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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.


Feb
14
comment Can I replace steel bearings with ceramic bearings?
@RickAnt For road use, they last longer and run slightly smoother, but as jm2 noted the difference is very often not worth the price.
Feb
13
comment Can I use a cyclocross bike for regular road-biking purposes?
+1 "get exactly the build out that you want, but in my experience with many bikes it has never once been cheaper" Unfortunately true.
Feb
9
comment Can I use a 9-speed shifter with with a 8-speed cassette?
I'm adding this is a comment because I'm not sure, hopefully someone else can confirm. But AFAIK 8/9 speed MTB shifters are designed for different width chains, so their indexing positions are different. In short you'll never be able to calibrate it. But 8sp derailleurs are still widely available, can't you just buy one of those?
Feb
8
comment Looking to buy a bicycle for exercising and recreational activities, that will fit in a car
@DanielRHicks Can you name some? I've only seen Brompton's and it's wannabes - and they are hideous, hideous machines. But they fold up well, which was why they were invented.
Feb
8
comment Looking to buy a bicycle for exercising and recreational activities, that will fit in a car
If you want to use your bike for recreational stuff, don't get a folding bike, they are rubbish at everything - except being folded up. The best thing to do is to go to your nearest LBS and talk to them, they are not going to screw you over because they want you to come back.
Feb
7
comment Best bang for the buck to improve a cheap fixie?
+1 Agreed, I'd say a new pair of wheels, but you would need to spend the same again as the whole bike cost to make it worth while. I doubt the OP would even consider it after spending £150 on a bike.
Feb
7
comment How important is it to face the head tube?
Is it damaged, chipped? Has it been painted?
Feb
7
comment Best bang for the buck to improve a cheap fixie?
For what kind of bike? Normally I would say suspension, but if you are on a road bike, that's not a great answer...
Feb
2
answered What 's the size of bearing?
Feb
1
comment What is the “preload” setting on the front fork suspension?
No. What you are talking about is the compression control, the preload is rarely anything more than an big screw - the more you turn it, the more it compresses the spring i.e. preloading it. Also the OP plainly stated for the control that he "didn't notice any change in anything".
Jan
31
comment How to grease a hub?
What kind of hub, what kind of bearings?
Jan
30
comment How to match a paint color?
That's a bit risky because a photo will vary by the lighting conditions, camera settings, and the glossiness of the frame.
Jan
30
answered Single Chainset
Jan
30
answered How to match a paint color?
Jan
29
comment How does a bike absorb all the energy in landing from a big drop?
+1 The Red Bull rampage is held in Utah not just for the terrain, but also because the soft soil at the bottom of the drops effectively gives an extra inch of travel, allowing for much larger drops to be performed.
Jan
25
comment Santa Cruz Blur linkage maintence
A mate of mine has a Blur 4X from about '06, and he's abused the hell out of it - the frame itself is still fine after no maintenance whatsoever. One year he even snapped his forks after a nose diving a 10ft drop in Morzine...
Jan
25
answered Santa Cruz Blur linkage maintence
Jan
24
answered Is there any functional point of using alloy jockey wheels?
Jan
17
comment Suggestions for budget mountain bike with opportunities for upgrade
@zenbike Good thing research is free then.
Jan
15
answered Real measurable benefit to ceramic bearings?