Hello! My name is Martijn de Visser and I am a programmer and design specialist. I am 32 years old and I currently reside in Amsterdam, Netherlands. I have been doing freelance graphic design and general programming work for more than 10 years. I have worked with a wide range of companies from small startups who are looking to increase their user experience with a new landing page to publicly traded Fortune 500 companies wanting to split test tens of different pages on their site to see what performs best. Some of the names that I have worked with include Monsanto, Bayer, and Valeant Pharmaceuticals. I have collaborated on several projects that are now visible on Dribbble, including Stripe and other startups.
In my free time, I enjoy programming, but my hidden passion is blogging. I hope to start blogging about my daily life and including my thoughts on world news, product reviews, and everything in-between. I do not have a publishing schedule, but when I make a new post, I will share it on my social media pages, so if you are interested in checking out my latest content, be sure to find me on Facebook and Twitter as well (same name).
Modafinil seems to be all the buzz in the programming industry these days. It seems like every “Silicon Valley unicorn genius programmer” (the media’s words, not mine) is on the drug, but it’s not because they have narcolepsy. Quite the opposite, actually. Programmers are using Modafinil to stay awake for long hours to meet their project managers’ increasingly-high demands and short deadlines.
Those who have been programming since the DotCom bubble know the situation all too well. Increasing share prices meant that companies had to deliver more results to their shareholders. This led to companies, especially tech companies that were at the center of all of this madness, to put more work on their developers. In the DotCom bubble age, Adderall was all of the hype. These prescription stimulants were used by every programmer and their grandmother, and for good reason. They worked. Worked being defined as kept the programmers up all night and free from distractions.
Let’s take a closer look at the Microsoft stock…
Investors are hungry, and shares of Microsoft trade higher than they did at the height of the DotCom bubble. But, programmers aren’t using Adderall anymore. Instead, they’ve shifted their focus on a wonder-drug known as Modafinil. It has little to no risk of dependence and is easily purchasable online. It is not considered a stimulant, and programmers, including myself, often refer to it as a watered down version of the once-popular prescription stimulants.
I purchased a pack of 200 pills online, and they came in blister packs. There are different types of Modafinil varieties, but the brand that I ordered was Waklert (armodafinil). Armodafinil is similar to Modafinil in its effects, but has a smoother come up and is known to last longer, which helps on those days where you wake up at 7:00 AM and hammer away at your keyboard until 2:00 AM (you think I’m kidding, but you’d be surprised at the high demands in this day and age).
My recommendations? Modafinil is safe than stimulants like methylphenidate and mixed amphetamine salts. I wouldn’t purchase from a local pharmacy for the sole reason that they charge an arm and a leg, even with insurance (even with a GoodRx coupon, brand name Provigil 200mg can go for more than $900). The same thing is sold online from trusted sources (the website I linked above, Afinil.com, is the source the folks at Reddit recommended and I had a great experience) and shipped from India. Drugs are cheaper there because the GDP per capita is much lower, and because it costs these drug companies less than one cent to make a 200mg tablet of any of the varieties of Modafinil that Afinil.com sells, they can sell them for 10 cents and still make a profit.
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