I started my journey into this world in Oakley, Idaho. Here’s a map for all you visual learners. The town’s population fluctuates between 645 and 668 and I’m fairly certain there are more potato guns than there are citizens. Entertainment was easy to come by if it could actually be called entertainment by today’s standards. Most of it consisted of dragging Christmas trees, clothes dryers, or bathtubs behind cars and seeing how long we could hang on before we started burning holes in our shorts. At other times rotten apple wars with firecrackers did the trick.
While the town’s industry was mainly farming, ranching, and mining, my dad happened to be a programmer and computer businessman. After having my fair share of hauling pipe and branding cattle, I opted for the more intriguing route of programming as well. Although I was entertained with making colored circles move across the screen in Basic, the more exciting Internet didn’t actually arrive in Oakley until about 1996 when I was 13. Even then it was accessed through dial-up and only two connections could simultaneously exist to the town. Given that three families in the town had modems, the sound of a busy signal meant calling one of the other two families to call dibbs for some time on the web. Soon enough I made my first Hello World web page and have been involved in building the world wide web since.
After graduating high school in 2001, I attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where I studied Information Systems. The major is in essence a blend between business and technology–enough business to wield a laser pointer and enough programming to pack a pocket protector. This is also where I met my wife-to-be, Holly Roberts-now-Hardy. We dated for six weeks before I left to Ecuador to serve as a missionary for my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
After two years down under, I came back to Provo, Utah where Holly and I were married six weeks later.
On the side I like to spend my time sharing with the world my crazy ideas about code, politics, religion, and life in general on my blog, AaronHardy.com. It’s my way of not only releasing steam, but also doing whatever I can, however minute it may be, to encourage change for the better in this world of ours.