It was the last thing on his mind.
The last thing he ever wanted to be was a teenager again.
He had just spent three years of his life living at home in the suburbs of Sydney, where he had never been.
He had only been out of school for a year, and when he returned he was devastated.
It was an age-old problem: there were only so many computers on the planet, and most of them were expensive.
When his dad bought him a new PC a few years ago, he was ecstatic to have a computer he could use in the house.
He was so excited about it, he thought he would spend the rest of his time playing Minecraft.
But the game wasn’t what he was looking for.
He wasn’t looking for a new computer, but for a better one.
“It’s a really important aspect of my life, but I was so busy that I couldn’t even finish my homework,” he says.
“I wanted to learn, so I looked at a lot of the tutorials on YouTube and looked at what was available on the web.”
I’ve always been fascinated by technology, but there’s this sense of alienation about it that I didn’t know about until recentlyWhen he realised he was missing out on something important, he started looking for other electronics, but he didn’t find many.
The internet was everywhere, and it was so easy to access it that he decided to try his luck with online retailers like eBay.
I just didn’t feel like going out and finding it myself, he says, so he started shopping at other sites like Amazon, which was cheaper.
He bought a few items, then found that he had nothing to show for it.
“I’ve never been happier to be alive,” he laughs.
But he’s now looking for something even better: a new laptop.
And it’s been a long wait for that.
In the years since his last laptop, he’s been working on a brand new one, a laptop he’s dubbed the GigaGig.
It’s based on the Samsung Galaxy S5, but it also runs on an Intel Core i7-7500U processor and 16GB of RAM, and weighs just 6.6kg.
There are two main screens: a large one for reading and writing, and a smaller one for watching video and playing games.
He’s also built a special remote control to control the Gigabyte, which can also be used as a media player.
The laptop is only for about a month at this point, but so far he’s had no problems.
He hasn’t had any issues connecting to the internet.
And he’s already started using it for school work, taking notes during classes and chatting with his teachers.
“The thing about this is that I’m not in school anymore,” he explains.
“But I have to do a lot more work now, so it’s kind of like a normal day.”
And he thinks he’ll be back to school in about a year.
He’s already got some homework to complete.
He has to write about the internet and electronics in school, but his teacher said she’d be happy to do it for free.
“I’m not even looking to pay the price of admission, I just want to do this for free,” he tells me.