Yesterday I was interviewed on Coder Intros. This is a copy of the interview. Coder Intros showcases coders as awesome yet real and flawed human beings, so that others can become interested and invested in coding.
a wild pkrumins in its natural habitat.
What is your coding specialty?
I have many, and Linux system programming is one of them.
Who is your current employer?
I'm my own employer. I'm the CEO of my own company, Browserling, a cross-browser testing company.
What is your earliest coding memory?
Writing tiny applications in Visual Basic when I was like 10 years old. They were very simple, like adding two numbers together or converting text to ascii.
Did you go to school for computer science?
No. I didn't go to college for computer science. College is the stupidest place you can go to for any kind of education. Completely outdated concept in the modern world.
What was your process like of learning to code?
I started using computers when I was 6 years old. I would go to my mom's work and use the computers there. I loved everything about them. I got hooked and I just kept learning more and more about them.
What percentage of you is motivated by money?
100% directly or indirectly. I've too many projects going on and all of them need ever increasing funding. Also I'm not stopping until my personal wealth is in 10 digits.
At what age did you realize that you could make money from coding?
At the age of 12 I was creating websites for people. I charged like $10 an hour or maybe $10 per website.
If you had unlimited time, resources and knowledge what would you create?
I would have a team of scientists study time on a quantum scale. I would want to figure out answers to the questions: what is time? can we stop it? can we reverse it?
Then I would have that same team see if we can extract one bit of information from the future. I read an article about some crazy stuff where at a quantum scale that is possible. So why not study it? It would be the most powerful discovery. A single bit from the future is all you need.
I would also want to team up with Musk and help people, including myself, go to Mars and to other planets. Oh and next I would want to study reverse aging and longevity. I would give Aubrey de Grey billions of dollars to build a team that would stop aging and reverse it.
Oh and also creating a superhuman race. And more, like creating super dense pills filled with nutrients that you swallow and that dissolves throughout the day slowly so you don't have to waste time eating.
If you couldn't live in the US, what country would you live in?
I don't know. I don't like to go anywhere.
What state would you want to live in?
Only California so I could network and hang out with my Hackers & Founders friends. They have a huge network.
How did you get started with Hackers & Founders?
I went to a Hackers & Founders event where I ran into Jonathan Nelson, the founder. It just so happened that he had been reading my blog and the rest is history.
Do you still write on your blog? Why did you start it?
Yes, I still work on my blog. I started it because I had so much knowledge and I wanted to share it with the world.
What is your natural sleep cycle?
I stay up for as long as I want and I sleep for as long as I want. I don't operate on Earth's schedule - I operate on my own 26 or 28 hour cycle. I like to work late at night and around the clock.
What languages do you use?
What advice would you give to someone who wants to get into coding?
Start with interactive tutorials like the ones from Code Academy. Don't read books, do the interactive tutorials. Reading a book from cover to cover will not make you a programmer. You'll be a smartass theoretician and won't be able to write a single line of code. If you do the interactive stuff you will really learn how to apply what you just learned. Once you've 5 years of coding behind your belt read a book or two to learn some theory but not too much. Theory is hacker's worst enemy.
Do you think everyone has the ability to learn to code?
Yes, but to get really good you have to start at a really young age. The skills you learn at an early age become second nature. At a later age it's much harder. I mean you can learn to code but you'll never have the same mental agility nor general computer aptitude if you learn at age 20 or 30 compared to someone who started at 10.
If you could describe yourself in three words what would they be?
Hard working, motivated, and curious.
What is your primary value?
My integrity is my primary value. I deliver what I say I will deliver. If I make a promise to you, I will fulfill that promise.
Are you happy?
Has your hair always been as fantastic as it is currently?
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According to Alexa, Browserling is now a top 50k website in the world. It's one small step for a ling, one giant leap for ling-kind.
All competitors - hold on to your butts! Next stop: top 10k.
I just added another 25 tools to Browserling's web developer tools, increasing the collection from 225 tools to 250 tools. Each tool does just one thing and one thing only. There are no ads, no config options, and no nonsense. All tools are free. All tools work the same way. Press button, get result.
Here are some of the latest additions:
- Swap columns in CSV files
- Extract columns from CSV files
- Transpose CSV files
- Change CSV field separator (comma to something else)
- Generate random real numbers (decimal fractions)
- Generate random MAC addresses
- Pick a random element from a list
- Convert text to ASCII code points
- Convert ASCII code points to text
- Find common elements in two lists (list intersection)
- Find distinct elements in two lists (list difference)
- Left-pad text
- Right-pad text
Coming up: New design for individual tools, widgets that let you embed tools in your websites, file upload support, and more tools.
See you next time!
Today is a decade since I started my blog! Lately I haven't had time to write detailed articles, only quick 15 minute status updates about Browserling. Browserling is first, everything else second.
Here's what I did in the last year: added 200 developer tools to Browserling, created a new comic series about famous computer scientists, went hyper viral and super viral with other comics, wrote insane amounts of code, 10x'd SEO traffic to Browserling, and had a lot of fun (and more fun.)
Catonmat has also become top 10 most subscribed programming blog in the world. Success!
10 years of blogging - July 2007 to July 2017
Can I do twenty years of blogging? Hell, yes, I can! I love programming so much! See you soon with more articles, comics, awesome projects and badassery!
My new comic just went viral again getting hundreds of thousands of views. Check it out:
Hooray for viral marketing and see you next time!