(Resuming) My name is Eduardo Bonsi and I got my first Macintosh computer in 1987. It was the legendary Macintosh II. I had a lot of fun with that machine. In the past, I worked as an illustrator, designer for advertising agencies. During that time most everything was done manually. I always loved typography and I am remembering, we used to "specify type" at the production phase by sending it out to a photographer's lab, where they would photography and paste letter by letter on the board forming a specific word. Then, they would photography the entire word, clean up the negative and chemically burn that on a special photography paper and this was how we would receive the type to be inserted in the final art board. It was a riot and a lot manual work. During that time, I was going to college and theoretically studying computers.
That time they had only IBMs and it was only for type and some statistical plot, no images. Later, Apple was formed and I was following their progress. I heard that they launched computers that was able to do typography and design. Wow! To be able to do your own typography on a computer was really something for us designers. That was when I got interested in the Mac. Time went by and I had many Macs, from desktop to laptops. Being interested in the Macintosh computers, I learned quite a bit about the Mac and its operational system. I worked in a computer lab teaching students all the many applications need to do their homework. Microsoft was a good word processor that time and it was given freely to students to do their homework.
Then, the internet was open to the public and I started to envision the possibilities. We were not longer tied and controlled by the formal advertising and journalism world. Well that was just for a few years when the commerce/industry advertising and commercial world somewhat took over again of our lives. I have done from typography to design to configuring servers using BIND and Apache on the Mac. Between many things, I have been configuring, designing, coding and managing an eCommerce store based on the Prestashop interface.
Today, one cannot go anywhere with their internet browser without been tracked in their every move. Just by accessing a few links and one is packed with many cookies and tracking systems geared to watch what you do and where you have been. That is quite annoying to know some big software eye is always following you around. Emails applications are so vulnerable and excluding Thunderbird, we did not have much progress to stop spammers and malicious individuals that send you viruses almost every day. So, privacy becomes the main concern in the internet Today. I am happy that the developers of MaidSafe are part of this new internet revolution going forward and bringing privacy back and at the reach of our hands. I hope to talk to you sometime and exchange some friendly information. I do many other things that is connected to the environment and the community. You will know more about my other projects as you get to know me better. Talk to you soon, ebonsi.