years ago, the HR guys bring this kid, maybe 13, into the IT department, introduces him and tells everyone he's there for the summer.
Great! I think, I get to babysit all summer. while I'm sitting there stewing about it, we'ee also talking about this pesky virus that keeps popping back up, what the hell was that virus, melissa? I think so. any rate Steve pops up and exclaims, "just point the default word template to a file on the file server!"
needless to say for about 2 minutes solid you could hear a pin drop as everyone stared slackjawed at him, then we snapped out of it, everyone rushed to a PC at once to test it.
it was that moment I realized, I'm grabbing this kid by the coatails and hanging on. I learned more about computers in the year or so I knew Steve than at any other point. Somewhere along the line 5chw4r7z and "Steve the Hacker" were born. back then i never heard of L337, but once I did we started messing around with it, kind of evolved over a summer, I think for awhile Steve was M351k but it never stuck with him likw 5chw4r7z did with me.
Catching up to him last weekend, he hasn't changed much, we talked tech for two hours solid, felt bad for the girls. They were pretty bored by time we talked ourselves out.