I'm a dabbler. I make no claims to be an expert or experienced programmer. I LOVE the idea of a programmable Droid (and look forward to further development of Mintoris Basic and continued exposure of functionality - telephone functions, bluetooth, camera hint hint).
I started banging on DEC PDP systems, first using punchcards (I must be old), and then dumb terminals, in high school. I had a bunch of Timex-Sinclair computers, but they had a horrible quality control problem and they all died on me. Vic-20's, C-64, Franklin Apple IIe clone. Played a lot of Zork. I used to use an edlin-like editor in college to edit my computer science homework on the school's mainframe, from the Franklin, with a 300 baud modem. I can read faster than 300 baud, but it seemed like the sexiest rocket science at the time… Some time passed, and I talked my way into a job at Microsoft, supporting MS Project (project managing software), which had the distinction of being the most profitable software product that MS produced, with a retail price of around $800.00 (1994). Project and Excel both had VB for Applications bundled into them, and extending the functionality of a complex program like project quickened my pulse. (no pun intended - Quicken is not a MS product :^) Anyway, I wrote a macro virus for the (then) unsecure environment of VBA, called "Ebola". It was essentially a demonstration of both the power and vulnerability of VBA. It was heavily commented to educate people on how to avoid exposing their data/systems to malicious intent, and emailed my manager with a random bit of praise for my work whenever it replicated on someone's PC. I was copied on the emails, so that I had a record for damage control. I could then email them a "vaccine". This stunt got me hired in Developer Support, supporting database functionality against C++, VB, and the new web-savvy ADO. More time passed, and I finally got around to building some small robots primarily with Lego and Basic stamps. You can find a few videos on Youtube under "Schlemmerwood". I like MindStorm, but it's somewhat limiting. I am now working on a new robot design, using Arduino, and a VEX tracked platform. I want to put a webcam on it, with web-based remote control, but that is just a working idea… PS I love the Android platform and hope to integrate it in my projects with Mintoris Basic.
After a brief retirement, I decided to become a professional firefighter, and I now work for a medium-sized city in the Seattle area. I am planning to attend paramedic school next year.