When you are the child of a telecommunications technician, you grow up around piles of decommissioned telephones, copper wire and sometimes entire telephone boxes (never police boxes, though, so my love of Doctor Who remains a mystery). Armed with a screwdriver (not sonic) I developed an interest in dismantling things – all things – and gradually started to find the skills necessary to put them back together, with varying degrees of success.
It’s a habit I carried through to adulthood. I like building and fixing microphone cables, half my wage goes to IKEA furniture, and last weekend I had a fair go at changing the tyre on my car. It was messy work and as hard as I tried I just could not channel Jamie Hyneman from Mythbusters and prevent my nice, new, white shirt from becoming the next victim of my inept driving. Nor could I save my face, hair, wallet and everything else I came into contact with over the next three days. Just like Google, you could have tracked my entire week’s activities to the minute by the footprints I left behind.
Now, as The Edge’s latest Communications Intern, I get to share my love of destruction, creation, and self-reliance by working on the communications plan for the Creative Community Computing project. If you don’t already know about it, read this blog post from past intern Sophie Meixner – she sums it up beautifully.
After a week of tackling communications objectives under Beck’s gentle and experienced guidance – as well as the adventures in cake that seem to be a recurring topic for interns at The Edge – today was much more hands on. With help from Andrei, The Edge’s Outreach Catalyst and the driving force behind Creating Community Computing project, Abidi and I decided it was time to document the dismantling and rebuilding of an HP Compaq 8100. I unscrewed, unplugged and unbolted my way to victory only to realise that I’d accidentally dismantled an office chair instead.
I’m not great with computers.
After the false start we successfully turned a working computer into a working computer (is anyone familiar with the Myth of Sisyphus?) and I felt ready to embark on achieving world domination, one RAM upgrade at a time.