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    Name: Matthew Eargle

    Element14 Community member since: March 5, 2018

    Plan to Hack Like Heck: Make it a homage to vintage games.

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    More about the contestant:


    How did you first get into electronics?

    The exact date or event that started it is rather fuzzy, but I know that I've been playing around with electronics ever since I can remember! When I was around 3 years old, my grandfather let me take his (original) TI-30 pocket calculator out to the shed behind the house where I would sit in the dirt and play with the thing for hours. Of course, by "play", it was mostly just pressing buttons and seeing if I could make it display different numbers or interesting glitches and patterns. I guess it just grew from there, really. I had a natural curiosity about these "magic boxes" that would display pictures or numbers at the push of a button, so I needed to learn as much as I could. Coming along in the 1980s and 90s when most consumer electronics were still deliciously analog, it was still pretty easy to figure out how things worked, and my family was very supportive in that they often allowed me free reign with a screwdriver (as long as I didn't upset the VCR timer for 'As The World Turns'). As I got older, I found that I really enjoyed fixing things--TVs, radios, VCRs, and the like. I guess it was one of those things that I just fell into--something I had a talent for--even if I was the only kid in school who would rather take apart a TV than watch it. I still have that calculator, too!


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