Regular Reader – Paul Stamatiou

Week 8 and it is Leopard day, so who better to hear from than Paul Stamatiou, who will be standing lin line later hoping to get a T-shirt!

1. As this blog covers a lot of Mac related products what was your first Apple product that you bought?

My first Apple product was a Macintosh Centris 650 that my sisters and I used when we were much younger. While we had a DOS box before it, I remember learning how to type on the Mac and playing lots of Mario Go Fish. Although, that was bought by my parents so I’ll have to say that the first Apple product I purchased myself was a 2nd Generation Apple iPod 10GB. It was the first iPod to have a touch wheel instead of the wheel that actually moved on the 1st Gen, which I actually thought was cooler.

2. On a similar them, but moving forward what will be the next Apple product that you buy?

Leopard! I will be waiting in line at the Apple Store this Friday to get a copy.. and hopefully a free Apple Store t-shirt for being one of the first in line.

3. Do you have an all time favourite Apple product or Mac application?

My MacBook Pro, by far. I’ve gone through a lot of Macs (G4 Mac Mini, Core Duo Mac Mini, Core Duo MacBook, 24-inch iMac Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Duo MacBook (the first MacBook died and Apple replaced it)) and have now settled on what I think is the perfect Mac. It has a sturdy frame and doesn’t feel flimsy like the plastic MacBook. The MacBook Pro has enough power to be my main computer and portable enough to come with me to campus fairly often. When I’m home, I just hook it up to my 30-inch Dell display and I’m good to go.

4. The blog also covers other subjects, so do you have any specific interests or hobbies that keep you busy?

Technology in general is obviously my largest hobby. What most people don’t know is how deep my connection to technology goes. I taught myself how to solder when I was 8 years old or so, and read books about electronics (particularly guides by Forrest Mims and the magazine Nuts & Volts). By the time I was a pre-teen, I was printing schematics off of the Internet, etching copper circuit boards and making miscellaneous gizmos. I did science fairs with from-scratch robots powered by BASIC Stamps and all of that. I went into college under a Computer Engineering major but it was around that time I became fascinated with the web and turned my interests more into software/media development.

5. What would be your all time favourite technology gadget?

I don’t think I have an all time favorite gadget, but my Nikon DSLR camera isn’t far off. If I had an iPhone though, that would probably be it.

6. How do you pay the bills, or if you are studying what are your future plans to pay the bills?

When I graduate I’ll have some hefty student loans to pay – likely somewhere around $80k. I plan on moving to Silicon Valley and starting a company or working for a great web company. Hopefully I’ll make enough to pay for the crazy rent and then some.

7. What three words or phrases would your friends use to describe you?

Motivated, ambitious and hilarious – or at least that’s what I’d want them to say.

8. Anything else you want to share with us?

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About These Interviews

A significant attraction for me in blogging is the ‘community’ that it creates. I am never going to be ‘up there’ with the young bloggers – I am not going to be that attractive to your average teenage blog reader, I actually don’t want to be as I find a lot of the stuff that interests them remarkably shallow and insipid, and I am perfectly happy with the slightly more mature (mentally and/or physically) reader that I attract.

I have ‘met’ some great people through the blog, some I communicate with daily, others much less frequently, but collectively they add to the enjoyment and satisfaction I get from blogging.

This series of interviews is a way of you getting to know each other better, and hopefully attract more of you to participate in the blog. I know there are a lot more of you out there that read the site regularly but don’t comment. That is your right of course, but trust me there are a really great bunch of readers around that I am sure you would get on with.

If you want to be included in this series please just email me either with your answers to these 8 questions or with any questions you may have.

And finally, thanks to all the readers who have participated in this series, and thanks to all of you for reading. I will do a long post at the end of the series with all the interviews so you can catch up easily on any that you miss, or get a great overview of some of the common answers, and some of the wildly different answers!

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