Know this Nerd? Meet James Shields



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James Shields is a freelance developer and systems admin/engineer/architect with ‘eternal optimism’ about the future of technology.

When and how did you originally become interested in technology?

My family got an Apple IIGS when I was eight years old, and I immediately fell in love. I mostly just played games on it for a couple years, but that became the foundation for my later interest in programming. When I was 16 I finally got my dream job — developing games for a local startup. They only paid me $6.50 per hour and I had no idea what I was doing most of the time, but we managed to get some functional games out the door and it was the most fun I’ve ever had at work.