My favorite tech person and mentor of all times is Mike. And when I’m not having enlightened discussions with him over lunch or in the office, I’m on his blog reading stuff that he somehow manages to churn every day (jealous of his mad writing skillz :)
In tech, we’re sort of fucked compared to say a violinist, who can be pretty sure their main tool of the trade isn’t going to change much from the day they pick it up to the day they die, so they can sink all that energy into pure, beautiful mastery. In tech, we don’t even know if our keyboards are going to look the same 5 years from now.
All us, readers of his blog know that his “violin” is a solid combo of Linux/vim/Python/Mercurial – which makes a ton of sense, and if you’re good with that stuff you are golden.