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BrilloPad
19th January 2009, 08:31
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/macedonia/4275150/Boy-8-becomes-youngest-IT-professional.html

Marko Calasan, from Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, has become the world's youngest certified computer system administrator.

"I'd like to be a computer scientist when I grow up and create a new operational system," he said.

Marko, whose favourite subject at school is mathematics, learnt to read and write at the age of two, which was when his interest in computers began.

The news of his achievement has turned him into a celebrity in Macedonia.

His mother Radica, 37, said that her son displayed "exceptional learning abilities at a very early age" and that she and her husband, who run a computer school, call on Marko to help solve technical problems when they crop up.

"He is obviously extraordinary gifted, but children above the age of six could learn much more about computers than generally assumed," she said.

Marko is also fascinated by physics and astronomy and struggled to sleep the night before the launch of the Big Bang experiment at the underground facility of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research in Switzerland.

Marko said: "The media said it could cause the end of the world, but there was never any danger of that."

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A great achievement or anyone gifted youngster who will fail for lack of social skills like Ruth Lawrence?

I go for the latter.....

Pondlife
19th January 2009, 08:46
Let's hope he doesn't try his hand at distributed search engines.

He could have it done in a week.

BrilloPad
19th January 2009, 08:49
Let's hope he doesn't try his hand at distributed search engines.

He could have it done a week.

And he might well have a decent marketing plan......

Zippy
19th January 2009, 10:02
A great achievement or anyone gifted youngster who will fail for lack of social skills like Ruth Lawrence?

I go for the latter.....

Judging by the few I have met I don't think a lack of social skills is a problem for sys admins

poser
19th January 2009, 11:08
this guy couls easily get a job at my client co..

ratewhore
19th January 2009, 11:16
Sounds like a hit with the ladeez when he's older...

DaveB
19th January 2009, 11:45
Well it was only an MCSA exam. A feotus could pass that with a bit of revision :D

dang65
19th January 2009, 11:55
A great achievement or anyone gifted youngster who will fail for lack of social skills like Ruth Lawrence?
I'm not sure I'd class Ruth Lawrence (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_Lawrence) as a failure?? She didn't just pass an O Level at 8-years-old, get in the newspaper and then become a drug addict or something. I think there probably are examples like that, but Ruth Lawrence isn't one of them.

BrilloPad
19th January 2009, 12:53
I'm not sure I'd class Ruth Lawrence (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_Lawrence) as a failure?? She didn't just pass an O Level at 8-years-old, get in the newspaper and then become a drug addict or something. I think there probably are examples like that, but Ruth Lawrence isn't one of them.

Then I got the wrong one! I was thinking of http://runawayz.com/2008/04/07/shock-confession-of-maths-prodigy-who-turned-to-life-of-vice/

But I remember an interview with Ruth when she was early twenties. Her father insisted on sitting in with her! She was asked if her succees was worth the sacrifice and she descibed the question as "not sufficiently well posed" to be able to answer.

thelace
19th January 2009, 12:57
Yer see. You computer weenies make it sound sooo hard, when in reality an 8 year old can pass the exams :D:D:D


Steps back and waits for flack :p

BrilloPad
19th January 2009, 13:00
Yer see. You computer weenies make it sound sooo hard, when in reality an 8 year old can pass the exams :D:D:D


Steps back and waits for flack :p

But that 8 year old must only be doing exams and have no personality. whereas we are all.... actually I think you are right!

BoredBloke
19th January 2009, 13:09
I'm not sure I'd class Ruth Lawrence (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_Lawrence) as a failure?? She didn't just pass an O Level at 8-years-old, get in the newspaper and then become a drug addict or something. I think there probably are examples like that, but Ruth Lawrence isn't one of them.

Not a looker though is she.

http://www.math.huji.ac.il/~ruthel/

thelace
19th January 2009, 13:58
Not a looker though is she.

http://www.math.huji.ac.il/~ruthel/



Looks aren't everyth.....

Nope, you're right!

Nice hat :)

Cheshire Cat
19th January 2009, 15:12
Not a looker though is she.

http://www.math.huji.ac.il/~ruthel/

Hubba hubba

dinker
19th January 2009, 15:52
What`s an "operational system"?

dang65
19th January 2009, 16:01
What`s an "operational system"?
I imagine a lot of IT Contractors will never encounter such a thing.

Cheshire Cat
19th January 2009, 16:08
Who was that poncey kid who appeared on Wogan in the 80's? Blonde afro, looked like his face had melted a bit. He was supposed to be some sort of genius, but as far as I could tell, his genius extended to running an antiques business with his dad, which was later involved in some sort of fraud.
He went on to have a sex change, and Belle and Sebastian wrote a song "Lord Anthony" based loosely around him.

James (Lauren) Harries.