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Omar Wasow: How a $10 Computer Changed My Life
Aug 27, 2010 Aug 20, 2013

BlackPlanet co-founder Omar Wasow recently spoke at TEDxBoston. The topic of conversation? How his parents decision to get him a Commodore VIC-20, instead of an Atari changed his life and inspired him to become a programmer. For those of you that might need a quick history lesson, the VIC-20 is an 8-bit home computer and one of the first inexpensive color computer models. It was $100 back then, but can be purchased for $10 now.

"It was a limited computer, 1MHz, 5K, but it was the perfect sandbox for a kid to learn to program."

Wasow began creating rudimentary programs that would begin his fascination with technology. From the lowly VIC-20, Omar started on a path that led him to become a techpreneur.

Watch the video to learn how the choosing the right hardware can mean the difference between becoming a creator and wielder of tech and a consumer and more importantly, how can the effect be massed produced.