Brady Holt and FamilyMy name is Brady Holt. I’m a software developer by day and geek by night. Writing software is my profession, hobby and passion. During the day, I am a developer at You Need A Budget and at night I am usually spending time with my family or hacking on one of my many pet projects. My primary development stack is C# / ASP.NET MVC / SQL Server but work with Rails, MySQL, Linux, Node.js and other non-Microsoft centric technologies often. I am an open source developer and have several active projects.

Some History

Back in 1993, I messed up my Mom’s 8088 computer by accident to the point it would not boot. She used the computer for her home based transcription business so I knew I was in serious trouble. I tinkered with BIOS settings, skimmed the MS-DOS 3.2 book on her desk, and called every technical support 1-800 # I could find. Eventually I fixed it and after the crisis was over, I realized I actually enjoyed tinkering with the computer. Over the next year, I sold stuff and saved money until I was able to afford my own 386 machine to play with. I was addicted to AOL and ran a BBS called “The Hard Drive”. A friend from church began teaching me how to program with Turbo Pascal and I was hooked! I studied Management Information Systems at The University of Texas at Austin and began a career in software development.

To learn even more about me, check out my 3-part post, How I Got Geeky.

Random Knowledge

  • I’m an extroverted introvert.
  • MacGyver is my hero.
  • I don’t play computer games or read fantasy novels.
  • I prefer a non-fiction book over a fiction one.
  • I believe in the Oxford comma.
  • I’m a Christian.
  • I can whistle really loud.
  • I’ve seen the The Matrix movie at least 20 times.
  • I’ve never broken a bone in my body.
  • Google has Usenet history on me back to 1996.
  • I play the acoustic guitar.
  • Hawaii is my favorite place to visit.
  • I have a beautiful wife, daughter, and son. I adore them.
  • A good word to describe me is resourceful.
  • Myers-Briggs says I’m an ISTP.
  • I change the oil on my cars.
  • I played soccer and football when I was younger.
  • I started learning HTML on April 29th, 1996.
  • I open garage doors with my phone.
  • I ran the New York Marathon in 2004.
  • I’ve been skydiving.