Got this comment recently:
“This peaks my curiosity. Lol….what do you mean really discovered it? On base or in the barracks? Also what type of WAN connectivity did they have in the early 2000s in the early stages of the Iraq War? Mostly satellite?”
This came from and email where I’d said:
“It was IN Iraq that I really discovered the internet… Online business… And, eventually web development.”
We did have internet in Iraq in 2004-2005…
As weird as that seems now looking back.
But, it definitely wasn’t great.
Satellite, I believe.
It actually wasn’t until about 3-4 months in, though. And, our “internet cafe” was some framed walls and plywood somebody built inside the warehouses we worked and lived in… old SCUD missile warehouses of Saddam’s.
There were maybe 5 or 10 computers.
The internet was slower than you can probably even fathom.
And, you could only get on in 30-minute intervals.
So, most days when I had free time, I’d stand in line for half an hour to an hour, when I finally did get on the computer, I spent the majority of my time waiting for pages to load. And then, I jump back in line for another hour to get back on.
That’s how I started learning web development.
And, of course…
Hell, YouTube didn’t even exist, yet.
Can you imagine that?
So, that’s why I get a little grumpy when I hear developers, today, complain about how hard learning web development is. I sympathize… but only a little. It’s also why I believe if you truly want it, you don’t make excuses like that.
If you really want it…
You’ll crawl over hot coals to get there.
And, if you’re not willing to do that…
I question how much you actually want it.
But, that’s grumpy, old “uphill both ways to school” me.
Although, the truth is, today, you have an entire industry built to cater to helping you learn web development. You have people who will bend over backwards to help you get there. And, whatever you want to do… there’s somebody there to help.
So, there’s really no excuses.
Do you want it or don’t you?
Are you willing to work or aren’t you?
Are you committed or not?
That’s WHY this is the stuff I harp on.
Most everything else is irrelevant in the grand scheme of things.
Anyway, take it for what it’s worth. Some of you will get what I mean and realize how simple it all actually is. And, that can be liberating. But, of course, others will do the “I know” thing and sit there still doing nothing.
If you’re a doer, the way I help is my training curriculum…
PHP, OOP, HTML, CSS, freelancing… it’s all in there.
And, you can get access to lessons for absolutely nothing.
Just go to my FREE tutorial site here: https://www.johnsfreetuts.com
It IS work… no doubt.
But, like I said… no excuses.
It’s there waiting for you and won’t cost you a thing.