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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
5
answered Can I run a dual crankset with a chain guide tensioner?
Dec
1
comment Cross threaded/stripped bottom bracket
+1 Love the home-made thread chaser idea!
Dec
1
answered Cross threaded/stripped bottom bracket
Dec
1
comment What should I look for in a mountain bike for doing BMX-style balancing tricks?
The differences in geometry don't have to be huge to feel very different. Also your feelings towards the CCM may be very different if you rode a bike designed for tricks, it's all about perspective.
Nov
30
comment What is it called when you ride around on your back wheel?
Wheelie: youtube.com/watch?v=mhvuEa9CjBM
Nov
30
comment What is it called when you ride around on your back wheel?
Manual: youtube.com/watch?v=sME1mhAnrf8&feature=related
Nov
30
comment What is it called when you ride around on your back wheel?
Err.. I can't tell if we are arguing over the same thing here.
Nov
30
answered What should I look for in a mountain bike for doing BMX-style balancing tricks?
Nov
30
answered What is it called when you ride around on your back wheel?
Nov
30
answered Do 29 inch wheels make a difference?
Nov
30
answered Suspension pressure
Nov
23
answered How do I prevent my hydraulic brakes from getting pressed/damaged when the wheels are off?
Nov
23
comment What should I look for in a more expensive bike?
What's a 'box store bike'?
Oct
24
comment Disc Brakes: Resurface your Pads?
Not true. On very heavy, long descents, in very dry conditions, and on older/smaller disc rotor types 'glazing' can occur (I've only seen this on metallic sintered, not ceramic pads) where presumably a component in the pad material partially melts causing the pad surface to become smooth greatly decreasing braking power. You need to be doing some serious biking though...
Oct
24
awarded  Critic
Oct
14
answered Tapered Head Tube
Oct
13
comment How often should disk brakes need bleeding?
I'm confused here: "The brake handles for my disk brakes became very loose four months after I bought the bike. The bike shop bled the brakes and put new oil in them, which sorted it.". If your levers are becoming loose, bleeding your brakes will do nothing, it's a case of tightening a bolt or two. Sounds like your LBC just scammed you. Even in very wet, dirty conditions hydro brakes only need bleeding once every year or two.
Oct
6
comment Is there such a thing as frame failure?
Also your point about carbon I feel is little too general, most of the DH frame manufacturers are now moving to carbon for the strength it gives. They're made in such a way that the frames don't weigh much less, but are much stronger than an equivalent weight of Al due to the fact that the properties are tunable by the way the laminates are assembled.
Oct
6
comment Is there such a thing as frame failure?
A mate of mine snapped my first Alu DH frame whilst having a 'quick go', it snapped through the downtube and top tube behind the headtube gussetting after landing a jump. No cracks or anything, unlike CrMo Al has a low tolerance to metal fatigue, every time you land it hard it flexes very slightly - and it only does it so many times...
Oct
4
comment Should I ring my bell before going around corners?
+1 Agreed. I live in semi-rural England, but the little town gets very busy with tourists, and the roads were designed for horse and cart. Bells and horns won't achieve anything, so keep alert - and learn to bunny hop...