Hello all. We’re devoting yet another post to a new team member. Amy Colford has joined Zeitspace as a software engineer and we’re, predictably, thrilled to have her here. Have a look at her answers to our introductory questions, and be sure that you watch the skies!
Why software development?
When I was young I found a book of QBasic games in the library, and typed a few of them in. After a while I realized I could cheat by changing values for health or lives or whatever. My math teacher at the time encouraged my tinkering and found me a few books on making games in BASIC. I made a bunch of really horrible QBASIC games and that was for sure where I got started. I’ve since retired from my budding career in BASIC games, but the interest in computers has stuck around.
What kind of development do you like? Mobile? Web? Something else?
I really enjoy web development as it’s constantly moving and maturing and there’s basically zero barrier to experimenting. I really enjoy messing with hardware in my spare time, it’s out of my comfort zone, and it’s satisfying to build a physical object and make it do things.
Recommend one thing (maybe a book, movie, album, TV show, physical experience…) Why?
I am really into the youtube channel “Nybbles and Bytes” at the moment. The host is developing a Commodore 128 game and does a really good job of explaining the hardware and concepts involved as she goes along.
What’s your favourite new (or old) discovery in Waterloo Region?
When I first moved here I looked into the sky and was like, “Was that a Mig?” Turns out Waterloo Warbirds maintains a bunch of vintage fighter jets here and it’s really cool to spot them flying around in the summer.
Share a cool thing that folks might like to know about you?
If it’s old tech, I’m probably interested in it. Old computers, film photography, and amateur radio are all things I get really too excited about.