Learning programming languages.
In some job interviews, the candidate is asked “given a rating from 1 to 10, how do you rate yourself given that Bjarne Stroustrup is a 10?”
Here is a breakdown of that scale:-
0 No knowledge
1 Done a “Hello World” program from a magazine/web site article.
2 Novice/Tourist – relies on “phrase books” (e.g. O'Reilly's books).
3 Novice – less reliant on books.
4 Gaining confidence – books / man pages used for reference.
5 Average – knows the ins and outs of the language/topic.
6 Fluent – above average, becoming an expert.
8 Lead Programmer.
10 Guru. (e.g Bjarne Stroustrup for C++).
Am learning Perl – an old language but a good language to know when doing Systems Administration on Linux systems. At the moment I'm a 3, going on 4.
Role Playing Games.
Traveller books are my self-indulgence at the moment. I'm not running Traveller games at the moment but I hope to do so once I've eventually moved house...
Want to move house but its pretty much a work in progress.
Still working on the PC refurbishment project. Most people only know how to use a variant of Microsoft Windows. Am increasingly coming to the belief we should be using Ubuntu Linux instead of Microsoft Windows.
The Nintendo DSi's camera is being helpful as I can show people different parts of my life. The DSi itself is really good. I bought a second hand copy of “Travel Games for Dummies (Sudoku / Solitaire / Chess)” with practice modes and help as well as the games themselves.