I'm Norbert Kéri, a self taught web developer/fullstack engineer/growth hacker/cloud architect/whatever trendy buzzword at the moment, living in Oslo, Norway. I learned programming as an autodidact, making a character generator for DnD in Delphi, and then later creating a small community site for a game called DotA in PHP. By 2006, I already had a very good grasp on programming, and after spending one year at the university, I was extremely dissatisfied with its dry, theoretical approach, so I started looking for a job. I was cautioned by everyone not to drop out, but what can I lose? I can always come back.
Turns out it was one the best choices, if not the best choice in my life. I immediately got a job, I started earning practical knowledge, I started earning money, I learned how to be financially responsible, I learned how to navigate office politics, I had zero debt, I had a 3 years headstart on people my age, I moved out, and learned to live on my own, and it allowed me to move to another country. After programming professionally for a few years, nobody has ever questioned me on why I have no degrees.
Now, as of early
2014 2016 2020, I have 4k 6.8k 9.6k reputation on StackOverflow, which puts me in the top 9% 5% 4%. I'm also in the top 10% in PHP, Doctrine2, CSS, in the top 20% in MySQL, and top 30% in Symfony2. I have contributed to a few open source projects on GitHub: I have added the ability to specify static methods as constructors for the Alice library (a fixture generator for PHP), and have done a few bug reports for Symfony2 (one of them resulted in an immediate release of a new version), Doctrine2, the r.js compiler, and a few Symfony2 bundles.
Most of my early knowledge came from various programming blogs, at a point I had more than 50 blogs in my RSS reader, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be where I am, if people wouldn't share their experiences through blogs, slides and talks with the rest of the world. This blog is my way of contributing back to this community.
I really like the hacker community, and I hope some people will find something useful when googling something, on this site.
The name of the blog comes from a happy little accident. I had to deploy new features to one of our sites, and of course I broke everything. Completely white empty page. I had no access to any kind of logs, the only thing I had was an FTP account. The guy who was the customer contact at the company was already impatient behind me, and of course I had no idea what is wrong, so I told him that I'm just going to restore the old site from a backup.
Me: Yeah, I have no idea what's wrong, I'm just going to restore the old site from a backup
CG: Oh you have a backup?
Me: Of course I have a backup (you think I'm an idiot?)
So, I navigated to my ~/backups folder, and opened the archive, here is the picture of the backup:
Yeah, that was not a good day.
The other blog
I have another blog that deals with computer games, board games, reviews, and the flaming pile of garbage that is called "gaming journalism". You can check that at https://games.ivalice.xyz.
You can find an email address on my consulting page.