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Meet the Youngest Ever Microsoft System Engineer

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This is Marco Calasan. He's nine years old, and with his four Microsoft certificates he is the youngest Microsoft systems engineer in the world.

Marco describes himself as a regular kid who likes to hang out and play with his friends. However, as CNN learned when they went to visit him at his school, Marco Calasan is anything but ordinary; the boy is a computer genius.

Showing CNN's Anna Coren around the computer lab at his school, Marco talks about IPTV, the content delivery system he set up all by himself; how he streams high quality video throughout Macedonia; and provides a service for the country's disabled. Each of Marco's achievements is more impressive than the last. So much so, that we hardly surprised to learn he's also written a 312-page book on Windows 7.

Fluent in three languages and learning a fourth, Marco's grasp of the English language along with his vocabulary boggled Coren as he revealed that later in the month, he will travel from his home in Macedonia to Montenegro where the government has asked him to give a presentation on his IPTV system.

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    JasonAkkerman , May 20, 2010 9:07 PM
    While this kid is obviously very special and gifted, it's a shame that he wants to be a systems engineer. An intellect like his would be put to better use in theoretical physics, or biomedical engineering.
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    bustapr , May 20, 2010 8:59 PM
    This same article without the video was on Toms a while ago lol. I remember everyone fighting over whether "he" was a "she".Old news.
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    igot1forya , May 20, 2010 10:11 PM
    Once he meets a girl... all his genius will go out the window. You just wait and see...
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    kyeana , May 20, 2010 8:57 PM
    My mind has been blown
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    zorky9 , May 20, 2010 8:58 PM
    WOW
  • 27 Hide
    bustapr , May 20, 2010 8:59 PM
    This same article without the video was on Toms a while ago lol. I remember everyone fighting over whether "he" was a "she".Old news.
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    tokenz , May 20, 2010 9:04 PM
    ...and to think I cant even get my router to give me a faster ping time.
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    dman3k , May 20, 2010 9:06 PM
    Can I adopt him?
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    JasonAkkerman , May 20, 2010 9:07 PM
    While this kid is obviously very special and gifted, it's a shame that he wants to be a systems engineer. An intellect like his would be put to better use in theoretical physics, or biomedical engineering.
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    MisterClean , May 20, 2010 9:08 PM
    even this a repost, it's new to me.

    Wow, that kid's pretty incredible. I had a hard enough time learning 2 languages, and he's working on his fourth. And he's a computer whiz to boot.

    All of his talents, and he still has time to help the disabled. Good job, kid. I hope he goes far.
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    sidran32 , May 20, 2010 9:09 PM
    JasonAkkermanWhile this kid is obviously very special and gifted, it's a shame that he wants to be a systems engineer. An intellect like his would be put to better use in theoretical physics, or biomedical engineering.

    Geniuses are highly appreciated in all fields...
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    Kelavarus , May 20, 2010 9:09 PM
    Ha! I had that same feeling with computers!

    ... Sadly I'm not a genius. /envy

    It irritates me, people say I'm 'smart' because I can reformat a computer and clean it a little. No, I'm just normal. Everyone else is... Hehe.
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    Xatos , May 20, 2010 9:17 PM
    Kid probably couldn't find his way out from underneath a blanket though.
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    HydrogenHuman , May 20, 2010 9:18 PM
    How come all these "prodigies" and "child geniuses" are never heard from again? I've seen so many cases of people talking about these kids who can speak 5 languages and understand nuclear physics, but I never hear about them doing anything.

    Don't get me wrong, this kid is incredible, but we'll see if his priorities shift when he hits his late teens.
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    gti88 , May 20, 2010 9:19 PM
    Although I'm much older, I'm envious of this boy's capabilities.
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    shoshu , May 20, 2010 9:24 PM
    the child is a GIRL, and i want to ask WHO is that IDIOT who decided its a boy??
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    LATTEH , May 20, 2010 9:27 PM
    man its like his brain is running an i7 and mine is running an old pentium....


    thats probably why i want an i7 so bad o_o lol i wish i was that smart at that age
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    nforce4max , May 20, 2010 9:27 PM
    One thing I have learned about these types is to take them with a grain of salt. There are prodigies out there but the "token" types are either frauds or are limited to just one area or skill set. It is a shame that most of the talent out there is wasted before ever being realized. Corporate America only standardizes while the creativity get stifled.
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    zild1221 , May 20, 2010 9:28 PM
    The government scoffs them up and does insane tests on them. Once they are done working for the government there is nothing left of their mind!
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    aaron686 , May 20, 2010 9:35 PM
    :o 
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    xaira , May 20, 2010 9:39 PM
    my life of un achievement, im gonna go kill myself now
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    joytech22 , May 20, 2010 9:45 PM
    Holy c*** that kid's a GENIUS! and i thought i was good with computers at my young age..

    Blasphemy! (wait what does that word even mean?)
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