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    Compression is addictive

    As a programmer for the last 30 years, I only recently discovered the challenge of trying to write my own compression algorithms.

    The problem itself seems simple, but the solutions cover a wide landscape and you can get near immediate feedback on your ideas.

    The perfect combination for an addictive mental exercise.

    I work at home and my wife thinks I'm developing apps as I normally do...but I'm not.

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    I developed a good algorithm for fast LZ compression. I'm working at the time when I eat porridge for breakfast.

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    Indeed yes it is!

    I'm lucky that occasionally it coincides with my job too.

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    It most certainly is; I got bitten by the bug around '87 whilst compressing game data in multiple title compilations in order to fit the product on the smallest number of disks possible. Here I am 30 years later still evolving the techniques - and, like JamesB, still managing to find a justification to do it in my job too!

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    I agree, it's a very interesting field where a compression algorithm can be written in so many ways that research and development will pretty much never end. I got interested in it about 5 years ago back when I was 15. I'm guessing I'm one of the youngest on this forum, but I don't see myself stopping anytime soon

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    I started in early 2000, it is an awesome test of the mind. I remember perusing comp.compression newsgroups for information, writing my own compression code and then getting heavily into image compression in 2001 on. Eventually writing my own entropy algorithm. I would never change it for the world.

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