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Old Programmers with Gary Wisniewski

Episode #1238 Thursday, December 31, 2015

What is the good and bad of being an old programmer? To wrap up 2015, Carl and Richard chat with Gary Wisniewski about his blog post on the subject and more! Gary is the same Gary of Carl and Gary's VB Home Page, one of the first web sites on Visual Basic way back in 1994. The conversation digs into what's great about having lots of experience, and how it came hold you back as well. There's no magic to being a programmer at 20 years old and there's no magic when you're 60 either - it's got more to do with your thinking than your age! And hey, while we're at it, have a great new year! See you in 2016!


Gary Wisniewski

Gary is a software engineer and serial entrepreneur who has years of experience in the tech sector and venture funded start-ups. He was the system architect in several commercial software products, including the Ashton-Tate Professional Compiler, Microsoft DBGrid for Visual Studio, and even had 15-minutes of fame in the mid-80’s for developing the hardware, software and manufacturing techniques for one of the first 16-bit microcomputers. In 1996, Gary established a respected web development agency in Melbourne Australia. Projects focused on entertainment properties for major record companies like BMG, Universal Music, Warner Music, and others. 1999 led to a new division that pioneered broadband webcasting in Asia-Pacific, using television crews to do some of the worlds first professional webcasts.Gary has done some pretty odd stuff as well. For 3 years, Gary and two partners created SLCN (now Treet.TV), the worlds first virtual television network with regular programming from Virtual Worlds. Many real-life people were featured in regular shows like Metanomics (http://feeds.treet.tv/treet-metanomics), hosted by Robert Bloomfield of Cornell, guests included notable authors and thinkers such as Douglas Rushkoff, Noam Chomsky, and many others. SLCN even managed to get Bruce Willis in Second Life to broadcast an industry launch for Die Hard 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZyBF7LtOXkRecently, Gary designed and was lead architect on Edge80, a cloud-based content adaptation engine.Gary is currently developing new software in the container marketplace, such as the Chaperone process manager for Docker. Gary regularly provides expertiseto tech start-ups as a consultant with Australian government commercialization programs.He currently lives in a small bayside village on the Mornington Peninsula near Melbourne


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