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Are Odd Developers Just Misunderstood?

Oct 20, 2011, 18:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Spiegel)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

"He had a TRS-80, an Apple II and one of the first laptops – a Sharp PC-5000. I'm not sure how his dad could afford these early techie toys, but Fred lived for them.

"He once took the bulky laptop to a church fair because he had written a program that would calculate the odds of an over and under game based on historical trends. Fred lost a lot of money that day, but he certainly attracted a crowd. He swore it was just a matter of tweaking his code algorithm – he'd be back next year to rob the church blind.

"The next day in gym class, Fred was picked last during team selections and relentlessly teased by the so-called in-crowd. I often wonder now if Fred knew back then that most of the teasers would never be as successful as he would be some day.

"Yet, there are many 'Fred's' that work in software development teams that are still ostracized and misunderstood, even though they may be taking home a nice salary."

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