over at the technical college taking (and acing) an AP course in computer networking, and will receive his CCNA (Cicso Certified Network Associate) certification upon completion this spring.

Late last year (at 16) he got hired by this local computer shop and is one of only 2 employees who perform all the services listed on that website.

Then just last week Brandon submitted this "how to" post to Instructables.com on how to build a computer from scratch. Not only was his story featured on the front page, it was also elevated to "popular" status by the readers. Apparently this is a pretty big deal to the geek types.

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You can read this and all his other tutorials here.

Here's my point... I'm not writing this to brag about his accomplishments. I'm merely trying to point out that what he did with my blog is peanuts. We're talking about someone who can field strip a computer down to nothing but a motherboard and its components and reassemble it within 15 minutes. Not only that, but he has some kind of software tool on his thumbdrive that can capture every password on any computer within a few seconds. Yikes!

Don't get me wrong, I'm VERY proud of him. He's a wonderful kid, extremely intelligent and has a huge heart. But don't think for a moment he's not a typical teenager with a mischievous side. All you have to do is read my wife's comment from that post for a good example of that.

But I will give him the credit he deserves for the clever humor of his post - which you all seemed to enjoy so much at my expense. Just don't get used to it. Because as soon as I can get him to tell me how to encrypt my passwords...

I'm going to block him from this blog!

19 comments:

Mushy said...

Better watch your online banking!

Jan said...

He's going to go far and make big bucks.... be nice to him ! LOL

Heather said...

Yep, too smart for his own good.

Anonymous said...

I sure am glad that your childen take after their grandfathers.-Bill

Jeff said...

Just so you all know... I know this post comes off a little strong against Brandon, but I'm not upset with him over what he did the other day. I just wanted to illustrate what he's capable of because I think it's "unusual" for a kid his age. I'm actually in great awe of what he can do, and yes... very proud of him as well.

mushy - He's already depleted my PayPal. But I showed him. I keep it empty now.

jan - I'm counting on it!

heather - You mean too smart for MY own good.

bill - You're talking about the BS part, right?

Windyridge said...

What is he planning on majoring in in College? What a talented kid, that's awesome!

Elizabeth said...

Holy Moly! I think your son has accomplished more at 16 then I have at 38!! Good for him!
:o) Elizabeth

DrowseyMonkey said...

your family sounds like a hoot! LOL

Diesel said...

He's a morlock!

Dan said...

Who's this Jeff guy? What happened to Brandon? This blog has really gone downhill since 22/1/08

Jeff said...

windyridge - He actually wants to a job in law enforcement as a computer forensics expert. You know, what he's already doing anyway but for money instead.

elizabeth - I'm pretty sure I would have accomplished a lot at 16 too... if I had actually gotten out of bed and turned off the TV and used my brain and...

drowsey - That's us, the Owl family.

diesel - Exactly, but not as furry.

dan - Hardy har har. Sorry. You're stuck with me again.

Cyberpunk said...

hmm the next Bill Gates perhaps? I just hope your kid doesn't feel bored at school (because the others can't keep up with him and his teachers are less knowledgeable)

Agh, he makes me feel guilty for wasting time surfing my life away on the Internet :D

Mom Thumb said...

I thought what Brandon did was pretty amusing, but when I read Charli's comment, it triggered many memories of my son's technical/computer related antics over the years, and how frustrated I was by them. I guess a few years distance makes you repress.

deborah said...

yeah, i was going to say Bill Gates, but I think he's got him beat! up, down and inside out. oh, and you, too Jeff. sorry. good idea, keeping the account empty.

Sandy said...

He would make my husband proud...

He sounds just like Kurt, who also was hired to work for a company like that when he was still in high school.

These days, my husband (who is a TOTAL geek) would tell you that his favorite hobby is taking computers apart and rebuilding them. For fun.

The plus side? All that tinkering has made him quite the commodity at IBM.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Grandpa Bill was a code analyist for IBM many years before Bill Gates was born. In fact the key-punched holes in status cards which stored and transferred information using copper brushes to complete circuits, led to computers. {We led the way}-Bill

Marie said...

My brother was like that growing up too. He had his own section in the garage full of all kinds of strange machines and he was always in there soldering stuff together. Now he's a mechanic and he's a physics major at Cal Poly.

Mike@disfordad.com said...

Good for you, and good for him. It always makes me feel good when someone finds their calling in life. I still don't know what I want to do when I grow up. I'll be 40 this year. ;)

Instructables is a great site. I've got an alter ego over there too (look up cementtruck), and I think I have seen your son's post.

Regards.

wayabetty said...

The next Bill Gates is living in your house? That's your 401K right there Jeff!