So who are you?
I'm an electronics enthusiast, engineer, and self-proclaimed tinkerer. In a nutshell, I build things. I'm also a freelance IT professional and hold several certifications in server management, network technology, web design, and OS administration. These have been my core focus, and I have built a solid portfolio around these skills.
How long have you been doing work like this?
I've been tinkering with electronics for as long as I can remember. I had the bad habit of tearing things apart when I was younger. Fortunately, I could put them back together most of the time. From there, I began toying with circuits, soldering, computers, arcade machines, embedded controllers, and radio control. People usually can't believe that I have been doing this type of thing since I was little, so I just say that I began when I was 15 or 16. The truth is that I cannot remember when I started because it has to have been at least 20 years at this point.
What are some of your hobbies?
I love to fly RC planes and helis. In addition to that, I collect old videogames, ranging from the Magnavox Odyssey (still in the box) to the modern day Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Besides my giant stash of NES games, I have an extensive collection of obscure video gaming hardware. I've got a working Nuon, Philips CD-i, 3D0, Neo-Geo AES, Atari Jaguar...the list goes on. Recently I've began collecting and refurbishing arcade boards for NAOMI, MVS, CPS-2, and System-16 platforms.
Why do you make these blog posts?
- I enjoy making these posts as sort of a timepoint. If I make a post of something, it's usually quirky or I've enjoyed the journey from discovery to fixing. Sometimes an item comes to me with an interesting story and sometimes I just like to document things. I realize that while something may seem mundane to you, a lot of this stuff is fun to me. I could spend hours taking pictures of motherboards, to be frank.
- A lot of people use the site as a jumping-off point to becoming electronic or computing enthusiasts too. I like to thoroughly document things for these folks, too.
- Part of the purpose of this site is to be interesting and fun to everyone.
- I use this site as part of my CV.
I want to contact you. How do I do that?
There are several different ways of contacting me that you can use. I can be reached through Google Chat (annaks13), and AOL IM (annathegadgeteer) or if you want, add me to your circle on Google Plus and I will return the favor.
Are you for hire?
For pay, yes. Sometimes I barter too.
I'm usually very inexpensive and friendly. Although this is not the most professional thing to say, sometimes I fix things for food, games, or for simple curiosity. I have repaired Xbox 360's, VCRs, projectors, flat-screen monitors/TVs, satellite television receivers, desktop and laptop PCs, printers, fax machines, arcade systems...essentially anything that plugs into an outlet.
Do you build websites?
All the time. If you want one, let me know. I also do some light programming. I am competent in PHP, Perl, and HTML.
Do you have a CV?
Yes. For now, if you contact me, I can furnish it at your request.
I know an Anna Hegedus! Are you the one that _____?
Probably not, and you wouldn't believe how many of us exist. There are three of us in my city alone, and I was named after an aunt with the same name! I don't have a Facebook account, so if you add someone there, it's probably not me. I do have Google Plus though and a twitter account, although I don't post things there very often.