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My wife and I currently reside in Colorado Springs, CO. I've been into computers since the early 80s when the first Commodore 64 came out. I didnt want to play games though. I learned BASIC from that 80 page manual that came with it and was hooked ever since. In 2000, I landed my first programming job and worked there for 15 years. I was also introduced to Unix (AIX) and fell in love with that too. I learned several languages, for different needs, and was a pretty valued employee. However, the best of programmers cant fight the economy and some fast talking motivational speakers, and I ended up being laid off in May of 2015. My wife and I had met for the second time a couple years earlier. We met our first time in high school. We dated for six months or so then family issues prompted her to have to move and we lost contact that is until Facebook came around and introduced us again. In June of 2015, the baby that Tera was carrying was delivered very early (22 weeks along) and infected and subsequently passed away 4 minutes later. I decided since I had written one of my former employers products almost singlehandedly, I would start my own business supporting it. Found out quickly I had a non compete clause and couldnt do that. So I kept the domain and the Google Business services and two months later landed the job I have now writing software for weather forecasting. A year and a half later Tera and I celebrated the birth of our second and still surviving daughter, Rhiannon. She was early too, but not as early, and there wasnt the extenuating circumstances that Edie (our first) had.
I have a wide variety of interests related to programming, and I would like to share some here that would both be useful to others with the same passion I have. I also have a passion for low level programming. Lest we forget the early days and the limitations and achievements of the pioneers of our field. Dennis Ritchie, Brian Kernighan, Alan Turing, or even a young college student playing around with the new 386 processors: Linus Torvalds. With todays faster and more efficient systems, lazy languages are becoming popular. The truly brilliant though, instead of loading a system down with a bloated language, use the lowest denominator and perform amazing things with the horsepower available today.