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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...

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JW

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 things from eBay no sane person would buy.

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