76 and still contributing to OSS! Hats off to you. I hope that I can write a post like this when I am 76! #goals
I'm 400 in cat years, does that count?
FWIW I wouldn't say you are retired, I would say you have just dialed it back a little 😉
My dad started working around at the same year and now he is my right-hand.
It's amazing how many businesses spoil people with experience because their age and they pick instead millenians. Are they dumb? Well, we talk about HR.
I'm going on 71 with 50 years (started 1968 computer operations IBM mainframes).
I've spent the past 25 years freelancing as an IT consultant and the past 10 years working remotely.
I really enjoy working with the technology, both hardware and software.
I've gained experience with IBM mainframes and DEC computers and gradually moved to Unix and RDBMS administration. I now use Linux on my own systems. Windows gets a VM - that way its easy to get rid of it when it goes sideways.
To all those "old-timers" out there - keep on truckin' - your experience will carry you forward into all of the "new" technologies. It has with me.
Hey. Congratulations! This is inspiring.
I would be truly interested in reading about how you think your cognitive abilities changed over time and how you managed to stay relevant in the job industry. I think 'What will happen to my career as I grow older' is a something most developers worry about.
Congratulations again and happy hacking on Github!
Thanks André. I'm thinking to answer in a new post.
Very inspiring story! I have a somewhat different question. What do you do in order to stay healthy/fit? I wish to be able to do what you do at 76 :)
Update: 'Too much' means too much wine and whiskey.
You drink too much what?
I think, water.
That's not too bad, though too much of it is, just try keeping it in check sir. The world is blessed to have your kind around.
This is super inspiring!
Sorry for a stupid question, but if you've been programming for such a long time - don't you have problems with eyesight? How do you deal with that? I'm 30 years old and my eyesight got significantly worse in the past 2 years (I didn't have to wear glasses until a year ago). As much as I would love to keep programming until the end, it made me think about switching to a career that doesn't require spending most of the time in front of the screen.
Thanks, Sebastian, and not stupid.
In my late 40s, just needed to move the screen a little further away.
After that, drugstore reading glasses (buy online for $3 or less/pair). Most recently, three strengths: book, laptop, TV/driving.
Last month I had cataract surgery, so now ($12K later) I need glasses only for very close work.
Update: 'Cataract surgery' means lens replacement.
Be sure to take frequent breaks, and look far -- out a window if possible.
Thanks man, that's really inspiring. I have only 10+ years experience now, and sometimes I'm wondering whether I would be able to still do it after 20 or 30 years, and how it will be different.
Have fun with OSS! It's definitely something that can keep you going, and it also connects you with a lot of people.
First, hats off to you, a long career is a good one!
As for your question, "How did you deal with changing technology and keeping your 'worth' through the years?": André Pena asks something similar above.
I'm expecting to respond in a new post.
I am 60 and was made redundant last year. i took a few months off and realized that i missed coding. Have done many courses to learn new things. Failed a few interviews, but haven't given up.
As a Fildenkrais practitioner I know how to learn, I dont feel any decline in my mental or phisical abilities. I know what I want hence can do anything... In theory. One thing I cant change is stigma atached to gender and age.
So impressive, Burdette! What OSS projects have you been contributing to lately, outside of the gems you've been writing?
No other projects, yet.
Actually I've been looking at a couple of things on DEV!
!!! We'll be watching out for any incoming PRs 👀
Congratulations on all of your achievements, I would consider myself blessed to reach even a third of your successes in my lifetime.
As I rapidly approach 47 this month (coding since 17), I have started to consider my legacy and decided that I have a long way to go yet before I quit creating.
You are an inspiration!
Thats a really inspiring post. Keep us posted with your creative stuff :)
Burdette! you're amazing!
Way to go! No one can force you to retire as long as you enjoy what you do and your work provides value to others. Corporates are dumb to not tap into talent such as yours.
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