Patrick Junkroski, Founding Partner
Patrick first discovered computers in 1979, playing with the Commodore Pet, the TRS-80 and the like. His parents soon nurtured this interest and bought a Compucolor II by Intecolor. With its whopping 16k of RAM and 5 1/4″ floppy drive, Patrick learned how to create games and rudimentary artwork using the BASIC programming language. Throughout the 80s, Patrick continued with Atari computers and others, dabbling in Assembly language and COBOL. But when his brother Michael brought home a Macintosh in 1985, everything changed.
Ever since that day, Patrick has been all Apple, all the time. From the early Macintosh through the iPad, Patrick has used, taken apart, studied and (sometimes successfully) reassembled pretty much everything with a hard drive and an Apple logo.
In our computer consultation division, Patrick works on OS X servers and clients, in homes and in businesses. In our web division, he serves as a project manager with an emphasis on database usability.
Michael started playing piano at age five and was immediately drawn to the first synthesizers to hit the market in the 1970′s. His love for electronics drew him to computers as soon as he could type, and he started working on time-shared systems at the local University until the first Apple II’s showed up at his middle school. Like his brother Patrick, Michael also started programming on the Compucolor II at home while working with the Apple at school.
That early access and exposure to technology created a lifelong desire to understand and analyze technology trends and their affect on everyday lives. Michael’s kind of spooky understanding of trends makes him the My Technology Pros goto guy when clients need to understand the long-term implications of their technology decisions. He is also one of My Technology Pros’ lead web designers and web project managers.
Paul’s introduction to programming was by way of Roland TR 909 and TR 707 drum machines in the mid 80′s. It was also during that time he was introduced to an IBM machine running Windows 1.0, but found the experience so counterintuitive, he shelved the idea of working with computers.
Then one day while playing tennis, he was doing calculations regarding the trajectory and placement of his opponent’s shots when he chanced upon a formula that gave him the idea he might be able to analyze and write interesting code, after all. That same week, he went to see Michael & Patrick and promptly bought his first computer – a first generation iMac. Friends and family derided him, saying that he couldn’t ‘code his way out of a paper bag.’ Oddly enough, that was actually one of his first assignments, which he completed in a very short time. That very bag can be seen framed and hanging on a wall in his office. That was well over a decade ago, and since that time he’s been involved in almost every phase of web design, programming, problem solving and computer consultation.