I spent a lot of time playing with computers as a kid. I remember everything from the 8088 to the 486, the first Pentiums and roughly up to the gigahertz days. Now, life keeps me busy enough that I just want them to work (and my parents to quit calling for tech support).
When I wasn't on the computer, I was usually reading or playing RPG's with my friends. I don't spent much time doing that anymore but it definitely improved my writing. My interest in making up realistic people/characters led to learning more about the world (as it was and is now) and acted as a nice focus for my interest in what makes people tick.
If you prefer labels, I'm a bit of a geek, a bit of a nerd (there's a difference), a gamer, and an IT professional. I'd also like to think I'm a comedian and philosopher, but I usually only give myself those labels when I'm feeling particularly awesome (and likely need my ego-bubble burst).