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Thread: cpradio - August 2012 MOTM
Jul 31, 2012, 21:47 #1
cpradio - August 2012 MOTM
It's with great pleasure that I'd like to announce the Member of the Month for August 2012:
Please join me in congratulating him and thanking him for his on-going help and support on the forums.
And now, get comfortable, and enjoy the interview.
Where does the name 'cpradio' come from?
You've been around these forums for a very long time, but maybe you still remember: what brought you to Sitepoint, what made you stay?
You are putting a lot of effort in answering peoples questions. What motivates you to help others?
In middle school, we had a computer class that showed us Logo (who else remembers that turtle that always carried a pen when you needed one?), and an animation program called Toolbox. Needless to say, I was hooked! Unfortunately, my teacher didn't care for my obsession, something along the lines of telling the turtle to do millions of circles rotating 5 degrees and randomly using a new color on a 386 didn't impress her. That poor computer was running for a long long time (and that poor turtle, he must have been tired by the end of it).
Next came my first "real" job (of which I thought the company was a PHP shop during the interview; they weren't); they used C# and I landed the job (which just goes to show that if you can think logically, resolve problems, and communicate well, it doesn't matter what programming language you use). I still use C# and VB.NET today at my current job, and I use PHP a lot at home for personal projects and any occasional freelance work (if it fits the project).
Is your work web related? If so, what do you do for a living? If not, where does your interest in the web stem from?
I also do freelance work, but only take on a few projects a year (less than 12); all of which is by word of mouth. In fact, just a few weeks ago I launched my freelance site just so I could have an online portfolio (really just highlights recent projects). However, I do not do freelance in the sense that most do. I take on "special" projects, ones that usually have odd requirements. Some of these requirements have been no backend language can be used (must use client side scripting) or removing old MRI images for a DOS computer that isn't on the network and only has a 3.5" floppy disk drive.
Since you've been around for ten years, I'm going to seize the opportunity and ask you if and how the forums have changed in those years (and I don't mean the layout ;-) ) ?
It's your chance to change one thing about SitePoint Forums ... what would you change?
* seriously smart guy, he catches me when I'm still in .NET mode and posting in the PHP forum or just not thinking clearly.
In your profile you say you are interested in hiking, music, and movies. Would you like to tell us something about those hobbies, or any other things you do besides visiting Sitepoint?
Music and Movies are more of a past time I use to hang out with my family; my wife of 6 years, our 2 year old daughter and our 3 month old son. Friday nights has started to become Family Movie night and to our suprise our 2 year old actually sits through the entire movie.
I am also a Pandora One subscriber (love Pandora). I especially like the fact that I don't have to carry CDs, buy MP3s, or whatever to listen to all sorts of artists, genres, etc. I wish you can buy out of the skip limit, but alas, no such luck yet.
This is your chance at blatant self promotion. Is there anything that you would like to promote?
On a serious note, I really don't have anything (all my freelance is by word of mouth), so I'll just give shout outs to services that I care about and owe a lot to (all links are directly to their site without any referral information, although if you'd like to support me I'd be glad to give you my referral information)
- CrashPlan (Serves all of my backup needs, love this product and I also use their cloud service)
- Pandora (I love being able to stream music to several devices)
- Netflix (Love streaming tv/movies to several devices)
- DreamHost (All of my sites are hosted there. Say what you want, they have served me well and made up for times they didn't, and I use their VPS service as well)
- Debian (Yes, I am a Linux guy. My primary PC runs Debian and I've been running Linux since 2000)
- Subversion (Yep, still using subversion -- no git yet; Subversion has saved my hide numerous times, feel free to ask me about it)
- LastPass (Oh where would I be if you weren't managing my passwords -- maybe on one of the leaked passwords list that have gone around recently)