Who is Loren Brichter?
I make software for iOS and Mac. I used to work for Apple, then started a company called atebits and made an app called Tweetie. Twitter bought it and turned it into Twitter for iPhone. Now I’m back on my own working on some fun new ideas.
What does your typical day look like?
That’s tough because there’s no real “typical”. I’ll usually wake up and catch up on Twitter and RSS in bed. Eat breakfast, and then work. I’ll work whenever I’m not doing something else. Sometimes “something else” takes all day. It’s nice being flexible. My natural inclination is to work *too much*, so forcing myself to do other things helps.
What do you do in your free time?
My life isn’t really divided between work / free time. If I’m not programming I may be building furniture, eating delicious hamburgers, or playing with the dogs. I just bought a little RC helicopter, the battery lasts for about 3 minutes, which is the same amount of time it takes to page in Xcode or wait for mdworker to stop dancing on my hard drive. So now instead of getting frustrated, I look forward to 10.7 swapping like mad because it’s play time.
Where and when did you start programming?
I started back in 6th grade, with Logo in an environment called MicroWorlds. I did some pretty nutso stuff with that little turtle. In high school I messed around with C, C++, Java, PHP. That’s when I launched Project Builder for the first time and started learning Cocoa.
Favorite: Programming Languages, Frameworks?
C and get out of my way.
What OS do you prefer?
If time froze with 10.6 and iOS 5 I’d be happy enough. If I’m installing Linux it’s probably Debian. Love parts of Windows Phone 7, and I’m looking forward to trying Windows 8. It’s odd living in a world where Apple is slumming it with kitsch while Microsoft is exploring something fresh (what Aqua was a decade ago), and Google took over Microsoft’s job of poorly copying other people’s ideas.
Current favorite apps?
The one I’m working on.
Small picture for your Workplace?
Name something that has inspired you recently?
Reusable lifter concept from SpaceX. Google’s self-driving car (I remember watching the DARPA races a few years ago, and am blown away by how far it’s come so fast).
What do you prefer? Freelance work or full time employment?
I’d rather work for myself forever.
What are your goals for 2012?
Make some great new stuff.