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Rags to Microsoft Software Developer - My Life Story

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I tell you my story of how I got involved in computers & programFromming at a very young age starting from my earliest memories to present day. You get to hear about the people I met, the risks I took and luck that lead me down the path of becoming a Microsoft developer and ultimately a self employed video producer here on YouTube. Due to the video length I had to leave a lot out so if you enjoy this let me know and I will do a follow up down the road. ▼ Links to things mentioned in this video ▼ Kevin (My 1st mentor & friend) ^ https://citizenni.bandcamp.com/releases ^ https://twitter.com/kevinhesswrites Cam (Cam's Castle BBS) ^ I can't find him, lost touch years ago... Jason (My good friend and co-worker at Mothersboard Computers, R.I.P) ^ https://www.gofundme.com/JasonRIP ▼ Your donations pay my bills and allow me to make great content ▼ http://bit.ly/helpbarnacules ▼ You can also donat bitcoin via this wallet ▼ 18Su2PV63BabMZWwYEhgXC8obK1XBVveCp ▼ Follow me on social media (updated daily!) ▼ http://twitter.com/barnacules [Giveaways] http://instagram.com/barnacules [Behind the scenes] http://facebook.barnnerd.com [More than 140 chars] ▼ Get my Windows 10 - We're Watching T-Shirt ▼ http://bit.ly/WereWatching ^^ - Use code 'BarnaVlog for $2 off order ▼ Get my Shut up and take me T-Shirt ▼ http://bit.ly/ShutUpBlack (Black Shirt) http://bit.ly/ShutUpGreen (Green Shirt) ^^ - Use code 'BarnaVlog for $2 off order ▼ Apple iBuggy T-Shirt ▼ http://bit.ly/iBuggyBlack (Black Shirt) http://bit.ly/iBuggyBlue (Blue Shirt) http://bit.ly/iBuggyHeavyMetal (Grey Shirt) ^^ - Use code 'BarnaVlog for $2 off order ▼ Discount on GT Omega Racing Office Chair ▼ GT Omega Chairs @ http://bit.ly/1lA4h4K -or- Use code 'NERDGASM' at checkout! ▼ Check out my BLOG ▼ http://barnacules.wordpress.com ▼ Get 10% off Kinesis Split Ergonomic Keyboards & Pedals ▼ http://www.kinesis-ergo.com/ [use code 'Barnacules' at checkout to get 10% off] ▼ Purchase MayFlower Objective 2 Headphone AMP + DAC ▼ http://bit.ly/1J0GZXK ^ - Use code "NERDGASM" to get $10 off any order over $99 ▼ Purchase a Rad Power Bike (The bike I ride daily) ▼ http://bit.ly/RadPowerBikes ▼ Music by Audio Sprite ▼ https://soundcloud.com/audiosprite87 ▼ Questions & Answers ▼ Q) You missed a lot of your computer history like Pentium, etc. A) The video is already super long so I only included the computer upgrades that were significant to changes in my life. But I did go from a 486 to Pentium 90, then a 133, then a 300a, etc. Q) Why didn't you go into more detail about your Microsoft Career. A) I figured that could be a video all by itself in the future if you guys enjoy this. A lot happened during my 15 years at the company and it would be fun to make a video on it and talk about all the crazy up's and down's. ▼ Join my [email protected] team and help cure diseases with spare CPU/GPU cycles ▼ Barnacules Nerdgasm Team # 231300 Download Client @ http://folding.stanford.edu/ ** Top 10 contributers shown on Twitter weekly! ▼ I am now live streaming on Twitch so come give me a follow to receive notifications when I'm streaming ▼ https://www.twitch.tv/barnacules 💥 See my Amazon Store for all the products I use & review 💥 https://www.amazon.com/shop/barnacules1
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Trade Mark (4 days ago)
I am so glad that I watched this video. I am 38 and am now just getting into C++ coding and am introducing my 10 year old son to it. Your story is very encouraging. I am a registered nurse at a prominent hospital in Nashville, TN and would love to merge nursing and computer coding. It would be super cool to have a piece of equipment engineered by a nurse to help us do our jobs better. Thanks for this.
Trade Mark (4 days ago)
Still here bro! lol
Nick Mucciaro (6 days ago)
The good old days! Ha lol! Basically the evolution of computers! Right there with you!
Mir Rakib Uz-zaman (11 days ago)
Still Watching
Liverpool Beat (12 days ago)
Brilliant video. Thoroughly enjoyed it
Milic Zeljko (16 days ago)
Hello. Can somebody tell me where to find wallpaper like he's got? P.S. Sorry for my bad English. I'm from Serbia.
Matt's Tech (17 days ago)
Still Watching at 52:14. Didn’t skip at all.
Ryan MacEwen (20 days ago)
Should have gone with an Amiga.. then again.. Microsoft. ;) BBS'ing with Amiga's was great, as was multitasking. Thanks! Great video.
Bob Novak (1 month ago)
Back 4 More (1 month ago)
Awesome story. Thanks for sharing and yes I watched it all thats why I left this comment.
Chandler Gallihugh (1 month ago)
I watched until the end
Double Cake (1 month ago)
Still watching
Greg Jerry (1 month ago)
very nice, cool story
Joe Williams (1 month ago)
There are not many programming languages as beautiful as "C"..
stranger7138 (1 month ago)
Good for you man. Proud for you.
david milchert (1 month ago)
Loved your story.
KSReferee (1 month ago)
Wow! GOD bless you young man!
Chris LeBrescu (1 month ago)
I really hate this video, but only because I kinda grew up the same way and didn't take advantage of the things around me. I have always wanted to get into computers but was never afforded the opportunity to do so. You have made a great life out of what you were given and you have become a guide to me as well. Keep it up my friend...
TassassinHC (2 months ago)
1st video I've seen from you. I didn't even know why have I started to watch... I subbed in the middle and became a fan at the end. I'm eager to see your other videos ;)
Daniel W (2 months ago)
Tim sounds like an asshole, you mean to say people can't leave their jobs to get a better one especially if the current business is crumbling with no prospects above minimum wage?
Jesse Rigano (2 months ago)
I can relate in more ways then one Jerry I love the fact you bring out the real you then others you are awesome no doubt about it man great sense of humor man I wish I could talk and chill with you
xKILLBILLSx GAMINGx (2 months ago)
i ha zx yres bk n had it 4 1week, dad had give it bk as we was very poor n ive no pics too ov me aswell too brother, umm mkes u think tbh n sad but hard n had great times tbh n i hope toget my streaming up running n jus only got660 or so on mixer but need help on obs as dnt remember as had acident wen i lost my lil one 6yres bk n lot other stuff too, but i do streaming as im trying get out and chat people i tryed leytting someone do and go into my pc laptop srry and they took advantage and took my passwrds n messed up my games n ps4 and xb too but still got xb and cant do the obs and trust someone unless its some one like u as u wouldent want hurt guy like me as im just having it hard still in life after all wht happend n trying have sorta normal life man n its so hard n trying set that obs up or something tbh as i only got a laptop with 4ram 64bit laptop , levo laptopi3 windows 7 but had windows 10 put on it for free bk wen it was free ect, all ebst and godbless srry ask but im jus asked few guys like u but with no replys at all tbh but all ok n good as i understand they got they own probs let lone mine ,oxoxoxo ur good sub and follow killbill, uk giuy. srry spelling im muture guy im 43 now n jus do gaming as hobby n like todo something and help others like myself but cant intill some one like u who got knowlege like u and i cant as forgotton as accident my friend, so guess im stuck like this umm , feel depresssed lol, noww. thinking ov it . all best bill
xKILLBILLSx GAMINGx (2 months ago)
i was ans had very same life as you wat a small world man, im glad one ov us made it and ur cool n deserve it my friend, godbless n hope u more luck too,u deserve it tbh as great great guy,
tough213 (2 months ago)
what a story you have you really made a name for yourself and a well deserved name as well. I wish you many years of success at your job and wish you all the best and to your family as well I am very grateful to you for sharing your talent and skill to help me learn more about computers and you help me a great deal .. have a great weekend and look forward to more of your great videos
Wasim (2 months ago)
I wrote my first program when I was in 3rd grade. I used QBASIC with Windows 3.11
jake c (2 months ago)
Still watching 52:15
BUG Ilustracion (2 months ago)
Man, I put this as background while I'm working here at home. I have to be honest, sometimes I really have no idea what I'm doing, I doubt myself several times a day... I listened to the whole video and I just want to thank you, you really made some impact on me, thanks a lot man. Love you man, please take care and keep beeing the awesome person you are, keep beeing this wonderful husband and parent. You sir are my inspiration.
ray mcbride (2 months ago)
Love your story mate well done
josh (2 months ago)
i have a 386
RubberBoa (2 months ago)
imstillwatchingatlike52:12 :)
Tell Meg (2 months ago)
DUDE!!!! This is my FIRST time EVER seeing ANY of your videos (and I watched the ENTIRE VID!!!) ❤️ You totally ROCK!!! 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍 By the way... ↖️ I feel ya on the whole towel issue! I live in Arizona and it’s one thing when a dude sweats but..... I’m the chick in the pic!!! 🤗😜😉👍 I can’t wait to watch more of your vids!!! I already subscribed & added a bunch to my playlist!!! 💁🏻‍♀️ YAY❗️
Kerjava fate (3 months ago)
sbtoolman12123 (3 months ago)
You have taught me more than you will ever know.....Thank you for everything.
Miah ! (3 months ago)
I wish I came across your videos yrs ago... But I'm subscribed NOW... Taking risks, You got me to get my business licence & go off on my own, been on the fence for yrs. 👌👍
Zachary Eaton (3 months ago)
I love this man! Ur so awesome this is almost exactly my childhood!
DTK MRP (3 months ago)
Great story! I don't know how you could remember all the details.
Aiden Wawczak (3 months ago)
I watched the video until 57:43. Although I've only seen a few of your videos this is the most inspiring. I am now considering pushing SUBSCRIBE!!!
Blitz (3 months ago)
I give props to you hour long vid and only one ad
francisdon SMG (3 months ago)
I have a math test to take in the morning I am a CIS major I suck at algebra and it is like an up hill battle for me. I can right code and learn code like no mans business and I love computer technology. I dream of a day I can work a job remotely related to computers or programming and contribute to my field of study.
francisdon SMG (3 months ago)
Please if you could do a tutorial on C++
Questchaun (3 months ago)
Don't know why people think you need a college degree for it 🤷🏾‍♂️
Pug55 (3 months ago)
52:13 still here
3d (3 months ago)
Your a true inspiration thank you.
I’m from Kitsap County! NKHS baby!
DFK2017 (4 months ago)
SUKANYAA GUPTA (4 months ago)
This is very interesting. And inspiring to me. Thanks for sharing. Your passion is engaging. It's ADHD all over. My boyfriend has ADHD and you remind me of him. :)
SUKANYAA GUPTA (4 months ago)
Maikel K (4 months ago)
The good old days. My first pc was a 286 16 and i upgraded it to a 386 sx 40 Mhz. When i went to highschool i got another pc. It was a 486 dx4-100 Mhz. But that was a lemon cause i returned the pc like 7 times for not working and i got another one each time. So my dad got fed up and we packed it up and he threw it through the shop and we got the money back. Then i went for a custom pc.
Da Ga (4 months ago)
when does the movie come?
Tek Arts (4 months ago)
Live your life guy, If you want to loose weight do it. If not just be you. im 38 and i had a life kinda like you. I went to the oilfeild and now wish i hadn't
Tek Arts (4 months ago)
Love how you remember 486 dx II 66. That math co processor made the world
Tek Arts (4 months ago)
i used wildcat BBS builder
Tek Arts (4 months ago)
wow this took me back I made a board game, monopoly, with qbasic and showme.exe
Tek Arts (4 months ago)
This is how i mad a doom game b4 doom. Im still not working in the computer field and miss it but im still poor
Joe Quirk (4 months ago)
Great video I sat through the whole hour. Good story telling very inspirational, I know nothing about programing but I have other dreams that involve a lot of risk and this video helps in pushing me to follow them. So I just wanted to say thanks and I don't subscribe to much but you earned it today.
latengocomoburro (4 months ago)
What an asshole his boss was. There is no way to understand what he did.
ryan raymond (4 months ago)
Oh my god! If you focus on his face, not his folds, you can see skinny barnacleses face stuck on a pillow!
techyougo (4 months ago)
Still watching
BeDubbs (4 months ago)
was still watching
John Donnelly (4 months ago)
I watched the full video
blackneos940 (4 months ago)
Tech is BAE :D
David Wills (4 months ago)
Just wanted to say. I only just found your channel after searching for scambaiting videos. And to me you're a real inspiration. I am also a heavy guy with a family and pretty nerdy into computers since the mid 1980s. I resonate with much of your story. You're a pretty awesome guy and you have great presence. Your videos are a lot of fun to watch. I'd love to meet you some time in meat space (is that still a thing? I don't hear it used much anymore.) I am pretty social media inept. My experience and understanding is pretty old school. The modern world is accelerating away from me at an increasing rate. My man cave is pitiful compared to yours. But I do run some decent metal. The handle wherewith I infrequently twit: @DA_Wills
David Wills (4 months ago)
still watching
Liberty Media (4 months ago)
This was a great window into how you got to where you are today! Thank you.
Prakash Vishwakarma (4 months ago)
Is your date of birth 31/10/1956 ?
Prakash Vishwakarma (4 months ago)
No, your dob is October 30, 1979.
Prakash Vishwakarma (4 months ago)
BaNeGa - In hindi, it means will be prepared or it will happen :D Don't know if you made it on purpose :P
Marta Von Runge (4 months ago)
With YouTube censoring & demonetizing people right and left, you may want to branch off to another streaming site like HookTube, Patreon, or BitChute.
junner sonches (4 months ago)
you  are a good man and I know what life was back then in a way I'm, like you but  the only difference is I'm not computer inclined , But  I now  to keep,  my pc in tack and running with all the spy wear and  viruses,  out there to day  and I have been watching your vids now   trying to learn,, more on how to keep my pc alive I no wiz but I did take some it tic , in programing with windows and I was always being a target  being shot at being  accused, of being a gang member  , But none of the abovebut I envy, you for never giving up and  making your friends  happy, to help others to parotic, there computers   and ty  for taking time  to read this  . Mr. Ramirez ...... I will be looking forward to seeing more of you  video's   n ty ....
Pinchgrinch (4 months ago)
Awesome story! Very inspiring. Keep up the great work.
Daedran Vanoras (4 months ago)
Seeing you make this video about how you got through your daily struggles as a teenager is extremely inspiring to me, because, not to be rude or anything, I am in a better position then you may have been as a teenager. But the fact that you sat down and put yourself forward to apply yourself to your passions and take risks that many people wouldn't take today is really motivating to me, and not only is it motivating it just gives me another reason not to take things for granted and to be more appreciative of the things that I have, whether it be my computer or even time with my family. I really enjoyed the entirety of this video and I really hope you have a good one. But before I go I have to ask, what kind of coffee did you have? XD
Stephanie R. (5 months ago)
Still watching
i (5 months ago)
Barnacules dont be so hard on you, i saw your other videos about failing with losing weight. Belive me i was there too, i dont have kids and house like you. But from experience i can say, small steps is the way too go. You have an amazing story and inspiring. I watched your vids, and other in tech/computers/gaming and havent yet found a desent job but where i have started is much better than where i was before. I learned so much and still learning just by doing the things i love. I work as a consult what ever you want call it but i work in IT and it is much better paid than working in production/industry. I love everything about it and found great coworkers and cool boss. Since 6 years ago i didnt know nothing about it and now i repair and sell computers. Most of the time i dont even know what i am working with but googling and researching i learn how to fix. My next step is learning to code and advance in programing. I feel so passionate about helping others with their tech and i know how important it is today in a age of technology. I couldnt buy any stuff to learn and started to pick up parts and fix from scrapyard and dumpsters. I took out parts and build a medium gaming pc. I got my self other jobs like photograf and started to work on birthdays and events. I feel so blessed even if the way was long and hard, not knowing how to get money for food and for rent i managed always some how with help of friends and family who supported me. Not many people knew my hardship with money and how much i failed, but it was worth it and standing now and remembering how i started, with watching your videos and other tech channels i feel so lucky to find people with similar struggles. Now i get by even better and i have so much expecience so i can apply other jobs. I will start a channel my self and build parts from what ever i could find. I wish you the best for you and your family. Blessings// Wilson
J4CК (5 months ago)
quits job to get better job, gets fierd by good job :v
Aaron (5 months ago)
That sounds like to me, that your "friend" John was the one who broke into your house after he moved out. And dumped garbage in your bed because he was bitter that you fired him? Just a thought. Awesome story by the way, I've watched this video at least 3 times!
Ben Lake (5 months ago)
what suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuup
Michael Möller (5 months ago)
The same histori for me but today I am a truckdriver but i miss the good times.
VehanenVEVO (5 months ago)
This guy should have like 10 mil subs, he has so much experience of technology
Lucas Dupree (5 months ago)
Great video man. You have an amazing story!
Stefan Rodic (5 months ago)
Stil watching
MegaMidget Xtreme (5 months ago)
It’s ironic that schools still use computers that are a generation or two older than the modern (hardware wise, not actual generations)
Rw Nourse (5 months ago)
Wow! Super Story...
dtec30 (5 months ago)
i can remember buying a cd rom for $120
dtec30 (5 months ago)
yep in highschool apple 2e and amstrad cpc 464 wow that brings back memories
Alex M (5 months ago)
Yo, this was a lot of help, I'm going through the same stuff as you did right now. This is a real inspiration.
PH10 AD600 (6 months ago)
Impressive! Thanx dude!! 👍🤟🖖
shoebucket (6 months ago)
Good on ya, man. Keep it up
Conrad Verner (6 months ago)
I think it was 60+ dollars per MB of RAM at the time you bought your first 486DX. Man, it was crazy luxury. :)
Kerry Page (6 months ago)
I did 11.5 years at IBM in manufacturing of PCBs when I was downsized out in 1992. I was there during the early days of the PC revolution. I know what you went through as my life was similar in some ways. Good luck and keep moving forward!
DEVIN LUTHERAN (6 months ago)
You and 8bit guy should do a video together
Nick Nikzat (6 months ago)
I watched this video today - July 9, 2018! Jerry, I like you as a human being, you are genuine, and you are someone who has paid his dues. I share a lot of your early computer escapades, like my first "computer" was the TI 99/4A! I learned BASIC on that beast, and I remember writing games, and a Farsi word processor. I am very impressed with how you've made a lot of lemonade from a lot of lemons in your life, and I really hope that with all the good work you've done, that you continue to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Keep doing what you're doing brother, and enjoy your moments with your family!
chevy guy55 (6 months ago)
And I seen how long the video was I grab me a snack and a couple drinks and sit down and watch the whole thing Non-Stop. I've been subscribed to you for years love your videos..
GOD GAMER (6 months ago)
I watched the full video without a single skip just. 😍😍😍😍
vortex /kingbatman20 (6 months ago)
i am
Cosmic Aesthetic (6 months ago)
You are awesome Jerry, that is all.
Cosmic Aesthetic (6 months ago)
oh and im still watching lul
York Powers (7 months ago)
Steve Brule (7 months ago)
Crazy to see how much your channel has grown from this vid. Almost 1 million! Here's to 2 mil.
Mars Mahoney (7 months ago)
I had started out on a vic-20 and my neighbor friend had a Commodore 64
db Vetter (7 months ago)
Ahh VESA drivers, the memories.
db Vetter (7 months ago)
Remember GEnie and Compuserve? Large community BBS’s. At 23 years old My first computer was a Commodore 64 in 1983. Then I bought an Amiga 1000 and got into 3D animation. My career today I’m a CAD Manager at a large company using Autodesk Inventor - 3D CAD.
Luis Arevalo (7 months ago)
still watching
Luis Arevalo (7 months ago)
What an awesome dude! Great video my guy!

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