First of all thank you for visiting my site and to be interested in me.
My name is Michele Verda, I was born in '67 and my job, needless to say, is IT consultant.
As I always say the term "IT consultant" can mean everything and nothing. Many might say simply that "Michele is one who works with computers", and would definitely be a proper way to simplify the term.
I suggest you to take a look at the services page that I offer to better understand what what I do in detail.
In the meantime, I can tell you that I came to this job almost by accident. As a teenager I was rather "allergic" to schools. I am failing to find anything that I would stimulate me enough and after trying different paths, in the winter of 1985 I have followed a Basic programmer course organized by an Olivetti dealer in the area. At the time, Olivetti was an important name in the computer world.
The computer on which we worked was an Olivetti M20. A cross between a high end home computer and a personal computer. He was based on a Zilog Z8001 processor running at 4MHz and the beauty of 128kB of RAM.
However, already after the firsts few lessons, immediately I fall in love in those who at the time were objects of science fiction. Be able to understand not only how they works, but being able to make them work as you wanted was a kind of magic.
At that point I began to "mess" at home after I bought a Spectravideo SVI-728, an MSX compatible home computer.
In 1986 I joined a course much more comprehensive, challenging and long where addition to the usual basic language, omnipresent at the time, also studied Cobol, English and mathematics.
At this point I made the jump and I switched to a Commodore Amiga 1000.
Upon graduation it came time of military service that I have done in the Air Force. It been a year where I could improve my knowledges thanks to the fact that I have been working in the administrative office on a real personal computer, always a Olivetti, but this time an M24, one of the first personal computer alternative to those invented by IBM. It was equipped with an external 10MB hard drive. A real luxury for the time. On this computer I wrote my first real programs, some small management softwares used for the office tasks.
During the last months of military service, I began to look for information technology companies to work with. Just three days after the military leave I started to work at a local IBM agency and dealer. It was August 1988.
The rest of my story can be found in my resume.
I'm writing this short story in 2016 and if my calculations are right I have over 30 years of experience.
I think that being able to turn what started as a simple hobby into a real job is one of the most beautiful things that could happen in my life. I love this work. I often think about people who are forced for various reasons to do jobs that don't like and I feel a really lucky person from this point of view.
Here are some representative photos of the above computers. In order, the SVI-728, the Commodore Amiga 1000, the Olivetti M20 and finally the Olivetti M24.