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Tuesday, November 6 • 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Coding For Fun: Silly Projects Keep You Sane! - John W. Linville, Red Hat

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When I was a kid, the computer was my favorite toy.  I would spend hours of time coding just for the fun of it.  This love of computers led to a career in software development, which has been greatly rewarding!  But, once anything becomes a job it is difficult to stay in love with it -- even when your job is open source.
So, find a hobby?  Do something else!  That's great, but for me nothing has the same mental reward as a good computer project.  It just sucks to constantly be at the mercy of other people's demands...
My solution has been simple: retro-computing!  I don't just use the computers of my youth, I make them do interesting new things!  It's crazy, of course...but I love it!  Maybe hearing about my experiences could be useful for you to find your way to avoid burnout?  You may not want to dig-out an 8-bit micro for your next project, but maybe a robot, or an arduino, or...


John W. Linville

Red Hat, Inc.
John is the current Linux kernel maintainer for wireless LANs. As a Red Hat employee, he has spent time maintaining both wireless and wired LAN drivers for RHEL and Fedora. Prior to that, John was "the Linux guy" at a small networking software startup. | | At home John amazes/annoys his wife and three kids with his various geek interests. Those include not only most things Linux, but also vintage arcade video games, ancient home computers, and... Read More →

Tuesday November 6, 2012 2:15pm - 3:00pm
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