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James M Anderson

Devanooga username



Software Nerd; Aspiring Bum


Hixson, TN

Current daily computer

Work: HP Probook. Personal: Thinkpad T470S

Current mobile device

Iphone something or other

One word that best describes how I work:


What apps, software, and/or tools can’t you live without?

VS code, git

What is your best time-saving shortcut?

If you put it off long enough, it’s either important enough that somebody else will take care of it or unimportant enough that it didn’t matter that it didn’t get done at all.

What is your workspace setup like?

Big screen, docking station, and stuff piled up, like, everywhere

Favorite or must-have gear in your workspace?

Wireless headset, mini fridge, my dogs

What do you listen to while you work?

High tempo techno, gangsta rap, old country, and everything in between

What is the best advice you have ever received?

Your brilliance will only take you so far

What is some advice you would give to yourself earlier in your career?

It’s ok to stop working at the end of the work day

Anything else you would like to add?

An order of fries and a large coke.