Since D.A.R.Y.L. is a Data-Analysing Robot Youth Lifeform, he never ages. At first, this caused complications in his life. He could never sign a lease for an apartment because he looked like a child, and the landlord considered him a liability. So D.A.Y.R.L was forced to live in his parent’s house. Luckily for D.A.R.Y.L., his best friend Turtle was “lazy,” and still lived next door running his own business from the room in his parent’s basement.
D.A.Y.R.L.’s job opportunities were limited because of his size and “age.” He took what he could get and jumped around from paperboy, to grocery bagger, to sweatshop worker, getting paid less than minimum wage. It was barely enough money to purchase the 3 1/2-inch floppy disks required to backup his hard drive.
D.A.R.Y.L. was also created before the internet, which means he was built without an Ethernet port or Wi-Fi capability. Therefore, he has been running off the same Operating System since 1985. Since his O.S. was outdated, and was unable to update his software, it takes him twenty times longer than today’s technology to do something, then for example, an iPhone. If conversations last too long, his processor resorts back to communicating in binary code, which makes ordering from a Chinese lunch menu complicated.
D.A.R.Y.L felt like his advanced, 1980’s technology was misunderstood, and was lost in translation in a modern world. He was an 8-bit kid, living in a 64-bit world.
It wasn’t until TLC aired the first episode of Little People, Big World that D.A.R.Y.L. could start living a more adult life. It motivated him, and showed him that there are no excuses for failure, no matter what the obstacles are. When people doubted his age, he referenced the show saying, “You know that show about the little people in Oregon? That’s what I am.” It helped open the doors to a more modern lifestyle that he was never able to download before.
He was finally able to move out of his parent’s house, and got his own apartment with Turtle. Instead of upgrading his O.S., he bought a Mac computer based on the advice of an employee at the Genius Bar, “Why update, when you can upgrade to a Mac computer. They are far superior than words can describe. PC’s suck, and they won’t get you women.” His new found courage allowed him to start interviewing for better jobs, and eventually he landed his dream job as a manager at a Radio Shack in Orlando, Florida.
For the first time since he got the new high score for Pole Position, D.A.R.Y.L. finally felt like he fit in.