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Ask A Techie 20 Questions – Michael Dabydeen – Software Developer

How would you define a techie?

Anyone who is familiar with more than basic computer use. A power user maybe. I guess if you can reinstall your own operating system, you’re in.

What are some of the challenges you face as a developer?

At the moment, my biggest challenge is being able to deliver the same content, to multiple platforms in a native way that creates the best experience for all users. I work a lot in web and mobile development these days, and providing a great experience end to end for all users is not as easy as it sounds.

Besides that, I don’t have too many challenges or obstacles that I can’t overcome easily.

What is the number of browser tabs you normally have open?

I normally have multiple browsers with multiple tabs open simultaneously. I often open tabs to read later that I will read about 4 to 5 days after opening them. On average, I would say that I have about 20 – 30 tabs open at once.

If you had to choose a job outside of tech, what would it be?

I think it would be teaching or working in some other field of science. My passion is in helping others and solving problems, so anything that involves either one or both, would be what I am doing.

What global tech event would you like to attend?

I have a list of so many events I’d like to attend, but my top 5 at this time are:

  1. Google I/O
  2. Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC)
  3. Mobile Developer Conference
  4. LinuxCon
  5. International Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

Describe the state of ICT in Guyana.

I think the state of ICT is emerging, but maybe not growing at the pace that it can grow. I think all the players need to get more involved, aware and onboard with the growth and speed at which things develop in ICT. Of course, this is how I remember it about 5 years ago.

I am not aware of the present state since I am no longer living in Guyana.

Tell us anything about yourself.

I like basketball, movies and technology more than I should. I worked for Blackberry once. I think Pizza should become a staple diet.

Most prized gadget you own?

My 13 inch MacBook Air. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve made in life so far.

Proper typing or your own style of finger typing?

My own style of typing. It’s comfortable and works for me

Describe your first computing device and how you got it.

The first computing device I got in contact with (but didn’t own) was a PII running Windows 3.1.

First computer I owned was an Intel Pentium 4 running Windows XP.

Where and when would you go if you had one chance with a time machine?

I’d go to 50 years or more in the future to see where we’ve gone with technology. Did we really build a Skynet that will lead to our ultimate destruction? How will be using AI, robots, Quantum Computing etc.

If you have a drone, what would you use it for?

I currently have access to a drone that is being used to take aerial pictures & videos of client sites for demonstration purposes.

If I owned one, I’d probably use it to experiment with the NodeCopter (http://www.nodecopter.com) project and do some interesting things.

What 4 items would you take to a desert island other than food and water?

  1. A boat
  2. A large knife
  3. Laptop
  4. Drinks

If you were to create your own programming language, what would you call it?

I think there’s already a language with this name, but I would call it Hammer, as it seems to be the most useful tool in a handyman’s toolkit, and so I’d like the language to be.

Why is it easy to weigh a fish?

Because a fish has it’s own scales.

Do you think there is intelligent life in outer space?

I do think there’s intelligent life in outer space, we just haven’t encountered each other as yet.

What dress code is best suited for tech jobs?

Ideally it is what is most comfortable for you. For me it’s dress shirt/pants, “because you never know who you’ll run into” (as said by a former supervisor)

What do you do for fun and relaxation?

I watch a lot of movies in theatre, on release weekend or listen to some music.

What are you doing to improve the environment in which you live and work?

Presently I live and work in Toronto, ON, Canada. I am active member of some tech and non-tech social groups. Trying to be involved by acting beyond myself to help others by sharing what I already know, helping others to solve problems, or just lending a helping hand wherever I can.

What question would you ask the next techie?

What is it that you think we can use technology to make a difference in the world?

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