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    Energy Drinks reviews and suggestions

    I don't really find I need energy drinks while programming.... but I do take Lucozade when I'm doing marathons, I find that they help quite a bit, I choose Lucozade cos that's what they're usually giving out round the course.
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    Making big changes in my life, need some good advice.

    I'm in the UK, and completed a degree in Maths some 5 years ago. It was a good degree from one of the top universities in the country. But I wanted to work as a programmer, ideally in games but wasn't too fussy. Without any kind of programming qualifications I struggled to even get interviews. So... I knew a little bit of Java, so I decided that the easiest and quickest way for me to get any kind of qualification was to teach myself and take the Java certified programmer exam. I paid for it myself(£100 or so) and passed it! There was obviously the face value of the qualification itself, but the real value in the certificate was it showed that I was pro-active and very motivated. With a (2D) DirectDraw demo I eventually got a job writing games in C/C++.... which was of course nothing to do with Java at all! That's been my experience! My problem was that without the right piece of paper I wasn't even considered for an interview.
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    Seagate Announces 750GB Barracuda Hard Drives

    That's ridiculous! At work we only 20Gb drives!!! We develop games for a few different platforms and everything! 20Gb is plenty if you're organised enough, well.... unless you install that tomb raider game! Must have been lazy developers... must have been.
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    Splitting and recombining bytes

    Does C# have unions??? Makes this kind of thing very easy!
  5. Hi, I'm a professional game-developer by day, but by night I still do some work on my own stuff. I think the reason that a lot of amateur project never makes it to the commercial stage is simply because it is only a hobby, and pursuing a commercial avenue changes that. It started out for me as a hobby, I was just lucky enough that I found someone that was willing to pay me to do it full-time! You have a different outlook on your professional projects from your amateur projects. With professional/commercial projects the emphasis is all about getting it done on schedule and on budget, and that is the primary objective, it is a business. With amateur projects you've got a lot more scope to pursue the things that interest you. Recently at home I've been tackling the problem of creating an algorithm that splits a general (2D) polygon in to convex sub-polygons. This was a problem I came across, it interested me, I could see that it required some thought, so I followed it. I could afford to do that at home whereas maybe I wouldn't be able to at work..... JJ.
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