(Sorry, too much sarcasm. Within Corporate America, IT is like a heart surgeon inexplicably treated as a plumber by the people whose lives he or she saves. Everyone acknowledges the job is critical but no one thinks the person who does it is all that important. Surgeons make their own importance clear through the gravitational force of their own egos, if nothing else. Geeks usually resent the need to demonstrate their own worth to people who can't understand what they do and get annoyed that no one seems to be paying attention.)
Was it the need to feel as if you're building, fixing or participating in something important, and the realization that at this point in our cultural history, information technology is the most powerful catalyst for all types of human behavior?
Or was it just pure interest in the complexity, elegance, adaptability and potential of the technology itself?
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