Hi, I’m Drew Thu, Sep 13, 2012

Hello, friends.

My name is Drew.  I am functioning as a Software Developer intern here at exfm for the next few months.  Exactly what I’ll be doing, I’m not sure… I haven’t got a lot of experience building dynamic web applications like exfm but I’m really excited to learn.   I’ve spent the past 4-something years in an electrical engineering program at the University of Victoria in Victoria, Canada (west coast, on an island near Vancouver, for those that have not studied Canadian geography).  This internship serves as the final of a number of co-op semesters that are required for my degree.  It’s by far the most interesting of the internships I’ve done, even after only being here for a few days.

I think I’m supposed to talk about myself a bit… I like to make excellent food, drink excellent coffee, take long walks on the beach and listen to music.  I actually make music sometimes under monikers like Germany Germany, Radioseven, Toy Camera, and some other ones (NYC friends, I’m playing at Glasslands this Sunday night - details here). 

A bit about how I got into this kind of thing - I grew up trying to subdue the fascination I had for computers and programming.  I taught myself BASIC when I was a kid, probably 11 or 12… I actually remember lighting up LEDs through an LPT printer port using QBASIC on an old computer my dad brought home from work.  Unfortunately, during the high school years I tried to subdue my gifts for technology as I didn’t like being branded a ‘geek’ or ‘nerd’; I’m sure many people that are reading this can relate to that.  I was under the impression that computer programmers worked in tiny stuffy cubicles and lacked social skills and personal hygiene (just in case you’re reading this and that’s what you think as well, trust me, it’s not, at least not always).  My parents, whom I love and appreciate, are not in the technology field and most of what I learned came through the Internet.  Even through university, this was/is the case… though I am almost finished my electrical engineering degree, it’s likely that most of what I studied (lots of math, physics, Matlab, etc) won’t actually be pertinent to my career when I graduate (if I continue in dynamic web programming, which is likely).  If you know me at all, you’ll probably know that I’m a DIY fundamentalist.  I guess the whole self-taught mentality fits in there (this is also how I approach music creation).

This internship at exfm is - actually already has been after only a few days - an incredible opportunity for me.  This is my first time working with a start-up company, and it’s very different from where I’ve been in the past.  It’s an amazing team here; everyone is productive and friendly and really good at making this site what it is.  I’m really happy to be here, and I’m really happy to help build exfm into an even better service than it is right now.

If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a line, I’d be happy to hear from you.

Your new favourite Canadian,
Drew Harris


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