Second Finalist - Pete Ryland
Name: Pete Ryland
Location: Bermondsey, London
I am into music. I really enjoy dabbling on guitar and writing songs. I am also into sport. I play touch rugby, rollerhockey and volleyball whenever I have the chance, and I've been known to play almost everything else, from basketball to cricket. Most of all, I code. This is my biggest pastime. I love it so much I have focused my career on it. When not programming for work, I write free software, allowing others to download the source and improve it. Being someone who loves taking things apart, I think that this is how all things should work.
How did you find out about The Code?
I generally go out of my way to watch anything presented by Marcus du Sautoy.
At what stage did you get involved?
I got involved after the first episode aired.
What was your favourite part?
Determining the page/zodiac connections and decoding the coded messages before anyone else was a great buzz, especially decoding the final pair of messages.
What did you find the most tricky?
The unspaced Morse code and Margaret’s symmetry problems were particularly difficult; the cribbage cards one was downright nasty.
Have you taken part in anything similar before?
What are your problem-solving strengths and weaknesses?
The way I organise the information at hand and can write programs quickly to solve problems and test theses are my biggest problem-solving strengths. Without my computer, I’m almost useless.
What do you think your chances are of winning?
It depends on the format of the finale. With the limited information at hand, I’d have to say 1/3.
Overall how would you rate The Code as an experience?
The Ultimate Challenge was the single most fun thing I’ve ever done. I can’t wait for the finale.