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Since you clicked on "Personal" you probably expect some details about me.
Well, I was born in December 1973 in the bavarian town of
Erding and haven't left
it for more than a few months until December 2000, when I moved
to my new appartment in Schwabing, heart of the state capital
of Bavaria, Munich.
Moving in in December was just the first step in appartment
decorations; what followed was a larger number of trips to the
Eching subsidiary of some rather infamous swedish furniture chain.
When I received my "Sun Certified Java Developer" Certificate
in summer 2001, my collegues argued I should rather have been
awarded the "Ikea Certified Shopper" diploma, being able to
tell the real names of most of a typical german living room
The early days
Growing up (computer-wise) in the late 80ies/90ies, I was too late to
witness the wild wild west times of 2400 baud hacking, but got directly
to the age of BBS mailboxing and early TCP/IP internet access.
I have owned some Amigas over that
time, and had to debug my TCP/IP configuration myself and to code my own
utilities of various kinds. It was fun, and the experience I earned with
C programming and networking still comes handy almost every day, today.
My previous web page still featured some links and stuff I wrote for
the AmigaOS, but since nothing came out of the various companies buying
and selling the technology (yet?) the interest in Amiga has faded. My
stuff looks quite modest even when compared to nowadys Amiga software
Still, the AmigaOS, "Intuition", was and still is
one of the most neatly done OSses around. It runs in 512K ROM, needs
512K RAM, on a 8MHz Motorola 68000 and still does most stuff faster
(and with a better GUI) than my 700MHz Pentium at work.
My collegue Matthias recently recieved a new GHz machine with
Win2000. One of his first comments was: "Whow, this is the
first Windows machine that feels as fast as an Amiga". And he
wasn't even an Amigoid fanatic.
Until my move to Munich, I read my eMail with the free (now
open source at Source
Forge) YAM program,
and I've seen no better mailing software ... on any platform.
It's a pity I had to switch to Netscape Communicator in march,
but due to a vacation misconfiguration, I had 23.000 eMails in
my inbox when I returned from a holiday, and that was too much
for YAM (or rather, for the Amiga memory).
Why .net ?
Having done web-"design" since summer 1995, I kind of consider myself
part of the original internet infrastructure. My homepage was the only hit
you got for a search for "Erding" back then. It was fun watching all
that information grow to that level of information overflow we have today.
Secondly, now that "finally" everbody can afford a domain of his (or hers)
own, it is fun to remind those folks that there is more than "doubleu
doubleu doubleu dot something dot de" around. Kind of the same reason
why I had the "eicher.freising.net" before --- no "www." in front, tell
that to the DNS illiterate :-)
Personal info of limited usefulness
- An Eirean Odyssey A comedy in 30 acts
A brief narration of a 1996 holiday trip to the east coast
of Ireland, with some nice pictures of country and people.
Some friendly links
None of the links originally posted here has survided, due to either loss of
contact with the person, or due to being unsure about the preferred address.
Anyway, the age of collecting bookmarks is gone, these are the times of relationship
networks, and I can heartily recommend people to use stuff like
openBC. If you know me, and I know you, please make
me your contact there.
Browsing through all that crap, you might get the impression that
I am a computer-centered, geeky, flat personality. This is because
you read this on a web page that is anonymously available to quite
a lot of folks.
The latest Erding gossip, psychological analysis, sexual preferences
and worse will not be published here.
Shame on you if you expected that.
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last updated tom-07-Apr-2005