On Feb 9, 2008 7:16 AM, Stefan Sandberg <email@example.com> wrote:
I don't agree with anything you just wrote.. The hobbyists much more
'define' the software industry than 9-5 cubicle'ites as yourself..
Eh? I'm a telecommuter and self-employed since 1998. I believe in
consulting for $$$$$, then reinvesting some of the proceeds into Open
Source projects that are likely to lead to more $$$$$. Open Source
projects achieve the greatest commercial relevance by having a
Not a single one of the friends I know that are good programmers started
doing anything even remotely close to profitable or "job" related stuff..
I've also done plenty of $0 ideologically driven Open Source. Yes it
makes one a better programmer, but it's not very smart from an eating
or an impact standpoint.
One grand example of this is the demoscene (www.scene.org),
I'd be happy to debate this on
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gamedesign-l or your favorite game
development forum. I would have responded to your post privately, but
I wanted to state for the record that I'm not a cubicle jock.
At least that's how I got into "official" programming, and I'm not
worried about loosing a job etc, I'd be just as happy doing construction
or babysitting or deodorant smell-tester etc,
but I will NEVER stop doing what I love, something you probably don't
It's true that I don't. My goal is to be well paid for doing what I
love. You can do that too. Your happiness doesn't have to be "on the
Brandon Van Every