So you want to learn about programming (part 3)

Feb 4, 2017 5 min.

Part 3: Choosing your weapons of choice. People that master skills look terrifying to newcomers, but they also get the job finished sooner 😅 In every field of science there are new and exciting things coming out all the time, and programming is not an exception. Everyday you hear about new languages that promise to solve world hunger and cure stupidity, and it’s hard to resist the temptation of losing a few hours trying them out.

So you want to learn about programming (part 2)

Feb 2, 2017 7 min.

Part 2: Tooling around At some point before deciding that you want to be really good at programming, either you’ve started some classes or one of your friends recommended a specific programming language that is beginner friendly, such as Python or Java. If so, either you’re editing your code in something like Notepad (much like a modern day caveman would) or you’re using an Integrated Development Environment like IntelliJ or Eclipse, which sounds really fancy but it turns out that it’s just Notepad on steroids.

So you want to learn about programming (part 1)

Feb 1, 2017 5 min.

Part1: I’ve got some tips. Start here! I ‘member when I was way over there. I tried to start alone, learned my way around the Internet’s resources and many of its tentacles that suck you into procrastination, and one of the biggest challenges with self-guided learning is telling whether a resource is reliable, if it’s teaching you good patterns, and if it’s worth your time and money. This is the first post in my tourists guide to the amazingly large area that is “software development”.

Book Review: Bitcoin for the befuddled

Sep 24, 2016 5 min.

Bitcoin made simple I got this one on a Humble Bundle pack I bought a few months ago, and after finishing Ghost in the Wires I had an urge to read this because Bitcoin had been a mystery to me for too long. To put it in a single sentence, this book is the biggest FAQ about Bitcoin I’ve ever seen. Gone are the days in which Bitcoin was a hot topic on the Internet.

Book Review: Ghost in the wires

Aug 16, 2016 5 min.

The memoir of the most wanted hacker in the United States that will keep you on the edge of your seat! I was never a book worm, you could almost say the opposite about me. Books usually mean something related to school and most of the learning I do these days is through the Internet. Besides the whole series of the Chronicles of Narnia and a few titles from Stephen King, books just didn’t call out to me.

Book Review: Data and Goliath

Aug 12, 2016 5 min.

This is one of Bruce Schneier’s latest books, but my first read from him. The title caught my attention, and I’m glad it did. Just in case you don’t know, Bruce Schneier is a big celebrity in the information security area. Cryptography, operating systems, encryption, computer and network security; you name it and this guy has a book on it. Not only that — they all have great reviews.

What I learned by doing my whole website thing

Jun 6, 2016 7 min.

I started my own website back in November 2014, and it’s safe to say that it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I’ve learned countless things I would never have learned if it weren’t for the periodic makeover I wanted to do, discovered new interests and I also started my blog. I’m going to explain what I learned over the course of these few months, because most of what I learned can be taught in a 30 minute crash course.

The recipe for a great multiplayer game

May 24, 2016 14 min.

Most people I know, people that have played more than smartphone games, can usually pick out at least one game that truly has left a big mark on them, and everybody does it with ease. Knowing that sometimes we agree on how great a particular game was, can we define what makes a game great? I’m assuming you relate to this concept of having a favourite game or having played one in the past that you really, really enjoyed.

Book Review: PGP and GPG

May 19, 2016 6 min.

One of my new year’s resolutions for 2016 was to read a bunch more books than I’m used to. I feel like I’m in a stage in my life where all of that extra knowledge would serve me well down the road. On top of that, I’d throw in a couple of less intensive learning books, because let’s be honest: I won’t always feel like reading, and having to read through a super dense 750-page tome is going to make me quit soon enough.