|Today's interview is with jestermax. My time is limited this week, so you'll have to excuse the lack of some personal questions that I try to include in the latest interviews.
How did you find out about CCN?
Well, it was by accident while I was working on one of my coops at college. I have no idea what I was looking for but I accidentally stumbled on the site and I said to myself "Self! This is pretty cool!". So I joined, got the standard, yet awesome "HanClinto welcome" and felt at home.
Why did you join?
Well, I'm a both Christian and a programmer and a little obsessed with both so I thought it was a brilliant idea to mix them.
What kind of job do you have?
Right now I'm working as lead developer at a company doing web development for them using ASP.NET 2.0, C# and AJAX. Pretty much they give me a loose idea of what they want and i make it for them. Soon I will have a minion to boss around though .
Do you enjoy it?
Yeah, I love the freedom although sometimes it's hard to stay on track all the time. They're really easy going there and it's 5 minutes from my house so I save a ton on gas.
Are you a coder? What IDE do you use?
Oh I'm a coder . My IDE really depends on what language I'm using and what size of project. For bigger Java projects I'll use a fancier IDE with debugging, etc like Oracle's JDeveloper. However for smaller stuff or tests I prefer JCreator; it's a blast . For C++, I stick to Visual Studio 2005 but I used to use Dev-C++ and I still use it for small tests, etc. When I used to code on Linux, I used Anjuta with C but I really never liked it.
What languages do you program in?
Lets start from the bottom: Visual Basic 6, Java, C, C++ (yes, I consider them separate languages), x86 Assembler, VB.NET, C#, and I'm working on Python recently. Oh yeah, and there's a few scripting and query languages in there as well.
Are you learning any new ones?
I'm working on Python because it seems pretty popular. I remember hearing good things about it when I was still in high school playing with VB6; those were the days.
When did you become interested in computers?
Since I first saw pixels rendered to a screen I've had an interest. It started with games i suppose; stuff like "First Shapes", "Zoom", and "The Bard's Tale" for the Amiga. Eventually more advanced games came across; Doom, Dark Forces and Age of Empires II. Oh yeah, lets not forget all those drawing/painting programs throughout the years. It wasn't until high school that I started playing with C (my brother tried to teach me) and VB6 (learned in class).
What was it about the computer that interested you?
Well i was pretty young when I started so it was pretty much about the games. Also, I was really artistic as a child; always making things out of paper, cardboard and other stuff like that. So it wasn't long until I figured out how to use painting programs. I think now though, it's the logic and stability I like; people mostly aren't logical but computers generally are (let's not get into that now though).
What operating system(s) do you normally use? Why do you use them?
Primarily Windows XP. I've been using it for so long that I'm the most productive with it. I also dual boot Suse Linux on my laptop and I have both Windows 2000 and Ubuntu Linux on a couple of machines in my room. I don't see the point in using or refusing to use an OS on "principle". If the overall package of one is best and it's cheap (time-wise) to switch then I'd consider it.
What other operating systems do you semi-frequently use? Why do you use them?
I play around with Linux here and there; right now my favourite is Ubuntu. I don't really do it for a reason in particular, probably just for a change.
What other things do you enjoy doing on a computer?
Well, aside from gaming and programming, I scan in my drawings, I do some 2D graphics stuff, I compose music here and there, surf the net, I've started writing (fiction) recently so I use Wordpad, listen to music, watch videos (my ps2 doesn't play some DVDs so my laptop comes in handy). I play a bunch of games when I use my dad's computer but I'm fairly limited with this one.
What are the specs of your home and/or work computers?
My laptop (home AND work) is an IBM R51. It's a 1.70 GHz Pentium M with 1.5 Gig ram and a junk Radeon 9000 32mb graphics card. At home I have a pair of Pentium 3s but i forget the rest of the stats on them. I don't use them too often but one has a smokin' name and logo on the side of it: Cactus. I made a picture of a cactus holding a taco on the side of it using coloured electrical tape.
Do you have a game console? If so what is it and why did you buy it?
Oh I have game consoles! Here we go: NES, SNES, Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advanced, Gamegear, Virtual Boy, N64, Gamecube, Playstation 2....I think that's it...Anyways I didn't actually want most of them but somehow I ended up with them. I think I use the Playstation the most thought (and I have the most games for it).
If you have a game console, what was your first?
Well Nintendo was my first but it was actually my sister's. The Gameboy was my FIRST system that I owned I think. Tetris and Mario Land all the way!
Do you touch the graphics field of computing very often (such as modeling, or 2D art, etc)?
Oh yeah baby! 2D art is what I do most in this field but I've recently taken up working with 3D stuff. I used to do a TON of CAD (computer aided drafting) so hopefully I'll get better at it once I start spending more time on it. I'm working with Blender right now and I installed Wings 3D but something is acting up with it. It's probably my graphics card.
Do you have any opinions on net neutrality?
Hmmmm, not really. Sorry I don't have a more colourful answer.
Do you believe in freedom (primarily in software) the way the FSF believes in it?
[i]I love free software, and I think that knowledge should be free to whoever is willing to work for it. However, not all software should be free; people need to make a living. I'm not exactly sure what the FSF believes in or anything about licensing types so it's a little hard to answer fully but I think i gave a general idea.
Do you have a favourite movie or TV show?
hmmmm, I'm not a fan of TV but the main shows I watch are: 24 and The Office (USA version, not British). As for movies... well there's WAYYY too many to name; I watch a TON of movies. I watch every genre of movies pretty much and I pay attention to details of them cinematography-wise. Lately I've been watching 60's movies with Jack Lemmon; "Some like it Hot" and "The Apartment". But fairly recently I've watched Donnie Darko and The Punisher (both 1989 and 2004). Oh yeah, "Jason and the Argonauts" is a classic, as are "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and "Young Frankenstein" (not really "classics" but good movies). Wow, there are WAY too many movies I like...but I won't bore you with any other movie titles...other than "Saving Private Ryan".
What other non-computer hobbies do you have?
Let's see.... I draw, I paint, I play piano, I watch movies, I build models from scratch, I read a bunch (books and comics), I play pool, I canoe, I like sailing (but I don't get to do it much), I also enjoy art (I consider it a hobby as I study it).
How would you describe your relationship with Christ?
I keep a close relationship with Christ and a few years ago I made the decision to be baptized in his name. I try to make everything I do for the Lord and I try to make every attempt to boast HIS name, not mine. I pray constantly throughout my day so that I don't lose sight of him or neglect him, however sometimes I just get caught up with my own life and forget what matters most to me.
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