I was a freelancer. For about 8 years I avoided as much as I could working for a confined environment. For a large multinational company.
I wanted to start easy. So of course it was a 3D shooter game (bits and pieces still exist on the net – search for Final Strike). After about a year of work with a small team of friends, this lead to nothing (luckily I had my parents supporting me financially).
Well, not quite “nothing”. I found a job at a start-up company. We were doing mobile development, for the first ever Windows powered phone – the Orange SPV Classic (running Smartphone 2002). Way before the world had iPhones. The first app I made was nominated Pocket PC Magazine’s “best productivity” tool for the year. Not bad.
However, this didn’t last for long. I wanted to be on my own, so I left and started a small company. I did a lot of Windows Mobile, Windows CE development for some European carriers and mobile phone distributors. O2, Vodafone, Movistar, Telia, Alice, Dangaard Telecom. Nice people, interesting projects.
Aside from that, I still long for mobile development. It was fun back then, it’s even more interesting these days. However Windows Mobile is nearly dead. So I found a new hobby – Android. It’s not all shiny and polished in places, but it changes really fast. I like it so far.
Let’s see what I can come up with. I’m still a freelancer at heart.
PS. A few demographics. My name is Mircea Rila. I live in Timisoara, Romania. I’m 30-ish. I’m a software engineer.