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Ask A Techie 20 Questions – Arthur Thompson – Software Engineer

How would you define a techie?

Someone that is as interested in how technology works, as they are in what technology does.

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

Finding out what I don’t know, I don’t know, then learning it. Staying positive in the face of better developers, learning from them instead of being intimidated.

What global tech event would you like to attend?

Google I/O, which I’ve been to. JavaOne, which I’ve never been to.

In what ways can Trinidad benefit from ICT?

Plenty! The biggest one would be mobile commerce, buying and selling via mobile would be a boom for T&T’s economy, especially in entertainment and services (eg: food), I also think the government needs to step in to make this happen because the banks will take way too long to come to agreed terms, eg: Republic Bank and Yooz pay. Education, I was a big supporter of the laptop initiative in secondary schools in Trinidad and Tobago, I think that has benefited our students a great deal. I also think that users of government services like Legal Affairs, Licensing Office and others could benefit from more ICT. There are many other areas, ICT everywhere I say.

At home and internet goes down, what would you do to pass time?

Tether to my phone :). Or listen to a stored audio-book or podcast.

What is the perfect birthday gift for a techie?

It depends :), its ah all or nothing situation, get real props for getting it right or get bun down for getting it even slightly wrong, I’d go with a gift-card.

Tell us anything about yourself.

I want to be a pilot some day, flying passengers between Trinidad and Tobago.

Most prized gadget you own?

My Linksys WRT1900AC wireless router. It does just wok.

Describe how the internet works

As my friend Irwin Williams would say in our UWI days:
https://www.google.com/search?q=how+does+the+internet+work

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

Better selfies, and FPV flight (2016 project).

Feature rich IDE or old school text editor?

Both, I should be able to use IDE when available but still edit and build my project with text editor and command line if necessary or more convenient. I should never be locked into an IDE.

What are your thoughts on Space tourism?

Hurry up! But take yuh time and do it right 🙂

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

“Literal” or “Lit” for short, because it would be very wordy but should make sense when read.

What number when divided in half becomes zero?

8 or 88 or infinity or zero

Why is there still a digital divide?

Money, devices are becoming more reasonably priced but GOOD network access is still very expensive if available at all.

What do you do for fun and relaxation?

Code, binge on tv shows, listen to podcasts and audio-books, rugby, hike, wine for carnival.

What do you wish there was an app for?

An app that would exercise for me while I slept.

Advice you would give to other techies?

Keep freak-outs in perspective, there are way too many techies that talk about “the death of x” or “the y killer” or “that OS is crap”. I’d advise us to be more tempered in our comments especially the -ve ones. If we continue over hyping things we would not recognize when something really good or bad happens.

How can we use technology to make a difference in the world?

Use it! Differences will come, some good and some bad but hopefully we can learn to tilt the differences more toward the good as we go along. I think we have been doing a good job of it so far.

What question would you ask the next techie?

What productivity app/service do you use most and why?

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