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I read this, and then wondered why it managed to get on the front page on HN. Just because it mentions perl and C++?

Forget HN, the question is how it managed to get on the front page of anything. What's the significance of his first customer dying? If there was a point in this story, I completely missed it.

To me, it's a story about getting old. Has anyone you worked with died?

Guy is broke, guy builds web site, guy makes money

Big deal. Guy is broke, guy finds job, guy gets money. Not exactly newsworthy, even if it does have a few tech buzzwords.

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