For a first post, let me tell you all a little about myself. I've been a member of GameDev for about 5 years. This site has taught me so much. I've been mostly a lurker, but I feel that must change. I need to give something back to the community, so I'll try my best to help out anyone here that needs it.
I'm a fourth year Computer Science student at Old Dominion Unversity (Norfolk, VA). I currently work with the City of Virginia Beach doing various IT related things, good money. I'm working towards my MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer), mostly because the boss is paying for it. I really don't see myself being a software engineer or programmer for a career. Who knows? That might change one day.
I've been programming since the age of 11, started with good old QBASIC. I taught myself from the help file! Next, I used Visual Basic. Later on, I graduated to C++. The one thing I love about C++ is that even though I've been using it for a long time, there is always something new to learn about the language. I believe this is probably the same with any language. I've dipped into various APIs, but never really concentrating on one. I hope to remedy this in the future.
So here I am. I'll post more to this journal as the time comes. I do have a game I'm developing, but more on that later.
BTW, when's a good time to be at #gamedev?