Post 1: In The Beginning

// September 3rd, 2008 // chesscube, fourhourworkweek, programming

OK here goes. This is my first post ever on a blog, so excuse the badly phrased English, terrible punctuation and generally boring parts of my mind. I promise I will get better at this.

I have been listening to the Four Hour Work Week audio book and am now inspired to start something of my own. Something that is fairly automated in terms of generating income but also fun. I am a firm believer in doing something every day that I enjoy and this has to be one of them.

Hey, but wait a sec, perhaps I should start from the beginning. I am 27 years and 345 days old. I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and now live in Cape Town, South Africa. I went to St. Alban’s College for high school and graduated from the University of Cape Town with an Honours Degree in Computer Science. So yes, I am a programmer/software developer/general technology nerd.

I work for a company called ChessCube. It’s a site for chess enthusiasts. We are a team of 5 developers and the job rocks! Apart from participating in building a highly successful Chess Social Network, I have been involved in some really exciting projects, namely:

  1. ChessCube Cinema
  2. ChessCube Research
  3. Superlecturing
  4. Scaling on Amazon EC2

During the course of writing for this blog I will go into some more details for these projects. The day-to-day technical challenges that we face and how we solve them.

So you’re probably wondering by now why on earth am I looking at doing other work outside of my current job. Well firstly, I feel that I need to create something for myself, something that I can be proud of and something that I ultimately own and from which I can make a little bit of auxilliary income. I also want to learn new things and express myself. So enough of the sappy stuff lets get right into it.

One Response to “Post 1: In The Beginning”

  1. Marcus says:

    Not bad for the beginning.. your next installment needs to be a bit more racy to keep the interest going

    I.ll keep reading

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