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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.


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?
Jan
14
comment Adivce on what to do next with crunching / slipping gears
"I was charge $170 bucks for two new set of breaks" Why did they swap your brakes when you clearly had a transmission problem?
Jan
10
comment What are the advantages and disadvantages of riding a smaller Mountain Bike frame?
Instead of faffing about with a ruler, can't the shop guy give you a test ride?
Jan
10
comment What are the advantages and disadvantages of riding a smaller Mountain Bike frame?
+1 For the stem comment. Increasing the stem length has the same effect as steepening the head angle, which is usually a bad thing.
Jan
6
comment What maintenance is required for a thru axle?
Those forks should be using Marzocchi's proprietary QR20 axle type, but it's hard to tell from the picture. So does it have a QR handle?
Jan
6
answered What maintenance is required for a thru axle?
Jan
6
comment What maintenance is required for a thru axle?
Is it floating or Maxle?
Dec
31
answered Full suspension or hardtail for offroad in South Wales
Dec
24
comment Do tube protectors increase rolling resistance or just add weight?
What kind of bike for what kind of riding?
Dec
23
comment What is the practical advantage of disk brakes over rim brakes?
So basically your "disadvantages" are down to the fact that you never bothered to learn how to setup or maintain them?
Dec
23
comment What is the practical advantage of disk brakes over rim brakes?
V-brakes are still used on trials bikes because they are lighter, and trials is usually done in the dry - it has nothing to do with power. When I first switched to disc brakes (~10 yrs ago) they were noticeably less powerful than dry v-brakes. I'm now running 205mm Formula RX discs and they utterly obliterate any v-brake I have ever used (including hydraulic ones).
Dec
15
answered Upgrade the rear shock on my bike?
Dec
13
comment How could I have avoided this accident?
To be fair that's a reasonably wide XC tyre, you shouldn't have sunk that much at speed. I'm sorry can't offer anything more constructive!
Dec
13
comment How could I have avoided this accident?
It makes a big difference to how your bike handles in the mud (unsurprisingly!), a wider tyre will allow you 'float' over the top. Many people run thinner tyres in mud because they cut into it giving more grip, but I often find that it cripples the speed of your bike. So I run tyres as wide as my summer ones but with tall, skinny, widely-spaced knobbles; then you get the grip without any sinking.
Dec
13
comment How could I have avoided this accident?
What width tyres are you running?
Dec
13
comment Safest way to slow down a bike quickly if both sets of brakes fail
@Wedging your foot is fine for BMXs, but try it on roadbike... Also how would having four points of contact on the ground reduce your control of the bike?
Dec
13
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
12
answered Suggestions of a good video on intermediate Mountain Biking skills: getting up (and down) 1' obstacles
Dec
12
answered Safest way to slow down a bike quickly if both sets of brakes fail