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Comment Warcraft 3 (Score 1) 170

Warcraft 3 is definitely what got me into programming. Namely the map creation, kudos to Blizzard for that.

Warcraft 3 is probably the game I have played the most in my entire life, hours wise. I started in Middle School, and the custom maps completely blew me away, providing countless of hours of entertainment. A friend of mine was really into making maps, and I asked if I could help, he pointed me to a scripting guide, and the rest is history.

But definitely, games can be a driving force for getting started with programming. Especially games with extensions/addons/plugins support. I also have an acquaintance that got into programming by making Addons for World of Warcraft.

Comment Re:It's a vast field.... (Score 1) 809

Incidentally, I disagree with OP that the answer of "The person started off by asking me if it was an excel file, a PDF, etc." was totally unacceptable. Excel and the PDF standards both have encryption support, so if the "sensitive data" were an Excel file, the path of least resistance would be to pointy-clicky through the menu and click "Encrypt this here spreadsheet" (or whatever the command is). Likewise with the PDF, but with Acrobat instead. Of course this does not solve the general problem of "how do I protect sensitive data?", but maybe he doesn't want to bother looking up and verifying your public key, installing GPG or setting up S/MIME or whatever if a simple solution exists. If I were to send you a spreadsheet of salary data for the company, you can bet I'd just encrypt the fucker within excel and tell you the password via some other channel like the telephone.

For future reference recently what I made my company do for sending encrypted files is:

  1. 1.- Putting the file in a .rar file with a password that follows a simple algorithm based on the names of the employees involved (At least 2 names) and some digits, if you know the name of the other person you can get this password in a second.
  2. 2.- Uploading the .rar file through the mega service, selecting the option to split the encryption key and the link at the end of the upload process.
  3. 3.- Sending the link through email, and calling the other person through the phone giving them the specific link decryption password

It's simple, it's easy to do so anyone including non-tech staff can easily do it and it ensures a very good level of file protection, also ensuring the data only gets to the person it's intended to get to (As opposed to using the sFTP to drop stuff for example)

Just thought I'd mention it in case anyone was curious of what a good way to do this for general files might be.

Comment Networking (Score 1) 700

As someone who went to private institutions for my entire schooling I would highly recommend you send your kids to a school.

My first job as a programmer was offered to me by the cousin of someone I met in school. I frequently networked with people who are in great positions nowadays and give me a heads up/recommend me when a project pops up in their company which also gives me a nice boost of revenue.

A lot of the people I met through school in general have been helped by myself in various ways, and a lot of them have helped me in return.

On the other hand, my cousin who was home schooled and has a double degree is struggling to find a job, I dropped out of university.

While I will not put into question the virtues of homeschooling, which academically might make your child prosper more than the alternative, the networking value is truly great. Alternatively look into meetups with other homeschooling parents so that your child may gain valuable social skills I sometimes do not see with typically home schooled children.

Just my two cents

Comment Re:We can do that thing you like (Score 1) 230

The main problem I have as a Chocolatey early adopter is that it still lacks an uninstall function, and once you have a respectable amount of packages installed through Chocolatey the update 'Chocolatey is going to determine all packages available for an update. You may not see output for a while...' can take upwards of 5 minutes, even when there's nothing to update. When Chocolatey updates a package it keeps both the old and the new version, my hope with the Windows version of it is that it includes this functionality. Basically I'm hoping the official Windows version will be a better, stronger and faster version of Chocolatey, that also improves on its base functionality. I am aware this won't mean much to the average user but it was enough to convince me to at least try it out over adamantly sticking with Windows 7.

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