I am a 68 year old music teacher, although these days I am mostly involved in putting on sing-along shows at some local assisted-living facilities. My main interest in computers is their use as recording and audio editing tools.
I joined the forum on Feb 6, 2004. I was a regular on the old Inspiron Audio board and the Audio Editing & Production board, both of which merged with other boards to become what is now known as the Laptop Audio board.
When I first joined the forum there were some regulars here that I looked up to, who helped me along. Some of them aided me in understanding specific issues which led to my writing a series of step-by-step instructions that later became the Laptop Audio FAQs. I also began collecting information as it was posted on the forum and became a sort-of historian of Dell laptop audio issues.
Over time, all of the original audio guys drifted away from the forum and by 2007 I was the only one left of that group. By then I was a Dell VIP and had been awarded the Dell Community Spotlight. Eventually there was a change in the forum administration and the VIP's were to be converted to RockStars. I declined the invitation because back then there was a loyalty requirement. We were supposed to agree to not criticize Dell, and to come to Dell's defense when criticized. These days the RockStars have to agree to be "a brand advocate" for Dell. Well. I'm an old school guy thru and thru, and I feel that loyalty has to be earned, not traded for as part of a quid pro quo.
Here's a thought. It has become a cliche to say that the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over, and expect to get different results. We musicians must all be insane then, but we call it "practice".
What I would like on my tombstone: "He could have been worse."