About Me

Stephen Holdaway

My name is Stephen Holdaway. I’m a developer from Wellington, New Zealand.

I’m predominantly a Linux and OSX nut, and I find breaking things terribly fun. Python, C and C++ are my daily drivers these days, but I still use PHP, JavaScript, HTML and CSS for web development.

If you want to, you can email me . You can also find me and my projects on Twitter, Github, Gists and hackaday.io.

A brief history

I can’t remember not being into computers. Knowing how to use Ctrl-Alt-Delete on Windows 95 was probably more dangerous than useful to an eight-year-old, however that made me a computer geek at the time, so I’ll claim that title.

From sometime around the year 2000, I shared a very second-hand 286 computer running DOS and later GEOS with my brothers. It had a monochrome screen and it was the best thing since not having a computer. Perhaps a year later, my first computer was a 386 that I picked up for $15 from a liquidating company. It was in an endless rebooting cycle by the end of the week though and disappeared after that, so I’m not really sure if it counts.

I started messing with 3D modelling in 2001 in a program called Caligari TrueSpace 2. In 2004 I did some programming in QBASIC on the aforementioned 286 (which was still very much alive); mostly text based games and quizzes. The statements I knew could be counted on one hand, but it was good fun. For the following four years, I experimented with 3D as a hobby while I played the drums, recorded music, and played gigs with the band Remastered.

In 2009, I started a Bachelor of Design Innovation in (Digital) Media Design at Victoria University of Wellington. In the same year, the university course ‘Creative Coding’ made me super excited about programming, so I went home and learned some PHP, HTML and CSS over the gloriously long summer holiday that year. The following summer I worked at a Wellington web development firm, where I continued to work part-time throughout 2011. I graduated with my Bachelors degree (BDI) in May 2012 and continued to work full-time as a front and back-end web developer until 2017.

Right now

Right now I’m working at Weta Digital in Wellington and it’s fantastic. In my free time I’m spending far too much time hacking on electronics/hardware projects and writing firmware. I take to the skies occasionally as a private pilot.