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