About Me

A Picture of Sam Duke

Just a Picture of Me

About 2 years ago, I was in a first year university course, studying science at Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. I was doing OK, I was in a relationship (my first real one) and my subjects where good, But I wasn’t really enjoying myself. All I felt like doing was sleeping and watching TV. One of the things that I did like doing was mucking around with my computer and seeing what I could do with it, little things such as setting up an IRC server to chat with my friends or installing a internet radio broadcasting server to play my music over the internet.

After coming to the realisation that I was not going to be happy working in science for the rest of my life I decided to do some research into what else I could do. My chemistry lecturer was complaining about a piece of software that his computer was running was old and no good (it was running on dos with 64 kb of ram) but that knew software costs more than twice his yearly budget.

This inspired me to want to go out and fix this issue. Of course, I don’t know why I felt this way, but none the less, I came to the conclusion that transferring into a double degree of software engineering and science was a good idea, and have never looked back. Now That is not to say that I am now happy with life, turns out that software engineering is quite hard, but every so often I think back to that moment of when I first decided to do something worth while and it constantly inspires me to surge ahead and on with life.

So Lets talk a little about me.

It has been just over 18 months since I was introduced to the concept of programming. Not all that long, it may feel like it is but occasionally I stop I pause and think, coming to the conclusion that I really still have much to learn.

Since starting programming I have learned many things. I have learned or am learning the following languages :

  • PHP
  • Java
  • C
  • Ada (only just began)
  • ruby
  • html / css
  • SQL
  • Bash

It is my plan to also start learning C++ in the Christmas holidays as well as javascript (I don’t think you can count being able to add a few lines of jQuery to a webpage learning javascript).

What do I do in my spare time

This is fairly easy. I only do a few different things. When I can I spend time with my girlfriend (she doesn’t use facebook let alone have a blog, so I can’t even do a shameless plug), work on my computer developing my skills and knowledge.

I also read. Mostly interesting history books and scifi/fantasy. I am currently fascinated with early computer graphics programming eg. The early X-Windowing System.

And probably my greatest passion, or perhaps guilty pleasure depending on which way you look at it, is watching TV/Movies. I love Comedy, anything with Stephen Fry or Hugh Laurie or both. I also love good British scifi like Primeval and Dr Who.

Closing Remarks

I’m not a great or particularly eloquent writer (I had to ask my girlfriend what that meant the other day) but my goal is to be interesting to read and provide a journey of knowledge as an undergraduate student in a big wide world where a lone individual can feel a little left out.

There are a number of ways that you can contact me. My twitter is @SamJohnDuke, facebook is strik3r2 and I’m on goolge+ too if you can find me.

I look forward to hearing from you and I hope you enjoy my blog 🙂

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