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I didn't get my first computer until I was 12 (1997), but within a year I was messing around in Pascal in a free version Borland Delphi I got off a PC Pro promotional disc.

But very soon after Half-Life was released and then all I wanted was to be a level designer, so I spent the next 8 years learning various 3D and graphics applications. Once I hit about 20 years old I realised I could make better tools, so I downloaded Eclipse and started to learn Python, and then C++. It wasn't long before I forgot all about making content, and focussed all my efforts on programming. Never looked back.

I trained and worked in the VFX industry, but now work in pro-audio.


Dec
31
comment Replacing brake system on a bike
You must realise that all brakes work by friction, so to stop the brakes themselves being destroyed, have a 'sacrificial' layer for a braking surface. This means all brakes have pads that need changing.
Dec
29
comment What is it called when you ride a bmx like a unicycle?
Why the downvote?
Dec
17
answered Fine tuning forks
Dec
11
comment What's this? Photo of bicycle with pedals by the rear wheel
@DanielRHicks No, they're pedals and cranks. They even have a cog and chain attached.
Dec
9
answered How to handle an attempted bike theft
Nov
30
comment How many fingers on the brake lever?
@cherouvim Surely that depends on your grip strength?
Nov
29
answered The lightest 26" mountain bike tire with minimum width of 2.3
Nov
29
answered How many fingers on the brake lever?
Nov
28
comment MTB Tire performance
Do you notice a difference going the other way - starting on the road and then going off-road?
Nov
28
comment Can I store my mountain bike + suspension hanging from the front wheel for the winter (in an unheated garage)?
What temperature will the garage go down to?
Nov
26
comment Tips on buying a beginner mountain bike
The bikes rode at the highest level of any discipline are extremely customised to each sponsored rider - you cannot buy them, so you're comparing apples and oranges. A better way is to simply ask people who have actually ridden the bikes, read reviews, etc. BTW, I'm not saying Treks aren't good (their Session series are brilliant); but I think looking at the choice of someone who is paid a great sum of money to ride a particular brand/model, and who never has to worry about maintenance, is not a great plan.
Nov
25
comment Tips on buying a beginner mountain bike
You're missing a crucial piece of information - what is your budget? Without that we cannot recommend anything.
Nov
25
comment Tips on buying a beginner mountain bike
"if that's the brand that Lance rode then they must be decent" No! Sponsored riders ride whoever bids the highest for their sponsorship, it nothing to do with technical merit.
Nov
9
answered Which MTB Inner Tubes
Nov
8
comment Why are BMX saddles so low?
@dotjoe "a low seat is not essential for anything" +1 / "It's purely style" -1. Having a low seat makes it easier to bunny hop without crushing your balls, it's easier to tailwhip without catching your feet/legs, it's easier to superman without catching it on your clothing, it's easier to land badly because you can bend you knees further to lower your COG on landing, etc, etc. It's not purely style - it's for a very practical reason. There are MTB trials frames out there (Koxx specifically) that don't even have seat posts because a saddle is so useless it's better to save the weight.
Nov
2
comment Geometry between 50mm stem and a 65mm stem and riding experience
+1 Although I do disagree with one part: "Switching from 50 to 65 will mean more... stability on the downhill." This is not true, having more weight forward when going downhill increases your chances of going straight over the bars, the bike being tilted naturally gives more pressure on the front tyre anyway. There's a reason downhill bikes rarely have more than 40mm stems on.
Nov
2
comment Geometry between 50mm stem and a 65mm stem and riding experience
Be aware that the stem size also affects the feel of the steering. If you are considering a very long stem, it means your frame is too small.
Nov
1
comment Is a 100mm travel hardtail ok for light downhill and a few jumps?
@Antonio That bike probably won't exist in two years time so it's a pointless exercise. Plus you're only 12 so planning that far ahead for your finances may not be a productive thing to do... Enjoy what you have, and in a couple of years time harass your parents for a new one for birthday or Xmas.
Nov
1
comment Is a 100mm travel hardtail ok for light downhill and a few jumps?
Don't bother. Those parts are very expensive, putting them on an entry level bike will not improve it at all, and when you do get a new frame in a couple of years those parts will have worn considerably and need replacing. Put the money you would spend on it in a savings account, and get a new bike (new for you, not necessarily new out of the factory) with it when you can.
Oct
30
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