I'm a 40+ years old father of two, early adopter geek from southern France.
Photography: I bought my first Canon SLR for a trip to California back in 1999. Then I went digital with the Canon PowerShot G1 in april 2001. Later in november 2003, I jumped on the dSLR bandwagon and got a Canon EOS 300D. I spent a lot of time in the "digital darkchamber". A lot of basic steps in the retouch process are repeated over and over with little added value.
Early in 2004, I developed some scripts for Paint Shop Pro 8.x that kept me from wasting time on those recurrent tasks. Later that year I decided to share my scripts on my website.
Computers and their security: I've been into computers since the early 80s. I started programming on everything that could be programmed (Vector Graphics Vector 3, Oric 1/Atmos, Commodore 64, Atari ST, PCs, various TI and HP calculators). My main motivations for developing programs were to save time and the fun of learning new programming languages.
From this prehistoric age, I keep fond memories of my programming experiments. Like a 83 steps implementation of the Horner's method to find polynomial roots on a Casio FX-8000G graphic calculator back in high school. Or the GFA Basic programming language on the Atari ST, it's syntax correction and foldable subroutines made it a real pleasure to use.
I got my first PC in 1995, it was a Pentium 100 with 8MB of RAM and a 540MB HDD. The next year, I bought a modem and got hooked to the internet. As of today, my graphic card can store sixteen time the information of my first hard disk drive.
Since then my main hobbies became photography, computers and their security.*