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5 Techy Black Friday Deals That You Can’t Pass Up

PS3 Holiday Bundle  $199 – Available At Most Retailers

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The PS3 holiday bundle is at the top of the Black Friday list for me because I missed out on the past generation of game consoles. For $200 you get a 250GB PS3 with two of the year’s top games: The Last Of Us and Batman Arkham Origins. If you’ve missed out like me, or just have stuck with your Xbox over the years, you should definitely pick this up.

 

Gamestop Buy 2 Get 1 Free Preowned

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Gamestop has a killer deal that is too good to pass up if you’re a gamer. Buy ANY 2 preowned products and get another free. This includes games, accessories, consoles, electronics and any other preowned product in the store. Like my above mention of missing out on the past generation of consoles, I plan on racking up on some of the classic games for cheap too.

 

iPad Mini $299 (with $75 Gift Card From Target) – Available At Most Retailers

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If you don’t have a tablet or are needing an upgrade, you should consider picking up the iPad mini. There is nothing bad to say about this at all and you can’t find a better tablet in my opinion (sorry Nexus lovers). The great thing is if you buy this from Target you get a $75 gift card. The full size iPad is also on sale for $399, with a $30 Taget gift card included as well.

 

RCA 200 Watt Surround Sound System $80 – Available At Best Buy

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While surround sound is definitely not the sexiest Black Friday deal, you would be crazy to pass this up if you’re looking to add surround sound in your home. You can generally find 100 watt systems on eBay or Amazon for around $100 to $120, but you can get this 200 watt set for $80.

 

Element 50” LED TV $229 – Available At Target

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This may be considered the hottest deal by many for this years Black Friday. A 50 inch LED HDTV for $229. As far as deals on a TV, I highly doubt you’ll ever find one as good as this. The biggest question I have about this is: How many people are going to get knocked out in fights while trying to grab this from Target stores across the country?

Comicat Review

 

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(Todays nerdy guest is one of our friends Patrick Delaney)

Let me start off by stating that I do not condone the illegal downloading and/or sharing of comic books or graphic novels. The comic industry is still a struggling business and it’s creators, writers, artists, letterers, inkers (tracers), and local shop owners need and deserve your business. If you appreciate the art someone is putting out do the right thing and drop some coin.

That being said, before I lived in a town with a reliable place to purchase my books I may have dabbled in the .cbr world of scanned comics. I have since tried my best to purchase all of which I’ve obtained either physically or digitally. But every now and then I will want to read an old favorite and might not want to sift through my 20+ long boxes or carry around a heavy omnibus. This means trying to find a new comic reader o that I may enjoy this literary gem in a means that won’t crash or distort the art and letters every time I try to zoom in on a single panel.

After trying a ton of free comic readers on the Android market I decided to cough up the $2.99 and give Comicat a try.

Taken from the Comicat page :

ComiCat is a fast and slick comic reader and catalog manager. You can manage and read your comic collection right on your Android. You have lots of options to make the most of your reading experience. Native code base written and optimized for android devices. Extremely fast and stable with no battery drain. With Facebook integration, you can let friends know what you’re reading and how you like it. ComiCat comes with lifelong free updates that bring in new exciting features and usability enhancements.

– Support for all popular comic formats like CBZ, CBR, CB7, CBT etc.
– Feature rich yet easy to use.
– Auto scanning of your device to build your catalog in seconds. – Multiple catalog views, sorting options and search for easy access to your comics.
– Virtual bookshelf look with multiple themes.
– Password protection.
– Reading list management.
– Performance and experience tweaking options.
– Fast viewing of comics through efficient caching.
– Multiple view modes, pinch to zoom and orientation options.
– Right to left and left to right reading order for Manga fans.
– Gestures for page turn, fast forward, fast reverse and almost all navigation needs.
– Auto split two page scans and auto crop margin.
– Bookmarks, auto remember reading location and comic reading status indicators.
– Single button sync of your comics from your Dropbox account.
– Parental control with password protected hidden folders.
– Image enhancer that auto adjusts brightness, contrast and saturation of comic pages. Works great on old comic scans, removes paleness and makes them more vibrant.
– Efficient caching for best performance without going out of memory.
– Works well with Jellybean’s multi user changes.

For now Comicat is only available on the Android market. I have read that there might be a version moving to iOS, but no dates have been given. Comicat is killer app you should toss on to your phone and tablet.

Check it out here:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=meanlabs.comicat&hl=en&referrer=utm_source%3Dgoogle%26utm_medium%3Dorganic%26utm_term%3Dcomicat

Todays Apple Event: What You Need To Know

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Today Apple held another event to unveil new hardware, software and other happenings in the company. Here are the key points that you should know from what went on at todays event:

iPad Air

Going in to todays event, everyone expected a new iPad to be the main attraction. Rumors and leaked images held true as Apple unveiled the new iPad Air. So what is different you ask? Well it’s fast. Really fast. It sports a new 64 bit processor, which makes it nearly twice as fast as the previous generation of iPads. Internally and externally everything has been redesigned to be much smaller. The iPad Air weighs in at a pound and is 20% slimmer, making it much smaller overall. Though the casing has shrunk, the screen size is still at a full 9.7 inches. All in all, there is nothing revolutionary about the new iPad Air (although Jony Ive might tell you differently in another one of Apple’s drawn out videos on the design process). Basically if you have an iPad 3, 4 or even a mini, I wouldn’t bother dropping $500 on upgrading.

OSX Mavericks

This was, in my opinion the most notable announcement today. Apple unveiled OSX Mavericks a few months ago, but announced today that it is available, today (yes right now). The big kicker on this is that it is available for free. Outside of Linux, this is really the only major operating system that I can think of that has been released for free. Mavericks boasts a lot of small, conveinent upgrades that should make for a much more pleasant desktop experience. Enhanced notifications, file tagging and finder tabs are some of the features I’m looking forward to. You can download OSX Mavericks for free from the Mac App Store on your laptop or desktop. Keep a watch out for my review on it in the next week.

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Mac Pro

Similar to Mavericks, Apple unveiled the new Mac Pro a few months ago with little details. It has been a long time since the Mac Pro has received a design change, but Apple as truly overhauled desktop computer design with the new Pro design. Yes, it looks like a garbage bin but this little guy packs more punch than any consumer or pro level computer ever has. I could spend forever drooling over the specs, but I’ll just say that it is bound to be the new standard for desktop computing (even though that is a dying niche among casual computer users). This power comes with a price though, a $3000 price tag to be exact.

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Mac Apps

Lastly, Apple redesigned the majority of their apps across the board. iLife and iWork apps have all been overhauled and optimized for every device they are used on. iWork now has collaboration features, allowing multiple users to work in realtime on documents together. As with the iPad Air, nothing here is revolutionary (though I think the new drummer plugin for Garageband is incredible) but everything has changed for the better and improved upon previous versions. If you use these Apps regularly, I would definitely upgrade to the latest versions considering they are free.

 

 

 

 

 

Journeyman: The Homeless Coder

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If you were to approach 10 homeless people and gave them the option of $100 cash or an opportunity to teach them programming, how many do you think would choose the programming option? Back in August Patrick McConlogue, a software developer in New York approached a homeless man with this ultimatum. Meet Leo the “Journeyman”, the 28 year old homeless man who is learning to code.

Patrick proceeded to overnight Javascript books and a Google Chromebook along with a 3G internet connection. This was a big commitment for Patrick and Leo, with all eyes watching now. “I can go through $100 in a few days.” Leo said. “But he told me I could have a laptop and learn how to do something and I figured it could turn into something more.”

I’ve been following this story ever since I saw Patrick’s original blog post on Medium. Originally he received a huge amount of criticism, with many seeing it as a PR stunt. As this has unfolded over the past 2 months, you can see that Leo is going after this 100% and gaining some legit skills. Leo has has a passion for environmental awareness, so it’s only fitting that he is currently working on building an application for that. Patrick gives Leo a one hour lesson every morning on his way to work. A typical lesson between the two consists of reviewing the previous lesson, learning something new and putting it to use, followed by evaluating the application at the end to see where it needs to be heading.

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Leo has been doing an incredible job and is a huge inspiration for so many people who have been following his journey. Yesterday though, Leo was arrested for trespassing outside of a building while trying to find a place to charge his laptop. There was a big mess between the NYPD and Patrick, trying to prove that Leo was not up to any harm. Thanks to all of the amazing support of Leo’s following who were calling in to police stations and Mayor Bloomberg’s office, Leo was set free without any charges.

Leo has assured everyone that he is just a normal guy who is homeless. Not a criminal, not a drug addict or alcoholic. He is just a man who is trying to better his life and get people to look beyond the homeless stereotype. “It’s really hard to convince people that you are not a bad person, or a drug addict or a crazy. How are you gonna do that when you are homeless, and that’s how the homeless are depicted? It’s not always a negative thing but people don’t know that. My life had good moments before this whole thing,” Leo said. “And all I think is now maybe learning how to do something new will give me more opportunities to have more good moments.”

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If you ever doubt your ability to learn something because you may not be smart enough or circumstances are holding you back, look to Leo for inspiration. He is the best kind of nerd, one who is not letting his circumstances dictate who he is or what he can learn.

You can follow Leo’s progress here as well as take all of the coding lessons that he is learning for free.

From The Nerdery: Villains, Rivalries and iOS7

Well, it is that time again!  We will dive right in!

 

Scott Asks: Who are your favorite villains? And what do you think makes them special?

Stephen – I’ve always like the villains with god-like design. When I was younger, Apocalypse was definitely my favorite villain. I used to be super into the X-Men and the idea of this eternal, immortal being that can change his size, regenerate from wounds, and wreck stuff with his mind-powers was just awesome. I mean, that dude just oozes I’ll-murder-your-pet-hamster-and-break-your-science-project-then-I’ll-make-your-parents-get-a-divorce-and-I’ll-marry-your-mom-and-be-your-new-step-dad-and-I’ll-buy-root-beer-and-drink-it-in-front-of-you-but-I-won’t-let-you-have-any. He’s THAT cruel. But now, I think I’m gonna go with Galactus. I like gray areas and and Galactus is a giant, world devouring gray area. He’s a villain, but not really. He consumes entire planets to sustain his life. It’s not like he’s doing it out of some vile thirst for world domination. He has to. It’s how he continues to live. It’s survival really. And there’s no “stopping” him. Sure, he can be weakened and slowed down, but the best that you can hope for is distracting him long enough to get him focused on a Jupiter-sized bean burrito, thus ensuring the preservation of your species for the time being.

Cam – I have a hard time naming a favorite villain. I am the kind of guy who creates an alternate save game for Mass Effect to play through as Renegade, then halfway through do everything I can to move towards Paragon. This is the same reason I am one of the few people that can’t really get into Breaking Bad. If I had to name one though, I would have to go with Darth Vader. Especially with the inclusion of the Prequel Trilogy (I know they aren’t great, but they do put some interesting twists on the overarching plotline). When it was just the Original Trilogy the story was ultimately about Luke Skywalker’s transition from farmboy to hero. When the prequels were released the story shifted from that to the fall and redemption of Anakin. I think that adds some depth to the character. He becomes more than just this dark antagonist. Are there plot holes? Absolutely. But ultimately when he turns away from the Dark Side to save his son, and overthrows (literally) the man who manipulated him into ruining his life, it carries more weight than before. Now, I don’t think it makes up for all of the terrible things he did, but it does lend itself to an interesting discussion. That change from dark to light though is what attracts me to the character.

Robbie – Currently I think my favorite villain is Walter White. I recently just started watching Breaking Bad from the beginning so it has been a rollercoaster to see Walt’s character evolve into what it is now. It’s just crazy to see how good motives can turn in to greed and other things.

 

Nathan asks: What duo is the best rivalry in comics, tv, or movies, and why

Cam – This is a great question. I am going to have to go with the Batman vs. the Joker. They are the antithesis of each other. They each are subject to some serious psychological issues, but land on completely opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to how it’s expressed. Batman strives for order, Joker strives for chaos. The existence of the one almost necessitates the existence of the other, and this is addressed in several different iterations of the story. In the Dark Knight, the Joker tells Batman “I don’t wanna kill you, what would I do without you? Go back to rippin’ off mob dealers? No, no, no… no you, you complete me.” Batman refuses to kill, and it seems like the Joker’s entire plan (not that he has a master plan) is to get Batman to break his rule. He wants justice and order to devolve into chaos, while Batman wants to pull Gotham out of chaos into order.   I’ll leave you with this quote — “You… you just couldn’t let me go could you? This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. You are truly incorruptible aren’t you. You won’t kill me because of some misplaced sense of self-righteousness. And I won’t kill you because…you’re just too much fun. I get the feeling that you and I are destined to do this forever.”

Stephen: I’m gonna go with Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty. I know that these are characters originated in literature and not necessarily from “nerd culture”, but literature is the original “geek culture”, right?! Anyway, I love that Sherlock and Moriarty are exactly alike and completely different. They are both brilliantly minded individuals on opposite ends of good and bad. You could even argue that the more current interpretations of Batman and the Joker are very much like Sherlock and Moriarty. The difference though is that Moriarty isn’t really insane, or crazy. He’s not the kind of person that just wants “to watch the world burn”. He has selfish pursuits and intentions, but his desire for power and control, while immoral, is pure. At the other end of that spectrum, Sherlock doesn’t desire to take power or control at all. He knows that his intellect IS power and that by using it he controls what he needs to. They both believe that they’re the end all, be all when it comes to intelligence, but for Moriarty, that isn’t enough, and for Sherlock, it’s everything.

 

Marie asks: What are some of the best and and worst features of the iOS7?

Robbie – My favorite feature of iOS7 is small but is already making things 10 times easier, that would be the control center. I love having the access to control brightness, volume and track selection as well as options for Wifi, Bluetooth and Airplane Mode too. The addition of quick buttons for a flashlight and calculator are pretty awesome too.

My least favorite feature of iOS7 is the amount of trouble I had installing it. I spent an hour downloading it, then tried to install it for 30 minutes. My phone bricked itself during the installation. It basically became a paperweight. I was able to restore it through iTunes, but lost everything in the process. I somehow miraculously had a backup from March on my computer that I was able to use, so I didn’t lose everything in the end. As a designer, I do hate some of the new app icons. I get that Apple does simple and minimalistic, but designers are starting to take it too far with that. I like the flatness of the interface, but I think it may be too flat. There are a couple of other small bugs, but Apple is releasing a 7.0.1 update in the next day or two to fix those.

Overall, I love iOS7 and totally recommend installing it. Make sure you do an iCloud or iTunes backup beforehand though! Check back tomorrow for my full review on iOS7!

Stephen – Just as a, hopefully helpful, side note: I’ve noticed a lot of people that don’t have enough space on their phones to download the iOS7. My recommendation is this: Amazon has a Cloud Drive app on the App Store where you can upload up to 5.0 GB’s of pictures. All you have to do is download that app and upload your pictures to it, then you can delete them from your Camera Roll. Yes, this does require already having, or creating, an Amazon account, but it’s very helpful in keeping you pictures accessible without them taking up too much space on your phone.

Apple Reveals The Next Generation Of iPhones

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It has been a couple months since Apple’s WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) where they showed off the beautiful iOS7. It has been a year since the last iPhone event, in which the iPhone 5 was released. Today Apple held an event to unveil the next generation of iPhones. Here’s what you need to know:

iPhone 5S

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The iPhone 5S is the successor to the 5. Apple is dubbing it their “most forward looking” phone to date. As far as the physical changes to the phone, there are really none aside from the new champagne (gold) finish (which looks hideous in my personal opinion). The 5S is also equipped with a fingerprint scanner, located on the home button. You can use this in place of a traditional lock code or your Apple id password. I thought this was a gimmick feature from rumors that were floating around, but the ability to scan your finger in place of your password is a great user experience move.

Internally, the 5S is vastly improved over the 5. The camera sensor is 15% bigger and has a 2.2 aperture. This means more megapixels and better low light shots. As far as video, you can now capture up to 120 frames per second in the new slow motion feature of iOS7. The 5S is now the first and only smartphone to have a 64 bit processor, running 64 bit apps. Basically this means that your apps and your phone are going to run a lot faster. 5 times faster than the iPhone 5 to be exact. The iPhone 5S will be available on September 20th starting at $199 with a standard 2 year contract.

iPhone 5C

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The iPhone 5C has been the center of Apple rumors for years now. Everyone has been wondering “When is Apple going to make a cheaper iPhone?”, “When are iPhones going to be available in different colors?” Well the 5C finally answered both of those questions today.

The iPhone 5C has been called many things leading up to todays event: 5 Cheap, 5 China, 5 Color, ect. Physically, this is a huge change compared to previous iPhones. Apple is positioning this as the “budget” iPhone. It has the same dimensions as the iPhone 5, but has a cheaper soft silicone rubber casing compared to the more durable aluminum finish of newer iPhones. Colors available are green, white, blue, red and yellow. Spec wise the 5C has pretty much the exact same specs as the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5C will be available on September 20th starting at 99$ with a standard 2 year contract.

Trying To Decide?

If you’re deciding to purchase a new iPhone and are having trouble on deciding, here is my advice: If you’ve never owned an iPhone before or you’re looking for a new carrier and contract, then go for the 5S. If you’re looking to upgrade from an iPhone 4S or older, I would recommend opting for the 5S as well. Honestly, with cheaper parts and manufacturing I don’t think that the 5C is really worth getting. You would be better off shelling out an additional $100 for the 5S which looks to be far superior than the 5C. If you have an iPhone 5 and want to upgrade, I would just hold out until next year when the iPhone 6 (or whatever Apple will call it) gets released. Also, keep an eye out for price drops from carriers. Go into a store and play around with the iPhone 5, 5C and 5S to see which one suits you best.

Why You Should Ditch Microsoft Office For Google Drive

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School is back in session and students across the world are dropping wads of cash on Microsoft Office.  Most everyone will need to use Word for homework assignments or to write papers. Or, use Powerpoint to create a presentation for class. Maybe you need Excel to create spreadsheets? The Microsoft Office suite has always been full of solid applications and definitely makes life easier on students. I have a free and better alternative for all you broke students out there, though. Let me show you Google Drive.

Google Drive does everything Microsoft Office can do, plus more. First off, Drive has all the options to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations that Office can create. Drive is a web based application, meaning you go to the Drive site, log in and you have access to create whatever you need. You create an account with your email address (Gmail works best, and is also the best email provider in my personal opinion) and it is 100% free (and legal). The great thing about a web based application is that you can access it from anywhere. Google has done an incredible job at implementing Drive across all devices. Whether you’re using a computer, tablet or even your phone; Google has created a Drive app for your device.

The best thing about Drive is the cloud storage. When you sign up for an account, you get 15GB of online storage to store your documents (as well as ANY other file type that you may want to upload). So with Drive being web based and utilizing cloud storage, you can create documents from anywhere and access your currently stored ones as well. Drive makes it easy to share your documents as well. Google implemented a share button to where you can add various email addresses and grant them the privileges to download or edit the shared file. An added bonus is the ability to collaborate on a file in realtime with multiple users. If you’re old fashioned though, you can download your file to your computer or device as one of many popular formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .ppt, ect.).

There are other free alternatives to Microsoft Office, but what separates Google Drive apart from others is the cloud storage, the ability to collaborate realtime and the availability to access and create files from anywhere on any device. Rather than make an Office carbon copy, Google has made huge strides in the innovation of the word processing space. You can expect continuing innovation from Google (always) and competitors will soon follow Google’s innovating trend. So if you’re a broke college student that has used Office for years, stop paying for it now and give Google Drive a shot. It will make your student life easier.

The Kindle vs. the Book

I love reading books, and have ever since they used to give out Pizza Hut discounts based upon the number of books you read over the summer. Hell, I still have the “Book It” medal they gave me; I don’t even remember what I had to do to be awarded that medal, but I cherish it like I am sure Chewbacca would have had he received one at the end of A New Hope.

Well… this is awkward.

The downside of loving books is moving them. My wife and I recently bought, and the biggest (and heaviest) group of boxes was my book collection. If it wasn’t for the eBooks on my Kindle I would have had another three or four additional boxes.

At one point I had so many that my rather large bookshelf was packed, the top was covered with stacks, and there was an additional four foot stack off to the side of it. There were so many books lying around my office that it looked like the books had begun to reproduce like Tribbles in Star Trek: The Original Series. I finally had to get rid of some of them (I judged them based on re-readability, and aesthetics of the binding because I am shallow when it comes to book aesthetics).

While nothing holds a candle to the look and feel of a traditional book (don’t actually hold a candle to a book… it is flammable), the convenience of e-readers and tablets are starting to sway me. Convenience, like most other things now, trumps everything, and the benefit of convenience in regards to reading is that unlike convenience in food, reading won’t give you diabetes. And like diabetes, nontraditional reading is on the rise.

Nice try, McDonald’s

The topic of e-readers/tablets versus traditional books is somewhat one-sided. There are a lot of detractors of e-readers, but generally people who enjoy reading on a device also enjoy a traditional book, they just appreciate the convenience of non-traditional reading. Actually there was a study done by the Pew Research Center that shows owners of e-readers read an average of eight more books a year than your more traditional bibliophile. The study also showed that 58% of e-reader owners also consistently read traditional books.

Over the past few weeks I have noticed a trend for me in particular. If I am not reading on my Kindle app, which I use on my iPhone, I do not read nearly as much. The reason for this is merely convenience.

When I am reading a book on the Kindle app I always have it with me and it is always easily accessible. If I have five minutes of downtime I simply pull out my phone and read a few pages, if I am on my fifteen minute break at work I read a few pages, if the diuretic properties of the coffee I am drinking nonstop makes me have to use the restroom somewhat frequently then I will read several pages. The list can go on forever. Latency issues on the computer? Then I read. Waiting for my wife to come out of Kroger? Another chapter bites the dust. If I have my phone, which is 99.9% of the time, then I have access to an entire library.

That is amazing.

An added bonus is that I don’t have to awkwardly walk through the office with a novel under my arm while heading to the restroom. That is like a walk of shame, but for completely opposite reasons.

I bought a paperback book the other day that I have been looking forward to reading, but I have only read a few pages of it so far. By comparison, I bought a book on my Kindle at the same time as the paperback and I completed it, then I bought another Kindle book on Monday and I completed reading it on Friday. That’s two books in two and a half weeks, and the only reason they were read and the other was not is because I constantly had them with me.

However, there are some disadvantages to nontraditional reading. For one thing, traditional books just look and feel better. There is something impressive about a personal library. The look, feel, and smell of a traditional book is an experience that you will not get with a Kindle. Also, books on the Kindle, while cheaper than new hardbacks, are more than you will spend at a second hand bookstore.

Most of the main arguments against reading on a device focus on a sense of nostalgia and loyalty, which is understandable. For me though, the ability to have access to a good story whenever I want trumps my desire for a nice looking library.

If your objective is to get information or a story, then an e-reader is a much more efficient and convenient choice.

So what side do you fall on? Do you enjoy the convenience of reading on a device, or are traditional books your sole source of information?

Learn To Code & Make $90K In 3 Months

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Are you currently working a job you hate getting paid minimum wage, or working a mundane desk job that offers no excitement? Are you spending tens of thousands of dollars on school and dreading the next 4 years of your life? What if I told you there is a job market where you can come in knowing nothing, train for 3 months and come out with a full time job making $90,000+ a year starting out, would you believe me? Welcome to the world of web development, my friends.

Demand For Web Developers Is Soaring

Web developers and programmers have always been needed to help create web products, but with the explosion of web connected devices over the past few years the demand for this talent is greatly outweighing the current number of people who can develop and program. Phones, tablets, televisions, game systems, cars and pretty much anything else you can throw a screen on are all having some kind of app or program made for them to increase functionality or create a better experience. All of this is made possible by developers.

It’s Not As Hard As You Think

Trying to understand programming is very intimidating to most people. Luckily, it’s a lot easier to start than you might think. Programming schools are spreading like wildfire now. I’m not talking about traditional 4 year universities, but a 3 month boot camp that has you building projects from day one. Often referred to as hacker schools, these boot camps generally cost no more $3000, some don’t even require payment until you land a job.

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Fun Environments & Non Stop Work

A typical day in a hacker school has you learning an aspect of a programming language (Ruby On Rails is by far the most popular at the moment) and applying it to the given project at the time. Throughout your time in school, you’re constantly working on a product (a site identical to Flickr for instance) and learn what it takes to build it along the way. At the end of your time in the school, a job fair is generally hosted were various start-ups and other tech companies come in to browse talent and hire for jobs. Some boot camps have a job placement rate as high as 90%.

There are a few drawbacks to these hacker schools, though. These generally do not pay you to attend and you’re working anywhere from 80 to 100 hours a week on learning, so it is very difficult to hold a job. Most do not provide any lodging or housing, so if you’re attending from out of town it may be difficult to find a place to stay during your time here.

If you can get around those drawbacks and work your ass off for a few months, you will have a bright career path with unlimited potential to do whatever you want and work for pretty much whoever you want. This is a great alternative path, compared to more traditional career path routes. If you’re interested in computers or tech in general, this is totally worth checking out and considering. Below are links to some of the premiere hacker schools in the US.

http://devbootcamp.com/

http://www.hackerschool.com/

http://nashvillesoftwareschool.com/

Does giving up 3 months of your time like this sound beneficial, considering the payoff and potential at the end?