To me computers are a tool. A job is what you use the tool for. There are many ways you can use a tool other than what you are paid to do with it. I spend a fair amount of time using the computer both in work and out of work. Some people don't understand: "How can you sit in front a computer all day and go home and do the same thing?" My answer is quite simple: "Do you use a pen at work? How can you use a pen all day at work and then go home and use a pen?" Computers are a means to an end. If the end is recreation, that's perfectly reasonable.
So at any one time I have half a dozen projects that I work on. Very few of them get completely finished. That used to annoy me, since I'm such a stickler for finishing things at work. But I realized that if I drove myself to finish them, it would be a lot more like work! In the end I realized that it is the journey, not the destination, that was the fun.
In this section I outline some of the more major projects I've worked on. Some are up and running and can be viewed on the web. Others had their day in the sun, but have since been sunsetted. From each of them I've learned things. Both that have been applicable in work and out of work.