Dan found his love computers at early age. His family started out with an Apple IIe which allowed him to write BASIC programs and make multi-page banners with PrintShop. From there, he moved to an Intel 8088, IBM-compatible PC that was given to him in Middle School. He spent countless hours tearing down and rebuilding that computer to learn as much as he could. High school came and with it a part-time job that allowed him to purchase a brand-new 486 DX2 computer. It was with this computer that his expansion of software and programming knowledge really expanded, allowing him to compete in programing competitions using PASCAL and C.