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Windows 7: Officially world's youngest IT whizz

22 Jan 2010   #1

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Officially world's youngest IT whizz

Marko Casalan, 8, is officially world's youngest IT whizz

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While the other elementary school pupils skim through their comics in the break between classes, Marko Calasan takes out his copy of Implementing and Administering Security in a Microsoft Windows Server Network for a light read.

At the age of 8, Marko has become the world’s youngest certified computer system administrator and was deemed the Mozart of Computers by the press after passing exams for IT professionals with the computer giant Microsoft.

Marko Casalan, 8, is officially world's youngest IT whizz - Times Online

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22 Jan 2010   #2

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit

wow, hope he does'nt burn himself out, he could be the next generations Bill Gates thank you for the info Kari
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22 Jan 2010   #3

Vista Ult64, Win7600

Thanks for the information, it's good to know that there are some younger brains
on the ball, and doing so well.
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22 Jan 2010   #4

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)

Next thing you know, he'll have 10,000 posts here!
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22 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 ®™

Great read, thanks!
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22 Jan 2010   #6

windows 7 home prem 64 bit

he needs a hair cut
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22 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64

Thanks for posting, Kari.
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22 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 7 x64 / Same

Quite an accomplishment. Thanks for sharing.

When I read about these very young people in technology, it makes me recall this shocking story of a potential prodigy:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Obituary
Derek Jacobs

A suburban Boca Raton teen who made world news in 2002 by having an identification microchip implant and later became a college prodigy was killed early Saturday in a motorcycle accident, authorities said.

Derek Jacobs, 18, died about 4:40 a.m. Saturday in the 8000 block of westbound Palmetto Park Road, just west of Powerline Road, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff's report.

Mr. Jacobs lost control of his 2005 Yamaha, struck and slid along a guardrail, hit a curb and slammed into a wooden pole, throwing and killing him, the report said. He was wearing a helmet and is not believed to have been speeding, and alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the crash, the report said.

"Our friend had a motorcycle and he asked to drive," Leslie Jacobs said of her son. "It was just a crazy accident of a bump or something, and he was catapulted."

At 12, Derek Jacobs had become the youngest Microsoft-certified systems engineer, qualifying him to run the computer network of a medium to large corporation, his mother said.

In May 2002, Derek, then 14, and his parents each had a VeriChip implanted in their arm in a procedure broadcast on NBC's Today show. They were the first family to be implanted with the VeriChip. Applied Digital Solutions, now based in Delray Beach, touted the $200 chip, about the size of a grain of rice, as a way to help identify people and provide quick access to medical histories.

"Derek was a true technology visionary" said Scott R. Silverman, chairman and CEO of Applied Digital Solutions. "I, the people of ADS and all the technology world will never forget Derek."

Derek, who'd been home-schooled, went straight to Florida International University near Miami, joining the College of Engineering at 16.

"Dedicated, visionary and innovative students like him help our college break new boundaries in engineering research and education," engineering Dean Vish Prasad said two years ago.

Mr. Jacobs was set to graduate this year, but he was inspired by his father's battles with cancer and other medical problems and stayed on at FIU to take pre-med courses, his mother said. She said her son wanted to be a neurosurgeon.

"He had, of course, potential, because he was brilliant, and he was just a wonderful son," Leslie Jacobs said. "He wanted to make a difference in the world."

Services are set for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Gardens Memorial Park in Boca Raton. Derek Jacobs, who had no siblings, is survived by his parents and grandparents.
Published in The Palm Beach Post on September 30, 2006

Derek Jacobs Obituary/Area Death: Derek Jacobs?s Obituary by the The Palm Beach Post.
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