Very interesting Jen, lots about you that I didn't know. Here are some excerpts from my journey:
My first use of personal computers was on our dairy farm (circa 1984) when we connected our milking machines to a computer to record and track milk production in our herd. (I even remember having to some soldering to replace burnt out diodes on the milking machine boards.)
I had taken a computer class in high school in 1979, where we used either a DEC writer or tape to run simple programs and was at RPI in 1982 and 1983 where we used FORTRAN to create games, shuttle simulations, etc.
Around 1990, I was using Lotus 123 in the Army for tracking supplies and personnel, when I was the XO of a Headquarters Company. When I went back to UNH after the Army, I used QuatroPro and Harvard Graphics for my biochemistry lab reports.
Like you, I really got into computers in the lab I worked in during grad school. It was the early 90's, and things like Lynx ad Mosaic were just coming on the scene.
I built my first website (using Netscape Composer) for my brother in 1998, and shortly after, moved into IT for good.
It's amazing how much things have changed, and how quickly they continue to progress. I can't even imagine what my kids will be doing with technology when they are grown!
Thanks for sharing.