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My name is Patrick McDonnell Hart, but you can just call me Mac. I am a typical kid who has moved around a few times in my life, from Concord, Massachusetts to Avon, Connecticut then finally to Southbury, Connecticut. I've spent most of my years in Southbury and I can honestly say they were the best days of my teenage years. As I write this I sit at my desk in my prison cell of a dorm room at a large New England university. It's hot and stuffy but I am loving every moment of it. Let me tell you a little bit more about myself. I grew up a very happy child. Even though my parents divorced when I was 13, I can't complain that I never had a roof over my head or a family who loved me. My family is rather large and I can boast that my great grandmother lived to 102! Before school I lived at home with my mother, my step-father, brother and my dog George. My brother, though extremely annoying at times, is one of my best friends. I've never felt homesick before, but now I finally miss the constant bickering with him. As a kid Owen and I usually spent most of our free time playing video games -- me more than him -- so I am sort of a geek.

As I got older my interests ranged from not just playing games but creating the systems that play them. I built my first computer last year and let me tell you the benefits of knowing the ins and outs of a computer are extraordinary. Knowing how your computer works and what each component does is not only fun but a life skill in itself. Because of my love of all things computers I am a computer science major and IT minor. On my floor here at school, I'm known as the computer guy, so if my floor-mates have a problem, I'm the first one they'll come to. When not building computers I am a PC gamer who plays games ranging from Starcraft II, Elder Scrolls to Battlefield Bad Company 2. You're probably assuming I am an unfit fat mess, but you'd be surprised. I am an avid soccer and Ultimate Frisbee fan. I played soccer for my high school during my freshman and sophomore year and then during my junior and senior year, once I was able to drive, I played Frisbee with my friends every weekend. Hopefully I can find some soccer and Frisbee clubs here on campus. Also I am an avid snowboarder, so I can't wait for the first snow to fall.

Blog Entries by Mac Hart

Embrace Piracy

23 Comments | Posted February 5, 2012 | 02/05/12 12:11 AM ET

Embrace piracy, I say. I know this is controversial but just hear me out. There is no fighting piracy in this world. Even Rovio (maker of Angry Birds) CEO Mikael Hed said, "Piracy may not be a bad thing: it can get us more business at the end...

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Black Friday: Destroy or Regulate

Posted December 3, 2011 | 12/03/11 02:35 AM ET

Every year in the United States, the Friday after Thanksgiving becomes a madhouse. It is known as Black Friday -- the day when people shiver outside stores everywhere to save a couple bucks.

Every year we see videos of people injured due to Black Friday. This year, for example, a...

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Winter Comes Early

Posted November 8, 2011 | 11/08/11 09:40 AM ET

I remember looking at the TV in my dining commons and seeing something along the lines of: "Urgent Weather Alert, Huge Nor'easter to Strike New England." I turned to my friends and in my teenage cynicism, blew it off. But lo and behold, on that October evening, snow came tumbling...

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Steve Jobs Was Far From Perfect

Posted October 20, 2011 | 10/20/11 10:37 AM ET

As we all know, Steve Jobs died on Wednesday October 5, 2011. As with every celebrity's passing, Mr. Job's death brings along a slew of company tributes and celebrity remembrances. From what I have read and watched, the popular media sees Steve Jobs as a founding father and revolutionary to...

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My First Days in College

Posted October 4, 2011 | 10/04/11 01:22 AM ET

Arriving for my first day of college at a large New England University was spectacular. It all went
so well:

  • The weather cooperated; it was not quite 80 degrees but it was dry.
  • The bed lofting exercise was a bit more complicated than the video had shown it to...
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