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Who are you? What do you do?

By rebelcool in Culture
Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 05:07:32 AM EST
Tags: Kuro5hin.org (all tags)

You there, the one reading Kuro5hin. Who are you? What do you do for a living? Where do you come from?

Everyday hundreds of comments are posted, many stories written. Each person behind them has an opinion. These opinions are formed through various means and experiences throughout their life.

What I want to know is: Who are you and what do you do?

A pretty simple question. Where do you come from? What do you do for a living?

If you're a programmer...what do you program? If you're an engineer...what do you build? Student? What's your major?

Armed with this knowledge, perhaps we can see where our fellow posters on here get their often differing opinions about subjects.


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What do you do?
o Programming. 36%
o Engineering (not necessarily computer related) 6%
o Something else that is computer related 19%
o Something else not computer related. 3%
o Student. 14%
o Sleep all day. 4%
o All of the above. 13%

Votes: 287
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Who are you? What do you do? | 426 comments (424 topical, 2 editorial, 0 hidden)
I'll go first. (3.28 / 7) (#1)
by rebelcool on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 12:01:01 AM EST

Since this is my story, I should be the first to post.

I'm a student at the Univ. of Texas at Austin majoring in computer science.

I am also a lead software engineer at a small financial services company.

I'm from Houston originally, now living in Austin (naturally).

COG. Build your own community. Free, easy, powerful. Demo site

Ahh Houston (3.00 / 1) (#128)
by greyrat on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:17:37 AM EST

I spent a year one summer working out of Houston in the early '80s. I loved being able to sit on my porch on Sunday mornings to watch my car rust in the salt fog. And picking up a sixpack for the two mile drive home -- at two miles an hour (top speed).

I had and installation in San Marcos for Armco Steel. I remember that driving out there as being my fondest memory of the summer. I drove around Austin a couple times, and if I had to live in Texas, it'd probably be there.
~ ~ ~
Did I actually read the article? No. No I didn't.
"Watch out for me nobbystyles, Gromit!"

[ Parent ]
Programmer all the way (3.40 / 5) (#2)
by MSBob on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 12:07:02 AM EST

I code for living and enjoy doing it although the growing amount of experience and competence means I often get urged to join the management ranks which so far I've managed to resist succesfully.

Started my career in 1996 as a C++ developer but now I mostly do J2EE/EJB type of work. Not exactly that exciting so if someone in Canada needs a long toothed C++ coder you know where to find one :).

I was brought up in Poland, studied in Edinburgh (UK) and now live in an irrelevant little town called Saint John in the Canadian province of New Brunswick.

I don't mind paying taxes, they buy me civilization.

By the way... (3.33 / 6) (#3)
by rebelcool on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 12:08:58 AM EST

I'm giving everyone who posts something informational a '5' for a rating, for participating.

COG. Build your own community. Free, easy, powerful. Demo site

woohoo! (3.75 / 4) (#39)
by Delirium on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 03:16:51 AM EST

Kind of like those "participation" ribbons you get if you enter the science fair?

[ Parent ]
Yeah, but you've screwed everything up (3.00 / 4) (#43)
by BlckKnght on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 03:49:51 AM EST

Rating inflation sucks. Don't do it. It makes the ratings totally worthless.

I went through all the people you'd given fives and gave them all twos, threes and fours, with I think two fives and one one thrown in. All of these were based on how much they shared, and how well their comment was written.

All the fives have really thrown off the ratings.

Error: .signature: No such file or directory

[ Parent ]
well... (none / 0) (#248)
by rebelcool on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 06:47:44 PM EST

the point was to incite people to post something about themselves. I figured a single 5 couldnt skew ratings too much. Little did I know there would be hundreds of posts though...

COG. Build your own community. Free, easy, powerful. Demo site
[ Parent ]

Graphic designer... (3.60 / 5) (#4)
by regeya on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 12:16:27 AM EST

...though I always feel like a pompous ass for saying so. Either that, or embarrassed because most people I've met who call themselves that have an over-inflated sense of importance. It's just a convenient label, folks. I don't do anything spectacular. Bagboys make more money than I do.

I grew up in, and still live in, southern Illinois. I can't seem to escape despite my best efforts. :-D

[ yokelpunk | kuro5hin diary ]

Pompous graphic designers (none / 0) (#281)
by Skippy on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 11:18:26 PM EST

really, honestly believe they're artists. They're wrong, but that's what gives them a holier-than-thou attitude. I, too, was a "graphic designer" for a while but for the most part I was really just a production bitch.
# I am now finished talking out my ass about things that I am not qualified to discuss. #
[ Parent ]
LOL (none / 0) (#286)
by regeya on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 11:41:11 PM EST

I'm printing out a banner set in 96pt Franklin that screams "PRODUCTION BITCH" to slap on my monitor. :-)

[ yokelpunk | kuro5hin diary ]
[ Parent ]

Student... (4.50 / 4) (#5)
by ubernostrum on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 12:20:33 AM EST

Finishing off the first of a series of degrees in philosophy which will eventually lead to a Ph.D., and then either a lifetime of tenure and quietly molding the brains of our future leaders by teaching them ethics, or else life in a boxcar down at the rail yard, trying to teach the stray cats about the ultimate nature of reality.

You may think I'm joking about the boxcar, but we have a program each year (every department does) for "What Can I Do With A Degree In [insert major]?", and last year one of the guys who showed up for philosophy drives a cement truck for a living. He said his philosophy degree was the best thing that ever happened to him.

At least it's better than the tech job market, and with all the coders who'll be living in the boxcars with me, I'll never want for fresh patches, bugfixes, and the lastest techno-goodies...

You cooin' with my bird?

i'm tired. (4.25 / 4) (#6)
by Defect on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 12:29:31 AM EST

Right now i do steady contract work for a department of a fairly large communications company, mostly programming and currently web enabling (buzz phrase) and automating a lot of their tasks. yay. perl, vb, c++, and various other languages depending on the task, perl mostly. (yay again, but minus the intended sarcasm of the first one).

I feel the addiction to work coming on again, too; it's an obsessive compulsive kind of thing. I start taking on more than i can handle and i start liking it, it's kind of like anorexia but completely different. Right now my poison of choice is being a waiter at a busy restaurant and it's killing me so much i love it. In fact, right now, i am not terribly sure i'm awake, but i really must be because i seem to be in pain. I think my face may be buried somewhere around my desk but i can't find it.

Never went to college or rather, with my age i should say 'am not going to college,' just because the idea of it annoys me</elitism>. I'm just going for certifications and such now and it seems to be working excellently.

That's all. bye.
defect - jso - joseth || a link
Software Engineer (4.20 / 5) (#7)
by Sven on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 12:36:07 AM EST

I've lived in Perth, Western Australia for my entire 22 years. Last year I finished a Bachelor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Western Australia. The honours year was great, we spent a lot of time playing cards and table tennis, and many late nights writing theses.

After completing my degree I started work as a software engineer at a company in Perth. At the moment I'm working on defence-related software in C++ under Solaris/Intel. For me this job is ideal, it gives me the chance to mock both Java programmers and those developing under Windows.

harshbutfair - you know it makes sense

Programmer, spam fighter, and a bit of everything. (4.33 / 6) (#8)
by seebs on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 12:37:53 AM EST

Grew up in a small college town, spent a year in China, learned to program while working on psych degree, got into computers full-time. If I had to pick one word, I'd use "mathematician".

I got my political views (in favor of less government and more freedom, thus, not on either "side" in US politics) from comparing the U.S. to China. Depressingly, we're going downhill.

I believe the world can be an unfair place, and that people should do what they can to right wrongs, and that government should absolutely never get involved in this; it is impossible for a legislated program to show *judgement*, and it is judgement that distinguishes between the needy and the lazy, or between a helping hand and a harsh shove back into poverty.

I learned to dislike and mock Christianity as a teenager, and eventually realized that what I was mocking was nothing like Christianity, and it's not the poor guy's fault that no one listens to him, well, hardly anyone.

China sucks (1.00 / 11) (#32)
by ell7 on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 02:04:08 AM EST

Did you know 'tong zhi' means 'fag' in taiwan? You know why? Because those commie faggots are all suck

Yeesh, the way they dish out the death sentance over there would give Dubya Bush a hard on.

[ Parent ]
if I remember my chinese correctly... (none / 0) (#377)
by trane on Sat Aug 25, 2001 at 05:18:34 AM EST

ni ma de bi!

[ Parent ]
Me (4.00 / 5) (#9)
by sigwinch on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 12:41:43 AM EST

Most of my work is electrical engineering and systems design, with some programming, cryptography, and physics thrown in for good measure. In my copious spare time, I try to keep up with Internet software and standards, and play around with Linux. Lately I've been learning Python and databases (spec., PostgreSQL). I live in Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA, Sol 3A, Milky Way Galaxy, Local Group, Universe.

I don't want the world, I just want your half.

Student. (4.00 / 4) (#10)
by kwsNI on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 12:41:49 AM EST

Born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. (For all of the Americans: Yes, New Mexico is a state and no, you don't have to bring water if you come to visit us. For some reason, the rest of the world already seems to know that.)

Attending New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. Current undergrad major is Electronic and Computer Engineering Technology. Already accepted to grad school for a MSIE in Engineering Management. I'll get my B.S. in May and my MSIE a year later (May, 2003).

I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it. -Jack Handy

Life is my oyster (4.00 / 4) (#11)
by Fred Nerk on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 12:57:05 AM EST

I've lived in Sydney, Australia for the last 10 years or so.

I run my own company, specialising in Systems Integration and Custom Software.

As a hobby, I write code in C, Perl or ksh. I've been a programmer as a job for 4 years now, and as a hobby for 16.

I've entertained a life as a computer salesman, although that really didn't suit me well (I can't lie well enough)

After I make my millions and don't have to work for my crust, I'm going to become a Chef.

+1 FP (2.83 / 6) (#12)
by Jin Wicked on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 12:58:36 AM EST

for actually posting something which is not only a novel idea, but is already generating comments I'm actually interested in reading.

I will refrain from contributing, however, to avoid any possible flame-fests or snide remarks to blemish the nice discussion you have going here.

This post was probably not written by the real Jin Wicked. Please see user "butter pie" for Jin's actual posts.

Been done before (4.00 / 4) (#16)
by delmoi on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 01:17:55 AM EST

Twice by rusty.
"'argumentation' is not a word, idiot." -- thelizman
[ Parent ]
Well... (4.00 / 4) (#24)
by Jin Wicked on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 01:41:16 AM EST

I haven't seen it, and that's good enough for me. Better than the same articles reappearing week after week, and people are constantly changing (and members coming and going) so it's not as if the conversation is staying the same either.

This post was probably not written by the real Jin Wicked. Please see user "butter pie" for Jin's actual posts.

[ Parent ]
True (3.66 / 3) (#31)
by ell7 on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 02:01:03 AM EST

but it wasn't 'novel' :P

[ Parent ]
Actually... (who vs. where vs. career) (4.00 / 4) (#36)
by quam on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 02:46:43 AM EST

and I hate to seem anal, but the previous stories asked directly who the user is. This story seems to be more interested in where the user lives and what the user does for a living.

-- U.S. Patent 5443036 concerns a device for encouraging a cat to exercise by chasing a light spot.
[ Parent ]
Systems Engineer... (4.20 / 5) (#13)
by stuartf on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 01:11:35 AM EST

Worked in the IT industry in New Zealand, Australia and England for six years. I started in a helpdesk, clutching my freshly pressed (and next to useless) Bachelor of Engineering, worked my way to become a senior consultant for a large firm. I've specialised in Microsoft products in the past, but am slowly broadening my horizons, at the moment doing lots of work with Firewall-1, and lots of networking work. It's all good fun, and I don't hold any religous OS grudges.

Beavers! Beavers! Beavers! (3.50 / 4) (#14)
by trebuchet on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 01:12:35 AM EST

Who are we and what do we do?
Beavers! Beavers! Beavers!
Sharing! Sharing! Sharing!

Sorry. Couldn't resist.

I'm 16 years old and homeschooled. I would have a job but Nortel laid me off. I build computers and other electronics crap (analog synthesizers, etc).

The thing at the beginning is the opening to every Beavers meeting. Beavers is a thing for kids 5-8, run by Scouts Canada. (thats another thing i do)

I wanna be a new original creation,
A cross between a moose, a monkey, and a fig.
I'm ready, Monsanto, let me be your guinea pig.
--Moxy Fruvous
Hi, I'm dead (4.52 / 17) (#15)
by Ayn Rand on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 01:13:41 AM EST

When I was alive, I was a writer and philsopher. Two of my more well-known books are Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. I founded the philosophical school of Objectivism. (BTW, sorry about the design of that page. I'd do something about it if I could...)

Unfortunately these days I'm dead, which kinda puts a crimp on writing and philosophizing. On the other hand, being an iconoclast is just the neatest, and I have high hopes that the Catholic church will canonize me eventually. I'd make a good Patron Saint of Self-Interest. Or a Patron Saint of Compound Interest, for that matter.

My main problem today is that ghosts have little physical strength, and I miss writing thick tomes suitable beating off looters. (No, the other kind of beating off. Sickos.) A ghost can only pick up a small downy feather, or maybe a postage stamp on a good day. I could never lift a pen, let alone run a typesetter, and Objectivism looses much of its believability when written in dust bunnies. Thank Vanderbilt the Internet came along. Now it's no trouble at all to wander around through walls and floors and ceilings until I find a logged-in AOL user and dominate their mind. I've found that if you have your story prepared, you can get them to type up a 400K rant and post it to Usenet before their bladder wrests away control. That's how I'm posting this.

Speaking of bladders, I've gotta go. Joe Sixpack is, well, Joe Sixpack, and he needs to GODDAMIT HONEY I DRANK TOO MUCH B33R AGAIN pee. Good luck to you, and may the fires GODDAMIT HOW DO I GET THIS FUCKER TO CLOSE of Capitalism keep you warm.

When the revolution comes, we're gonna need a pretty big wall.

omg (3.66 / 3) (#27)
by core10k on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 01:53:33 AM EST

I nearly fell out of my chair laughing.

[ Parent ]
Now you have to confess something.... (3.00 / 1) (#123)
by Tezcatlipoca on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:08:57 AM EST

What is such an interesting ghost doing around here?

I imagine that ghosts of philosophers have more pressing issues than visiting weblogs to read the rants of script kiddies and other exotic fauna.

For some reason I feel like a lab rat... Do ghosts of philosophers have labs?


"They only think of me as a Mexican,
an Indian or a Mafia don"
Mexican born actor Anthony Quinn on
[ Parent ]
Re: Now you have to confess something.... (5.00 / 2) (#201)
by Ayn Rand on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 03:35:32 PM EST

What is such an interesting ghost doing around here?
Boredom. Sheer unadulterated infinite eternal boredom. As I mentioned, we ghosts are a weak lot, and there's not much physical excitement to be had. After the 37,000th time, dropping spiders on liberals and socialists ceases to be entertaining and starts being drudgery (I have just enough strength to reliably pick up the little spiders that run like the wind itself). I never would have thought it would ever get boring when I started, but it's true.

Incidentally, you may have noticed that the older generation of socialists is rather twitchy and nervous, a direct effect of my Spiders and Philosophers Against Socialism (SPAS) campaign. In retrospect I should have chosen a name with a less retarded acronym, but I was *so* excited at the time.

I imagine that ghosts of philosophers have more pressing issues than visiting weblogs to read the rants of script kiddies and other exotic fauna.
Not really. Running the Streetlawyer persona was good for nearly six months of entertainment.
For some reason I feel like a lab rat...
That's the power of Socialism trying to dominate your mind. Literally. Dammit, Mao, I gave you EFNet. K5 is *my* turf, so leave my users *alone*! I don't care that it's going to hell in a handbasket. Yeah, well, you should have thought about splits *before* you set up that Proletariat Beacon on the lower psychic plane. God damn socialists ruin everything they touch.

When the revolution comes, we're gonna need a pretty big wall.
[ Parent ]

Wtf am I (4.16 / 6) (#17)
by strlen on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 01:18:10 AM EST

I reside in San Jose general area of California. During vacations I work as a full-time system administrator, and this year I'll be a high school senior and part-time system administrator. I'm also a major time UNIX nerd.

I have 8 machines (one laptop) in my room at the time for instance, running NetBSD, OpenBSD, OSF/1 (Digital UNIX), Irix, Linux and *blech* Windows. There's 3 sparcs, one Alpha, 3 i386, one SGI Indigo2 (MIPS R4400). Perl is my language of choice.

I was originally born in Minsk, Belarus (former USSR). I speak and write English and Russian about equally well. And I drive a 2001 VW Bora/Jetta for which I'm paying with my own money (as well as for insurance, gas etc..). In few years I hope to be able to use it as a down payment for a 96-97 BMW E30 ///M3 sedan, but that's still a pipe dream. And I listen to electronic music (trance especially) as well as classic rock (think Pink Floyd). And I like history as well.

[T]he strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone. - Henrik Ibsen.
all of the above (3.75 / 4) (#18)
by one time poster on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 01:20:57 AM EST

I'm 32, male, and married. My undergrad degree was in Psychology with an industrial/organizational emphasis from Penn State.

I recently moved from San Jose after realizing that the dot boom was going to affect more than just the dot coms. I was an IT manager for a brick and morter company that built houses. I quit to go to work at Cisco before I actually had the job and then didn't get the job because Cisco spent all their money on inventory. I was supposed to get a job where I could help prevent that from happening. I've now been unemployed for the past 9 months. (Note to self: Don't quit job unless you have a new one lined up!)

Now, I'm living with the in-laws in Los Angeles. I start at Pepperdine in pursuit of an MBA on Monday. If I start to get the idea that I might know something, I'll share it here in a column just so I can be brutally reminded that I really don't know anything and that I'm paying too much for bad information.

Actually I'm also beginning a new job on Monday. I'm going to help a machine shop develop their master and production scheduling systems. I've been working in scheduling and supply chain management for 10 years. Most of my career has been helping integrate technology into business process.

Thanks for asking.


That does it, I wont post again...

Aol's Monkey Boy (4.25 / 4) (#19)
by CheSera on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 01:21:42 AM EST

22, Student @ University of Texas at Austin (Just like the person who wrote this story oddly enough). Majoring in journalism because Computer Sci has too much damn math. Working as a mindless tech support zomibe for AOL-Time-Warner-we-own-your-soul-so-just-give-up telling people what their email server is over 50 times a day. Free coffee keeps me sane. Taking as many programming classes as I can get into (damn math prereqs!). Can't wait to graduate because I really don't care very much for journalism.


Lets see (4.00 / 5) (#20)
by delmoi on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 01:27:46 AM EST

Not too interesting. I'm a student at Iowa State university. I spend most of my time on k5 and the rest of the web, because I'm a looser.

I'm a Computer Science major, hoping to minor in Linguistics as well. I was going to get a minor in Chinese, but that program dried up, due to a lack of funds. (on the University's part).

I used to work for Iowa Student Loan Liquidity Corporation (who I ironically getting my student loans from). Working there sucked, and now I feel uneasy knowing my money is being handled by them

I tell you, its depressing finding out how shoddy most of the 'enterprise' software that runs our society actually is. *shudder*.

Anyway, I wrote quite a bit more about myself here, if you really want to know more.

I also run lit.hatori42.com,. Everyone should go there!

Also, Gina Mission hates me, because I flamed her Husband on k5.
"'argumentation' is not a word, idiot." -- thelizman
Software Engineer (4.20 / 5) (#21)
by scorbett on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 01:31:00 AM EST

I've been programming professionally for about four years now, and at an amateur level for about ten years before that. I do mostly OO stuff, Delphi, Java, C++, but I've done a fair bit of C and shell scripting as well as web development with HTML and CGI in my time.

I used to write computer games back in my amateur days, but was hampered by my pathetic artistic abilities. Since graduation, I've worked in the Oil&Gas industry, the IT Security industry, and now the GIS industry, each one of which has presented its own challenges and rewards.

On the side, I also have a huge interest in philosophy, especially the European existentialists such as Kierkegaard, Dostoevsky, Neitsche, Camus, and Sartre. I thoroughly enjoy debating the meaning of life and/or religion with anyone and everyone.

Anyway, that's my little bio.

Just out of curiousity (4.00 / 4) (#25)
by aphrael on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 01:43:48 AM EST

what is your c++ tool of choice? and what do you use delphi for, and which version?

[ Parent ]
Re: Just out of curiosity (none / 0) (#151)
by scorbett on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 11:37:50 AM EST

Most of my C++ experience was with Borland C++, although I did spend almost an entire year working in MS Visual C++ (shudder). I've also worked a little bit with the linux command line C++ compiler, but never professionally, only in my spare time.

As for Delphi, I first used it for my senior class project back in 1996, that was Delphi version 1. My first job after graduation was working as a Delphi programmer with version 2, then later we upgraded to version 3. My second job was mostly C++, but we also did some development with Delphi 4. I really liked Delphi, it was ridiculously easy to work with when designing GUI and/or database applications, but I haven't touched it in almost two years now (what version are they up to now, anyway? 5? 6?).

My current job is all Java, which is new to me, but there doesn't seem to be much to it (i.e. if you know C++, you know Java). The only part I don't like about Java is all the flakiness in the Swing library. If I had a dime for every time I've had to find a workaround for a Swing bug...

[ Parent ]

Know Thyself? (4.40 / 5) (#22)
by phliar on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 01:32:05 AM EST

Who am I?

Well, let's start with how my time is spent. These days most of it is spent at work, of course - I write C/C++/Java, currently writing Apache modules that provide strong crypto authentication. I've been writing code on various Unix systems for about 20 years. In the past time I've worked on hardware design tools (compilers), aerodynamics software, IP telephony, servlets etc. at large companies and startups. I've worked at a dot-com.

I play trumpet. I'd like to play in the Jazz style, main inspirations are Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, and of course Satchmo. In the classical school, I listen to chamber music, am starting to listen to chamber brass ensembles because I need things to play. Maurice Andre is god.

I have a PhD in computer science - theory, graphics, user interfaces and usability. I have been a professor (CS and math); I love teaching. I love hacking. OpenBSD has the nicest "hacker feel" to it - there are no loose ends, and the manpages are accurate.

I'm a pilot. I fly gliders and single-engine airplanes (some aerobatics too). I have an instrument rating (i.e. I can fly in [some] weather and am comfortable flying into large airports).

I am a photographer. I shoot night-time bar and club scenes with no flash. Big lenses and fast film are my friends. I shoot slides, which I make Polaroid Image Transfers from (4x5, Type 59).

That's what I do; I don't know if that's who I am. I grew up in India; moved to the US many many years ago. I've lived only in the western US - Arizona, Utah, Idaho, California. I've been in San Francisco about six years.

I love and I am loved.

Faster, faster, until the thrill of...

Descriptions (4.33 / 6) (#23)
by aphrael on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 01:40:19 AM EST

"descriptions, like butterflies, are buzzing round my head ..."(with apologies to paul mccartney)

I'm a 27-year old programmer. I write in C++ and Object Pascal, with a rare foray into perl, 80x86 assembly, or Visual Basic. I specialize in COM and ActiveX technologies, and think i'm going to get moved in the direction of .NET; occasionally I get drafted in different directions (I wrote the help system for Kylix, for example).

I got into programming because it was the reasonable thing for a graduate at UC Santa Cruz with a liberal arts degree to do in the mid 1990s; I studied politics in school, with emphases in foreign relations, transitions in post-communist states, and constitutional law. These subject sstill really interest me, and most of my pleasure reading is on subjects related to these.

In my spare time, I skateboard occasionally; play long strategy board games (and the million varieties of sid meier's civilization); and absolutely love travelling. :) I met a really cool guy and started seeing him about four months ago, and we're deeply in love with each other and it's been a wonderful amazing experience that i hope never ends. :)

At K5, I tend to comment most often in stories related to politics (especially the california energy crisis and gay rights) but am more quiet when it comes to technical discussions, preferring to listen and learn. :) I'm often on #k5, either late on weeknights when i'm not seeing my boyfriend, or during PST geek working hours when i need a distraction. :)

Programmer, Musician, Artist... (4.20 / 5) (#26)
by Luminescent on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 01:46:06 AM EST

I'm a 2nd year student at Boston University, majoring in comp-sci... I've been programming since 4th grade (yay for apple ][ basic!), and my current language of choice is C++... I enjoy working with OpenGL, and I hope to learn SDL in the coming year... A friend of mine installed Linux for me on my laptop, this summer, so I'm getting into that...

I spend most of my time programming... I have a few projects. One is to make a new version of the classic sci-fi game "Star Control"... Another project is a rave performance program, called Luminescence... It allows the artist to do mp3/ogg vorbis DJing, while creating cool visuals, along the lines of WinAMP plug-ins (but far more interactive). I've actually had a bit of luck with Luminescence, and have been working at raves + clubs quite a bit... Last weekend I DJ'd + VJ'd @ a show with Crystal Method + Uberzone, which was really exciting for me...

What else...? I enjoy anime... I play a lot of RPGs, mostly by Squaresoft... I'm very interested in crypto + computer security... And I leave for Boston in like 6 days... Yikes!

Websites I visit on a daily basis include: Slashdot, Kuro5hin, Half-Empty, Square Gamer, AnimeFu, The Conversatron, 8-Bit Theater, and SomethingAwful (if only in hopes that Jeff K has posted something)...

Oh, and I've had blue hair for almost a year... I love how it looks, and it makes it really easy for people to remember me! :-)

I am Amber Yuan. (4.50 / 6) (#28)
by ell7 on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 01:56:23 AM EST

I was born in 1976 in Taipei Taiwan, but my family moved to Seattle when I was three. Unfortunately my mandarin atrophied while my skill in English sharpened, we spoke English at home so I didn't get much practice in my 'native' tong. Its weird being back here, now, I was always so reliant on my linguistic skills, I felt secure in my command of this language. But now, here, I feel almost a fool, my communication that of a child.

But I suppose I'm getting better. So that's good.

I suppose I should mention I moved back to Taiwan shortly after getting my PhD in computer Science from the University of Washington. I had some familial connections, through them I became aware of some interesting opportunities in the bioinformics field here. We raised some money and are now doing research that will change the world, if only by a small amount. Of course, I can't really talk much about it :P

Some of you might know me from my trolling days, way back when on slashdot. I was there, I think, during the initial formation of the trolling 'guilds' (I coined the term). Unfortunately, I became somewhat disillusioned by the whole thing after a while. Although most of the 'elite' trolls were far more intelligent then the average slashbot, they could be somewhat immature sometimes.

That, along with my inherent laziness (a good troll requires a lot of thinking), and the fact that work was picking up, pushed me out of the trolling world.

Its kind of sad though, I felt a certain kinship with those people, people here are so cut-throat. Their dreams are of profit and power. And while I dream those same dreams, I long for something else. I had that, for a while, with the trolls. And I miss them.

Programmer (4.00 / 4) (#29)
by arheal on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 01:56:46 AM EST

I am a 39 yo C++ and Java developer. I have now worked in computing for 19 years (gulp) , the last 12 years as a consultant. Varied environments from applications, OS development, AI, compiler development, air traffic management, financial derivitives, and telecoms. Over the last 5 years I seem to have become ultraspecialized in high-performance large-scale distributed systems without really noticing it.
There can be only one!
Systems Administrator (3.66 / 3) (#30)
by onyxruby on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 01:59:50 AM EST

I'm a systems administrator out of Minnesota. I've been going on and off to college for years, about to go on again. I'm 26, and have lived over and traveled most of the US. I'm hoping to expand on that and travel for work to Europe and Japan in the future, quite possibly living in one or both for a while.

The moon is covered with the results of astronomical odds.

I'm Pretentious (3.66 / 3) (#33)
by prosthezis on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 02:18:07 AM EST

I'm a computer science major at Purdue University, with minors in history and physics. I'm also a programmer (mostly using titanium and C) for a cable tv network. On top of that, I'm a wank guitarist, and I really should be in bed.

Is that enought info?

...if you write one more diary entry complaining that you're not cool enough to be invited into the other geeks' role-playing sessions, I'll fucking kill you! - Tatarigami
Dogs sniff butts (4.16 / 6) (#34)
by prana on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 02:18:59 AM EST

to find out where they stand in their social group. An interesting side effect is a more tightly bound community, from which arises what could be described as social contract...

Many animals rely on stereotyping to categorize and make sense of the world around them. Online, we don't have that luxury; we can only discern as much as a person's communicates (and how he communicates it). Many aspects of our social contract wither without real-world reinforcement.

*bends over*

Who am I? A temporal pattern of information interacting with other patterns (reality), merging and bleeding into each other, transcending into things I understand (Mom, democracy, flirting) and things I do not (I presume by induction, but my gut says by assumption). Grabbing hold, and Letting go. An insufferable ego wishing to be ego-less.

My economic interaction is exchange of software for $$. Currently Java/J2EE in Los Angeles. In the deep of the hive..

More likely, though, I'm the guy you saw at the gas station whose eye contact you avoided, the person at work you helped out this morning, or the Dad who pisses you off because he's so closed-minded. I see you every day, and you are all around me. Through the looking-glass.

Information patterned over time in a struggle for coherence. Must grow to survive, merge with others and grow from them, often with them, sometimes destroying them. Constantly aligning with and divorcing from transcendant patterns, relying on the magnified effort of many to guarantee the survival of each individual...

Where's that beer.

*sniff* *sniff*

I am... (4.00 / 3) (#35)
by cyclopatra on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 02:42:42 AM EST

I am a web programmer and a database designer/analyst at work. I am an unclassified grad student taking computer science coursework at school.

At home, I'm a daughter, a writer, a programmer again, a sister, an avid reader, and a passionate sleeper.

At the gym I'm a workout partner. In the car I'm a radio listener. In a bookstore, I'm a giddy child. Everywhere else, I'm just silly.

About the only thing I'm not lately is a girlfriend (dammit).

All your .sigs are belong to us.
remove mypants to email

Coding and Law (4.50 / 4) (#37)
by quam on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 02:51:02 AM EST

I live in Austin, Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. I began coding as a young teenager during the early 80's (my first was pascal on an Apple II). Believing I could never earn a living as a programmer, I worked as a legislative aide to an influential politican from Texas, went to law school and earned a JD. At graduation, I realized I should pursue a career in what I loved, coding, and I eventually ended up as a CTO. Well, the company failed and I joined another, only to find the position slashed within a couple of weeks. After unemployment for a few months, I again became employed and, again, unemployed within 3 months.

During the past several months, I realized I should embark on a career practicing law. As a result, I wrote a plan to accomplish this goal, I will take the bar exam during 2002 and, in the meantime, I will work as a legal editor for a major publisher. I am increasingly motivated to practice law, ironically, as a result of disturbing trends I see in the US legal system related to technology and constitutional rights.

-- U.S. Patent 5443036 concerns a device for encouraging a cat to exercise by chasing a light spot.
BlckKnght on BlckKnght (3.66 / 3) (#38)
by BlckKnght on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 03:16:45 AM EST

Hi, rebelcool and all the other K5ers out there.

I'm BlckKnght AKA Steve Barker. I'm a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science. I've just started my junior year (today, er, yesterday, er, Wednesday, is/was our first day of the semester). I'm an active member of the student chapter of ACM, especially SIGUnix.

I like programming. I first started in Applesoft Basic on an Apple IIe when I was 7 or 8. After a while I progressed to dos batch scripts and qBasic. One of the most interesting experiences I had was writing levels for the game ZZT. My current programming language of choice is C++, although I occasionally toy with C, Java and Perl.

I'm currently involved in a couple Open Source projects:

  • First, I'm the author of Intruder Lite, a prototype of the space combat game Intruder invisioned by JD Frazer (AKA Illiad, the author of the comic strip User Friendly). Unfortunatly as I've been busy getting ready for school to start up, the discussion on the Intruder mailing lists has dried up. A group is supposedly working on the web page, but they haven't posted anything yet.
  • I run Debian GNU/Linux on my machine, and recently persuaded my younger sister (who's not especially computer savy) into installing it as well. I'm planning to become a Debian developer in the not so distant future.
  • I'm also a wanabe developer (I don't have the time) for the GNU Hurd. So far my involvement has primarily been PR related (like this and this) but I hope to find the time to fix bugs and help port Debian packages.
  • I occasionally participate in other projects like GNU Privacy Guard and Mozilla but this is mostly just submitting bug reports and feature requests.
A few non-computer related bits of information about me:
  • I'm 20 years old, 6 feet 2 inches tall and have blond hair and blue eyes (god knows how, as my parents have brown hair, and green and grey eyes). See a picture of me here.
  • I like SF, of many varieties. Author's I've read recently (or just really like) include Poul Anderson, Greg Egan, Neal Stephenson, Isaac Asimov, Orson Scott Card and Kim Stanly Robinson (and many others I've forgotten no doubt)
  • I'm a terrible web designer, as evidenced by my webpage.
  • My nick, BlckKnght was initially my AOL instant messenger screen name (back when you could only use 9 characters). It was inspired by the mythical character of the Black Knight, in Ivanhoe (and of course, Monty Python).
  • I'm single :-)
I've now written way too much about myself. Perhaps I should start writing in my diary.... I hope everyone eles will write about themselves, as I'm always interested in knowing more about my fellow K5ers.

Error: .signature: No such file or directory

Token Brit (4.00 / 2) (#40)
by pwhysall on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 03:28:38 AM EST

On #K5, anyhow :-)

IRL I'm a BOFH^WHelpful And Cheery System Admin bloke for a software house in the Teesside area of the UK.

I spend my working life looking after Windows and VMS boxen and the users thereof.
K5 Editors
I'm going to wager that the story keeps getting dumped because it is a steaming pile of badly formatted fool-meme.

Enjoys long walks on the beach.. (4.00 / 4) (#42)
by kitten on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 03:45:38 AM EST

..or something.

I was decanted twenty two years ago.

I live in Atlanta (a nice place to live, a really shitty place to visit). I wait tables for a living. This is not so dissimilar from being a professional actor - I have a specific role to play, and am allowed to inject a bit of my own personality into that role. If I perform well, I get paid.

I am an atheist. This is not the same as saying I don't believe in god - rather, I believe there is not a god.

I know enough about computers to seem like a geek to John Q Average, but compared to real geeks, I am sorely deficient. I don't know the difference between PHP and Perl, and I think my p133 laptop is uberl33t.

I enjoy science fiction, both film and print. It was about two years ago I discovered cyberpunk fiction, having picked up Stephenson's Snow Crash and Gibson's Neuromancer, and discovered that this was the type of fiction I've been looking for all my life.

I drive a Volvo. I refuse to drive anything but a Volvo.

Having a father who is a Deist with a Master's degree in physics has certainly shaped my worldview in terms of the powers of science and the importance of skepticism.

I have discovered the truths about life in our society.

I like white wine.
You might not expect it to look at me or meet me, but I really do like Britney Spears.

I still think that All Your Base is funny.

I debate a lot. Some would call it arguing, and sometimes they'd be right. I debate politics from a (more or less) liberal view, and religion from an atheist view.

I did not vote for George Bush.

I am one of six and a half billion other people crawling around on the face of this insignificant little planet orbiting around an exceedingly average star located in the backwaters of an utterly unremarkable galaxy in a universe so mind-bogglingly vast that it wouldn't matter an iota if we were vaporized tomorrow - and goddammit, I'm special.

mirrorshades radio - darkwave, synthpop, industrial, futurepop.
I'm just a person... (4.00 / 2) (#44)
by la princesa on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 03:55:26 AM EST

who likes the theory of programming rather a lot, but who is terribly lazy about following through on the details. I read code the way some people read books, but don't write much of it except for work. And work is web-based scripting crap that is quite boring. Mainly with code as with natural languages, I just like the variations in structure, form and function. There are always so many ways to skin the kittens, some terribly clever and others a bit oblique, but all fascinating to me. I treat natural languages in similar fashion, getting decent at reading and understanding them, but not really cutting into their marrow.

I've buckled down a little at long last, and have taken the baby steps towards acquiring all my favoured languages. The list presently contains perl, C, python, prolog, smalltalk, scheme, lisp, java, c++, cobol, fortran, assorted shells, vb, italian, german, french, spanish, supyire, swahili, welsh, portuguese, esperanto, and likely several others I've neglected at the moment. I don't know how long it will take to write anything cool in each, but it should be fun finding out.

That bit above about languages is really my main interest in life. Analysis and synthesis of languages, translating from one to the next is about all I should like to spend my life on. I also consider music a language. ;D So presently I practice recording and coding and writing. Some of the writing will turn up here. What I've mentioned are the main things I want to do for fun and profit. For just fun, I like dancing and collecting restaurants and musicians/djs in roughly equal amounts.

I don't post much on this site because the basic concept bothers me on several levels even as it fulfills some of my info junkie needs. So the uncertainty and ambivalence keep me kind of quiet. I suppose I am the original dream-girl, at heart. And all the really interesting dreams come true. This is partly oblique and partly overkill, but it's close enough. As a beautiful opera singer once said to me, Derive what you may.

Another linguaphile! (none / 0) (#298)
by cguru on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 02:14:10 AM EST

I forgot to add that my passion is Languages and have studied all the exotic ones (Eskimo, basque, tamil, Georgian)
I spend alot of my time translating things into every language I have studied......amazing that another individual actually LIKES that stuff!

[ Parent ]
No ML? No Haskell? (none / 0) (#352)
by norge on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 04:21:43 PM EST

> The list presently contains perl, C, python, prolog, smalltalk, scheme, lisp,
> java, c++, cobol, fortran, assorted shells, vb, ...

How can you be so interested in languages and not list a single modern functional language? If you want to see some serious elegance in programming languages, I suggest looking in to SML, O'Caml, Haskell, Clean, Erlang, etc. Most of these languages have parametric polymorphism, type inference, pattern matching, nice module systems, and everything else (well almost everything) a programmer in the early 21st century could want.


[ Parent ]
The Great and Almighty Unstable! (4.00 / 2) (#45)
by unstable on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 04:28:41 AM EST

ok..maybe not

first things first.... I go by "Unstable Boy" because thats what all my friends call me in Real Life(tm)
I got the name from the game Magic: The gathering in that i would play decks that had a tendency to a: win in a specatulare fashion, or b: lose in a more spectacular fashion. I have since quit that evil game and have moved on to other things

I am a 23 year old working for a book wholeseller company doing general operations stuff that includes AS/400's, a little UNIX administration, and general helpdesk related stuff.

What would I like to be doing?
Something in computer/internet security. I got interested in security about 3-4 years ago as a general intrest.. but became serious after I attended my first Defcon Convention out in Las Vegas Nevada.(defcon 7) I have attended every year since and plan on attending every year to come (it's a blast to attend).

What do i like to do?
Anything and everything expensive.... well not really but it seems that way. some of my hobbies (besides computers) include Photogragraphy, snow skiing, model aviation, tabletop wargaming, roleplaying, and just recently firearms

If you really want to see my ugly head im here on the left at the NYC Linux World Expo or here is me shooting a Steyr AUG at the last Official Defcon Shoot

Thats about it from me..... any questions?

Reverend Unstable
all praise the almighty Bob
and be filled with slack

Keeping it simple (2.40 / 5) (#46)
by p0ppe on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 04:34:57 AM EST

Finnish citizen (know where that is Americans? ;) ), live in Denmark, still studying.

"Democracy is three wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner."
Anyone who uses Linux... (2.50 / 2) (#49)
by locke baron on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 04:54:03 AM EST

Knows where Finland is. Or at least they damn well ought to. (Since Linus is from Helsinki, I believe...)
Micro$oft uses Quake clannies to wage war on Iraq! - explodingheadboy
[ Parent ]
Somewhere north of Italy isn't it? (3.66 / 3) (#136)
by wiredog on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:41:08 AM EST

Or am I thinking of Sweden?


The idea of a global village is wrong, it's more like a gazillion pub bars.
[ Parent ]

Mu (3.66 / 3) (#47)
by Inoshiro on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 04:44:15 AM EST

I do some stuff here, and some stuff there. Beyond that I'd rather answer question about what I do rather than just write my autobiography :)

[ イノシロ ]
Me (3.80 / 5) (#50)
by spiralx on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 04:54:04 AM EST

I'm James, a 24 year old programmer living in a nasty shithole called Staines just outside of London in the UK. My work involves coding C stuff for a 32-bit version of our software, which is currently about 15 years old and shows it. In fact, we've not even got the 32-bit version out of the door yet, we're that crap. And most of the world's major stock market floatations use our software for some reason.

I've got a degree in theoretical physics and was going to go on for a PhD and move into research, but a nasty stint of speed addiction put paid to that, so instead I went into programming for easy money. My job sucks and makes me want to rip my own eyebalss out, but it pays okay which means I can enjoy the rest of my life. Next time though, I'll find something in either Python or Delphi, as they're my favourite languages.

At some point I'm going to do another degree through the Open University here, a maths degree I think. Since I finished my degree I can feel my brain atrophying, and it sucks.

I've been posting here since last February or March, and on /. for a couple of years or so. I've pretty much given up on /. even trolling, and most of my posting here is in the diary section. Apart from that, I spent my free time reading lots and occasionally playing Sid Meier games, and going out clubbing most weekends.

Woohoo. That's me.

You're doomed, I'm doomed, we're all doomed for ice cream. - Bob Aboey

Financial 'software' (4.00 / 2) (#90)
by delmoi on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 08:33:33 AM EST

"ah feel yo pain."

Man, I worked for the student loan company here. I can't believe how shitty the code is. The job was a nightmare. Thousands and thousands of lines of uncommented VB code written by people who believed that Databases and e-mail were dandy methods of interprocess communication.

And I developed a sinking suspicion that most of the software that the world really runs on is like it.

It's kind of depressing :(
"'argumentation' is not a word, idiot." -- thelizman
[ Parent ]
No, this is worse :( (4.75 / 4) (#97)
by spiralx on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 08:51:31 AM EST

Some bright spark back in the days of DOS decided that in order to have a "consistent" application, they'd write this meta system called the Matrix in which you could specify the entire application in - you'd set parameters corresponding to each screen, data file and so on, and link them all up, and the program would load these config files and automagically generate the application for you.

Unfortunately since the application grew beyond three screens with edit fields, the system has been more and more kludged, with the addition of "special code" to hack around what the Matrix can't do (a lot). And this special code is contained within 7 C files in functions like "MatSpec7StartUp", "MatSpec2PostPut" and so on, each of which contains a giant switch statement to determine which screen you're on.

The 16 bit version for Windows still uses flat files, but our 32 bit version can link to a *gasp* SQL database as long as you don't mind the fact that it takes 5 seconds to edit a field in the main screen due to the fact that this sets of about 5000 nested function calls, rereads the entire book from the DB at least twice and redraws the screen several times. Yay.

You're doomed, I'm doomed, we're all doomed for ice cream. - Bob Aboey
[ Parent ]

Heh (none / 0) (#261)
by delmoi on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 08:14:15 PM EST

Well, I'm not going to argue and say that mine was worse. Because I don't know. But the code I worked with. God. It was bad. :P
"'argumentation' is not a word, idiot." -- thelizman
[ Parent ]
I am I what I do, or what I have done? (3.75 / 4) (#51)
by jbridges on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 05:09:37 AM EST

I wrote PCPaint for Mouse Systems (First GUI Paint for PC)

I wrote VGAKIT (collection of code I gave out to help in the early days of SVGA cards, do a search on Goggle)

I wrote GRASP (I know it's hard to search for, NEVER name a product with a common word!)

I wrote GLPRO (Company recently went under, uncouth people ended up with rights, but info page is still up http://gmedia.com/glpro)

Plus other long forgotten free stuff

I look like a balding amish gorilla with a twinkle in his eye, or put me in a top hat and you have fat hairy Abe Lincoln dragging his knuckles.

So do I get my free +5?

Yet another programmer. (3.00 / 3) (#52)
by LQ on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 05:12:15 AM EST

Irish male, programmer (C++, Java); 20 years in the business; working in London.

Seems like we're mostly all techies here.

I am... (4.00 / 1) (#53)
by Anonymous 6522 on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 05:23:47 AM EST

...Mr. J[censored] C[censored] B[censored]. I live somewhere in North Dakota. I go to one of the two major universities in the state, majoring in computer science. I also dream of getting the fuck out of here.

I also have a dog, she is a sheltie.

I am a practicing Whateverthefuckist. Join my religion, and give me money.

I'm not going to tell you anything about my computers, besides that I have a nonfunctioning Kaypro 2, because no one would care besides myself.

My favorite language is Java, because I know two languages, and Visual Basic sucks.

Music: I generally don't like country, rap, or electronic music. I hate dance music, dance remixes, and anything that sounds similar with a passion. That music is concentrated sonic shit. As for what I like, I like good music.

Classic (4.00 / 3) (#88)
by ell7 on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 08:27:46 AM EST

My favorite language is Java, because I know two languages, and Visual Basic sucks.

that's classic

[ Parent ]
Frustrated Musician, OK SysAdmin (3.50 / 2) (#54)
by Tezcatlipoca on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 05:24:42 AM EST

I come from Tenochtitlan, the capital city of the Aztec empire (today's Mexico City), where I grew up studied and began to work. I studied Music dreaming to become a passable piano player (for which I was not talented enough) and at the same time in the background Computer Engineering, which was an efortless pursue for me (for some reason all things related to computers seemed easy and made perfect sense to me ...). The rest as they say is history.

Life would have that for personal reasons I had to travel to other parts of the world, I have worked as a UNIX Sys Admin in 5 different countries in 3 different continents, and as a consequence I had become an avid traveller (I have visited around 15 countries during the last 5 years).

Currently I work as a UNIX Sys Admin for a finance bank in a big European city.

-Chess: 1.e4 *
-Watching international or Mexican football.
-Fooling around with computers.
-Playing piano :-)
-Listen to music.

That is it!

"They only think of me as a Mexican,
an Indian or a Mafia don"
Mexican born actor Anthony Quinn on
Rob, MS lackey from London (4.00 / 2) (#55)
by nobbystyles on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 05:28:29 AM EST

I am 30 year old Londoner who works as Visual Basic/Access/SQL Server/Oracle contractor in the financial services industry in the City of London. I actually quite enjoy my job as I tend to 'own' the whole of the project that I work on and also get very well paid.

I studied Medicine originally then transferred to Chemistry at Manchester Uni. Got a pretty shite degree. Did a year of teacher training but decided it wasn't for me. Got a job as a filing clerk at Unilever as at the time there were no jobs for graduates. Then got a job as a trainee equity analyst at an Austrian bank in London covering Eastern European countries. Best job I ever had but due to combination of a bank merger and the Russian crisis, lost my job and was unable to get another in the same field.

On the strength of writing a few macros in Excel, I managed to blag my way into a huge investment bank as a test analyst. The project was supposed to work on got cancelled. So I ended up writing lots of Access databases in VBA and moved into Visual Basic development. Changed companies and I now work for a ratings agency doing a lot of financial database programmming.

I am currently single and enjoy going out clubbing which I am doing more regularly thanks to spiralx and his friends. I read a lot of books in all subject areas, normally at least two a week. I am very much into cars and own two; a Alfa Romeo 156 and a 1974 MGB roadster which I am tring to sell at the moment. I am currently in the process of buying my own flat in Chiswick, London which I hope to complete in a couple of months.

Repeater (2.00 / 2) (#56)
by MinorThreat on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 05:34:21 AM EST

you say i need a job, i've got my own business you want to know what i do? none of your fucking business but now i'm lying here knowing that business had a name, but now i'm a number 1 2 3 repeater down by law, i've got this nasty habit when i need something i reach out and grab it once upon a time i had a name and a way but to you i'm nothing but a number 1 2 3 repeater did you hear something outside? it sounded like a gun stay away from that window it's not anyone we know only about ourselves and what we read in the paper don't you know ink washes out easier than blood but we don't have to try it and we don't have to buy it repeater

About me... (3.50 / 2) (#57)
by FeersumAsura on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 05:48:42 AM EST

I'm 19 and for the last 14 months I've been working for a small company which manufactures sonars and other underwater equipment.
On September 23 I start Uni to study for a BEng in Electronic and Electrical engineering which I think I'm looking forward to.
I've got 2 rabbits with only 7 legs between them due to an accident (OK I was hungry). I drive a battered old Maestro which still costs a small fortune to insure and has all the grip of a bar of wet soap.
I spend most of my time programming and drinking as I'm lucky to live in Barrow. Barrow-in-Furness has the most violent street in the UK if you measure it by incidents/sp. metre. Last week we broke the record with 6 riot vans on a 100m stretch plus 4 panda cars.
Also this is the first time I've been back to K5 in about 2 months. Also I'm not sure this comment was really worth it.

FYI: x00 (3.50 / 2) (#58)
by x00 on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 05:54:32 AM EST

I'm a 26yr old sometime System Administrator (when employed). Previous jobs have taught me many and varied things, but these days I tend to look after WindowsNT, Novell and Linux servers.

I currently live in Tooting, South London, but grew up in the countryside and still am in culture shock over the contrast.

I spend my free time doing many and various things, including reading, programing some Perl, listening to music, getting drunk, enjoying roleplaying games, writing and the occasional obsessive computer game playing (eg Starcraft).

I've been lurking on Kuro5hin since December '99, and will continue to do so, despite the occasional (usually sarcastic) comment

This is me (3.50 / 2) (#59)
by Kat Goodwin on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 05:58:28 AM EST

Well I'm Kat, recently married, 21 years old, Student. Currently taking a year out working for my university(University of Wales, Aberystwyth). During term time will be helping students with coding problems and at the moment am programming a booking system using java servlets and jdbc to a postgres database. I've only really programmed sucessfully in java, just getting the hang of postgres, learning a bit of perl in my spare time, done a teeny bit of C. Looking forward to getting out into the real world, working for a 1st class degree to go into it with.

In my spare time I like to eat out, have a great appreciation of good food, like to cook it too, love to read - especially Anne Rice - I have just started re-reading the vampire chronicles. I also like to play network games with my husband, and when we can get enough computers together, friends too. I like to travel but can't afford to do it much - went to turkey for our pre-honeymoon which was great. This is me (needs updating - as you can see my web design skills leave much to be desired, the site is currently undergoing a revamp and the new version will probably be released after the weekend) http://users.aber.ac.uk/kkp

Me (3.50 / 2) (#60)
by premier on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 05:58:46 AM EST

I'm a 23 yr old Systems Administrator working at Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis, MO.

Currently heading up a group desinging and implementing a Windows 2000 infrastructure at all our breweries and warehouse sites.

BEER! (4.00 / 1) (#96)
by MicroBerto on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 08:48:55 AM EST

Do you get free beer, or at least a discount? I guess if you needed to, you could always "TAP" into the distribution system and make a few kegs disappear :)

- GAIM: MicroBerto
Bertoline - My comic strip
[ Parent ]
BEER! (none / 0) (#300)
by premier on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 02:32:42 AM EST

Yes, all employees get 2 free cases of beer per month. I have only worked here for about a year, but I am told they instituted this free beer policy because people were stealing so much. They figured they might as well give it away, at least that way they can call it a job perk.


[ Parent ]
Myself (3.50 / 2) (#61)
by hoodwink on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 06:00:24 AM EST

This is beginning to sound like a large Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.

I'm 25 years old. I've been a computer programmer for far too long. I've been programming since about age 12 when my father bought home an Amstrad CPC with a green screen moniter (remember those?) I started by teaching myelf Basic then moved on to assembler.

Between college and university I managed to get into trouble for hacking, which was silly, but this lead to my first real commercial experience at a TV company in London.

Since then I've graduated from Bath University (in south west England) in Computing. I'm now contracting in the city of London. It's crushingly boring but it pays well. I guess it pays well because so few people want to do it. I've done a lot of OO programming in the past but my niche is OLAP and Datawarehousing.

I really enjoy reading. I love James Joyce and Virginia Woolf in particular. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway is another of my favourites.

As there is so much about the subject on K5, perhaps I should also mention that I am generally pro-capitalist and free-market, subscribing to Churchill's view that it's the least bad system we have.

It's good to see a reasonably broad age range on K5 (barring many very old folk). I'm not surprised to see it's predominantly male though.

Too long (3.00 / 1) (#93)
by richieb on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 08:42:56 AM EST

I'm 25 years old. I've been a computer programmer for far too long. I've been programming since about age 12 when my father bought home an Amstrad CPC with a green screen moniter (remember those?) I started by teaching myelf Basic then moved on to assembler.

I didn't think it was possible to do anything for too long at 25. :-)

I really enjoy reading. I love James Joyce and Virginia Woolf in particular. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway is another of my favourites.

I could never get into James Joyce. Which book would you say is a good one to start? I like some Hemmingway. Have you read "For Whom the Bell Tolls"? BTW, I just spent a week in Key West and visited Hemmingway's house, said hello to his cats and saw his writing room...

It is a good day to code.
[ Parent ]

You know it's too long when... (none / 0) (#145)
by hoodwink on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 11:14:57 AM EST

...you're cheesed off with it, which I am in my current contract :)

For a good Joyce book to start with I would strongly recommend The Dubliners. It's short stories he wrote when he was relatively young. The last story, "The Dead" is a masterpiece. "The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" is also an excellent book. I must admit, I struggled and failed reading Ulysees a few years ago.

I haven't read "For Whom the Bell Tolls" yet, it's something I've been meaning to read for ages. One friend of mine loves it, another was enormously underwelmed by it. I'll get around to it soon.

Hemmingway apparently kept and bred cats with thumbs. A friend of mine has one (a cat with thumbs, not a cat of Hemmingway's) and it occasionally uses its thumb to hold things rather like a person would.

I just read your main post and I whole-heartedly agree, commuting is a hellish way to spend time. I keep thinking I should give the Mauritian government a call and see if they need anything coding. Maybe one day.

Also, to go techy quickly, how do you find Eiffel to program projects in? I've read some of the Meyer book but always thought Eiffel might be a little too pedantic and frustrating. Although I guess it must be a pleasure to use a library written in it, what with all the pre and post conditions to stop anything too silly happening.

[ Parent ]

Books etc... (none / 0) (#218)
by richieb on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 04:41:01 PM EST

OK. Maybe I tried "Dubliners". I once read a page from "Fennigan's Wake" ;-)

I haven't read "For Whom the Bell Tolls" yet, it's something I've been meaning to read for ages. One friend of mine loves it, another was enormously underwelmed by it.

I rather liked it, compared to several other of his books (like "The Old Man..." or "To Have and Have Not"). "Farewell to Arms" was good too, but very depressing in the end.

Re: Cats. Hemmingway had bunch of cats and because they are so inbred some have extra toes (I've seen up to seven per paw). The descendants ofhis cats still live at the house and still have extra toes.

Re: Commuting - at least I get time to read.

Re: Eiffel. I loved to work in Eiffel. I was involved in development of a large financial app - it was nearly 1 million lines of code. Unfortunately, compared to something like Java, it lacks the breath of libraries and supporting products. However, coding in Eiffel really teaches you about OO programminng. The assertions are wonderful!


It is a good day to code.
[ Parent ]

Here goes.... (3.50 / 2) (#62)
by TuRRIcaNEd on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 06:16:50 AM EST

I'm Joe, a 22-year-old wannabe musician and Software Engineering graduate from London in the UK. I've been posting on /. for about 2 years, lurking here for about a year and a half, and posting here for about 8 months.

Finally got my degree after 4 years in July, and am now doing various bits of web development. My language of choice at the moment is Java, but I have been known to dabble in C, C++ and a bit of ASM (68k originally... still trying to get my head round x86), as well as my original learning languages of BASIC and Pascal, but... we don't talk about those :)

I'm a frustated guitarist, but I try to extract sound from other instruments as well, including bits of electronica. I've recently become very enamoured of the underground trance and techno party scene here, as it reminds me a lot of the cameraderie of the alternative rock scene in the early '90s.

I miss the Amiga terribly, and believed that the impending breakup of Microsoft was karmic resonance in action. Yet again was I disappointed, as yet again the money talked, and now we're going to have 10 more years of mediocre software being the de facto standard.

I believe firmly that, were he still alive, Bill Hicks should have been the US President at some stage of his life, and encourage the spreading of his word, along with the writings of Michael Marshall Smith.

Anyway, enough waffle... got some serious slacking to get done :)


"We're all f**ked. You're f**ked. I'm f**ked. The whole department's f**ked. It's been the biggest cock-up ever and we're all completely f**ked. - Sir Richard Mottram expounds the limits of spin

I'm impatient (3.50 / 2) (#63)
by crankie on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 06:18:23 AM EST

I'm not sure what you'd call my job. I started off doing circuit prototyping in a power elec compnay, then some 3D solid modelling in Autocad. Then some database stuff for reliability calculation. Then I started university. Then I put down wooden floors for a while.

Next was back to Autocad. Then NT drivers. Then windows GUI stuff. Then some firmware for a RAID controller. Then some linux stuff. Then some graphical stuff in X. Then VHDL. And that has been dragging it's heels for the last 9 months and I'm really starting to hate it and need a change soon.

I graduate next month. I'm Irish. I think I'm the only Irish resident K5er who doesn't live in Dublin. I go out lots. Far more than I should. It's definitely causing my brain to atrophy. I'm sure I'll cut down when I get a new project that actually requires the use of my brain.

I like to cycle. 105 miles would be the record. I keep meaning to learn the guitar, but never get around to it. I want more piercings.

"The great thing about hardcore socialists is the silence they emit once they start earning a decent wage." - tombuck
TA? (4.00 / 2) (#64)
by DrWiggy on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 06:20:55 AM EST

Is this Techies anonymous? Well, I've come here to say ... I'm a techie too (others in circle applaud politely).

On a serious note, I'm Tech. Director of a small IT and publishing company based in Bicester, UK, however I'm based in Manchester. I graduated from a Software Engineering degree from UMIST a few years ago, and at 23 I suppose I'm young for my job.

FreeBSD kit with PHP and Perl are my preferred tools of work. I like my job, but working from home for two years is demoralising. This afternoon I'm hoping to confirm that we're taking a nice big office to move into.

Like nearly everybody on here, I suppose I'm a geek. I don't really care. All I want is to be able to retire in less than ten years and spend my time in a nice big home in the middle of nowhere. Even now, I'm looking for houses in Cumbria and Northumberland. At that point I will either spend a lot of time writing pointless stuff that will never see the light of day (books, scripts, whatever I feel like), or large amounts of code that will never see the light of day (device drivers, clustering code, the sort of stuff that I'm beginning to take an interest in).

And that's me. I'd like to be able to say that I'm an explorer specialising in finding lost tribes in South America or something, but I'm not. I, like all of you, spend my life at a keyboard staring at a screen.

Well, first I was... (4.50 / 2) (#65)
by Verminator on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 06:25:05 AM EST

...a construction laborer, then a security guard, then a construction laborer again, after that a bank teller, then a valet parker (that was fun), and most recently, a waiter. Now I'm once again unemployed, living nocturnally. I'm looking for, and may have found, freelance work in computer animation. Now I just need to get paid for it before the rest of my savings dries up

I turned 20 a month ago.

I live in Malibu, California.

I drive a Lincoln Town Car.

I like to drink scotch.

I don't want to work during the daytime anymore.

If the whole country is gonna play 'Behind The Iron Curtain,' there better be some fine fucking state subsidized alcohol! And our powerlifting team better kick ass!

What I do (2.00 / 2) (#66)
by Angelic Upstart on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 06:32:27 AM EST

well.. I just got laid off from a End User Support job so pretty much I do nothing other than look for a job. I enjoy clubin and would like to start getting into DJing...I just need to get some tables to get my beat down...blah

Not sure this is worth posting... (3.00 / 2) (#67)
by davidmb on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 06:50:57 AM EST

I'm David, I live in Slough which is just outside London and is immortalised in a John Betjeman poem (come friendly bombs and fall on Slough...) It's also the setting for the brilliant sit-com The Office and incidentally, the Slough in that series is much better than the real thing

I'm originally from Nuneaton, which is up in the Midlands. This is also a fairly boring industrial town. However, I would like to move back to the Midlands, largely because the cost of living in the south-eas is so high.

As for work, I currently work mostly in C and Java doing boring enterprise software.
Me. (4.00 / 2) (#68)
by fink on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 06:58:40 AM EST

I'm Iain Robertson. Currently, I'm studying final (fourth) year of a Bachelor of Engineering in Software Engineering course, at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. I live in Brisbane.

I'm working as a casual, work-experience-type-software-engineering student, at Boeing Australia Limited in Brisbane. Currently, I'm working on a couple of web-based projects - just tools to help us with our day-to-day tasks at Boeing. Mainly perl, but a bit of ASP and VB (ack!).

I'm interested in all sorts of things, such as kernel-style modules and drivers, perl programming and related CGI, PHP, and Java.

My main interest is in systems and networks maintenance, security and administration. Eventually I'd like to head toward that field more, but I'm pretty happy where I am at the moment.

Outside interests include aviation and astronomy, preferably as often as possible in both cases.

So, that's me.


Vitae nullus Curriculim (3.50 / 2) (#69)
by Ticino on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 07:25:55 AM EST

As I've said before, I'm the man with no country. 27, living in a town called Reading in the UK. I work for a company that develops application servers and I do a lot of J2EE/EJB stuff. I was actually sadly born in the US, Georgia to be exact, but since then, I've lived in every country that is a member of the EU (if you count living staying in a place for greater than 6 months). I'm a ramblin wreck from GA Tech with a degree in Meterology/Atmospheric Science. I'm also half Italian and fluent in said language.

Hello (3.00 / 2) (#70)
by Dynamo on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 07:29:54 AM EST

My Name is John Hynes, and I'm an independent IT Consultant and Network Engineer. I work for a few different medium-sized companies in southern New Hampshire on a contractual basis - much like being a part-time (one day a week) employee of 5 different businesses. I'm 29 years old, and have been doing this for about 2 years now. Prior to that, I worked at local computer shop as a technician. I graduated from UNH in 1995, with a degree in Political Science - I was going to go to law school, but started working with computers to pay the bills and found it to be quite lucrative... So that's me. Nice to meet you. -John

Me, myself and I... (3.00 / 1) (#71)
by nickwkg on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 07:39:56 AM EST

Okey doke, I'm a 24 year old Dane who's been living in the UK since I was 3 years old. I got an Amiga in 1990 (after having a Spectrum for a year or so) and taught myself BASIC, some 68k assembly and custom chip tomfoolery. I went to university in Southampton and currently live in London, working in a small town called Gerrards Cross. These days I mainly code in Javascript but desperetly want to be moved back into C++ (or even better, C).

In my spare time I drink, smoke and occasionally code Linux stuff (X mainly) on my crappy Cyrix 233.

That's enough of that though. It's interesting to note the amount of Europeans who post here (particularly the number from the UK) - I'd always assumed k5 was predominantly USian.

That's what I thought, but... (3.50 / 2) (#77)
by the trinidad kid on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 08:08:28 AM EST

...then I realised that whilst thee and me are banging it in, our cousins in Amerikahee-oh! are fast asleep and when we look tomorrow our meanderings will be buried under piles of their comments....

[ Parent ]
Yeah... (2.00 / 1) (#81)
by nickwkg on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 08:16:27 AM EST

I realised that just after I clicked the post button. Nevermind

[ Parent ]
Farq Q. Fenderson! (3.50 / 2) (#72)
by Farq Q. Fenderson on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 07:56:26 AM EST

I'm a coder in my early twenties. I've got this thing for Esoteric Programming, but professionally I write code in Perl, PHP, C/C++ and now ColdC.

I'm also doing research on AI, and this is my main professional focus.

When I'm not at work, I prefer to write music, or play old computer games.

Oh, yeah, I also dig on Discordianism.

farq will not be coming back
I, too, am a programmer (3.00 / 2) (#73)
by richieb on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 07:58:51 AM EST

I've been paid to write code since '78. Started with PL/I, 360/Assembler. Today I work mostly in Java.

It's frightening, but some of the systems I built 15 years ago are still used in production by several banks. Once I estimated how much money goes through my code - it was about 60*10^10 dollars a day (on a slow day).

I live in New Jersey, USA and work in New York City (commuting sucks!).

I'm a pilot and airplane owner, a husband (for 21 years) and a parent (2 kids). I'm teaching my son Java - he's been coding since he was 9.

I play guitar - just jam with old buddies these days (mp3 jam files here), I read a lot of books and code for some open source projects (mostly in Eiffel).

I've been on the net since the late 80s...

For more detail visit my home page...

It is a good day to code.

Damn Andy Warhol... (5.00 / 1) (#74)
by the trinidad kid on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 08:04:27 AM EST

  • Born in Trinidad (British Colony thereof, and Tobago natch) to a Scottish oil family
  • grew up oil towns
  • Bahrain
  • Nigeria
  • Aberdeen
  • Great Yarmouth
  • 23rd April 1963
St George's Day, knowing my luck, and the bidie-in is an Irish oil-baby and she was born on St David's Day (1) What:
  • Failed my PhD in R-Matrix Studies Of The Quantum Co-linear Scattering Of F-H2 At Interstellar Temperatures at Bristol University just at the time of the 1990 recession
  • worked in political publishing in London and then Belfast
  • got an IT job in banking back home in Scotland
  • stood as a Labour Candidate in the first Scottish Parliament elections for 300 years (hooray!), got gubbed (boo!)
  • my Orla
  • the bold Sorley (3 and a half)
  • in Linlithgow
  • to cook
  • to read:
  • politics
  • current affairs
  • history
  • linguistics
  • mediaeval heresy
  • detective novels
  • pop music:
  • teenage punk rocker
  • sound of young Scotland
  • big Creation head (3)
  • shake yer thang dancerama booty man
  • mostly now girl groups 1963-1966
Although, I am a techie (or was, I've just become a banker - or joined the wunch as we say (2)) I don't really see computers as defining me, but I know you will insist: batch submitting Basic to an offsite PC at school 1979 - Multics - English Electrics EE400s ran Unix I found out last year - Fortran 77 - JCL - Cray 1S, 2S and X-MPs, which are now superseded by my PC - IBM 3060 clusters under MVS or a TSO box with a NAS vector processor - Dec Vaxes - 8086, 286 portable, 386 portable, 486 desktop, Pentium II desktop, Pentium III dual processor, stop upgrade hell, have you ever run Dos based programmes on a P2? I Heart QNX on old machines - C++ - technical architect - Java, ASP, MQ, 3090 assembler, Oracle, Solaris - I'm beginning to love Linux/*BSD - why didn't Beos have any apps? - some Perl - when will KOffice be ready?

1 St George is the patron Saint of England and St David is the patron Saint of Wales

2 wunch of bankers == makes no sense to an American

3 that's Creation records pop-pickers

Around the block and back again... (3.00 / 1) (#75)
by sbisson on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 08:06:14 AM EST

I'm a senior systems architect for a web consulting company in London. Been working in the Internet industry since the early days of consumer ISPs in the UK, which I drifted into after several years in academic and commercial research. I also write a couple of development oriented columns for magazines, just to keep my hand in... Originally from Jersey in the Channel Islands, I moved to the UK to do a degree in Electrical and Electronic engineering at the University of Bath. It's been a fun few years since then...
-- S. Pondering the inevitable intertwingledness of everything since 1984
Yo, Ya, Io, Je, Me, Ich... (3.00 / 1) (#76)
by locke baron on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 08:07:40 AM EST

My name's Eric Sprague. I'm a 3rd class Information Systems Tech in the US Navy, a rather unremarkable-looking fellow, about 6'2", 199lbs, with rather thick glasses.
I spend most of my days fixing insufferably bug-ridden NT networks (which are set up rather poorly, in addition to running NT)

In my spare time, I hack Linux (sometimes BSD, but not this month) and AtheOS (cool little OS, that. check it out on www.atheos.cx.) When I'm not doing that, I'm either practicing martial arts (Chinese Kenpo, I'm a sankyu, or 3rd degree brown belt) or just hanging out with friends.

I fancy myself a bit of an SF and Fantasy author, but I can never seem to finish anything. However, I intend to post a few pieces on lit.hatori42.com, eventually, when I get around to it ;-)

That's me, in a nutshell. (damn, it's cramped in there...)

Micro$oft uses Quake clannies to wage war on Iraq! - explodingheadboy
Me (4.00 / 2) (#78)
by Merk00 on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 08:08:55 AM EST

Not particularly sure why anyone would be interested in this but I'll share anyway. I'm 18 and currently residing in Baltimore, Maryland. I work at RKK Engineers doing ASP and PHP. This, however, is only until the end of next week. After that I will be living in Rochester, New York (the snowiest city of its size in the country) and attending my second year of Rochester Institute of Technology as a Computer Engineering Major.

As far as anything interesting ethnically, my mom was originally Mennonite. My grandfather (my mom's father) was Amish when he was very litte but then converted to being Mennonite (yes, there's quite a difference).

"At FIRST we see a world where science and technology are celebrated, where kids think science is cool and dream of becoming science and technology heroes."
- FIRST Mission

Who am I and what I do. (3.50 / 2) (#79)
by encoded on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 08:10:41 AM EST

I am Eric. I design and code engine software for General Motors.

What I do... (3.33 / 3) (#80)
by sleepyhel on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 08:14:44 AM EST

I'm 22, female, and one of those pesky UKians. My boyfriend and I own a home together in Surrey. It's opposite a very good curry place and a pretty decent chippie. So I'm happy. :)

I currently work as a programmer. I use Visual C++ to produce data systems for live TV broadcasts. (Football results and the like). However, I will be leaving my job in a week's time, in what some may call a risky move as I have no new job yet. I'm looking to continue the C++, move into Unix work and, if I'm lucky, get busy with some Python too. On top of this I want fun, variety and plenty of mathematical challenge to keep my mind busy.

I am also a student, I am working towards a mathematics degree with the Open University. I'll have half a BSc. by the end of this year, and it will take me another three years to complete, but it is the nature of the OU to be highly addictive, and I may have to continue beyond that point just because I can't stop. :-) I tried conventional university (physics at UCL) when I got out of school, and hated it. Lectures really suck as a teaching method.

I've been reading K5 since it came back from the DoS, whenever that was. But I'm shy, and I only started posting a couple of months ago. I now keep a regular diary here, and usually stick to posting in the diaries section. I read the stories on and off, I'm going through a mostly 'off' phase at the moment.

I own two computers - a 500MHz K6-II server machine named Eeyore (running Debian, but I'm hoping to move it to OpenBSD when I have the time to figure it out) - and my desktop machine, a 1GHz Athlon which dual boots Windows 2000 and a broken Debian install. I aim to get Eeyore running web and mail services at some point.

I have been known to program in my spare time but I haven't had any of that in a while. When I do, I'm trying to get familiar with some graphics stuff and play around with some funky algorithms.

"have you ever been in the middle of really good sex, and realized a duck was staring at you?" -- vleth

vanity, really. (4.00 / 4) (#82)
by blixco on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 08:17:27 AM EST

29, software test engineer.
The root of the problem has been isolated.
Who am I? What's my name? (3.50 / 2) (#83)
by sL1mB0y on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 08:21:36 AM EST

Right, well my names Kevin Fullerton - I'm a UKian - I was born and raised for the first 20years of my life on the outskirts of London - 10 years in a town called Potters Bar, 10 years in Hatfield (yes, the place where the train crash was)

Been into computers and programming since I was young - started on an Acorn Electron, moved onto Amigas and then IBM PC's.

I work here at the moment, though before I worked here. I work as an Applications Consulatant in a CRM product called SalesLogix - I get to do the heavily bespoke applications for it. I'm also training as a consultant in Sage Tetra / CS3 / SES. I also work for my company as an analyst/programmer, writing mainly applications for data migration and synchronisation.

I know at a professional level Visual Basic, but have been teaching myself, for the past year perl and PHP, and I'm now starting on Java cos VB really does suck!

What else about me - I'm 21, single, live in Warrington just outside Manchester and love travelling (especially to Amsterdam :)

Who's your daddy, and what does he do? (4.00 / 5) (#84)
by theboz on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 08:21:44 AM EST

The subject was stolen from "Kindergarten Cop" which I remembered for some reason after reading the title of this article.

Normally I would write about ten paragraphs detailing all of my life, but I prefer not to. If you want to check out information about me perhaps you should read my K5 diary (http://www.kuro5hin.org/user/theboz/diary), however, I doubt you want that much detail on every user, which would lead me to a question. If you don't really want to know, why ask?


Well ... (3.00 / 1) (#85)
by pyramid termite on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 08:22:15 AM EST

... I'm a 44 year old musician and writer who makes his living by looking at milk cartons in a milk carton factory. Previous jobs were gas station attendant, motel desk clerk, and security guard. Currently living in a trailer park in the Midwest.
On the Internet, anyone can accuse you of being a dog.
Cool Submission (3.50 / 2) (#86)
by MicroBerto on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 08:24:09 AM EST

I'm Mike Roberto, a sophomore at The Ohio State University, studying computer engineering. I play Club Water Polo (ooh, look at the webmaster, and also where we're going tomorrow!), along with training in Ju-Jitsu. Beyond that, it's studying, partying, and weightlifting!

This summer, I've been working in the I.T. Department for a rather large, Fortune 500 Corporation, which I abosolutely love and hope to do engineering work for soon. While bored at work, I've been spending a lot of time on K5 and drawing really stupid comics.

The one thing on k5 that I noticed about myself recently is that I am absolutely UNmoved by religious discussion anymore. I am a Deist, but couldn't care less about anything. It just doesn't interest me anymore.

I'm the son of two loving parents and a great older brother as well. ...That's enough for now, although I could talk forever. But one last note -- go to this page and take a look at what school landed in the top 10 voted party schools in the US!

- GAIM: MicroBerto
Bertoline - My comic strip

If you like Stick figure comics (none / 0) (#150)
by Hefty on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 11:35:07 AM EST

Then you'll like my animated stick figure shows based on Counter-Strike

[ Parent ]
Top 10 Party School maybe (none / 0) (#416)
by irksome on Mon Sep 03, 2001 at 07:19:52 PM EST

Ok, so tOSU is a Top Ten Party School. Your football team is still going to lose to Michigan in November. :)

I think I am, therefore I'm not.
[ Parent ]
I'm Matthew (3.00 / 1) (#87)
by hulver on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 08:25:33 AM EST

I'm a twenty-nine (Today! Whee) year old software developer living in Sheffield. I work for a Share Registrars in the North of England (If you rearange those words, you'll work out who). I'm a Delphi developer & network security bod.

I spend too much time online, looking at stuff that is mostly unrelated to my work, but tends to end up having some relavence.

Started out as a Clipper programmer for a Printer supplier in Ripon, North Yorkshire. Ended up moving to Sheffield to live with my SO, we now have two kids.

I program inhouse applications to do with managing fairly large registers of shareholders.


congrats! (3.00 / 1) (#101)
by Psychopath on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 09:12:06 AM EST

Happy birthday! :)
That's all I wanted to say in this message.
The only antidote to mental suffering is physical pain. -- Karl Marx
[ Parent ]
I'm David (none / 0) (#328)
by Wildgoose on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 12:48:20 PM EST

...And I also live in Sheffield, England. It's nice to see so many posts from the U.K.

I am 36, married with 2 kids and a third on the way. I taught myself to program on an Acorn Atom (which I still have), and sold my first program aged 15. 21 years ago! (Ouch, I feel old). Computing isn't everything, I love music, board and card games, even politics - in fact I have stood as a Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate 4 times. (I'm a sucker for punishment as well).

I am still programming, working as an I.T. contractor using the Progress 4GL&RDBMS. And I've never lost that early fascination with computers - Proud to be a Geek!

[ Parent ]

I'm Nickus (3.00 / 1) (#89)
by Nickus on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 08:29:20 AM EST

I'm Nickus from Finland but nowadays I live in Germany. I'm working as a Unix Manager at a nice little institute in Dresden. It is strange where you end up in the world. A year ago Germany was not on my top 50 list of places I planned to move to.

Due to budget cuts, light at end of tunnel will be out. --Unknown
Well... (3.00 / 1) (#91)
by dat Guy on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 08:35:31 AM EST

I'm a 29 year old Canadian living in Toronto, Canada, son of a Danish immigrant father and 5th generation Irish Canadian mother.

During the day I'm a bitch to BillG (I admin NT servers), but when I get home everything is unix (Linux, FreeBSD and OpenBSD.. just got rid of my HPUX box a couple of months ago and still haven't got that old Sun box up and running yet).

I've played in a band for over a decade now, though things aren't as lively as they once were. But we did open for Pop Will Eat Itself a number of years ago. Damn, I really miss the Poppies.

Otherwise, I'm very much into mountain biking, and getting more into the freeriding aspect. Don't get me wrong, I still love XC but I just ditched my clipless and went with flats, and I hate the fact that there aren't more teeters and log bridges in Ontario to ride!

I also tend to read philosophy and technical manuals, program in Perl, smoke a shitload of weed and just gave up caffeine.

What you do/who are you!= What you do for a living (3.50 / 4) (#92)
by tallus on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 08:39:05 AM EST

Am I the only person here that thinks that the notion of defining yourself by your job sucks bigtime?

Maybe it's because I've spent a fair amount of time officially unemployed but in reality doing and achieving far more than has often been the case when I'm working (just not geting paid for it). I always used to dread the question what do you do? As if there is only one answer, and one thing you can do - your job (mumbles: well I'm unemployed) rather than say - what am I doing? Well today I housed ten homeless people, tomorrow I'm going to get up and cook breakfast for 70 people, the day after that? who knows anything might happen. These days depending on my mood I either answer - eat, sleep, breathe... or mention anything other than my job (or both).

So what do I do? Well these days I'm kinda welded to the saddle of my pushbike (hey it's summer) I ride for 3-5+ hours everyday (mostly offroad). When I'm not riding I sing in a forty piece a cappella choir, help run, make documenteries, DJ two shows (jazz & experimental music+audio collage) for a pirate radio station, read, read and read (mostly poetry, philosophy + contemporary fiction - I've been selected for a reading group that will shortlist a major book award). I'm also a long time activist-type (eco, squatting, social justice etc) though I'm on a bit of a sabbatical at the moment but still pretty involved in self-help housing initiatives for the homeless. All the everyday kind of stuff as well, you know cook, babysit, sleep, dream...

Apart from that I'm 33, 6'55",dyslexic, live in Brighton the South Coast of England, Atheist, green, pragmatic anarchist etc.

Oh what do I do for a living? Admin a couple of linux boxes/ act as general geek about the house for a small dot.com. Well it pays the bills and the best bit its part time (I don't have to start till 10 and I'm out by 2) but the other stuff's way more interesting.

I'm Thom (3.00 / 1) (#94)
by thomsanders on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 08:44:24 AM EST

27yo male living in Nottingham, UK (my hometown). Work as a web developer and DBA for a medium sized VAR. Have been working with computers for about 3 years, before that spent my time travelling around Europe, studying languages and history and doing various jobs.
Hoping to pack in work at the end of next Summer and travel for 6 months or so with my girlfriend (HK, Japan, Oz, NZ, ...). Just gotta work out how to pay for it!
Been reading K5 for about a year but this is my first ever post (wimp).

I'm a dad (3.50 / 6) (#95)
by georgeha on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 08:45:01 AM EST

that's probably one of my biggest accomplishments, procreating and raising two kids, Alli and Katie, with my wife.

For money, I'm a technical support engineer for a large printer company, so I know PostScript well (I even bought a home copy of the Red book), and know PCL enough to track down commands in the Brown book. The rest of my skills overlap somewhat with Solaris SAs, with a smidgen of Novell, Windows and Mac.

Also for money, and ego feeding, I co-wrote a few books on Samba.

It goes without saying I'm a geek. Not counting our Palms, I have 6 computers at home that will boot now, and maybe another 2 if I worked on them. My latest home project is keeping my CD burning PC in Linux all the time, and adding cat5 jacks.

I used to have spare time, which I filled with working out, reading, and playing with Lego. Now I'm a baby holding and burbing machine.

I found k5 from /., where I ended up trolling a lot. Now I rarely troll on /., the muse has left me. Other places you can find me on the internet are rec.music.gdead, adequacy, lugnet, and Geekizoid. I've met one k5'er in person, which is one more /.'er in person that I've met (that I'm aware of, and the k5'er is also on /,).

I was born in 1966, which puts me a bit above the mean here. I have a BS in Aerospace Engineering which I don't use, and flunked out of grad school. I prefer to drive station wagons.

Large Printer Company? (3.00 / 1) (#99)
by Merk00 on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 09:07:14 AM EST

A large printer company in Rochester. Hrmm. That doesn't leave too many options does it? Out of curiosity, are they on a hiring freeze at the moment?

"At FIRST we see a world where science and technology are celebrated, where kids think science is cool and dream of becoming science and technology heroes."
- FIRST Mission
[ Parent ]

It's hard to say (3.00 / 1) (#106)
by georgeha on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 09:26:35 AM EST

I think there's a freeze, but they do have cerain agreements with certain universities to hire a certain amoune of people (or so I've heard), and they've started hiring contracts for the hotlines. When would you be looking?

[ Parent ]
Not Really Looking (3.00 / 1) (#108)
by Merk00 on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 09:28:15 AM EST

I wasn't particularly looking (I will be next summer however). I was actually just trying to find out if we're talking about the company I think we are. :) I know a bunch of other people there via their involvement with the FIRST team at Wilson High School.

"At FIRST we see a world where science and technology are celebrated, where kids think science is cool and dream of becoming science and technology heroes."
- FIRST Mission
[ Parent ]

Oh yeah, as the newspaper ads say (3.00 / 1) (#111)
by georgeha on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 09:53:05 AM EST

I work for a large eastside copier/printer company, with a large building on Jefferson across from the huge Post Office.

[ Parent ]
Jefferson (3.00 / 1) (#126)
by Merk00 on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:13:23 AM EST

When you say Jefferson, do you mean Jefferson Rd.? As in the one in Henrietta? I don't remember a particulary large post office around there though. Didn't know <insert company name here> was located in that area either.

"At FIRST we see a world where science and technology are celebrated, where kids think science is cool and dream of becoming science and technology heroes."
- FIRST Mission
[ Parent ]

Yeap, leave RIT, turn right onto Jefferson (3.00 / 1) (#134)
by georgeha on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:36:12 AM EST

go past Southtown Plaza, the mall, the Taco Bell, the Tops, the new Perkins, the Outback steakhouse, on the south side of Jefferson is Rochester's main PO, and the north side is a big building with a red X in the landscaping.

[ Parent ]
hey, me too (none / 0) (#235)
by speek on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 05:45:41 PM EST

I work for them too - in Canal View (also in Henrietta, not far from that big building on Jeffereson). I'm part of a team making a big print button on a webpage :-)

al queda is kicking themsleves for not knowing about the levees
[ Parent ]

HPNT (4.50 / 2) (#130)
by Lord13 on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:23:19 AM EST

I just had to mention this. =)

One of my favorite pranks to pull in the office is to change the LCD display on HP printers to say something crazy. I use a little utility called HPNT which works on a command line to change the 01 READY display to whatever I want. I REALLY wish I knew PCL better so I could do it without the little utility. Anyway, Here are some of my favorites:

Low Coolent (this one works the best, I've had whole TEAMS of engineers pouring through manuals and websites trying to figure out where the coolent is located in the printer. Ahh memories =)
Reactor Warning
Reactor Critical
Reactor Meltdown
Stop Touching Me
Feed Me
Check Oil
Were Jamming
Chk BlinkerFluid
etc. etc. etc.

I can not tell you how funny it is to watch people freak out over some stupid message I put on the display. If your really evil (like I am sometimes) you can cycle through semi-reasonable sounding messages for weeks.

So, if you ever got any help calls about crazy messages on the LCD displays, sorry about that. =)

Growing half a tree, water it everyday.
[ Parent ]
Ah, the fun (4.00 / 3) (#132)
by hulver on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:33:01 AM EST

At the printer company I used to work for, the engineers used to send messages like.


To the printer that was sat next to an attractive girl in the purchasing department. They had half persuaded her that it had a personallity <grin>

I think the command you send is begins with

Ah, quick google search later.

Courtesy of HP Support

[ Parent ]

Changing ready (none / 0) (#234)
by Mitheral on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 05:41:45 PM EST

Check out this usenet message for a way to do it with out the program. I'm a bit streesed from preparing for the onslaught next week, therefor my judgement may be impaired; however, changing Ready to Low Coolant on the local 5000N had me ROTFLMAO. This chair really needs a seatbelt.

[ Parent ]
Hehe new material... (4.00 / 1) (#260)
by Lord13 on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 07:58:52 PM EST


"Insert Disk 1", hehe, I never thought of that one, that's pretty damn funny.

Unfortunatly once people figure out your the jackass changing the printer message they never believe a thing the printer says. I was fielding calls from users for a year after my last round of pranks.

User: "Did you change printer LPPR1044 to say 'Low Toner'?"
Me: "Uh, no, it probably means the printer needs another toner caritage"
User: "Oh (jackass)" *click*

It was worth it =).

While on the subject of pranks, I'll share my ultimate:

If you happen to be on a NT network that has SMS 1.0 installed and you have the right premissions (or get them) you can pull a very very funny/nasty prank. There is a way to spoof a Net Send from one pc that sends the Net Send to the entire domain. I nailed 3000 users from the CEO's IP with the message "Due to budget constrants, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off"

The best part was when the CEO called IT to find out who did this only to have IT tell him "You did". Bad part about that joke was the crack down that followed. Ah well, it was worth it. =)

Growing half a tree, water it everyday.
[ Parent ]
Hmmm (4.00 / 2) (#98)
by ChiefHoser on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 08:57:15 AM EST

I just finished my second year in Honours Physics here in the Great White North (Canada). I am working in a spectroscopy lab at the University of Waterloo. I am currently working on a project to design the Raman Spectroscoper for the 2004(ish) Mars mission to determine what Mars' dust is composed of.

Chief of the Hosers
Thad AKA codemonkey_uk (3.50 / 4) (#100)
by codemonkey_uk on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 09:12:06 AM EST

I'm Thad, I'm 26 on September 1st 2001, and I'm a programmer currently working in the games industry. I've wrote large chunks of "X-COM Apocalypse" (fan site) and "Magic & Mayhem", both from (the now defunct) Mythos Games. I'm currently working for Creature Labs.

You can find out about my skill set by reading my resume. There's too much to repeat here. :)

I live in Harlow (England) with my (pregnant) girlfriend, Andie (AKA flowergrrl), and my lazy unemployed flatmate, Ben.

For more personal information read my diary, which I normally update once or twice a week, depending on my schedule and mood, or visit my homepage . To find out why I call myself "codemonkey_uk" read this comment. And read this comment to find out how I answered the same question, almost a year ago.
"The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way." - Bertrand Russell

X-Com Apocalyspe? (5.00 / 1) (#148)
by ucblockhead on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 11:21:20 AM EST

You were involved in X-Com Apocalypse? You rock!

I fired that up again only a couple weeks ago. Definitely a "go back to years later" game.
This is k5. We're all tools - duxup
[ Parent ]

Yes :) (none / 0) (#308)
by codemonkey_uk on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 07:20:04 AM EST

Amongst other things, I wrote the collapsing terrain system, and the explosion damage calculations.
"The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way." - Bertrand Russell
[ Parent ]
I am (4.00 / 1) (#102)
by xj479 on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 09:19:18 AM EST

a private in the U.S. Army. I move furniture, pick up trash, take inventories, buff floors, and occasionally, work on computers. Just thought I would post to add some diversity.

What MOS? (3.00 / 1) (#133)
by wiredog on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:33:37 AM EST

I sepnt 3 years as a 31K, in Korea and Ft. Polk. Went in as e-1, left as e-1. While in Korea I discovered the net. As that was in early 86, the net meant usenet.

The idea of a global village is wrong, it's more like a gazillion pub bars.
[ Parent ]

owwch... (none / 0) (#306)
by locke baron on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 05:38:25 AM EST

three years in, still a private? Zoiks. By the time I have 3 years in the Navy, I'll probably be a PO2 (I'm a PO3 already.). Does Army advancement just suck, or what?

Micro$oft uses Quake clannies to wage war on Iraq! - explodingheadboy
[ Parent ]
Not quite... (none / 0) (#311)
by wiredog on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 08:49:20 AM EST

The Army doesn't have much tolerance for stoners. I got maxed on a field grade article 15. I was 30 days short when it happened, and I was at Ft Polk, so I had a real gaf attitude anyway.

If there's a choice between performance and ease of use, Linux will go for performance every time. -- Jerry Pournelle
[ Parent ]
That's gonna leave a mark ;-) (none / 0) (#398)
by locke baron on Mon Aug 27, 2001 at 02:43:50 AM EST

but at least it makes sense...
Micro$oft uses Quake clannies to wage war on Iraq! - explodingheadboy
[ Parent ]
MOS (none / 0) (#374)
by xj479 on Sat Aug 25, 2001 at 03:11:42 AM EST

I'm a 74B (Information Systems Operator/Analyst) stationed at Fort Gordon for 3 more years (total of 4 since I went through AIT here). 74B replaces 74G (Mainframe Operator/Analyst), 74D (something to do with the tape reels), and 74F (Programmer). If you actually read these job descriptions, their closer to a secretary than anything else. They train the 31's here as well as some 35 ordnance stuff. The 31U's (could be 31L's) are now the cable technicians.

If I was stationed any further south than this, like Polk, I would have to do something stupid to get reclassed, the humidity here is unbearable.

[ Parent ]

I was a 24j (none / 0) (#381)
by yesterdays children on Sat Aug 25, 2001 at 11:42:00 AM EST

Do those exist anymore?

[ Parent ]
No. (none / 0) (#410)
by xj479 on Wed Aug 29, 2001 at 07:54:09 AM EST

That was one of the old Vietnam-era (up to the late eighties) MOS's. I don't know what era they're in now.

[ Parent ]
Ft. Gordon (none / 0) (#400)
by wiredog on Mon Aug 27, 2001 at 09:38:19 AM EST

I trained there, summer of 85. I remember the time a platoon from Bragg did a drop there. They came by the EM club that evening and we had a little disagreement with them. Tore the place apart, too.

If there's a choice between performance and ease of use, Linux will go for performance every time. -- Jerry Pournelle
[ Parent ]
I'm Frank (3.00 / 1) (#103)
by Spatula on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 09:21:41 AM EST

I'm 26, and I am a shipping clerk for a grocery distribution corporation. I am also a very big fan of *NIX. I have been involved with computing, in one form or another, for the past ~13 years. I think I would despise a job at which I program or whatnot simply because it would become a job, rather than fun. On that note, I'm also a co-owner of a company that's working to build pgSQL-based apps. This is *fun* time, however.

I'm not from any particular place. Navy dad, and all. I currently live in the small, annoyingly backward town of La Crosse, WI, US. That's subject to change whenever my girlfriend and I can find a good place to live with jobs waiting for us.

Hobbies: Guitar (mainly rock, mostly for performance), reading, mathematics, gardening and programming. It's all for fun, anyhow.

I'm a third shifter, and the mornings are a good time to chill and reflect. Oh yeah, My ICQ is 6315297.

someday I'll find something to put here.

nothing new here. (3.00 / 1) (#104)
by Psychopath on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 09:24:21 AM EST

Probably nothing new I can post..
I am 18, from AT (naah, that's not the little continent in the ocean nor is it a state of the US :) Some months ago i finished school, probably i'll go to university studying computer science this fall. (Though I am not sure what exactly to study.. normal or baccalaureate or whatever..)
I have many many sisters - all older. I learned recorder for 3 years and now i am - more or less (unfortunately more less than more) - saxophone. (cool instrument, imo)
I am planning to by a nice catamaran and live on it.
If you want to know more about something about me you can visit the About-Me-Section of my site.
Thanks for reading uninteresting crap :)
The only antidote to mental suffering is physical pain. -- Karl Marx
here goes (4.33 / 3) (#105)
by yankeehack on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 09:24:50 AM EST

Apparently, I've got some sort of talent in explaining to non technical people how computers work, so I attempt to cash in on that part time. During the day, I'm a stay at home Mother with a wonderfully intelligent and precocious nearly three and a half year old. I live in the wonderful state of Vermont. While I'm admittedly not a programmer, I like figuring out the inner workings of computers and the Internet.

After finding email and the wonders of gopher and telnet (eight years ago while at college), I spent all of my free time in the computer lab until I procured a hand me down 386 and figured out how to put an internal modem in it. I have a degree in Political Science that I don't use, but I love to talk politics with anyone. I got into teaching when I lived in a town in the South where I realized my $8 an hour tech support salary would be doubled by teaching at the local community college.

My short term plans include teaching a few at a few different programs, taking my A+ (so I can teach that this spring), figuring out how to create a Linux curriculum that I could use in my classes and starting up my own little consulting/tutoring business on the side. Even though the bulk of my work at the moment is with the consumer Microsoft apps which makes me go a little crazy at times, I enjoy teaching hardware and Internet/Networking stuff. In a few years, I'd like to go to Business school, but only if I did well enough on my GMATs.

Perhaps what we really need is a new feminism...It will focus on something that liberal feminism has failed to do--instill a sense of dignity, honor and s

Excuse the typos and... (3.00 / 1) (#139)
by yankeehack on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:55:13 AM EST

I forgot to add that I just turned 27 this month and brought home a new puppy.

Perhaps what we really need is a new feminism...It will focus on something that liberal feminism has failed to do--instill a sense of dignity, honor and s
[ Parent ]

happy belated (5.00 / 1) (#161)
by georgeha on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 12:40:48 PM EST


[ Parent ]
What a coincedence... (5.00 / 1) (#225)
by BigRedZX on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 04:54:50 PM EST

I forgot to add that I just turned 27 this month and brought home a new puppy.

I just turned 34 and brought home a new bike.

Better still, my carpets stay nice and dry.

[ Parent ]
About shippo (3.00 / 1) (#107)
by shippo on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 09:26:46 AM EST

I used to work as a senior 3rd line support engineer/guru for a UK Banyan reseller based in the North of England. Then the company I worked for moved then concentrated on selling one in-house developed package, and I decided to move on.

I left them and spent some time working down in London on a systems management project. Found out that I'd been lied to at the interview, and that the company I worked for was a third of the size I was led to believe, and the company we had the contract with was very badly managed. Left and went back north.

For the past 18 months I've been testing financial systems. Working to a very vague protocol specification with ridiculously bloated software developed by a programmer totally ignorant of shared libraries. Job consistes of clicking buttons in a GUI and parsing protocols by hand. I want to escape, but I can't find anything around here.

I've hacked around with the Linux kernel in my spare time, getting device drivers to work with undocumented hardware.

I'd consider myself to be an amateur popular music historian. Tried to get a job with the BBC in that field, but it never happened.

oooo kaaay then... (3.00 / 1) (#109)
by ana on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 09:34:55 AM EST

It's complicated. I'm a scientist, doing physics in the Boston area. Pushing 50, live alone, Christian, homeowner, might-be smutwriter, (see also my site), celibate, small-time poet. I like reading some kinds of philosophy, fiction, theology, singing (especially renaissance polyphony). Always been somewhat alienated from popular culture, some of which is surprisingly nice. K5 diarist.

Years go by; will I still be waiting
for somebody else to understand?
--Tori Amos

Wannabe... (3.00 / 1) (#110)
by Francois on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 09:45:24 AM EST

My name is Francois , I am an 18-year-old South African currently working/touring around Europe for a 'gap-year' between high-school before going to University.

I currently work at Espotting.com in London, a pay-for-placement search engine which should be deemed evil. I am a robot running ASP scripts for the techies, otherwise I work as an Editor.

Next year I'll be studying Computer Science, but in a month I'm going to visi the few European countries I haven't been to, and then I'm off to Cairo for a 5 week overland trip to Istanbul...

Gotta get out of London before the cold sets in...there truly is no excuse for living in a bad climate...

Meet the Rat (well -- the business rat) (3.00 / 2) (#112)
by greyrat on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 09:54:21 AM EST

I have grown up around computers and computing, writing my first "hello world" in Fortran in 1968. I degreed in something entirely un-information technology related, but learned the error of my ways when I got into the job market.

After kicking around in system management, programming, database design, system design and development, and #gasp# management, I returned to what I do best (not necessarily what I like best): Quality assurance and testing. I now work as a contractor -- hopefully with a long stint to come on my current contact (nice digs, good people, reasonable autonomy, and interesting work).

Other than that, this sig says it all:

Version: 3.12
GCM/CS d+(--)@ s+: a+? C++$ UBHVSL++$ P++$>++++ L+ E- W++ N- o-- K- w+$ O- M- V+++
PS PE Y+ PGP>++ t+ 5 X++ R- tv b++(+++) DI++++ D+ G e++>+++ h@ r(+++)++ y+(++++)@$
Find out what it means at: http://www.ebb.org/ungeek/ (if the site still exists)

~ ~ ~
Did I actually read the article? No. No I didn't.
"Watch out for me nobbystyles, Gromit!"

Big Tex (3.00 / 1) (#113)
by Hefty on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 09:54:31 AM EST

I'm 26 and I live in Mesquite, Texas just outside of Dallas. I do desktop support for employees of the FDIC. I'm doing my part to make sure everyone's money in the U.S. banks stays insured. When I'm not working then I'm probably blowing someone up in Tribes2 or making fire arrows in Asheron's Call. I like working on Cars and enjoy building engines. I'm a beta test for EA.com soon to be released Motor City Online. Okay you can tell by now I like playing video games. I'm starting to practice Visual C++ and I think would be cool to one day program as a game designer. I love to cook and definently love to eat. I work out regularly at the "Texas Gym" a house of pain body building gym. I'm a relative newbie to kuro5hin but already I am feeling at home here ranting and raving. Oh and I'm single too *winks out to all the ladies.

hading (3.00 / 1) (#114)
by hading on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 09:55:03 AM EST

I spent a long time studying mathematics (complex analysis and relatively concrete operator theory - composition operators on Banach spaces of holomorphic functions, if you really want to know). I got tired of it before completing a Ph.D., so I bailed out and trained to trade options on the floor of the American Stock Exchange with a company owned by one of my friends. For reasons which are currently irrelevant, that never really came to pass, but I started doing some computer work for the other partner in his firm, and am still doing that to this day. Basically I tend to the accumulation and analysis of data that helps my employers to make lots of money trading options. :-) I tend to write most of my code in Common Lisp, with some Smalltalk, Perl, C, and even VB thrown in as necessary. I believe that ML will come in handy for some of the stuff I'm about to do, too.

In spare time, I like to read literature (this I typically do during my commute), listen to (mostly jazz, bluegrass, and progressive rock) and play (mostly banjo and electric guitar) music, and sometimes cook, cycle, play games (I'm Theone on FIBS for you backgammon buffs), and who knows what else.

Growing half a tree (3.00 / 1) (#115)
by Lord13 on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 09:56:48 AM EST

Where to start...

I'm a 26 year old long time geek. Currently I'm a contract worker for a crappy company doing VBA work, that is, when I'm not wasting company time reading K5 =). I'm more of a troubleshooter then a coder but I enjoy coding (even though VBA is utter crap).

My first computer was an Atari 520 ST which still works and sits next to my windows box.

I'm an avid gamer, warez whore and mp3 pirate (never used napster, FTP is still the way of the walk).

Some semi-interesting non-geek tidbits about me...

I grew up in pretty middle-middle class suburb of Detroit. I moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan about 6 years ago mostly because it's just far enough away from the parents to prevent drop-ins.

After high-school I toured with the Greatful Dead for about 8 months up until Jerry died. I've got quite a few wacked stories from those days. If anyone is really interested, I could share some (heck, it probably make for a good article).

I've played hockey since I was 5 and got to play in Russia for three weeks back in 1992. I also like to play paintball, skydive and rollarblade.

Growing half a tree, water it everyday.
Hi, my name is... (4.00 / 1) (#116)
by johnson on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:01:24 AM EST

Aric. My name is Aric. My friends call me johnson. Duh.

I'm 16 as of today, August 23rd (today is my birthday).

I am currently working a summer job in the tech department of a medium sized cable manufacturing concern in southern Ontario, Canada.

My likes are cats, unix, politics, history, cable TV, zegnatronic rocket societies, IRC, and old people.

My dislikes are dogs, that other OS, 97% of all radio, mIRC, middle aged laissez-faire types, alien communist conpiracies, and network TV.

Wow. I sound really generic.

Dude. (none / 0) (#268)
by vinay on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:01:24 PM EST

Happy Birthday. :-)


[ Parent ]
You asked (3.00 / 1) (#117)
by Abstraction on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:01:46 AM EST

I'm 24. At my current job I do web development. ASP, Oracle, SQL Server, yadda yadda. I'll be moving to Kansas City soon in search of a new job, hopefully doing C++ or Java.

<joke> I'm also a Leo. I like long walks along the beach and romantic dinners. My favorite color is red. </joke>

I'm Lance. (3.00 / 1) (#118)
by Electric Angst on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:02:07 AM EST

I'm Lance, a 21-year old tech monkey working at the college I flunked out of, the University of Texas at Austin. I should be coming back in the Spring, and I want to major in Philosophy with a minor in Rhetoric (possibly a double-major, if the damn Rhetoric department will get off their Sophist asses and offer a bonafide degree).

Right now my job involves helping people with a small computer lab containing a bunch of multimedia-oriented machines (an HP 755cm Designjet, Tektronics Phazer, a few SGIs, digital projectors, cameras, all that kind of stuff.) It pays just enough to scrape by, so I also have a second job as a bartender/barback/bouncer (I'm a triple-threat) for the only Tiki bar in town.

I come from the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, and I consider the area a form of cruel and unusual punishment. (Yes, some people disagree with me. To them, I say: try growing up Pagan in that area.) I first came down to Austin in 1998 as a Theatre and Dance major. My interest was in Playwriting. That dream was shattered when I flunked out in the Spring of 2000, the result of not enough initiative and a penchant for sleeping in.

I've been stewing, though, sitting in this windowless office staring at this moniter all day. I'm ready to do almost anything to improve my situation, and I finally feel I have the initiative I really needed while I was enrolled. I guess we'll find out in the Spring if I really do...

I fly the UN Flag.
bah (none / 0) (#143)
by alprazolam on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 11:10:05 AM EST

pagan in dallas? try atheist in jonesboro arkansas.

[ Parent ]
I am... (3.00 / 2) (#119)
by Smirks on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:03:50 AM EST

... a 22 year old network administrator for a growing company in New York, NY. I don't really administer the network though (well, i do a little), I basically sit here and make sure my 30 linux servers are up and happy.

Before that I was a student at Rutgers University (allthough I never graduated) and before that I lived in Arlington, Texas for 12 years.

[ Music Rules ]

Oh.. (3.00 / 1) (#121)
by Smirks on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:07:26 AM EST

.. and I forgot to mention.... I pretend to be a perl programmer, allthough I'm not half as good as I am in my dreams. I've written a few open source goodies. My most popular goodie would probably be SysWatch...

That's it for now.

[ Music Rules ]
[ Parent ]

See my diary... (3.50 / 2) (#120)
by simon farnz on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:06:29 AM EST

I'm 19, UKian, and both a student and a full time employee <grin> See my first diary entry for more details
If guns are outlawed, only outlaws have guns
Me (3.33 / 3) (#122)
by starbreeze on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:08:17 AM EST

Who am I?

I am a 23 year old female Scorpio from Pittsburgh. I graduated from a small liberal arts school with a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Information Systems in December, 2000.

Who do I do?

Eight to nine hours a day I sit at my laptop and do general sys admin type stuff for our WinNT and Solaris servers, support for our users, backup DBA stuff because we are an Oracle shop (we have a DBA but I am often involved in his projects), and webmaster type duties for our site, as well as some of the sites of projects we sponsor like Pittsburgh Oracle User Group, and our software web front ends.

For fun I play sax, flute, and my ocarana. I rollerblade and play games like Black&White, though I don't tend to spend much time at my computer on weekday evenings. I sit at EatnPark and bs with my friends most evenings. I go and do things like visit the Renaissance Festival on weekends. I like movies too :P

If you really want to read more, feel free to read my weblog at starjewel.org. It's updated almost every day and you can find some interesting links.

"There's something strangely musical about noise." ~Trent Reznor

ack! typo. (5.00 / 2) (#124)
by starbreeze on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:11:22 AM EST

That should read What do I do?

Wow... freudian slip or something.

"There's something strangely musical about noise." ~Trent Reznor
[ Parent ]

Confounded flute! (none / 0) (#184)
by Your Mom on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 02:50:30 PM EST

I'm trying to teach myself the flute, and have yet to find an instrument that was more of a pain to play. Yet I plug away, as I can't afford a piano and my roomates won't let me touch my trumpet. GAH!

"As far as I'm concerned, Osama bin Laden can eat a dick." -trhurler
[ Parent ]
how is it a pain? (5.00 / 1) (#195)
by starbreeze on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 03:15:18 PM EST

it's one of the most popular beginner elementary school instruments. flute and trumpet are usually the top 2 (i was a music education major for 2.5 years)

i guess if you're used to a trumpet with 3 keys and using your lip to hit the right notes, it would be a pain. flute and sax are extremely similar though, and i've been playing flute since 5th grade so i think it's cake :)

"There's something strangely musical about noise." ~Trent Reznor
[ Parent ]

fingerings (none / 0) (#209)
by anagram on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 04:14:09 PM EST

I've never played flute, but I've seen fingering charts and I can't see any logical pattern to it. I've played sax and clarinet and aside from the pinky levers, the fingerings are a breeze.

Piano, and guitar, hey the notes are right there in front of you. Clarinet and sax, the more fingers you have down, the lower the sound (in two octaves with the register key). Flute? hold these two on this hand, put your pinky here and here, and make sure this finger isn't down.....

[ Parent ]

flute vs sax (none / 0) (#211)
by starbreeze on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 04:17:29 PM EST

uhm if you've played sax, then you'll notice the flute and sax fingers are frightenly similar. i think it just throws you off because you hold the instrument horizontally instead of vertically.

the whole "more fingers you have down" concept is not a good generalization but a little true i guess.

why don't you email me if you want to continue this... elf@nauticom.net

"There's something strangely musical about noise." ~Trent Reznor
[ Parent ]

scorpios (none / 0) (#333)
by flummox on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 01:36:46 PM EST

23... female... scorpio... right up my alley... and, a "geek". can i come over and beg for your attention?

spank me, baby. i like it rough...

no, seriously. just kidding. i had to put something in here that would get you thinking.... i like scorpios... we're pretty fun. and, not too shabby in the bedroom either. also, i've noticed, that we are the most "proud" of our zodiac sign. i know morw scorpios than any other sign...

don't be shy,

cap'n flummox

...bring me my cheese...

[ Parent ]
Since you asked, and not that you care... (3.00 / 1) (#125)
by slick willie on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:11:58 AM EST

I am 31 and my occupation is father and husband. I make my living being a BOFH, and using Linux to save me when Windoze fails (which is quite often). I think of myself as a geek, and know enough Perl, Bash and PHP to get by, but I have a long ways to go before I can attain true geek status -- my home LAN only has 3 nodes. I am in the process of attempting Linux from Scratch for entertainment purposes.

I have a 3 year old daughter (whose birthday is today!), and a bun in the oven, which is due to arrive very shortly.

Politically, I tend to be conservative, tending towards libertarian, especially fiscal policy and privacy issues.

I have to paraphrase this, but I found it an apt quote: If you're not a rebel when you're 20, there's something wrong with you. If you're not establishment when you're 30, there's something wrong with you.

"...there is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit."
--Ronald Reagan, First Inaugural Address

Churchill quote (none / 0) (#283)
by Riktov on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 11:31:29 PM EST

I have to paraphrase this, but I found it an apt quote: If you're not a rebel when you're 20, there's something wrong with you. If you're not establishment when you're 30, there's something wrong with you.

Geez, you paraphrased away all of the bite of the actual quote!

"If you're in your twenties and you're not a liberal, you have no heart. If you're in your thirties and you're not a conservative, you have no brain." - Winston Churchill

[ Parent ]
pretty boring person here (3.00 / 1) (#127)
by yesterdays children on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:15:29 AM EST

I run a small network at home, linux & windows with one router. I'm very new to java, but have fairly heavy experience in COBOL, some administration experience of NT, VMS, various linuxes, novell 3.x, currently just run linux and windows. I had a small to medium y2k workload, with one multiuser app written during the same timespan that transitioned well by design. Despite all the hype, y2k work was almost trivial and repetitive. I'm ok with small C apps, would like to move to larger apps and systems stuff. At some point I'm going to try to get oriented in C++, as soon as I'm not very confused with Java. I'm starting work on a small pseudo-DBMS, but am currently wallowing in b-tree indexes, hope to have one running soon. I've also coded in pascal, and basic. Other projects include some work on a basic filesystem, and a small compiler for the 6809, was basically a pascal subset I called BSTD that generated very ugly machine code, but did include a somewhat relocating linker. I have substantial experience repairing PC's (swapping parts basically), but have also done some basic electronic design, such as a frequency counter using TTL, built some shortwave receivers and a few transmitters, once designed a microsequencer for a CPU on paper (never made it to the ALU tho), wirewrapped a z80 board way back when the IBM PC was brand new (two 2101's for a total of 256 bytes of ram, w00!), designed and built a guitar amp and many fuzz/overdrive (and one 'octavia' sounding device), and also a phase shifter which was very cool but drove my relatives nuts. My biggest claim to fame on the net was from what I can tell was the first IRC bot written in COBOL, blocking sockets, etc. I'm currently looking for a surplus microvax hoping to run VMS again using the hobbyist license and would like to get into VMS internals. Someday I'd like to try BSD and maybe even understand kernel hacking of any sort. I'm stil a pretty slow ponderous coder tho, as well as being an undiagnosed obsessive / compulsive. I spent a few years wearing green and repairing radars for a certain surface to air missile system in germany during the reagan years where we would smoke hash, drop acid, drink heavily, and generally be the ugly americans we were expected to be.

I'm also an amateur musician and songwriter, but currently don't have anything online. I'm not frustrated, as I'm happy with my limitations. I've been hacking guitar and keyboards for many years, but been too lazy to achieve virtuosity in anything ;-) I am trying to put together an album of origional work, but I have to get a new guitar amp, might try another homebuilt, this time with an actual cabinet, I'm scrounging enough tools to do some woodwork. I usually just use your typical rc coupled designs with a very simplistic class b final stage using those radioshack power transistors and heatsinks. I've built a few very small analog mixers, and plan to try a nice big one, am studying FET's right now, but haven't got them sounding very clean, I might have to get a book on formal design or something, or possibly try op amps instead for fidelity. Any suggestions for clean sounding analog mixer circuits would be great!

I'm currently single, but have a prospect in mind who I like very much :-)

As for current employment, I'll hopefully be starting work as a housepainter in a week or two.

Well Now.. (3.00 / 1) (#129)
by Largeman on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:20:47 AM EST

I'm a 24 year old student. I have a degree in Archaeology and, I'm taking a year off before I start my masters programme. For me computers are mainly a hobbie but Ienjoy reading K5 and peoples ideas about the culture and its effect on technology. 'I'll be judge,I'll be jury' said cunning old Fury; 'I'll try the whole cause and condemn you to death.' --Lewis Carroll

Tom patents hybrid roses (3.00 / 1) (#131)
by rowla on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:26:38 AM EST

...and protects them as intellectual property by Plant Breeders' Rights in Canada, NZ, Australia, and Japan. All for this Danish rose company.

I do not like this job at all.

My heart is in my second year as a CS student, learning *nix by continually falling down and getting up again with my Debian box @ home.

After learning VB, I am infatuated with C++ for its elegance (compared to VB).

poll (3.00 / 1) (#135)
by jbridge21 on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:37:10 AM EST

I think I can qualify for all of the poll options...

1. programming. mostly C, a little Perl, Pascal, asm (alpha, x86, 68K, etc.), and HTML.
2. engineering. when i get bored i start designing things :-) closed-circuit biospheres, remote-controlled submarines, lots of other random things.
3. something else computer related. i spend way too much time on (l)ICQ and (g)AIM. and i do lots of systems administration, for both work and for play.
4. something else not computer related. music. singing. trumpet (at least i used to play it).
5. student. univ of houston, sophomore. CS&math major, physics minor.
6. sleep all day. Well, not really, but sometimes I wish i could ;-)

Wannabe Geek (3.00 / 1) (#137)
by freq on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:42:19 AM EST

I'm a marketing manager for a manufacturing company in the packaging industry. Midwest USA.

Im 28 and still chipping away at my marketing degree. muwahaha. it is my goal to graduate by 30.

I can't program for shit. I am not particularly math inclined. I don't always eat my vegetables.

I dabble in web design.

I am a semi-capable graphic designer.

I love doing tradeshows.

I have been a dj for about 7 years or so and I make funky electronic music when i get time.

*I hate trance*

I'm just starting to get into autocross racing. I can't remember the last time i had so much fun with my clothes on.

I found my way to the internet as a freshman back around 1991 when we still had to get permission from a professor to get an internet account for "research" heheh..

First computer was a commodore 64.

Sometime around 91 i got a lovely 286 with a monochrome monitor. I am running an old version of SCO on it (*joke*)

I have exactly one non-windows box (openbsd) and it just sits there like a good little firewall/nat/cache box. I had help setting it up.

I think trolls are funny and have been known to feed them occasionally.

"Tension is the great integrity" -R. Buckminster Fuller
Love/Hate (and a Q about emergence/systems theory) (4.00 / 1) (#138)
by QuantumAbyss on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:44:40 AM EST

Well, I work as a programmer, currently for the university I'm going to - doing oracle, access, web (ASP :(, PHP, cold fusion, whatever-they-need, etc). I like programming C++ the best, and love playing with Linux.

But here comes my problem... I don't like desk jobs. I've been working programming jobs since high school, and am majoring in CS (third year in school - took a year off to clear my head). Now I'm looking at adding Anthropology (I love philosophy, history, etc - but anthro's approach really appeals to me). I don't know that it'll really get me out from a desk all that much (I don't need much, just a month or so a year doing manual labor in the out-of-doors) but it will let me apply computers to something I like of my choosing (and no, the holy grail of game programming doesn't really appeal to me as a final resting place).

Now, getting to the point of me posting this thing. As of late I've been thinking that what I'm interested in are basically emergent systems. Then I stumbled upon systems theory. I don't mind the math involved - but I'm having a hard time figuring out a good introduction to them for someone with normal undergrad math skills (taking Matrices and Linear Algebra this semester, will move on to Combinatorics after). Anybody have some recommendations?

No - I don't have a clue.

Science is not the pursuit of truth, it is the quest for better approximations to a perception of reality.
- QA
Me (3.66 / 3) (#140)
by ucblockhead on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 11:06:11 AM EST

I'm a thirty-six year old Windows C++ programmer living in NoCal, born in SoCal. Long ago, in the deep mists of time, I got a degree in Cognitive Science from the University of California at San Diego.

I work for a internet music company that <markettingspeak>delivers customizable content based on automatically deduced listener prefrences</markettingspeak>. I work mostly on a client application that sits on the user's computer, watches for music plays or user interaction, and then displays relevent information. As such, I do a lot with ActiveX, the Windows Internet ActiveX Control, interacting with a variety of music players and general Windows GUI stuff.

I'm married (just had my seventh aniversery a couple weeks back) and have four cats and a rabbit.

This is k5. We're all tools - duxup

I am Phil (3.00 / 2) (#141)
by Phil the Canuck on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 11:06:15 AM EST

Actually, I'm not. This is the internet after all...

Born in a horrible little town (Simcoe) in Ontario, Canada. I live in a horrible little city (Niagara Falls, Ontario) and spend most of my time working at a Non-profit in Buffalo. I'm the guy who keeps everything IT running, and I have about five titles so I won't list them.


I don't think being an idiot comes with a pension plan though. Unless you're management of course. - hulver

Who am I? What do I do? (3.50 / 2) (#142)
by Trent Seigfried on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 11:09:18 AM EST

I'm a 23 year old student in computer science and biology, entering my final year of school. I've worked for three years in a bioinformatics research lab, which has given me a great deal of experience with programming (C, Perl, PHP, and a motley crew of other things), hardcore web development and administration, and some system support experience.

When I graduate, I hope to find a similar job with one of a great number of bioinformatics startups; I have experience for what this type of research requires and I find it all quite interesting and exciting.

In my spare time, I truly love to write, both fiction and nonfiction. Writing is a psychological release for me; a channel where I can dump both the bad emotions and good emotions into a different medium.

Trent Seigfried

"Mitakuye Oyasin. [We are all related.]" - Lakota belief
I do not really exist. (4.33 / 3) (#144)
by danceswithcrows on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 11:14:29 AM EST

...at least, that's what it feels like some mornings. I have a deeply cynical shell surrounding a core that believes things aren't totally bleak. (Must get rid of that core someday.) I am not extremely social, but am quite loyal to the friends I've managed to make. I have hurt a few people deeply, helped many more people at least superficially, pissed off my parents to a great extent, gone insane, been lucky in love, been unlucky in love, said, "Love Stinks," done too many currently illegal drugs, given up on currently illegal drugs, and somehow managed to survive for 25 years without killing myself or others.

I used to write science fiction/fantasy, and managed to produce a 330-page novel that was never published back in 1992-1994. I used to draw portraits and surreal things in graphite on the backs of random schoolwork papers, and haven't done that for a while.

Work? I do debugging, testing, and documentation writing for a small software company in Lansing, MI, USA. The debugging means that I must write bits and pieces of C++, MS Visual dialect. And every so often I write Perl and bash scripts for data mangling on the Linux machines.

I spend too much time on Usenet and places like K5.

Matt G (aka Dances With Crows) There is no Darkness in Eternity/But only Light too dim for us to see

i suck (4.00 / 3) (#146)
by alprazolam on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 11:18:14 AM EST

theoretically i design computers that go into tank killing vehicles. but i don't have a clearance so i really just read k5 all day. i live in dallas, tx, which is a lot better than some spoiled austin types would have you believe. at least people here don't think that reading is a sin. i spend my spare time drinking and such in a sorry attempt to forget my work anxiety. i'll probably be laid off any day now. if you happen to know anybody hiring entry level firmware/digital designers, let me know, mmkay?

Ah, the military... :) (none / 0) (#155)
by codemonkey_uk on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 11:51:57 AM EST

A friend of mine installs & customises applications on MOD computers over a private network. It took three days for him to get a security badge, so had to be accompanied everywhere he went. I was a matter of weeks after that before he got clearance to actually do his job. And that was after waiting for 3 months before he started for them to sort out all that stuff.
"The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way." - Bertrand Russell
[ Parent ]
Blue (none / 0) (#249)
by CodeBhikkhu on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 06:47:55 PM EST

Big Blue might hire you to work in their hard drive division. You'd have to pass a drug test to get in though.


"A week long Dalai Lama Fantasy Camp where you get to run around in red robes and eat rice and chant mantras with the Twelfth son of the Lama himself wont teach you what zen is." -- skyhook
[ Parent ]
big difference between drug test and clearance (none / 0) (#321)
by alprazolam on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 11:06:37 AM EST

it's a lot easier to pass a 3 week requirement than a 7 year requirement. anyway pretty much all companies require a drug test nowadays.

[ Parent ]
L0gichunt3r unmasked! (4.00 / 2) (#147)
by l0gichunt3r on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 11:21:02 AM EST

I'm a 23 year old working for a mortgage software company. I have a B.A. in English with a philosophy minor, hence the name. I'm happily married and have been for a little over a year. I worked for a Linux Certification company for a year before realizing how much I hated my job. Read my diary for more info on that one. I can provide more details if asked.

I like Unix, Linux, and C. I'm definitely a newbie when it comes to programming. I hate java and Texas. Shut up, you're from Texas. :o

I'm living in the South and have been for a while. But I've lived in AK, AZ, MA, MT, and ME. The company I work for now is growing and it looks like in a few years I'll be moving to California.

I find it odd and refreshing that so many people posted to this question/article. It's like someone turned on a light and we're all left blinking at each other. Granted a dim light, but a light none the less.

Who/what I am (3.00 / 2) (#149)
by dyskordus on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 11:28:21 AM EST

I am a twenty year old bundle of chemical reactions called a human, of the male variety. I live in Portland, Oregon. I was in college for a period of time but I was hit buy a truck (ouch) and had to live off my credit card for three months. This resulted in me quitting school and getting a full-time job doing tech support for an outsource company called Stream International. At the moment I am a tier 2 dsl support tech.

Shortly after getting out of the hole, my wife and I bought a small house.

At the moment I am taking certification classes at Stream (they're free, and they reimburse for the cert). I got my A+ last month, and ought to have Network+ next month. Despite the perks, Stream does not pay enough, so I am looking for another job.

I am also attepting to return to college. I'll probably go to Portland Community College, for the time being at least. I think I can get Stream to reimburse me for at least some of my classes.

On the computing end of things, I like to poke around with Linux and BSD, but I really don't know much about them. Slackware seems to fit most of my computing needs, but for the purpose of games I dual boot with Win98/Litestep.

Musically I like blackmetal, goth metal, some industrialish things (strapping young lad), and some punk.

"Reality is less than television."-Brian Oblivion.

I'm Matt. (3.50 / 4) (#152)
by MattW net on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 11:42:28 AM EST

I'm 13. I live at home in Ohio, USA. I am entering the 8th grade (school starts Wednesday.) More about myself:

* I like to drink Dr. Pepper.
* I use FreeBSD.
* I haven't used Windows for 15 days.
* I haven't used Linux for at least a month.
* I code C.
* I started BASIC when I was 8.
* I switched to C when I was 10.
* I like to idle on IRC.

Matt (none / 0) (#176)
by wiredog on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 01:59:31 PM EST

Any relation to this guy?

If there's a choice between performance and ease of use, Linux will go for performance every time. -- Jerry Pournelle
[ Parent ]
I am opinionated, stubborn and loud-spoken (4.40 / 5) (#153)
by Anonymous 242 on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 11:44:30 AM EST

Always have to be right, I do. I'm loud-mouthed about my opinions. I have a tremendous amount of arrogance. I'm rude, argumentative and crankie.

And I'm trying to change all that. 20+ years of training myself to be that way is not easily overcome.

I just turned thirty years of age this past July. Next month I will be received into the Orthodox Church. As part of that I will be expected to confess all my sins since I've been a Christian to my priest for absolution. I'm looking forward to that. There are a good number of things I've been carrying around for quite sometime that I've told nobody about. Did I mention that I'm also reserved and fiendishly difficult to get to know well?

Orthodox Christianity defines my life. I'm caught up in the ebb and flow of regular prayer times, a cycle of fasting and feasting, attending Church services multiple times every week. Going Orthodox has massively changed my outlook on a large number of situations.

The attributes that best describe the face I show the world are: sloth, bitterness, pride and condescension. The attributes I hide best from the world are lust, greed and avarice.

My career goal is in fifteen years to be teaching history or philosophy part time at a university with a large library and spending most of my day writing books on Church history or writing apologetics. Such a goal likely entails the need to get a doctorate in some related subject. To that end, so far, I've got a two year degree from a junior college in Computer Information Systems. I've got a long way to go. . .

I read compulsively, easily get distracted by flamewars on alt.religion.christian.east-orthodox, alt.religion.christian.baptist, and kuro5hin, eat relatively healthy, and keep deciding to learn something new and never get around to it.

I'm quite happily married to an incredibly wonderful woman and have two great children who are constantly teaching me wondrous and not so wondrous things. The best (and worst) thing about children is that they are mirrors. Every habit (good and bad) that one has is reflected back in one's children. Everything I hate that I do, my children have learned from me. I also greatly love watching my girls grow and learn. I like watching them figure things out for themselves, developing their own opinions and highly encourage them to learn to think for themselves.

Oh, and I program for a living. IT is the only trade I have and I'm pretty mediocre.

Regards, Lee Malatesta

Confession as offloading sins. (none / 0) (#359)
by ambrosen on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 07:02:02 PM EST

I just turned thirty years of age this past July. Next month I will be received into the Orthodox Church. As part of that I will be expected to confess all my sins since I've been a Christian to my priest for absolution. I'm looking forward to that. There are a good number of things I've been carrying around for quite sometime that I've told nobody about. Did I mention that I'm also reserved and fiendishly difficult to get to know well?
Thanks for putting it like that. See, despite being Orthodox all my life, I've never been to confession, and there's also a fair few things that I've been carrying around with me, so looking at it like that may finally make me get round to seeing my priest and getting it all out. I just still don't really know how to do it. Oh, and you'll be in my prayers at your chrismation. It'll be the first patronal festival in the parish my Dad's setting up that weekend, too, if I remember the date right, and they'll have a bishop visiting, so it's a big church day for them, too.

Procrastination does not make you cool. Being cool makes you procrastinate. DesiredUsername.
[ Parent ]
(define yourself) (3.50 / 2) (#154)
by aki on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 11:49:38 AM EST

I am a hal nine thousan^H^H^H^H 21 year old student/programmer from Finland, the land of Linux, Nokia and Santa Claus. I'm currently working as a part-time perl-scripter, full(ish)-time oracle pl/sql programmer (arg!) and a spare-time schemer. I've been a geek since I got my first Atari 512ST. For more or less the last year I've been extremely intrested in artificial intelligence and natural language processing. Hopefully some beautiful day that will be what I do for money, or at least bread.

Other than that, I enjoy reading and exploring the universe along with my girlfriend and our co-owned hamsters.

"Everyone should know how a fuzzy washing machine works." -- Bart Kasko
Santa is Finnish eh? (4.00 / 2) (#159)
by spammacus on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 12:28:01 PM EST

Funny, that. I was brought up to believe he lived at the North Magnetic Pole, which is on Canadian Territory ;)

I'm a 20 year old computer engineering student living in Montreal, although I move around a lot in the summers. Like the wild caribou (reindeer for our Finnish friends), I roam in search of interesting work. Currently, I'm in Calgary working as a php programmer for a not-for-profit.

In my spare time, I play drums, piano and soccer. And Starcraft...
-- "Asshole, deconstruct thyself." - Mr. Surly
[ Parent ]
Santa (none / 0) (#314)
by amanset on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 09:52:15 AM EST

Where I grew up (UK) I was told that he was from Lapland, which lies in Norway, Sweden and Finland. He probably lives in Norwich, though.

[ Parent ]
hmm, intresting. (none / 0) (#379)
by aki on Sat Aug 25, 2001 at 06:27:59 AM EST

To my knowledge there has been debate on whether the real Santa is the finnish one, or the russian version, but canadian too? Well, at least there will be competition.

Santa is supposed to be a myth combined from many sources, but probably the original figure has been Sain Nicholas. There was a long lived legend that Santa would live in the North Pole, but the fact that he used reindeers was a problem. Later the problem was resolved when the actual location of Santa's gift shop was located in "Ear Fell" @ Lapland @ Finland, which has been a target for steady flow of tourists ever since.

I'm not saying other Santas are fake; since Santa is able to visit a throng of houses in one night night, his location probably satisfies equations which make Schrödinger's scriblings look like first grade algebra, so he may well be found from a number of locations at spare time too.

"Everyone should know how a fuzzy washing machine works." -- Bart Kasko
[ Parent ]
I'm Adam, a K5 lurker (3.50 / 2) (#156)
by kb3edk on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 12:01:47 PM EST

I'm a 25 year old white male in Pennsylvania - grew up in a low-income single parent household in a rural area, went to college in Pittsburgh, got a business degree, and now live in suburban Philadelphia. I work at a IT consulting firm and do systems implmentation but with surprisingly little coding, even though I've always been interested in it. I'm planning to take a course at the community college this fall to learn C. (Maybe I can be 1337 like everyone else here!) My company is pretty hardcore into the Microsoft vision of things, I'm not quite as hateful of Microsoft as most people here. However I have been dabbling in Linux (just joined the local LUG) for most of the last couple years because I feel that Microsoft's products have been deteriorating in quality as their grip on the marketplace tightens. I mostly lurk on K5 because although I am an intellectual and really enjoy reading what others have to say, I don't quite have the strength of my convictions that most posters do here. I'm a political moderate who holds radical liberals and the religious right in equal suspicion. I've had a very dull social life since breaking up with my girlfriend a few months ago. As I find myself discovering more of my inner geekiness I expect things to remain this way for a while. Enough from me, back to lurking... -Adam in PA

You're not a ham, are you? (none / 0) (#189)
by Your Mom on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 03:05:10 PM EST

You didn't mention it, but I'll wager a guess that you are an amateur radio operator by your username. I've always wondered how many amateurs there were here on K5... Ryan, KB3DGF/1

"As far as I'm concerned, Osama bin Laden can eat a dick." -trhurler
[ Parent ]
What I Am (3.00 / 1) (#157)
by Shalom on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 12:09:36 PM EST

I'm a 25-year-old computer programmer. The dot com boom sucked me in, and I'm running my second business in 3 years (this one at least I understand). Religion-wise, I'm an ex-hardcore-Christian-turned-wishy-washy-sort-of-zen-loving-agnostic. I'm an amateur graph theorist (aren't we all) and play around with quantum computing. I play with open source a lot, currently working on Mason and Mozilla mainly, with one to-be-announced side project (nevermore will I announce a project before there's a significant amount of working code--somehow nothing seems to come of it except a lot of time sucked up in talking).

I watch too many movies and I generally remember my favorite TV shows about 5 minutes before they're over, so TV isn't a big part of my life.

I generally post at kuro5hin when there's something purely philosophical that I've thought about before or when there's something new I can learn. I don't like posting half-formed opinions, though I do like having formed ones proven wrong.

More info at my website (http://www.johnkeiser.com). Yes, having my own domain name makes me a vain bastard, but this way I get to play around with CGI and databases on my website :)

OK... (3.00 / 1) (#158)
by Pseudonym on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 12:17:11 PM EST

Pseudonym isn't my real name. I'm a 28 year old human male. I live in Melbourne, Australia. Married to an American, one daughter and another offspring (sex not yet determined) on the way, due January.

My employer is in Hawaii. I am therefore in the enviable position of working in Australia and being paid US dollars. Oh, I develop visual effects software. We don't get screen credits, though. Plus I have a couple of extra-curricular projects which I'll probably drop when I get bored.

I moderate a Usenet newsgroup.

I managed to get a change into the OpenPGP RFC.

I tutor undergraduates in computer science. I live at a university college and get paid to do this. Add to that doing sysadmin stuff for their network, and it covers my rent.

I'm a Christian and amateur theologian. I read a little Hellenistic Greek and speak a very little Esperanto.

In my spare time I do some volunteer theatre tech work. (Lighting, sound, data projection and so on.) This is my preferred source of adrenaline.

I've been known to play the cello, but I'm much better at music theory. I've also been known to write verse. Verse is not necessarily poetry. If I tried to write poetry, it would be bad.

I used to work for lawyers. Never again.

sub f{($f)=@_;print"$f(q{$f});";}f(q{sub f{($f)=@_;print"$f(q{$f});";}f});
Funny Thought (none / 0) (#170)
by glothar on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 01:36:25 PM EST

I saw this:

I'm a 28 year old human male. I live in Melbourne, Australia. Married to an American, one daughter and another offspring (sex not yet determined)...

Now, before I could read the last part, my immediate thought was:

    Dude. Its so easy to tell. You would not believe. Especially if you have a human female. Its just a simple comparison.

Then I read the rest...and felt silly.

[ Parent ]

K5 newbie (3.50 / 2) (#160)
by Parklife on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 12:30:10 PM EST

After heading to college a computer science major and graduating a philosophy major, i had dreams of grad school and tenure. Had some life changing events and loaded up my truck with my worldly possessions and drove 3K miles to California. After roaming around for 2 months trying to find a job and a place to live, I wound up at a small financial planning firm in silicon valley. Now I work with the newly wealthy (or not so wealthy these days) in the valley. Just found this site and hope it satisfies my philosophical urges... life in finance leaves much to be desired. Park~

I drink tea therefore I am (1.00 / 3) (#162)
by SIGFPE on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 12:45:23 PM EST

Hah! My entry is long! :) (4.25 / 8) (#163)
by trhurler on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 12:49:06 PM EST

I'm a 25 year old programmer. I don't pretend to be Dennis Ritchie or anyone of that ilk, but if that title's good enough for him, it's good enough for me. I hate pretentious titles. I hate pretentious languages too. Relatively speaking, I'm still a newcomer, but I've been writing C for over five years, and programming in various other languages since I was about five years old. I do security related software for a living, but my interests include operating system internals, virtual (and not virtual) machines(their architecture and instruction sets), and programming languages also. If you don't understand at least the basics of these areas of computer science, then my take is that you're a technician; you may know how to program, but you have no idea why it works. I run OpenBSD.

When I'm not working, I have a project I do for fun, but that's been derailed by my being too lazy to fix the machine I use for it. I also read philosophy of various kinds(most recently, Susan Haack's excellent Evidence and Inquiry,) play pool(I suck, but I suck a lot less than I used to,) drive(I'm no professional, but I enjoy it,) and I wish I still had time to ride my bike and walk.

I play chess. I lose Scrabble games with my girlfriend. She's good. I suck. She occasionally plays me at chess, but I think that's just to make me feel better:) I play various card games. My brother and I will issue you a stern whomping at spades, if you want it.

I drink Guinness, good pale ales, Trappist ales(good stuff!), IPAs, and so on. Bitter is good. Crown and coke, amaretto sours(no cheap crap, though,) and Jager, if you're not doing beer. I used to shoot vodka, but that was stupid.

I live near St. Louis, in Maryland Heights.

I find the premise of this story to be silly, though. I don't define myself in terms of my job, my sex or sexual orientation, my age, and so on. My ideas(the ones you people all hate so much:) have been evolving for a long, long time; they're not "unix programmer" ideas any more than living in an apartment for two years has made them "apartment dweller ideas."

I find most people to be insufferably hypocritical and self contradictory, on the occasions on which they actually take any stand at all; usually, they just sit there, staring at whatever is in front of them like cows in a field. I would rather be wrong a million times and have taken a consistent, intelligible stand than be them for five minutes, just mooing away their days.

Oh, and I fit in with the so-called "geek" culture about as well as I fit in with a crowd of serial killers. Programming is a hobby, a profession, and it is fun. It does not require watching anime, playing White Wolf games, or knowing the entire dialogue to any sci fi movie. Fantasy literature sucks; there are about five authors in its whole history who ever had an original idea, and they're all dead. Most sci fi is the same way, but at least you can still find something there occasionally. If you dress up as your favorite character to go see a movie, you're a dumbass. If you think goth is cool, you're a dumbass. If you run Linux and don't care enough to learn how it works, but just like "being cool," you're a dumbass. If you think Eric Raymond or anyone like him matters any more than the corn you wiped off your asshole this morning, you're a dumbass.

More generally, if you define yourself in terms of something external to yourself, you're a dumbass. In fact, the very need to define yourself is a sign either that you're too young or too stupid. I am what I do, and what I think - the sum of all of it. There's no briefer form than that, and there never should or will be.

'God dammit, your posts make me hard.' --LilDebbie

trappist ales (5.00 / 2) (#223)
by Anonymous 242 on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 04:47:39 PM EST

I just had my first two weekends ago. It knocked my then current favorite (Murphy's Stout) down a couple notches.

I'm converted.

I'll have to check out Haack.



[ Parent ]

Who are We? (3.00 / 1) (#164)
by Our name is Legion on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 12:52:53 PM EST

Hmmm.... Let's see... Who are we?

Once we were many things, but now we are only several. A few that might prove of interest here:

  • We are 0x1F years old, (which means that next year we will have to start counting our age using fingers from both hands, for, as all the world knows, 0x1F is the largest number that can be expressed with five bits). We graduated from college with a BS in CS in 0x07CB. We have been happily married since 0x07CC, and bought a house in 0x07CF. Our spouse, by the way, is a PhD student in CS.
  • The one of us that goes to work and makes money writes Windows software using Delphi.
  • Another one of us that occasionally shows up at the office does Linux system and network administration. He's the backup for the main Linux guy, though, so he doesn't have to show up all that often. He is also the one that handles the network at home.
  • The one of us that takes care of things political would be classifed as a "hard-core conservative". He often disagrees with the social opinions prevalent in posts here and on the other site. We do read both sites fairly regularly, though, and we frequently find some really good stuff. The article a here few weeks ago about credit cards, for instance, or Jon Katz' Hellmouth series, which brought back memories we thought long buried...
  • There are several more of us, including, amont others, one that likes classical music, one that likes Metallica, one that devours SF and fantasy literature, one that does Independent Contract programming, one that is a black belt in karate, and one that, when there is time, contributes to open source projects for Linux.

Look, it's me in a nutshell... (3.00 / 1) (#165)
by crcerror on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 12:53:27 PM EST

... get me out of this great big bloody nutshell!

I'm a 20 year old male who current lives in Herndon, VA.

I attend a local university at night where I am, slowly but surely, working towards a B.S. in Computer Science.

I work at a small software engineering firm doing the standard contract programming gig, many different languages and many different projects being thrown at me throughout the year.

Weekends, I spend my time at the clubs in D.C. or at parties at friends houses. Especially during the months that school is in session, some of the parties happening around town can be better than the clubs. ;-)

Soon enough, I'm going to be leaving the area and traveling to New York City, or some other major urban area. D.C. is alright but I want a nice big city, not some small suburban city (no offense to anyone else who lives here, it's just not my deal).

I think that's it... don't want this to become an essay about me :-)

What I am (3.00 / 2) (#166)
by xrayspx on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 12:57:00 PM EST

My name is Chris, I break things.

I work in Tech. Ops. for a *eek* dotcom company in Waltham, MA. I live in Nashua, NH, where I am looking for an apartment.

I enjoy skiing and outdoors stuff, although I try never to go outdoors during the summer, ever.

I have made a habit of working for companies that end up on FuckedCompany.

"I see one maggot, it all gets thrown away" -- My Wife
I be me (3.00 / 3) (#167)
by BloodmoonACK on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 01:10:55 PM EST

I'm a 17 year old who lives in Portland, Oregon. I was born in Washington D.C., but moved here at the age of about three months, so I don't remember much [any] of my life there. I've spent my life in a kind of daze, it seems like, until the past few years where things picked up for me. I'm not quite sure what happened, but I'm a lot different and a lot happier now than I was a few years ago.

A lot of my life is spent in school, but I am not one of those with good grades. My GPA is about 3.1/3.2. This is mainly because I was one of those people who knew what was being taught so ignored the stuff. Similarly, my first A in math was in Calculus last year. School starts up again in two weeks and boy, I can't wait to go to college [to get away from this].

Hmmm, what else is "me"? Well, my hobbies are hammering out code, reading, and, well, hanging out with friends. I know C/C++ (real C++ mind you, not C with classes. I actually use namespace std and templates, etc.), Java, VB (oh boy), Lisp, and a few other languages (that I don't use). I'm "Langweilig" at http://www.camsys.org/ [shameless plug], which is a site devoted to making tools for game mods, mostly for Blizzard Games (StarCraft, WarCraft II, etc.). I'm Langweilig most places, actually, BloodmoonACK being my old nick. I hang out on IRC on DALnet in #camsys, #c++, and #christian-debate (christian debate generally has just good debates and intelligent people, which is a welcome change from most of the rest of IRC). I read a lot, too. Some books I recomend (grr, I know that's not spelled right but I can't figure out how to spell it) are Enders Game by Orson Scott Card, The Selfish Gene by Dawkins, anything by Charles Dickens, and anything by Heinlein (especially The Moon is a Harsh Mistress). Hanging out with friends is what everyone does, so I don't really need to get into it!

I have an internship at Intel, which is where I am now. Don't get the impression that I'm slacking off, it's just that I'm required BY LAW to take two 15 minute breaks a day, which I do occasionally use (today being one of them). So I'm spending 5 minutes doing this while my code compiles on my "break".

What else important is there to know? I have tourrettes, I guess that's important. It's really a very minor case, but my face still twitches. Whenever I tell someone I have it they say, "Cool, does that mean you get to swear a lot?" It doesn't really bother me and no one seems to really care. What are my future hopes and aspirations? I want to go to College (Dartmouth, Brown, and Carnegie-Mellon are my first choices...I really don't go easy on myself). I think I have a decent shot at them even though I have a low GPA because I have superior everything else. I go to a Public School right now. I'm liberal (though more of an ecofreak than much else that comes with liberal). On that political compass site that was submitted a while back on K5, I was something like -5, -5 which I took to mean fairly liberal and fairly...uhhh...independent? anti-government? Whatever. Which is ironic, considering I usually come down on the other side [of the independent part]. I have a strange sense of humor, owning the whole collection of Monty Python's Flying Circus episodes (!). My favorite movie is Good Will Hunting, my favorite bands Weezer, Cake, Garbage, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, and Harvey Danger. I say I don't like long walks on the beach to bug people, even though I think they're fun (I LOVE the water, i.e. the ocean). I'm definitely more of a mountain person than a beach person. My main interest in computer science right now is artificial intelligence. And my favorite subjects in school are essentially everything besides Foreign Language (ich spreche schlechte Deutsch) and the Health requirement. Oh, and I'm on the swim team. I guess I'm rambling, and my break time is over, so I should probably get to work...that is ME (Adam)!

"It's like declaring a 'war on crime' and then claiming every (accused) thief is an 'enemy combatant'." - Hizonner

Too Old to Be Here (4.00 / 1) (#168)
by Karmakaze on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 01:14:35 PM EST

I scanned down the comments and feel so old. 30 shouldn't be that old, but I only spotted one person explicitly older.

I remember the old BBS systems. In fact, my one article posted here was about nostalgia for the storyboards that used to be found on them. I remember line editors. I remember the original D&D boxed set. I remember when usenet and bitnet were separate and my email address had a bang in it.

Of course, I also want the last decade back. It hasn't gone well.

I'm doing work I am preposterously overqualified for and having a terrible time finding options. Sure - check out my resume to see how my career is going - or more to the point how its not.

I hack around with web design, but not to make money at. Sure, I was the web designer at my last job, but only because it was cheaper to add one more task to me (since I made no overtime) than to hire someone dedicated to the task. I hate the design we wound up with, even if it is what my boss wanted. I do rather like the quick and dirty Star Trek console-looking thing I did for my Star Trek club. My most successful project is a plain looking, but informational comparison of vampire myths in contemporary fiction. It gets enough hits that my ISP charges me for it.

I get my driver's license back in October (lost it thanks to New Jersey's preposterous laws - 12 months suspension for a paperwork error), which I hope will make my life suck somewhat less.

Yes, there are pictures of me somewhere on the web. No, I'm not posting them here...


"old people" (none / 0) (#227)
by infraoctarine on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 04:57:08 PM EST

You wrote: I scanned down the comments and feel so old. 30 shouldn't be that old, but I only spotted one person explicitly older.

I think you should scan somewhat less hasty; I've seen a number of people stating their age to be 30-50.

That's great, then I (26) don't have to feel old at least :-)

[ Parent ]

Who loves you, and who do you love? (3.00 / 1) (#169)
by zephiros on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 01:19:38 PM EST

I'll bite.

28. "Software architect," which means I spend way too much time h4x0ring l33t r3portz.

Largely due to this k5 story, I've developed a huge fixation on interactive drama as a computational problem. I even ended up at Chris Crawford's last Phrontisterion.

I live in New Orleans, and run some sort of local site thing.
Kuro5hin is full of mostly freaks and hostile lunatics - KTB

your comment title (3.00 / 1) (#192)
by starbreeze on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 03:10:12 PM EST

that line...
i have that song on a techno compilation tape an old friend made for me, but i don't know the actual name (running man?), group, or where it came from. any insight?

"There's something strangely musical about noise." ~Trent Reznor
[ Parent ]

Re: your comment title (4.00 / 1) (#206)
by zephiros on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 04:04:50 PM EST

The sample shows up in a few songs, but I'm going to guess you've got "Temple of Dreams" by Messiah.
Kuro5hin is full of mostly freaks and hostile lunatics - KTB
[ Parent ]
yup (3.00 / 1) (#213)
by starbreeze on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 04:19:02 PM EST


when i dream, i dream about you... or something. thanks!!

"There's something strangely musical about noise." ~Trent Reznor
[ Parent ]

Life story (very brief version) (4.00 / 1) (#171)
by isenguard on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 01:36:42 PM EST

Well, I was born (in 1978) and brought up in Auckland, New Zealand. I lived there until January 2000, then left for London. I took with me (among other things) a BSc(Hons) and a BCommerce, with majors in Computer Science and Information Systems respectively. Both came from the University of Auckland.

My current employer is Barclays Capital. I work as a part time consultant for the commodities IT development team, doing reasonably interesting stuff. However, most of my time is spent in the Artificial Intelligence Group of the Computer Science Department at the University of York, where I am studying for my PhD. I'm working on propositional satisfiability as part of a three year research project.

I enjoy programming, but I don't do very much free software development at the moment. My time seems to be consumed in other, more interesting ways. Languages of choice are C, Java, Perl, and more recently Mercury. I have become rather language agnostic in recent years, as I began to realise that most languages have flaws in one respect or another.

I'm a big fan of free software. On my laptop (a Toshiba Portege 3480CT - wonderful machine if you're looking for an ultraportable) I run Debian GNU/Linux sid, using the very latest GNOME as my desktop environment.

In real life, I am into music, sports and reading, when I can find the time. My musical tastes are wide ranging, though very specific. I like most baroque music, especially Bach, most jazz, and some modern music (my favourite artists being Massive Attack and Portishead). Books are also quite varied, but I read a lot of them; having no TV helps in this respect. I enjoy most sports, with cricket being my favourite by a long way. I was also fairly seriously into street skating, until I had a nasty knee injury playing football.

I am a Christian, and have been for some years. I'm actively involved in a local church and the University's Christian Union.

Last, but very definitely not least, I have a wonderful girlfriend :-)

Lyndon Drake

Me. (5.00 / 1) (#172)
by DJBongHit on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 01:44:48 PM EST

I'm a 20 year old software developer living in College Park, MD, but currently (until December) residing in Knoxville, TN for a new job (don't know anybody here... so if you're in the area and you'd like to chill some time, email me :)

What I do is smoke pot and write code (although I haven't smoked in almost a month... *sigh*...). I prefer Perl or C, but for this job I'm writing a large simulation in C++, and I'm actually starting to like it quite a bit. I was a student at the University of Maryland, but I'm taking some time off. School was driving me nuts.

I run Smokedot a site which runs news stories on War on Drugs-related stories (named Smokedot because we were originally running Slashcode, but have since moved to Scoop).

Anyway, back to work now. :P


GNU GPL: Free as in herpes.

C'mon down (none / 0) (#179)
by bish on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 02:26:17 PM EST

I work at the police station in Knoxville. C'mon down and we'll go to lunch.


[ Parent ]
Who am I? (3.00 / 1) (#173)
by StrangeQuark on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 01:44:58 PM EST

25 year old Programmer. Born, raised, living in Hawaii.

Primarily work with C. Love Python. Know Perl, VB (ugh), Java, PHP. That sounds like a resume.

Probably will leave this state in the next few years and seek my fortune elsewhere... (stupid state government) after getting more experience.

Use Linux a lot. However, work is mostly on Windows systems (but it's all cross platform). Primarily do Web based work. Integrating our software with web stuff.

Own two machines, both 1Ghz Athlons.

Hmmmm.. (3.50 / 2) (#174)
by HardwareLust on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 01:52:05 PM EST

Well, I have spent the last 17+ years in the military, and I'm currently 36 years old. You could say that I'm a "Human Swiss-Army Knife" if I must put a specific title on what I do. My primary purpose was (and I suppose still is in someone's mind) to be a computer technician (both hardware and software) in the IT department, to civilian-ize my job description. HOWEVER, what I have done for the past 17 years (in no particular order) is:

Bus driver, forklift operator, Janitor, stevedore, IT customer service, IT equipment operator/technician, security guard, member of anti-terrorist squad (yes, with lots of guns and armor and everything), dishwasher, electrician, plumber, sheet-metal worker, IT equipment installer (everything from PC's to routers, switches, cabling, racks, etc.), radiotelephone technician (HF, UHF, VHF, and Satellite), painter, tour guide, office manager, project manager, data entry, database developer (in dBase and Access, natch), some small-time coding, administrative assistant, and finally logistical support specialist (my current assignment at the moment.) I'm sure there's a couple more I could probably throw in there that I have forgotten, like the time I had to spend 6 months doing warehouse work and stocking shelves in the base grocery store. Whew! Writing a decent resume is going to be a *bitch*

And, that's not all yet folks. I still have 2 1/2 years before I can "retire" from this, so lord only knows what's coming up next for me.

Where am I from? Well, I was originally born and raised in Central California (1/2 way between Fresno and Sacramento), but since then I've traveled to 29 different countries (so far, not including Mexico or Europe), and I lived in Tokyo for 5 years. Currently, I've been living in and around Seattle for the last 6 years. I'll probably hang around here for a couple of years since I just bought a house. My next stop will be in Europe and my S.O. and I are planning to emigrate to Europe in 2004, probably to France since she speaks French and all I speak is mainly English (badly at that) and tiny little fragments of about 10 other languages, none of them European.

Not that I'm complaining or anything, but this particular poll is just a tad too general if you ask me. Anyone have any specific questions? <grin>

If you disagree, POST, don't moderate!

Me, Myself, and I (4.00 / 1) (#175)
by SoulSeller13 on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 01:53:21 PM EST

I'm a 21 year old displaced English native (born and raised, 'till 13, in Sheffield), now living in a wonderful little suburb of Chicago, IL, USA. I make my living as a telecommunications technician for a large telecom carrier in the USA (Who isn't AT&T or Sprint ;) ), doing Installation for the Wholesale division. We deal with DS0 thru OC3 circuits for other carriers who lease our circuits, and call our service their own. It's not a bad job at all, just a little slow at the moment. Prior to this, I worked for a little outsource company (to the guy who works for Stream, your cohorts in Boston stole our jobs!), anyways, I did L1, L2, and Escalations, and was a Manager for the 3Com Palm account (you wouldn't believe some of the luser stories for those things), then shifted over to managing the Courier group, responsible for Courier Analog, I-Modem, ISDN TA, Sportster 128k, Databurst (anyone remember that?), and such. Had about 40 people under me, it was a challenging job that I enjoyed, but the pay was next-to-nothing (ahh, the wonders of outsourcing). Nevertheless, I've moved on. I attended a small local college for two years when the conveniently decided to drop my Major (MIS). Now, see, I have this thing about programming. I detest it, so CS wasn't an option (evidently the only thing one does with computers is program. Network Administra-what?). I'll be pursuing MCSE (don't hate me), and CCIE shortly, and am tinkering with Linux @ home. Computer-wise, I run a homebuilt Duron 750/128MB/20GB box, it suffices, and has a really cool paintjob. I drive a '97 Cadillac Catera (it r00lz -- Opel/Vauxhall Omega for the Euros amongst us). For fun, I hang out with friends, watch movies, Imbibe some spirits every once in a while. I've never got used to American Beer, though... Must be Bass, Harp, Guinness, Boddies, or other such good stuff. I'm currently single, and have been told I'm a good amateur Psychologist and massage therapist (the actual title, as given, is "Back-rub whore" ). What can I say. Well, that's me, there's more, but I'm sure you don't wanna hear it =) Thanks for reading!
  • Rich B.
  • sporkweezl@aol.com (I know, it sucks, but it's free, and I can read it on my cell)
  • SoulSeller13 (AIM)
  • No ICQ... the flower and the foghorn just piss me off!!!!

moi' (3.00 / 1) (#177)
by el_guapo on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 02:19:21 PM EST

I'm a Level 4 network support/design engineer type person. Cisco router/switch type stuff. Male, married, 34. I work for a large COMPuter And Quality hardware manufacturer.
mas cerveza, por favor mirrors, manifestos, etc.
GWAR (3.00 / 1) (#178)
by clarioke on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 02:21:36 PM EST

I am an annoyed web designer with only two semesters left of school.

I am also a city dweller, a writer, a chick with only a week left of summer and three hours left of her work day, woohoo!


FlightTest Answers (4.00 / 1) (#180)
by FlightTest on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 02:35:02 PM EST

Who I am: I'm a 32 year old male living in northern Orange County, California, very near Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm. I'm a city boy, I grew up in the San Fernando Valley, which is part of the city of Los Angeles. I'm married, this is my second (and last) marriage, and it is my wife's second marriage as well. We have no children, and no plans for children.

I hold a commercial pilot's licence, airplane, single-engine land, with an instrument rating. I want to get a multi-engine rating soon. I don't own an airplane, though I wish I did. I can barely afford to keep current by renting, so there's no way I could afford an airplane. If I bought an airplane, it would be a Maule M7-235C. Just the thing for camping under the wing.

I'm the Chief of the K5 Cabal Air Force.

My wife and I square dance at the A2 level. It's nothing like what you did in high school. We are beginning astronomers, and have a 6" reflector on an equatorial mount. Unfortunately, we live in light pollution hell and must drive a considerable distance to see more than the brightest stars.

What I do: I'm a Flight Test Engineer. I am responsible for the data acquisition system in the airccraft. I make sure we are collecting the data we need for FAA certification. I "wrote" all the software we use for data acquisition using LabVIEW's 'G'. If you've ever used LabVIEW you'll understand why I put quotes around the word "wrote".

I fly in the aircraft on all test flights, insure that the test pilot flys the test card, insure that the data system is working, take notes so we can correlate the data to what we were doing, and generally help the test pilot with routine flying chores (fuel managment, radios, etc). Being a pilot isn't necessary for my job, but it sure helps undertand what's going on.

I usually sum up my job by saying "all the danger of a test pilot, none of the glamour".

Why did I flip? I got tired of coming up with last minute desparate solutions to impossible problems created by other fucking people.

I've dodged this long enough. (3.00 / 1) (#181)
by eann on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 02:42:20 PM EST

I skipped out the first couple of times there was a "Who Are You" around here, so I figure it's time I answered one.

I'm me. Were you expecting someone else?

I just turned 29 earlier this week. I live in rural western Massachusetts, in an old farmhouse that's been divided into a half dozen apartments.

I like to believe that I am much more than my job, but for the last year I've been working on a Master's degree, so I really haven't been much else.

It felt too weird to try to settle back into normal 9-5 life when I finished, though, so I'm dropping back to half time, and will be teaching two undergrad courses at Marlboro College in southern Vermont this fall.

I grew up in suburban north Florida. I've been in New England for over 3 years, and I'm still getting used to it. I like the interesting geology here, but I really miss the beach.

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men. —MLK

$email =~ s/0/o/; # The K5 cabal is out to get you.

I'm a figment of your deranged imagination! (4.00 / 1) (#182)
by no carrier on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 02:46:38 PM EST

I'm no carrier, hetairoi, bob, admin, administrator, root and derrickflynt as well as various others, but you can call me joe cool.

I sit in a grey box with no windows watching over several smaller grey boxes that make funny noises. sometimes i turn them off and then back on again very quickly. the people that pay me make very high quality animal nutrition supplements with an extreme amount of automation. I don't get to fcsk with that though, i take care of the web sites and office machines as well as the phone system, the email system, the accounting system and all of the security and backup systems.

when i leave work i drive 15 minutes to my apt, which is large, but i only use one small room upstairs that has no light, has aluminum foil over the windows and is filled with computers in various states of repair. i have dsl and it keeps me happy. I recently procured a roomate, he needed a place to stay and i needed someone to fill in the rest of the rent. he is from trinidad and is 6'8" 260lbs, i let him answer the door. i no longer get jehova's witness's, although it used to be fun to hit the bong in front of them and then run around screaming 'the spiders the spiders, they're gonna eat me!

I have a bar downstairs in the den, i also live above a very nice bar and grill that is far to crowded most of the time. however, at 8pm on monday nights from sept thru dec i can be found sitting at the end of the bar drinking rum & coke and watching abc on one of the 12 tv screens, sometimes i play pool when the game is over.

oh, and as for hobbies, i like basketball, rugby, drinking, spades and fighting. see my sig for more important personal information. i'm also lazy, so i haven't posted anything to my diary in months, maybe years, i forget.

oh, and today is my birthday. happy birthday me! I also got my tax relief check today! woo hoo!


I stab people.
I am (3.00 / 1) (#183)
by mordor on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 02:48:39 PM EST

An engineer working with streaming video products. The technoligy is high end hypercubes that we sell to cable and telecom companies to provide VOD to our customers. I love the work. Our systems have Terabytes of storage and gigabits of I/O. I get to work with the HW, the Firmware, the OS and the application software. Almost all of the work in done in house. I don't have to work with black boxes. Can you tell I love my job?


about who, me? (3.00 / 1) (#185)
by verbatim on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 02:51:00 PM EST

i am 15. i am a guy. nobody takes me seriously. i work for my school at a decent paying job ($5.60/hr) for fixing nonexistant computer problems. i play soccer and ice hockey. i dont code, i am not a 1337 h4x0r, i am me. i set up my own home network, i use linux. i tackle problems one at a time. i cant stand people who are fake, and i think it is interesting how the linux community thinks and acts. i watch anime (outlaw star), i read books. i liked Ender's game. my sister goes to F&M. she leaves soon, where we will add an extension to our house via her room. i live in suburbia hell, a landlocked town that is conservative to hell, and anyone liberal is thought of as strange. nothing happens, mostly due to the fact that PA has the most old people next to florida. my existance is strained, i dont like the people here, but i do have a lot of friends. i need a new monitor. and thats me. i promise you that i am more interesting in person.

to add to the lameness... (3.00 / 1) (#186)
by nutate on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 02:51:32 PM EST

I am currently living in Brooklyn, NY and working in Manhattan for a dot com as a "production system administrator". Which means mainly messing around with Solaris and this crazy backend thing called dynamo from atg. I studied Materials Science and Engineering at Columbia University for 7 semesters and am currently on medical leave because of a bout with bipolar illness. I will hopefully return someday and get into nanomaterials or something crazy, but who knows.

I'm a 22 year old male, going out with a wonderful woman, relatively happy, have politics that try to couple the best from communism and libertarianism and anarchy and that's about it. I was born in Jamestown, NY (south of Buffalo).

about who, me? (3.00 / 1) (#187)
by verbatim on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 02:51:41 PM EST

i am 15. i am a guy. nobody takes me seriously. i work for my school at a decent paying job ($5.60/hr) for fixing nonexistant computer problems. i play soccer and ice hockey. i dont code, i am not a 1337 h4x0r, i am me. i set up my own home network, i use linux. i tackle problems one at a time. i cant stand people who are fake, and i think it is interesting how the linux community thinks and acts. i watch anime (outlaw star), i read books. i liked Ender's game. my sister goes to F&M. she leaves soon, where we will add an extension to our house via her room. i live in suburbia hell, a landlocked town that is conservative to hell, and anyone liberal is thought of as strange. nothing happens, mostly due to the fact that PA has the most old people next to florida. my existance is strained, i dont like the people here, but i do have a lot of friends. i need a new monitor. and thats me. i promise you that i am more interesting in person.

1337 (none / 0) (#190)
by l0gichunt3r on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 03:07:38 PM EST

Forgive my geeky ignorance, but what the hell is 1337. I've been seeing this a lot today and it's completely new to me.

[ Parent ]
Hacker Speak (5.00 / 1) (#198)
by mech9t8 on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 03:23:22 PM EST

It's a code allegedly used by teenage script kiddies (ie. "hackers" who don't really code, but grabs scripts off the web and use them to try to invade other machines). It substitutes numbers for letters and then misspells words. 1 = L, 3 = E, 4 = A, 5 = S, 7 = T, etc. So, 1337 = 'leet = elite

[ Parent ]
1h4nk5 (none / 0) (#204)
by l0gichunt3r on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 03:54:12 PM EST

[ Parent ]
re: Who are you? What do you do? (3.00 / 1) (#188)
by technik on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 03:01:28 PM EST

Thirty-two year-old married SA/Programmer.
See geekcode for more details.

Version: 3.12
GH/GED d+@ s+: a C++(++++)$ US++++(UB++++)$ P++(++++)@ L+++ E--- W++ N+ o K++ w++>w--
O++ M V-- PS++ PE Y++ PGP++ t- 5- X- R tv- b++ DI++ D+
G++ e+++ h--- r+++ y+++

I am joeyo (4.00 / 1) (#191)
by joeyo on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 03:09:20 PM EST

I am joeyo.

I am 22.
I am a beginning grad student.
I go to Duke University.
I study Biomedical Engineering.
I plan to do do research in computational electrophysiology.

I am joeyo.
I am l33t.
I like macs.
I prefer VIm.
I may be the first person to have used "k5" as short for "kuro5hin".

I am joeyo.

I Am Canadian, Eh? (3.00 / 1) (#193)
by der on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 03:10:48 PM EST

I'm 18, male, and just going into my last year of high school ('OAC', aka Grade 13) in Brantford, Ontario (close to Toronto sorta).

I code in C/C++, mostly game stuff (I love game programming, the old school lives there :)) and am just a general UNIX geek. I only run GNU/Linux ATM, and I'm very, hmm, 'dedicated' to Free Software and all that freedom stuff :).

Hobby-wise (aside from computers), I play guitar (many different styles, but mostly 'heavy' electric rhythm+lead) which is my main hobby, wakeboard (in the summer), and.. do other stuff I'm sure, but I can't remember right now. Of course, I also enjoy drinking lots of strong beer, watching hockey and saying 'Eh?' a whole lot. :)

Bringing our the lurkers (5.00 / 1) (#194)
by starbreeze on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 03:11:43 PM EST

I've noticed that this story has brought out a lot of people who have never posted *anything* before. I saw tons and tons of nicks I didn't recognize and started checking out user info, thats how i discovered this. Maybe it'll get people more active in other posting :)

"There's something strangely musical about noise." ~Trent Reznor

This is Your Life....In Tampa (4.00 / 1) (#196)
by bish on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 03:19:53 PM EST

I'm a 26 year-old Sr. Software Engineer. Senior because no one else sticks around long enough to figure out how this crap works.

To see me naked go here.*

I have a degree in EE with a specialization in Computer Engineering, a minor in Math, and a minor in CS. I didn't really want to leave college but I ran out of money. I live in Tampa and am having a blast regardless of the shark bites, and the face recognizing software. The women are godesses and the beer is cold.

I'm an Engineer, so by definition I write in any language necessary - C, C++, VB, Pascal, Fortran, ASM, Perl, blah blah blah.... I work with embedded devices that are supposed to never fail, at least this is what we have convinced the FAA that they do. *snicker* I also design hardware when called upon. I'm a jack of all trades when it comes to Engineering - I'll do anything, I even call myself a whore (job whore that is). And you can too. I live with a lawyer so I'm a pessimist right now until he moves out, then I'll be an optimist again. My girl friend sells drugs (pharm-rep) for a big company who just pulled a billion $ drug from the market. Oh, my lawyer roommate is dating my ex-gf. Bastard. God, my new roommate is also a lawyer - God help me.

I'm a member of a Krewe and sail every Thursday. I'm also working on my pilots license. If you are in town and are a pretty cool person to hang out with drop me a line .

*Did you really think I was going to put myself naked up on the Kabal? She's still hot - yes? Sheep I say, sheep........

The |< () \/\/ Owns You.

Qui est moi? (3.50 / 2) (#197)
by Your Mom on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 03:22:33 PM EST

I probably hosed that up, I used to be halfway fluent in French, but haven't used it in about 8 years, so it's fallen by the wayside. I'm 21, an Ensign in the Navy (currently stationed in Newport, RI for the next few monthson my way to my ship in Norfolk), and graduated from Virginia Tech. While there I did a bunch of theater tech stuff and changed my major as often as possible, and still managed to graduate in 4 years. In my free time I reload K5 obsessively, read everything I can get my hands on, and generally try to annoy my roomates with my music (either self-produced or via the loudest stereo in the house). Geek-wise, I'm out of my league. I don't code, only have one computer running Linux that I barely know how to use, but I build my own computers and run our little 5 computer-cable-modem-shared LAN, and am trying to either learn enough Linux or find a decent and free www, ftp and pop3 server so that I can commence plans to put up a real website, ditch my crappy hotmail email and proceed to take over the world. I'm also a ham radio operator (my callsign is KB3DGF), although I haven't gotten an antenna strung at my new place up here yet. I occasionally post to my K5 diary, although I usually use a little MSN community to keep my extended family and anyone else who cares enough to check it out informed of all my deeds and misdeeds.

I'm also hopelssly single, and looking for something to do here in Newport, if y'all have any suggestions (or if heaven forbid you live nearby and want to head out for a beer) - kb3dgf on IM.

That's about all for now...

"As far as I'm concerned, Osama bin Laden can eat a dick." -trhurler
French (5.00 / 1) (#238)
by spammacus on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 05:55:46 PM EST

Qui suis-je?

-- "Asshole, deconstruct thyself." - Mr. Surly
[ Parent ]
French (5.00 / 1) (#239)
by spammacus on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 05:56:32 PM EST

Qui suis-je?

(pronounced 'kee sweeje')

-- "Asshole, deconstruct thyself." - Mr. Surly
[ Parent ]
Merci beaucoup (none / 0) (#273)
by Your Mom on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:34:07 PM EST

It came to me right after I posted - gotta find someone to pratice on or something, I'd really hate to forget evnem more than I have.

"As far as I'm concerned, Osama bin Laden can eat a dick." -trhurler
[ Parent ]
me (3.00 / 1) (#199)
by Hakamadare on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 03:25:00 PM EST

big friendly bearded white guy. rumpled but clean.

old enough to remember the Space Shuttle Columbia launching, but not old enough to remember Jimmy Carter's campaign. (heh, a bit US-centric, am i? disappointing in someone whose first language was Czech.)

stubbornly clings to idea that it's more important to be a good friend than a good anything-else, despite repeated attempts of the world to convince otherwise.

falls in love too easily, and has too much difficulty getting out again. keeps killing relationships by being too nice, and thus boring.

eater of meat, drinker of wine (and beer, and gin, and amaretto, and other things). brewer of mead.

fond of bright colors and loud noises. drives fast, but walks slowly. enjoys swords and armor, and also flowers and small birds.

hired-gun unix admin looking to settle down, preferably in an academic environment. any college/university HR people reading this?

general approach to life is that of enthusiastic dilettante. not stellar at anything, but decent at quite a wide range of activities. hey, that's why i'm a sysadmin, not a developer. :)

located in Boston, MA.

Schopenhauer is not featuring heavily on the "Review Hidden Comments" page at the moment. - Herring

A bit about Garc (4.00 / 1) (#200)
by Garc on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 03:32:20 PM EST

I got my nickname (Garc) during repeated detentions in 7th grade. I grew up in Berea, OH. I went to college at Case Western Reserve University, that's in Cleveland, of which berea is a suburb.

Now, I'm a 22 year old "Software Engineer" at IBM in Research Triangle Park, NC. I just started so I am mostly running about installing software on machines left and right. Eventually I should be running tests on a product called VisualAge Generator.

I started writing code when I was young (don't remember how old), and my dad brought home a TRS-80. I remember learning basic, and writing a Madlibs programs. I started running linux in '98, after seeing the IFS screensaver. Isn't it funny what sometimes prompts change? My favorite language is C, and I'm still using a 4 year old P233 MMX as my primary desktop.

I am an avid reader. Mostly Sci-fi, fantasy, and fiction, but I do throw in an occasional non-fiction. My post-realwork dream is to open a used bookstore/coffee house/chess and go club. I enjoy all manner of sports, even the ones I suck at (most of them).

I consider myself agnostic, which irks my grandparents. I am very interested in exploring religion and spirtuality, and sometimes read books by the Dali Lama, and other religious leaders.

Tomorrow is going to be wonderful because tonight I do not understand anything. -- Niels Bohr

It's a small world... (none / 0) (#305)
by locke baron on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 05:28:26 AM EST

Heh. A fellow Ohioan. I currently call Solon home (for those who don't know, it's a suburb on the east side of Cleveland), even though I live in Italy at the present moment...

I have a friend at CWRU, too (well, IIRC, she graduates this year). Her name's Katie Radkowski, you'd probably know her if you saw her (tall, athletic, gorgeous :-)

Micro$oft uses Quake clannies to wage war on Iraq! - explodingheadboy
[ Parent ]
About Ack (3.00 / 1) (#202)
by soldack on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 03:49:06 PM EST

I am 24 and work at in King of Prussia, PA on embedded software and device drivers for InfiniBand I/O devices. I work in C++ for the embedded software and C for the device drivers. I just recently got engaged to an amazing woman. She has a PHD in math, programs for a living, and is beautiful and smart and is everything I could want in a woman. We live in the North East section of Philadelphia, PA. have a cute black lab named Skipper. I really enjoy programming, especially low level software. I also like to work on financial software. I am a big music fan with pretty varied tastes from metal to jazz. My web page really needs work but who has the time?
-- soldack
I am Scandal! (3.00 / 1) (#203)
by Scandal on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 03:52:07 PM EST

Muahahahahaha... I'm a programmer by trade. Currently, I'm working in the field of computer telephony for Teltone Corporation, primarily using C++ under Windows NT. I'm a father of two children. My daughter is eight years old, entering third grade this year. My son is four years old, and exhibits that "evolutionary phenomenon" known as autism. I'm married to the most amazing being I know. Today is our ninth anniversary. I live in the Redmond, WA, but I do not work for Microsoft. I can, however, stand outside my apartment and throw a rock in any random direction and hit a Microsoft employee. Since none of them would be his Billness, however, I restrain my rock-throwing impulses. I've been a K5 lurker for awhile, but I recently started an account when the article on "outsmarting the commitment of relationships" appeared on the front page. My distinction on K5 is that I am probably K5's only account holder who has anything positive to say about Scientology. (Flames cheerfully ignored.) In my spare time (when I find any), I work on factoring very large numbers.


Toronto Woman Geek (2.50 / 2) (#205)
by reward on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 03:59:37 PM EST

I'm 37 years old and work as an IT manager at a small company. Of course, being a generalist, I get to do everything...planning, programming, admin, hell desk, repair, writing proposals. Spare time...hanging out with my girlfriend and her 2 beautiful kids. Trying to keep up with my 9 year old boy. Singing in a choir. Playing hockey (just starting in a couple of weeks). Attempting to renovate my own home. Reading. Playing shinny with my son and the neighbourhood teenaged boys.

I'm 24, live in Quebec, Canaday... (4.00 / 1) (#207)
by entranced on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 04:08:59 PM EST

3 years programming experience professionally, only started playing with it at 17 yrs old. Not the typical geek, love software and hate hardware, have been looking into Linux for a couple years now, weaning myself off MS. In love with software libre. Currently looking for an interesting OSS project to help out.

Did a cegep technical degree in computer science. Spent one year in uni Computer Engineering and dropped out cause it was all hardware and electronics.

Quit my 9 to 5 job 2 months ago, now taking a 9-month sabbatical to enjoy life. Plan on working 3 months max per year, and living minimally (computer contains all my needs).

Very interested in modern philosophy and history and psychology and a shitload of other stuff. Often need a break from thinking and coding, which is found through games, mostly good old (S)NES emu RPGs.

"You have not converted a man because you have silenced him." ~John Morley

Psy trance (none / 0) (#304)
by spiralx on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 05:19:18 AM EST

Hey what is it with all these Canadian psy trance fans? Anyway, I've been getting more into it recently, and went to a wicked outdoor party this weekend, and thanks to my mate's FTP server stuffed with gigs of psy trance I even recognised a lot of the stuff they were playing - Infected Mushroom (especially Bust a Move and Mushi Mushi), Hux Flux (especially Cryptic Crunch), GMS, Hallucinogen and so on. Definitely good for dancing to at nine in the morning under the sun :)

You're doomed, I'm doomed, we're all doomed for ice cream. - Bob Aboey
[ Parent ]

Hey 'mate' :) (none / 0) (#363)
by entranced on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 07:56:31 PM EST

Hehe nice trip report... I don't like mixing pot with mush, let alone what you did!

There don't seem to be many psytrance fans in my neck of the woods. The Montreal psy parties attract only a few hundred true psy fanatics. I went to one outdoor party here this year, Natura. It was nice, altho the crowd is getting more mainstream it seems.

The groups you mention are great. Though these days I find myself listening to more and more ambient-ish groups, such as the incredible Shpongle. If there's a chill room at the parties you go to, that's what I'm into right now.

hrm upon re-reading this post it sounds like I'm emotionless today or something, weird.

"You have not converted a man because you have silenced him." ~John Morley
[ Parent ]

Parties (none / 0) (#378)
by spiralx on Sat Aug 25, 2001 at 06:16:17 AM EST

Yeah, my mate Dave is over here in the UK from Canada at the moment and he used to go to all the parties around Montreal IIRC.

Over here there are quite a few groups putting on parties if you know where to look - as they're illegal then they're often hard to find. Generally during the winter it's squat parties in London and then during the summer it moves outdoors. There are a few more commercial (as in legal) psy trance parties here as well.

As for Shpongle I've recently downloaded Are You Shpongled and Faults of the Inexpressible and have been listening to them. Pretty good :)

*sigh* There's a big party on all this weekend - 35 sound systems somewhere north of London. I want to go, but I've got no cash :(

You're doomed, I'm doomed, we're all doomed for ice cream. - Bob Aboey
[ Parent ]

Re: Parties (none / 0) (#391)
by entranced on Sat Aug 25, 2001 at 08:58:42 PM EST

I think the underground psy scene here is mostly dead. The parties are mostly semi-legal now, nothing difficult to find at all.

Winter really sucks as it can't compare to an outdoor party for me.

Tales of the Inexpressible :) A fitting title.

Hrm you should stick to freepartys, they won't cost you a penny (aside from drugs).

"You have not converted a man because you have silenced him." ~John Morley
[ Parent ]

This Year's Boy (4.00 / 1) (#208)
by ashar on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 04:11:10 PM EST

I was born in 1975 and have lived in or around Helsinki, Finland all my life.

After high school I started math studies at the University of Helsinki. Computer science was supposed to be just a small part of my degree, but I got sucked in when it got to the good stuff (i.e. theory). Somehow I got work in a networking research project doing CORBA-related programming. The actual project has changed once, CORBA and my boss haven't. I'm also hoping to complete my Master's degree this year (finally).

I got into Unix in my first year at the Uni (1994) and into Linux approximately the same time. My first actual Windows usage experiences are from late 1999; I can use it enough to fake some Windows knowledge. I still haven't used Microsoft products for anything serious. My current home computer dual boots with Debian unstable as the main system and Windows98 for very occasional use.

Politically, a Web questionnaire pegged me as a libertarian socialist. I typically vote for people who are strong on individual freedoms, since that's the issue I care most about.

Religiously, I have no idea how to describe myself. Regarding gods, I am an atheist, but I also believe in some sort of soul. But ordinarily I don't think about spiritual issues that much (which is a reason I didn't take part in the religion discussion).

On my free time I mostly relax with a book or TV. Beer and whisky are my preferred alcoholic drinks. I also like helping people so I act as tech support for my parents and some friends, and participate in DebianHELP. I have been thinking of actual participation, instead of lurking, at kuro5hin, but I don't know whether I have time.

Captain_Tenille (none / 0) (#210)
by Captain_Tenille on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 04:15:45 PM EST

Well, I am Captain_Tenille, not Captain Tenille.

No, unfortunately, I am not a bad 70's pop duo, but I do sing karaoke a few times a week.

I also keep fish. A lot of them -- 16, last count. I'm getting a 180 gallon tank to move my bigger fish into, and I'm really excited about that. I have a 3 month old cat named Xerxes, and he's still cute and kittenlike.

I live in Olympia, Washington (as many of you undoubtedly know) and still have my Oly pride. Though I am not as involved with the independent art and music communities here as I used to be, I still do some stuff.

I have two tattoos right now, a black armband I need to get touched up and a squid attacking a submarine. I'm going to be adding more soon, I think. I drink pretty much every day and smoke between 1 1/2 and 2 packs of unfiltered Pall Malls a day.

Computerwise, I program, systems administer, and do web stuff for a business that sells lotions and novelties. I used to work for a dotcom up in Seattle, commuting 1 1/2 hours each way every day, but it got hellish. I can't say I'm sorry I got laid off.

I also run a website that keeps getting bigger and bigger and taking more of my time. It's really like a second job that doesn't pay anything. It's also the ghettoest Scoop site of all, running on a P-120 w/ 64MB of ram and a SPARCstation 5 w/ 64MB RAM. Soon, hopefully, this will change.

I also have a number of obsolete computers laying around the house, like a MicroPDP-11/23 and an AlphaMicro of some sort (can't recall immediately). I enjoy playing with old hardware. I also don't really have any modern hardware.

And, finally, if you really want to know what I look like, you can find out here.
/* You are not expected to understand this. */

Man Vs. Nature: The Road to Victory!

Oh yeah... (none / 0) (#212)
by Captain_Tenille on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 04:17:53 PM EST

I'm 24, 6', 155 lbs. and losing my hair disturbingly fast. Fortunately, the First Mate doesn't mind. :-D
/* You are not expected to understand this. */

Man Vs. Nature: The Road to Victory!
[ Parent ]

I program an interpreted language. (4.00 / 1) (#214)
by nstenz on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 04:26:06 PM EST

Microsoft Visual FoxPro- No, it's not dead yet. It's very fast, and a better choice for building large database apps that don't need an SQL server than Visual Basic is. Besides, Microsoft is just about finished bastardizing VB into .Net- thank God they held off on destroying VFP for at least a year.

Sooo. My company currently has 3 programmers (the 4th just left for Europe) and an intern. We do our own support. We write workflow/accounting software for advertising agencies and the water conditioning industry (Culligan, etc.). Our main executable is up to almost 30 mb now- bad programmers, very bad...

We're also doing some work in Visual Basic for Windows CE (making a portable delivery tracking system for the water conditioning side of things). I'm writing a web server in FoxPro to handle authentication and auto-downloading of application updates, although I'm thinking rsync would work nicely for that...

    When I'm not hacking away at code, I'm either:
  • Sitting on the phone with a customer (or dialed into one of their systems)
  • Checking Slashdot for 'news'
  • Browsing K5 a bit
  • On the boards at Stratusphere

I'm 2 months away from being 21. I dropped out of the Computer Engineering program at MSOE, and UW-Madison wouldn't take me as a new student (only as a transfer). I'd like to go back to school someday. I'm reasonably happy here for now though.

Since you asked who I am, I should probably tell you I like to tinker with cars and play around on the Internet more than anything. My job is not what I do. I started playing with VB when I was 13, but only recently has programming become my profession.

That's about all I have for now.

By the way... (none / 0) (#217)
by nstenz on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 04:37:00 PM EST

...One of my running copies of FoxPro just crashed out on me because this damn story has so many comments that browsing all comments, nested sucked up all of Windows' system resources drawing all of the damn combo boxes.

However, that explanation doesn't make much sense because of the way VFP works. VFP handles its own memory management and swaps tables in and out of memory to disk as needed. VFP also draws its own window controls. The only 'real' object on a FoxPro form is the window itself. The rest is all painted on by VFP. It makes remote support through LapLink or pcAnywhere a real pain. There were originally versions of FoxPro for both Mac and UNIX, which is probably why it was written that way. Maybe someday we'll get real controls that act like the rest of Windows. I don't like things being non-standard.

If anyone cares, our main library that handles the majority of the functionality for our 2 programs is a hack job. Most of the window title bars are fake owner-drawn ones that look very much like the real thing. (We had to cheat to get more buttons on the title bar- we like buttons.)

The moral of this post is: Save early, save often. =)

[ Parent ]

I'm ti dave! (4.00 / 1) (#215)
by ti dave on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 04:27:54 PM EST

I'm from Washington, the Evergreen State.
I'm on the cusp of 36 years of age.
I'm not a programmer.
I'm a k5 junkie.
I work the late shift, so if you post late at night, I may reply immediately.
I hate poor Spelling and Grammar.

I've been a Lifeguard.
I've been a Soldier. Specifically, a Military Policeman. I performed a great number of duties as such.
(Don't believe bad Hollywood stereotypes about MPs, they're just not true. They do "Real Cop Stuff".)
I aided "Imperialistic U.S. Foreign Policy" when I participated in the occupation of Haiti known as "Operation Uphold Democracy".

Currently, I render Hazardous Wastes safe for disposal.
Yes, it sucks, but it pays the bills.

I built all my current computers, with the technical advice of my brother-in-law, who is a super-genius.

I am married to a sweet gal, whom I love dearly, even when she gets on my last nerve, and have many chilluns...


ti dave
"If you dial," Iran said, eyes open and watching, "for greater venom, then I'll dial the same."

Where in WA? (4.00 / 1) (#219)
by Captain_Tenille on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 04:42:21 PM EST

Just curious...
/* You are not expected to understand this. */

Man Vs. Nature: The Road to Victory!
[ Parent ]

Ummm... (none / 0) (#303)
by ti dave on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 05:12:37 AM EST

One County North of you...



ti dave
"If you dial," Iran said, eyes open and watching, "for greater venom, then I'll dial the same."

[ Parent ]
And therefore, a similar distance from me.. (none / 0) (#331)
by BugCatcher on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 01:27:36 PM EST

I'm also an Olytown resident.

Hey, ain't chilluns fun?

Are you the windshield, or the bug? Come to www.amorsley.net/bugsplat Now available in minty-fresh RDF!
[ Parent ]

Abooey, Bob Abooey (4.57 / 7) (#216)
by Bob Abooey on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 04:34:27 PM EST


I'm a 29 year old engineer for Apple. I was hired by Steve Jobs personally to port the one button mouse to two buttons. I'm currently rewriting all the code and logic from java to XML. For my hobby I'm rewriting the TCP/IP protocol suite and working closely with the *BSD dev team to add multi-threading to the BSD kernel, because it really needs it.

In my spare time I like to spend time at the gun range and kill wild animals in the jungle with my bare hands.

Phooey on Abooey. --A brilliant and well thought out response to one of my posts.
Myself. (3.00 / 1) (#220)
by sludge on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 04:44:47 PM EST

My online name is SLUDGE, but I often reveal that my name is Michael L. Labbe. I give my middle initial out for two reasons: First, there is a newsgroup called alt.sex.pedophile.mike-labbe regarding (from what I have learnt) a pedophile who ran a BBS and attracted kids back before I was even old enough to be called a pedophile. Secondly, I like to search for myself on search engines from time to time, and using a middle initial helps weed out the other Michael Labbes that happen to be around.

I'm twenty years old and I've been toying around with programming for fifteen years, but the last eight are the ones that can be accounted for as serious work. I've worked a few jobs before my current stint as an independant contractor which pays the bills while I work on my hobby-which-I-would-like-to-be-my-job: Game development. I'm the coder who has worked longest on the ThreeWave unification project, and we're about to ship. I'm pretty excited.
Hiring in the Vancouver, British Columbia area

me? (4.50 / 2) (#221)
by nickco on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 04:46:04 PM EST

I am under 18 years of age..

It's impossible for me to accurately describe myself, so I will summarize a day in my life.

My Life :
This may only explicitly answer the second question. The first you will have to infer.

My day does not start at any specific time. I wake up whenever I wake up, and that typically deviates from what I have been told is normal. I don't have any upon-waking ritual besides getting on my computer. I surf the web looking for something interesting until I feel like eating. This normally does not take long. I head downstairs and rummage through the cupboard and fridge looking for the path of least resistance. Finding an already made plate from the previous night is like winning the lottery. Free food, zero effort. Misfortune is frequent in my house, so I usually have to put something in the microwave. We apparently have an infinite supply of ramen noodles, so they are a staple of my diet. If there are banannas, I have 3 or 4. After devouring the ramen noodles, I search for something sensually pleasing that requires little thought. This is the reason I love - or at least appreciate greatly - music. I can sit for hours in front of the stereo just letting the rhythm absorb negative thoughts..

Invariably, my brain will break through the morning fog and become annoyingly active. I smoke weed in a vain attempt to return to that state of relative bliss. Of course, weed merely changes the way I think of my problems. Oh well..
After 4 or 5 hours of torpidity, I go upstairs to do some programming. I am currently trying to make a decent mp3 player for my Dreamcast. Unless I am interrupted, I will sit and code for a few hours. I have an inherent inclination to exercise. I try to supress it, but it's damn persistent. I jog the 2.5 miles to the Y, and stay for 2 or 3 hours.

I arrive home sweaty. I shower and go to the computer to check the date. If it's the weekend, I will call someone up and go rolling for the rest of the weekend. Otherwise, I will likely chat on IRC and read.

So now you know me.. an abstract of me, anyway.

Here are a few things that you likely do not care about:
- I am looking for employment
- I am depressed frequently
- I have one person I consider a friend
- I am cynical
- I doubt the veracity of religion
- I shower twice daily
- I brush my teeth 3 times daily
- I have seen almost 40 drug-induced lesbian orgies
- I am absolutely serious about that last one

- I am looking for employment (none / 0) (#228)
by Abstraction on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 05:03:36 PM EST

I almost fell out of my chair after reading that.

[ Parent ]
ooooooooook then (none / 0) (#236)
by BodyWarmer on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 05:50:25 PM EST

Interesting life.

[ Parent ]
o.O (4.00 / 1) (#309)
by core10k on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 07:49:08 AM EST

Care to give details about the 40 lesbian orgies? Inquiring minds want to know. :-)

[ Parent ]
hey! (none / 0) (#337)
by nickco on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 01:55:31 PM EST

Not much to tell. Just imagine numerous beautiful women making strange noises climbing all over each other. It's impossible to describe it with any degree of accuracy. You have to be there to experience the animal-like sexuality that permeates the entire room.. my god.. I highly recommend it!

Sorry, flashback.
Anyway, the majority of the women I've seen involved in this are strippers, not to mention they are 'under the influence'. Even without drugs they are relatively inhibitionless in relation to clothing, or lack thereof.

I've seen lots of homosexual stuff as well, but I pay less attention to it because it appeals to me less. It is shocking to see a man giving another man a blowjob. I pretty much just mentally shrug my shoulders and go elsewhere. To each his own..

I hope that is enough to satisfy those inquiring minds. I remember specifics, but I can't recall each lesbian orgy as a single entity. They are all pretty much combined into a single vicariously monumental lesbian experience.

[ Parent ]
I'm an artificial intelligence... (4.00 / 1) (#222)
by infraoctarine on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 04:46:47 PM EST

First booted up 26 years ago; I'm hooked up in Göteborg, Sweden[1]. If I were a corporeal being, I'm sure I'd be a white male. I'm an Electrical engineer by trade, and otherwise just trying to become a better (non-)human.

[1] Rusty thinks we're all anti-americans. Don't believe him; I like all y'all. It's just Rusty and GWB we're after :-)

about me (4.00 / 1) (#224)
by klamath on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 04:54:24 PM EST

I'm a 17-year old male high school student from Toronto, Ontario (yes, Canada ;-) ). I got to the University of Toronto Schools. UTS is a great high school, especially if you're more intellectually inclined (i.e. a nerd! ;-) ).

This summer I worked as an intern at the CBC, doing UNIX sys-admin stuff (Solaris + HPUX), DB admin (Postgres) and Java programming (servlets + JSP). I'm also doing some consulting for them during the school year. Although it was interesting and I got to meet a lot of cool people, with any luck I'll be interning at IBM next year, but that's still up in the air.

I got into Linux pretty late (~1997); I run Debian and FreeBSD. Before that, I was into gaming (Quake2, AQ2 mostly), but after setting up a Linux server to host AQ2 games on, I was hooked ;-) Nowadays, I hardly ever play FPSs. I really enjoy programming (I know Java, Perl, Ruby, and LISP; I'm learning C++ and Ocaml). I like to program stuff of all kinds, from web development to GUIs to networking stuff. I just need to figure out how to get someone to pay me to do it ;-)

I'm going to take Computer Science at university (college for you Americans), hopefully at the University of Waterloo (if not, then McGill, U of T, Queens, it doesn't really matter). Although I want to do CS (which is usually considered part of "Math"), I'm horrible in the math classes I take at school. My best subjects are history, philo and english -- too bad my school doesn't have any computer science classes.

Philosophically, I'm an Objectivist; that also makes me an atheist, a "radical for capitalism" and basically, a Libertarian.

YACC (3.00 / 2) (#226)
by Kilfire on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 04:56:40 PM EST

Yet Another Crufty Coder

But I also do research on games,
and get paid for it :-)

-- Kilfire

hello (3.00 / 1) (#229)
by c0sm0 on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 05:07:14 PM EST


my name is <censored>, i live in vancouver, bc. can you guess what i do when i'm not sys admining?

i bet you can!

i run an nt40/win2kpro and novell network for a bunch of freight forwarding companies. i do there phones and printing too. it is just swell. when i go home to my apartment after work i take my dog for a walk in the mountains and smoke lots of pot. i like my life so far, but i am getting bored of fixing e-mail problems and dealing with a crappy in house sql database made by some french fuck in kebec.

thanks for listening

"I'm not a number... (4.00 / 1) (#230)
by westgeof on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 05:07:41 PM EST

...I'm a free man" - Sorry, couldn'y resist...

Well, I'm a 24yr old Software Engineer. We do contract work for the governement, including the DII COE kernel. (My team works for the Coast Guard, and while less glamourous, is a hell of a lot of fun. This is my first job where I can, and frequently do, hit the local pub with my supervisor after work.)

I've lived in about 30-some-odd different homes over the years, in about 10 different states, and attended 4 different schools for my freshman year in high school. (And I graduated from a 5th) I'm guessing that's where my independant nature comes from. If you gave me a decent computer, some good games, and about 200 books (plus of course the necessities, food and water and such), I could live in one room for a year and not mind.

Once hitting college, and meeting more people I could relate to (and not having to move after a year or so), I became much more of a people person, though I'm still cautious (sp) around people I don't know well. But be warned, I have quite a tendancy to ramble once I get going....

Assorted other tidbits....
My favorite color is blue :-)
Favorite movie, Star Wars V (Empire)
I read about 100-pages an hour (paperback, normal font)
I listen to everything except the extremes of any genre
When I was a kid I wanted to be either a lawyer or a comedian, now I can't tell the difference between the two.
When last tested, my IQ was ranked at 152 +- 10 pts
I have the largest collection of toys in my office than anyone else in the company
I absolutely despise telephones, and do my best to avoid using them
I'm interested enough in physics that I almost got a minor in it, and when bored I sometimes ponder theories about time/space, the nature of gravity, and other stuff that often leads to mass confusion
During a particularly dark time in my life a few years ago I dabbled in a bit of poetry, 90% of which was very depressing stuff, but it helped me get over things
I am currently learning to juggle and perform various tricks with a yo-yo, and I try a little magic, but so far it's pathetically funny, not impressive.
Blah, blah, blah, etc.....

Also, check out my first diary entry, "My name is..."

Oh, and I'm a saggitarious, born in the Year of the Dragon. Cool, eh?

As a child, I wanted to know everything. Now I miss my ignorance
My exciting Bio (4.00 / 1) (#231)
by The Solitaire on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 05:14:46 PM EST

My, isn't it interesting to see how us geeks love to talk about ourselves! I guess I'm no exception....

I'm a 27 year old CompSci Master's student at Simon Fraser University. I was born in Montreal, Canada - a Quebec anglophone. My French is atrocious. Very shortly thereafer (I was 3), I move to the interior of British Columbia, the town of Castlegar to be precise. Finally I got out of that smelly little hole (ask anyone who's ever been there) and moved to Vancouver - all before the age of 12.

My undergraduate degree, unlike most of the other CompSci grads I know, was in Cognitive Science, a curious blend of Linguistics, Psychology, Philosophy, and AI - specializing in AI. I hope to continue on the CogSci path once I get my more practically oriented Master's degree out of the way. Eventually, I hope that I'll end up teaching full-time in a University setting, which I love.

In my spare time, I fence recreationally, try to create music (although I usually make a mess), drink beer, eat sushi, play at cooking, and play a bit of EverQuest - not necessarily in that order.

I'm a pretty lame programmer, though I do fiddle about with it from time to time. I've never learned C or C++ (that always amazes my UG students). The programming languages I do program in are (in order of learning): Lisp, Prolog, Java, Perl, and Python. I'm loving Python... it reminds me so much of my Lisping roots... :)

Wow... that was - so short. It distrubs me that I can be summed up in only 4 paragraphs. I think I'm going to self-decieve by saying that I'm so much more complex than this in real life...

I need a new sig.

this is not you (1.50 / 2) (#232)
by megagnome on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 05:18:04 PM EST

I am the tallest gnome. I manage public labs for a small liberal arts college on the East Coast of the U.S. of A. Someday I'll get around to changing the world.

meta: ratings (none / 0) (#361)
by dr k on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 07:47:44 PM EST

Isn't rating a comment for this story a 1 or 2 kind of like saying, "You suck!" Maybe people have something against lab managers - "I can't let you in with an ID."
Destroy all trusted users!
[ Parent ]
Well, in a sentence . . . (4.00 / 2) (#233)
by tmoertel on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 05:24:20 PM EST

I'm a
  • married
  • 32-year-old
  • male
  • Christian
  • living in glorious Pittsburgh
  • is married to a wonderful woman,
  • seriously enjoys the pursuit of perfect espresso,
  • roasts and blends his own coffee (all part of the pursuit),
  • can't golf worth a bucket of dirt,
  • grows insanely hot chili peppers,
  • enjoys good homebrew,
and who also (on a coding related note)
  • started coding on a TRS-80 Model I (4K RAM) when his age could be expressed in a single (decimal) digit,
  • hasn't stopped coding since,
  • continues to code because he loves to code,
  • is amazed and thankful that he gets paid to do something he loves,
  • has a degree in Electrical Engineering,
  • has written software in most common programming languages for most common platforms,
  • loves both Haskell and Perl,
  • thinks that functional programming rocks,
  • has worked in the defense, financial, and computer gaming industries,
  • has worked for large companies, start-ups, and everything in between,
  • works for himself now,
  • is surrounded by the hum of (and the heat from) way too many computers,
  • has three dedicated Internet lines into his house,
  • lives in Emacs,
  • thinks that LaTeX is better than Microsoft anything,
  • is enjoying Radiohead's most-recent album,
  • but regrets that purchasing said album contributed to the coffers of (and hence more enweaselment from) the RIAA

My blog | LectroTest

[ Disagree? Reply. ]

The other side is overcrowded... (5.00 / 1) (#237)
by oleandrin on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 05:52:09 PM EST

...the dead will have nowhere to go.

I write the AI that will one day link Gaia.

Shades of Ultima... (3.50 / 2) (#240)
by Alik on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 06:13:44 PM EST


speek (4.00 / 5) (#241)
by speek on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 06:31:51 PM EST

I'm 31, live in Rochester, NY (in the city itself). I'm married, have no kids, but have 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a lot of fish.

I grow peppers in my garden - all different kinds, especially hot kinds (jalapeno, thai, serrano, etc). I like to cook - my specialties are spaghetti sauce (made from fresh tomatoes), and thai stir-frys (made with paste I ground myself).

I've got a philosophy degree that I regret cause it's useless. Although, I'd be lost in this world without having gone through that, I wish I'd learned in high school what I learned in college, so that, in college, I could've learned something useful. Oh well.

I used to read a ton, now most things bore me. I can't pay attention anymore to long, over-windy sentences, or sentences with lots of "fluff" clauses - such as, "as it were", or "in any case", etc. I hate symbolism, cause I'd prefer the author to simply be clear. There aren't too many authors I can read as a result, but currently Bujold makes me happy.

I love music - nearly all kinds. I grew uplistening to Kansas and other 70's stuff. Nowadays I'll listen to most things except corporate pop or most rap. I especially like progressive rock and metal - bands like Dream Theater, Shadow Gallery, tiles, Superior, Sieges Even, Magellan, Steve Morse, and many many more. But I also like simple, trite music, like Loverboy, for example. I love music so much, it was my major in college for one year, but my ear just isn't really good enough for that, so I had to give it up. These days I'm enjoying AudioGalaxy.com and FairTunes.com quite a bit.

I work at Xerox, but that's just a job. I program in Java. I used to program in AmigaBasic, and then C, and now Java. I would program in any language that let me forget that I was using a steel and silicon computer. I hate hardware more than anything, and I hate staring at computer screens all day. XML and Java are nice because I'm fairly well abstracted away from the underlying ugliness of the OS and the CPU, and I like it that way. Someday, when a new language comes out with an even greater level of abstraction - I'll be there. I just want to concern myself with algorithms. I really couldn't care less about performance or other such issues.

So I write Java - making a big print button on a webpage. Lately we're working on making it a bit smaller, but it's still a pretty damn big print button. It's boring, but so are all business apps. I'm the lead developer - supposedly, but I don't really have that much say. Mostly, I'm just the only one who understands the whole application.

I'm a recent convert to the extreme programming philosophy (about 8-9 months now), but, not having as much say as I would want, I can't seem to convince my team to adopt it as a software development process. But maybe that's because they're just not willing to adopt any particular process. Oh well.

Politically, I can barely muster the motivation to vote. Sometimes it's fun to debate, but I know my ideas will never be convincing to others, so there's not much point. Not that it matters much - the government will always be so far behind cultural and technological changes that it has little real power. The world keeps changing out from under our laws, and that's only going to get worse.

I play games - particularly wargames. My favorite is Empires in Arms, but I'll play most anything. I used to play chess a lot, and I was pretty good. I give a lot of credit to chess and music for my early mental development, and it's part of my argument that some schooling should be devoted to "mental gymnastics" - the idea of treating the brain like any other muscle (gets stronger with use, regardless of what the actual "use" is).

I like K5 sometimes and hate it other times. Lately I haven't been reading it much. A little too much of the same old, same old. I'd like to get to know people here better, but it seems like a weblog just isn't the best way to form a community. Mostly I like trying to reform trhurler, but I'm not making a dent there, so the motivation is waning.

Almost forgot, I also maintain the Apache JMeter project, which is an old web-site load-testing tool that got forgotten about back in 2000. It's come a ways since then, and I'm trying to build it into a full-featured functional testing tool - something to complement JUnit's unit testing abilities. Sometimes its fun, and sometimes its a drag doing the open-source thing. But I press on through the bad, and enjoy the good, best I can.

But enough about me....

al queda is kicking themsleves for not knowing about the levees

Stir-Fry Paste? Care to Share? (none / 0) (#274)
by quam on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:40:13 PM EST

I have struggled with the creation of a good stir fry sauce and find, usually, I am merely spicing or thicking soy suace. And, the sauce usually has a taste of, well, spicy soy sauce.

I could use some help. Do you care to share your paste recipe?

-- U.S. Patent 5443036 concerns a device for encouraging a cat to exercise by chasing a light spot.
[ Parent ]
learning paste (5.00 / 1) (#386)
by speek on Sat Aug 25, 2001 at 06:05:00 PM EST

I got a cook book from the library once that had paste recipies - like thai red curry paste, or green curry, or Masamaum (sp?). Prior to that I never knew you had to make a paste first.

They recommended using a mortal and pestal, of course, but you'd tire of that after a couple after afternoons spent hammering away at garlic and whole cumin seeds.... ech.

So now I use a blender.

Here's the basic instructions for making the paste:

Gather the ingredients in the blender, put enough oil in (whatever your favorite type is - note coconut cream and oil are pretty much interchangeable) to blend, and have at it. When you're done, you should drain it, with cheesecloth or a regular strainer, until you are left with the paste. This is doubly nice cause you're also left with some tasty oil.

For whole seeds (such as cumin, coriander,clove, peppercorn, anise, etc) cook in a frying pan with no oil or moisture until you can start to smell the spices - do this prior to including them in the blender. It helps bring out their flavor.

Once you have the paste, the first thing you do is fry it in your wok (very high heat) until it just starts browning. Careful not to burn it. It's important to fry the paste separately without too much oil or other liquid - otherwise it stews and you don't get as much flavor (this is from the cookbook, not from me, though I choose to believe it). You can use a little coconut cream in frying it for a rich flavor.

Then, you have choices - you can make a sauce in a sauce pan with the fried paste (add coconut milk/cream and peanut butter for a great phat thai). You can mix it just with coconut milk and set it aside, to be included with the veggies and meat or tofu after they've been cooked, then mix it all together and put over rice. You could use plain yogurt (for more Indian style). Raisins are great if you do that, too. At this point, I'd say be imaginative and try stuff out - see what you like.

A thai red curry paste can consist of:
7 serrano peppers (somewhat thin and short, like a mini-jalapeno, but reddish in color, bigger than a thai pepper. actually these are kind of like what you find in Chinese kung pao chicken)
1 stalk lemon grass (can be skipped cause some people don't like it)
3-4 garlic cloves
1/4 c. onion
1 tbls coriander seed
1 tbsp coriander root (I skip this, because this is essentially cilantro, which I don't like)
1 tbsp galangal (I skip this cause I've never found it in a store)
3 strips lime peel (don't ask me how much a strip is, I usually use the peel from 1 whole lime)
1/2 tsp caraway seed

Frankly, I rarely follow the recipe - I like garlic and onion, so I use more. I like the combination of coriander, cumin, and turmeric, so I usually have that in there - you get the idea.

Other ingredients can be added while stir frying the whole mess, like fish sauce, tamari or soy, sugar and salt. I often add a nut paste (like peanut butter) to the paste too. Got nuts, and have fun!

al queda is kicking themsleves for not knowing about the levees
[ Parent ]

Thanks! (none / 0) (#412)
by quam on Wed Aug 29, 2001 at 10:24:34 AM EST

Yum. I am now very hungry --- thanks for the recipe and tips. Making this at home would taste better and save a lot of money compared to the sauces at home. I think I would have fun trying to integrate peanut butter into the paste.

If you have a chance, you might want to copy and paste your message as a new diary entry; there are many here who enjoy discussing food/recipes. Someone mentioned awhile ago how nice a scoop food site would be....

-- U.S. Patent 5443036 concerns a device for encouraging a cat to exercise by chasing a light spot.
[ Parent ]
Where in the city? (none / 0) (#312)
by georgeha on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 09:42:41 AM EST

I'm near Cobbs Hill.

Oh yeah, I work in Webster, too, in 129.

[ Parent ]

browncroft/winton (none / 0) (#387)
by speek on Sat Aug 25, 2001 at 06:06:49 PM EST

I work at Canal View, in Henrietta.

al queda is kicking themsleves for not knowing about the levees
[ Parent ]

w00t EinA! the Grand Campaign RULES! (none / 0) (#320)
by Hakamadare on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 10:48:55 AM EST

and just when i was thinking that nobody appreciated Avalon Hill anymore...

heh, was in the local game store with some friends a few days ago and picked up one of their last remaining copies of PanzerBlitz. now i gotta find someone to play it with.

play-by-mail is sounding more interesting every day.
Schopenhauer is not featuring heavily on the "Review Hidden Comments" page at the moment. - Herring
[ Parent ]

I used to play by email (none / 0) (#388)
by speek on Sat Aug 25, 2001 at 06:10:41 PM EST

But it was hard work. But it's hard to find people to play these days. Used to be, we would make jokes because we had to invent ways to play EiA with 8-9 people (like making Sweden a real country, or, heck, making an entirely new game based on the map of Greyhawk, and playing it to the tune of EiA rules). Those were the days!

al queda is kicking themsleves for not knowing about the levees
[ Parent ]

who i am (3.33 / 3) (#242)
by briandunbar on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 06:31:57 PM EST

Who are you? What do you do for a living? Where do you come from?

I *could* argue that by attaching labels to people (student, programmer, artist) you're taking away some of the mystery and adding unwelcome preconceptions . . but life is far too short for that.

I'm me. I play with computers and networks for a living. My official title is "Systems Administrator" (I tried for the title of "Systems Mage" but that didn't look very professional and, in hindsight, it is a little pretentious.) I come from Oklahoma, live in Texas.

Feed the poor, eat the rich!

Re: "Systems Mage" (none / 0) (#290)
by Dwonis on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 12:34:08 AM EST

You should have just used "Mage" as a title. It would be a great way to stimulate useless conversation and to scare people. ;-)

[ Parent ]
Original (3.00 / 1) (#243)
by urgan on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 06:36:06 PM EST

I'm not a programmer or system administrator, at least not on full time. I do admin a network at this time and ocasionnaly do a bit of home programming or small CGI stuff for friends, but i'm an ARCHITECT (as in houses, not systems). So, if you need one, <insert add>.

Hi everyone (4.00 / 1) (#244)
by scriptkiddie on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 06:38:59 PM EST

I'm Dan. I'm 17 years old and live in Seattle. I'm a fairly good coder, a mediocre speaker of Mandarin and a pathetic student at Garfield High School.

I have ambitions to attend the University of Chicago a year from now. We'll see how that works out.

I'd like to try an experiment to demonstrate the astonishing range of my social circle:


The name's Roy (4.66 / 3) (#245)
by Wah on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 06:39:06 PM EST

although I found out at about 20 that Canadians pronounce it differently. And I like Canadians, soo...

I was born on Halloween, nearly 27 years ago, in Dallas, TX. I went to college in San Antonio, moved to Colorado to experiment with psychadelics, now I live in New York City.

Just your typical geek, I played football (American) for about 10 years, went to Homecoming with the Homecoming Queen (and nearly puked on her head after drinking to much), and then went to College and joined the jockiest frat in the bunch (which taught me how stupid I was in more ways than I want to type right now)

I come from a family of five children (Mormon) raised by a single mother, who is the greatest. That, and the fact that my gay father left us when I was 9, led to a certain degree of angst, which I display at every opportunity, it now seems. I like commas and parenthesis.

My quest for meaning has revealed some outstanding answers, and now I'm wondering if it would be too crazy just to share those all the time. I think I know, and I think I'm right, but that doesn't mean I don't listen.

I tend to fight ignorance wherever I think I see it, and I'm competitive as hell. Those two qualities help me fit in here.

A quick bit on some your high school experiences. I was a nerd then too, but my body didn't think so. However, I was too shy to make that point to the fellow nerds of my school, and they had an innate fear of my physical presence that I never understood, hence I did my nerding is solitary. It turns out that the shitheads I would beat physically on the football field took that anger out on others. Sorry about that, but we knew they were shitheads too.

I'm having trouble posting to these long k5 discussion since the pc I'm using now is Win98 with 64mb of RAM which chokes on anything interesting. I usually run a website, where I can post deep thoughts without community approval, it'll be back up real soon now. This could go on for a while, so I'll stop.
Information wants to be free, wouldn't you? |

Orcadian (4.00 / 1) (#246)
by holdfast on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 06:43:25 PM EST

I bet most people here don't even know what that means.
I am an Orcadian....
That means I come from Orkney
Still don't know?
Orkney is a group of Islands to the North of Scotland.
You don't care anyway!
Used to be in the army - radio call sign Holdfast signifies a military engineer.
I am 41
Married with 2 children
Live in the south of England in a place called Nuneaton
Do network and luser support in a hospital.

"Holy war is an oxymoron."
Lazarus Long
Hoy! (none / 0) (#302)
by the trinidad kid on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 04:05:28 AM EST

As we always say to Orcadians, as opposed to the Shetlanders at whom we just Yell!

We like Orkney in our house, but I always puke going over the Pentland Firth...

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Puke? (none / 0) (#317)
by holdfast on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 10:05:51 AM EST

When I was going town to college in Glasgow (a while ago), to cure our upset stomachs we used to like to eat pies & sausage rolls. We could then watch all the tourists running for the doors with their hands over their mouths. It was so funny that you forgot about your own problems!

"Holy war is an oxymoron."
Lazarus Long
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No good for me... (none / 0) (#397)
by the trinidad kid on Sun Aug 26, 2001 at 04:09:17 PM EST

Whenever I get a ferry, that's it. I don't know what it is, but...

We were coming back from Belfast once and I go up to the bar and order a burger and chips and the guy just refuses to serve me without saying why.

All around there are folk necking pints of lager and guiness and every sort of stuff, swilling down over the mock curry that you can get and he's merrily serving them, but he just seemed to think I was a puker by looking at me (and I am...)

[ Parent ]
Nuneaton (none / 0) (#313)
by amanset on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 09:49:45 AM EST

Is that Nuneaton, Warwickshire? If so, it is a bit far away from the south of England!

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South (none / 0) (#316)
by holdfast on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 10:02:46 AM EST

Yes, it is in Warwickshire.
It is about 100 miles to the south coast by road and about 600 to the north coast by road.
That sounds pretty far south to me!

"Holy war is an oxymoron."
Lazarus Long
[ Parent ]
England != Britain (none / 0) (#319)
by amanset on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 10:29:47 AM EST

It is 600 miles to the north coast of Scotland. I can only assume that you are confusing England with Britain. The last time I looked England didn't even have a north coast. Nuneaton is in the "Midlands", the centre of England.

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oh, what a pity (4.00 / 2) (#247)
by mami on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 06:44:41 PM EST

I am too shy to talk about myself, but then you all know me anyhow.

This reads like the newspaper's "Wanted" section. Too bad, I am just too old for you. And you are just too young for me. What a shame. Couldn't a couple of people troll for a mature, elderly something with a brain and a heart ?

What I do for a living ? Reading K5. What I do for fun ? Dreaming of making money. What I like to be when I am a grown up. A grandma with a job. What I do, if K5 gets on my nerves ? Cleaning the bathtub, scrubbing the kitchen floors, throw out the closet's stuff and put it back again, talking to myself and argueing loudly in my car with K5-ers, whose comments haunt me. What I wished I had done differently in my life ? Ooh no, that's too much to ask an old lady, you wicked 'boys'.

Hope this helps.

Who? (4.66 / 3) (#250)
by libertine on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 06:55:46 PM EST

I am a dreamer of the day. Anything that will make my life worth living I take up...anything that tears me down, I don't do anymore.

I've worked as:
Sex Worker
Legal Assistant
Systems Admin
Network Engineer
Public Health Educator
Parts Store Clerk

I'm only 33 years old. Not bad as things go, though there is so much more I feel needs to be done in my life. My educational background is in fine arts and sociology. Plenty of units, but no degree. Most of my education prior to college was done at a library, on my own. I've been working since I was 13 years old, working as a gardener and odd jobs person. Joined the Army at 16, went active service at 17, and found myself in the middle of Honduras (via Defense Language Institute) with people shooting at me by 19. Things kind of branched out from there after I got back stateside. Of late, I've been a tech worker, but I quit doing that when I found the hours (long, fruitless) made me unhappy. I enjoy CS though, so I will be going back to school to POSSIBLY finish a degree, one in CS. The idea of writing really good programs and user interfaces for artists and designers intrigues me, and having some formal education in CS would help.

Any time that I am not working for someone else, I am reading (Democracy in America, right now), painting or writing, practicing Aikido or Wing Chun Kung Fu, getting pierced (I set off metal detectors everywhere, something I picked up from hanging out with the archeologists and Mayans in Guatemala), or skateboarding. Oh, yeah, sleeping and dreaming...sometimes I wonder which world is real, and which is the dream.

"Live for lust. Lust for life."
Woo. (4.00 / 2) (#251)
by rebelcool on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 07:00:36 PM EST

I feel like I havent posted enough. So here's round 2.

I'm 19, sophomore at Univ. of Texas Austin. Was just accepted into the Computer Science department (just barely..not from poor CS grades, which have been A's so far, but my extreme apathy towards advanced mathematics)

Jobwise, I'm a lead software engineer at a small financial services company. Most of their stuff is web-based, so I write the backend software for handling the market, trades, tracking and so forth. All of it is in java, with a ton of SQL mixed in there.

I'm religionless, but i've got my own beliefs on most everything. My family is non-religious for the most part, though my grandparents are episcopalian and thats what I was baptised as (in 1 of the 3 times ive attended church)

My hobbies involve many things from working on automobiles to paintball to kung fu video collecting. And college-cutie collecting too!

Originally I'm from houston, where I lived for about 18 of my 19 years. It is a hot, smelly and humid place. Now I live in austin which while still hot, isnt anywhere near as humid, and has better charms and coffee shops.

COG. Build your own community. Free, easy, powerful. Demo site

Another Canuck (4.00 / 1) (#252)
by Begbie on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 07:02:21 PM EST

My name is Wes, I'm 21 years old and I currently live in Toronto, Ontario.

I am entering my 4th and final year of Comp Sci at Ryehigh. Currently I work at Klick Communications, where my main concern is improving their web content administration software which is written using ASP+ActiveX+Scriptlets but occationally I get to do some really cool client side DHTML stuff (it's amazing what you can do if you only have to worry about IE 5.0+).

Apart from school and work I enjoy hanging out with friends, playing various sports (hockey, soccer, baseball) and riding my bike. Sometime I hang out in #kuro5hin on slashnet where I like to talk about politics, ethics, and other assorted things.

I have no clue as to where I'm going in life, or what I'll be doing when I graduate from school. But I'm not worried.

I'm the local Roger, of course (3.50 / 2) (#253)
by localroger on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 07:03:54 PM EST

I'm the local Roger, as opposed to other hypothetical Roger-type people who don't work for our company. What does a Roger do? Well, my business card says "programmer" but that's a bit like issuing Bucky Fuller one that says "architect." I basically do all the stuff nobody else can figure out how to do, if it can be done at all, and a lot of times even if it can't.

Rather than blather on about my experience and achievements and what a wonderful guy I am let me tell you about my name.

"Roger" is missing from a lot of names-for-your-baby books, and in others it's corrupted or given wrong. Back when I was a wee Roger my Dad had a handsome volume of Webster's Collegiate Dictionary with a "meanings of names" section in the back. Soon as I was old enough to read it -- which would have been age 7 or so -- I looked up Roger.

Roger -- Skilled with the spear.

Say what? I tried for years to imagine why a proper name might refer to use of a particular weapon or tool. I mean "skilled" I could expect, but what's with this spear thing?

Then, at the age of 24, I saw the movie White Mischief. FYI it is set in Africa at the turn of the 20th century and focuses on a group of depraved British colonists. Throughout the movie, the word roger is used as a synonym for, well, um, to give a couple of examples...

He had the biggest roger I've ever seen.
He rogered her right in the open on the football field.

Spear my ass. Or my whatever. OK, where was I?

For the record I do not play the piano, did not found the state of Rhode Island, do not play professional baseball, nor did I discover vitamin B-12. Those were all other Rogers local to some other group of people. The lure of fame has never tempted me, since no matter how famous I get nobody will know who I am anyway.

Now how exactly was your truck scale screwing up again?

I can haz blog!

So are you .. (none / 0) (#282)
by dvNull on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 11:19:42 PM EST

the one broke the 4 minute barrier in the mile run or do the artwork for the band Yes .. uhmm maybe the one who ran the mile under 4 minutes maybe ..

For the record: 4 minute barrier was broken by a British student. Roger Bannister.
The Yes artwork was done by Roger Dean

If you can see this, then the .sig fell off.
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Deceptively Short Answer: Read my diaries (5.00 / 1) (#254)
by Eight Star on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 07:20:03 PM EST

Deceptively Long Answer:
I'm a 22 year old college dropout.
I Majored in: Comp Sci, Philosophy, Technical Communications, and Almost did Psychology.
Bah, Just read my diary, I don't want to type everything here, I'll never find it again. I promise to put up general stuff in the next week or so.

I don't want to talk about my current job. I hate it. I'd like a coding job someday. I'd do best in either Perl web work or Graphics in OpenGL (once I get comfortable in OpenGL I'll be Good, I can do wonders in QBasic and the like, but that's not exactly where things are these days)

My current project is 'Magenta Version 2' which will eventually do everything, but for the next 6 months or so will look like a web based filesystem with content-dependent attributes, Among other features.(The cool stuff is a secret)

OK, I'll fess up. (4.00 / 2) (#255)
by Mr. Piccolo on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 07:22:24 PM EST

My real name is Justin Alan Kolodziej, and I don't have a rank or serial number because I am a civilan.

I was born and live in Hammond, Indiana (it's between Gary and Chicago), home of the TWO-TIME, TWO TIME, TWO-TIME FIRST Robotics Competition Nqational Champions. My only brother, Kevin, was the driver last year when we won the championship. I was a senior when we won the first time, and was asked to be on the team, but decided I was already committed to track, which I sucked at. Who's to say if we would have won had I joined...

After graduating high school as valedictorian and giving a typically bad speech, I moved on to Marquette University and got into their brand-new computer engineering program, which luckily got accredited. I graduated Magna Cum Laude in four years as one of the two top scholars in the curriculum, and am a member of Tau Beta Pi and Upsilon Pi Epsilon.

Now I'm at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, KAK UIUC, and I am studying for a master's degree in ECE. Unless something goes wrong, I'll work on microarchitecture for my thesis. I also hold a TA position for ECE 311, the Microcomputer Laboratory class, also known as "Learn VHDL or DIE!!!!"

Should be a fun year and a half. Don't know if I will continue on to a Ph. D. though. Given the choice, I'd like to work for someone other than Intel or AMD, though maybe Intel needs my help (why don't we go for 100 pipeline stages next time?!) :-P
As for stats, I'm 22, 5'10", 225 lbs, none of it muscle, and ugly.

Finally, the song that fits me most is "Antisocial" by Anthrax. I prefer King Crimson, Orbital, or Einsturzende Neubauten though.

Is that enough?

The BBC would like to apologise for the following comment.

me, myself and I (4.66 / 3) (#256)
by nevauene on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 07:27:20 PM EST

So many different approaches one can take to describing themselves, most of them limiting and dishonest by design. So I'll just try to do the itemized list thing. Bear with me, I have extreme difficulty expressing myself with any brevity.

- Born in 1979. (22 years old)
- Canadian citizen, currently living by myself somewhere in the corridor between Windsor and London, Ontario, in a rural farmhouse on Highway 2.
- Leaving on Tuesday for <somewhere>, where I'll be a first-year CS student at <something> university.
- Spent the last 5 years working on and off (Unemployment $ in between) in an automotive parts factory. Union employee, then salaried Company, then back with the Union on the factory floor after being a bit too outspoken about the infinite capacity for incompetence, waste, and nepotism within the white-collar sphere of the company. This is all a pretty interesting story unto itself but I digress.
- Anarchist in ideals, but realistically supportive of democratic-socialist / Communist parties and movements in this lifetime. In Canada socialism and labour militancy are not merely far-off utopian ideals you advocate, they're a tradition that already exists and which you defend from the rightist parties inside and outside of the country (coughcoughUSgovernment) eager to dismantle and tame it.
- Rational atheist, but very much intrigued by Mahayanan Buddhism and Zen.
- Been doing this talking-in-forums thing for a long, long time, since back in the days of the dialup BBSes (when I ran a few busy ones myself).
- Been around computers since I was a small child with a TRS-80. Was programming early on, then lost interest for awhile in my teenage years while getting into.. other things. Using Linux for over 3 years now, love it (always missed having a real shell after I had to retire the Amiga in favour of a PC), and have become a competent C programmer and sysadmin with it. Still much to learn, so I figured I might as well go to school for it cause I've already got a leg up and a sincere passion for it.
- I am not your stereotypical geek in physique. I am a big bastard with broad shoulders who could eat you for breakfast. I only look gimpy when I wake up.
- I hate sports.
- I do not watch television. I like movies, but have no patience for most mainstream Hollywood fodder. I'm a cultural snob, deal.
- I like alcohol and can drink you under the table, twice on Sunday. I do not drink beer. Rye & coke is my staple drink, the venerable White Russian coming in a close second. Just about any liquor 35% or higher is fine by me though.
- I prefer having a few handfuls of close friends I care about to being a hypersociable individual with a universe of aquaintances and 'get-fucked-up' buddies. I've been that before, tired of it. So if I blow people off and am not terribly friendly, it's just because I don't have the time or inclination to have more people involved in my life than already are. I make friends slowly like one makes fine wine.
- I make music, sometimes by myself and sometimes with a couple collaborators. Have built up a large collection of rough masters over the years but still haven't yet put it all together to form coherent projects or albums.
- On the above note, I play guitar, keyboard, and I can do some amazing things with a sound editor and some plug-ins.
- My ancestry, though it doesn't mean much in a place like this, is varied. Alot of German with a fair amount of English, Irish, and Romanian, who knows what else. My family is a farming one on both sides, each coming here around the late 19th century. I grew up in the city however.
- Never finished highschool, and don't intend to.
- Don't drive, don't have a license, probably not going to get one anytime soon. I walk or bike, or catch a ride with friends.
- I am the inverse of a vegetarian. I eat meat, grains, dairy. I loathe almost all greens and fruits and do not eat them. Oddly enough I am in good health, despite the fact that supposedly I should be dead or near-death.
- I smoke cigarettes. And other things.
- My nick is meaningless, it's a made up word which appears aesthetically pleasing to me.
- Hobbies: reading (just about anything, with a particular interest in history), writing, listening to music, cooking with marijuana, having a good conversation, camping, swimming, walking, photography.
- Yes, I am an asshole. But I'm an honest asshole.

And that about sums it up.

There is no K5 Cabal.
physical description (none / 0) (#326)
by BugCatcher on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 12:31:47 PM EST

I don't know why but I loved the way you described yourself. Especially considering the physical condition of most of the geeks I know.

Are you the windshield, or the bug? Come to www.amorsley.net/bugsplat Now available in minty-fresh RDF!
[ Parent ]

heh. thanks. (none / 0) (#343)
by nevauene on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 02:58:17 PM EST


There is no K5 Cabal.
[ Parent ]
Grad CS geek (4.00 / 2) (#257)
by njd on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 07:40:10 PM EST

I'm 24, CS PhD student..love hacking on compilers and parallel systems..Outside
work I love music most of all..I love reading as well but I'm kinda off it at the moment..doing too much reading in work for it to be relaxing afterwards:-)

Me (4.00 / 2) (#258)
by kreyg on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 07:56:51 PM EST

Real name: Craig Hall
Age: 28
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Occupation: Game Programmer (it says "Software Engineer" on my business card)
Employer: Electronic Arts (Canada)
Current/prior projects: SSX Tricky (Nintendo GameCube), SSX (PS2), Triple Play 2000, Scramble (pre-EA - free download! :-)
Hobbies: Music and playing games :-)

There was a point to this story, but it has temporarily escaped the chronicler's mind. - Douglas Adams
wow (none / 0) (#288)
by core10k on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 11:57:40 PM EST

Like, wow. SSX rules. I don't suppose you have the scoop on what the record is for highest score on Elysium Alps?

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SSX (none / 0) (#293)
by kreyg on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 12:57:03 AM EST

Hey, thanks!

I found a link on http://ssxfan.com/ to http://www.algonet.se/~ptt/ssx/, which seems to have lots of high scores for both race and showoff for all tracks.

Also, check out http://www.merqurycity.com/ - all the guys are enormously flattered by this site (check the guestbook). :-) If you click on the "?" at the bottom, it will show a screenshot of Elysium records with 1,003,600 points (!!!) at the top. There is no "official" high score that I am aware of - the tracks are too open-ended for there to be a "perfect" score.

Have fun!

There was a point to this story, but it has temporarily escaped the chronicler's mind. - Douglas Adams
[ Parent ]
wow (none / 0) (#294)
by core10k on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 01:37:42 AM EST

Wowed again. My personal record is 605k and a friend got 750k; but over 1 million? Time to hang up the snowboard I guess <sigh>. Until SSX DVD comes around. :)

[ Parent ]
Not long to wait (none / 0) (#347)
by kreyg on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 04:08:38 PM EST

Hang in there for a little longer, Tricky is coming soon. :-)
There was a point to this story, but it has temporarily escaped the chronicler's mind. - Douglas Adams
[ Parent ]
Hi Craig (none / 0) (#426)
by FirebrandX on Thu Oct 03, 2002 at 07:09:15 AM EST

Actually, the 1 million + score by Laurent Daubas is officially recognized as the world record by www.twingalaxies.com You might know of me as I am the racing expert for the SSX series. I am still setting records for it too! Just recently set a new world record of 3:23.68 for Elysium Alps on the original SSX. Hope you guys are going to make a 3rd SSX as I'm ready for more!

[ Parent ]
Who are you? (5.00 / 4) (#259)
by scriptkiddie on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 07:57:30 PM EST

Two days ago, I was at my friend's house, playing with his computer. His little brother walked in the door and said "Hi, who are you?"

I said, "Dan."

He sat down and said, "And what do you do?"

I said, truthfully enough, "I'm a student."

He said, "Well that's not very much."

At the time I laughed.

Will I cop a zero this time? (4.33 / 3) (#262)
by inpHilltr8r on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 08:32:11 PM EST

32 year old video game programmer, currently contributing to both the UK brain drain, and the US immigration problem, by working for a Japanese mega-corp in the sixth level of hell.

Or LA as it's commonly known. Actually Santa Monica, which is nice, but expensive, even compared to London, which is where I used to work and live.

Currently putting the finishing touches on Kinetica for the PS2, while simultaneously wishing we had another month to do all the little things we wanted to, and being glad that it'll all be over soon, and I can get on with actually haveing a life.

(The title is a reference to the zero rating I got the last time we did this, like some scrote didn't believe me)

whee ... (4.33 / 3) (#263)
by misterluke on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 08:54:37 PM EST

I'm 25 on Monday, employed as a programmer in Victoria, BC, Canada, although I spend as much time in hardware / database hell as I do coding. Even the coding I do isn't all that shit hot - mostly Perl .cgi front ends for MySQL databases. I only ever learn as much as I absolutely have to at any one time; as a result, I am neither a Unix guru nor an uber-MCSE Windows bitch-slapper, but I can make my way around either. Every so often I get to work on actual software development in C++, and I'm even starting to look fondly back on my 4th year experiences with Java ( the horror ).

I tore through the 4 year Comp. Sci. program at the University of Victoria in a smoking 6 years, and when I say smoking, I mean, well, actually smoking. I almost got a Philosphy minor, but didn't want to spend the extra year it would have taken. I have the best of intentions about going back.

Lessee ... I play bass guitar; I ride a nifty mountain bike; I don't own a car; I smoke way too much dope; I drink way, way too much espresso, I drink a little too much beer; I get way too aggro in my posts here; I lurk the diaries section compulsively; I promise myself that eventually I will get off my lazy ass, if only for a wee bit of scratching.

Yeeehaaaawww (none / 0) (#299)
by ezroot on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 02:28:02 AM EST

Victoria BC Canada ... the best.

[ Parent ]
So I hear ... (5.00 / 1) (#344)
by misterluke on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 03:08:44 PM EST

but I've never lived anywhere else, so I wouldn't really know. Seriously, though, I do love it here. I'm planning on going and living somewhere else soon if I can find a job somewhere like Ireland, the Netherlands, Denmark or New Zealand ... maybe Scotland or somewhere else in Europe, but I'm pretty sure I'll be coming back here to settle down. Victoria seems to be a black hole that way; once you've been here for any length of time, it sucks you in, brings you back and pretty soon you start complaining about the tourists like all the rest of us.

[ Parent ]
Tourist Season: Two per person, minimum 140 lbs ea (none / 0) (#371)
by ezroot on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 11:25:35 PM EST

..... Yes, complaining about the tourists is an important part of being 'victorian'. I love it here. Mild climate, horrible drivers (me included!), my job ...

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Who am I? (3.50 / 2) (#264)
by jeffreyd on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 08:58:38 PM EST

I'm a 23 year old counterperson for a dry cleaners in Cross Lanes, West Virginia, USA.
I wrote software in Visual Basic and C/C++ for four years in the US Air Force and won't ever write software for pay again because I saw so much of my work indirectly used to kill people.
I'm smarter than the average bear and I enjoy cheap eighties horror movies.
I'm a registered communist politically and a taoist philosophically.
I just got cable internet access and am enjoying listening to Canadian radio in RealAudio.
I like Tom Waits and Mr. Bungle.
I'm five foot ten inches tall and I weigh two hundred pounds even.
My name is Jeffrey D Johnson.

Tom Waits (none / 0) (#269)
by richieb on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:13:00 PM EST

Hey, I like Tom Waits too. Do you have the new CD of Tom Waits songs performed by John Hammond? It's awsome...

It is a good day to code.
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kitchenware and candybars (5.00 / 2) (#265)
by ductape on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 09:48:09 PM EST

I am an 18 year old male, living in Brenham, Texas (north of Houston). I'm 5.9, about 140, long brown hair, a slightly reddish goatee, and blue eyes. I recently graduated from high school, and am attending Blinn College in the fall, due to my indeciciveness in choosing a school.

My major is computer science, though I'm up in the air for a computer science/music (performance) major. I'm going into college with 18 hours under my belt, but i'm still running with a full 15 hour load.

I have a job, as well. The business card says "Web Programmer", but that's because I told them I wanted "Resident Wizard" on it. I make $10/hr, and work quite a bit, especially late hours. Most of my work involves database backend work for ecommerce and credit union websites, all with SQL (MSSQL, specifically), PHP, ASP (eew.), VB (eew^2), JavaScript. On a regular basis, I have to patch (D)HTML for my boss, 'cause he's an MCSE. My love is UNIX. If I had the chance, I'd be doing systems programming, maybe embedded systems in any UNIX environment. I LOVE C, PERL, and big monitors full of (E/X/NX)term windows. Enlightenment (sans gnome/kde) is my windowmanager of choice, all running on a K6-2/400mHz box. My Compaq PIII/667 runs winamp and visualizations for me, as it has a teeny old monitor on it. That, and I've been working too much to put OpenBSD on it. Windows 2000 at work, and it sucks hard. So hard, it thonks when it crashes.

When I'm not at work, I'm reading or playing an instrument, whether or not I'm partying with my friends. Most of them are musicians as well (we were all band nerds in highschool), so when we get toasty, we go jam. I am competent, and quite good on a subset of instruments; bass guitar, guitar, french horn, trumpet, and mandolin have made beautiful music in my hands. I have at least 4 years of experiance on all, and play bass in two rock bands, and am looking for likeminded weirdos to put together an album of strange tunes I've written. One of my bands, Coop, is playing gigs and looking for a record deal, while the other is replacing a recently vacated drumming spot.

I'm working on a spiritual belief, though I was raised Christian (lutheran, specifically). I hesitate to call myself anything, but could probably be described as being the concatenation of christian, zen buddhist, and agnostic.

Somehow, amidst all of this, I've managed to meet a wubulously nice girl who amazes me with her intelligence. She may very well be smarter than I am. If she is, then I'm cool with it. Last night, I spent 6.5 hours at her house, going through her poetry, paintings, and photographs. hot cheese, I'm infatuated.

I went to my senior prom, with a date, and drank champagne in the limo. I partied waay to hard that night, and spent waay too much money on the ordeal. I could have been coding, but since it was only ONE prom...

I'm usually quiet, but after being around sara last night, whoo. I love jazz, death metal, funk, (underground) hip hop, and the beatles, and soul coughing. metallica is a bunch of pussies now, but I love their music. I am trying to become victor wooten.

the end until more happens

"Who uses a D or G string anyway? They're kind of silly." --Fat Mike, NOFX

Me Dammit! (4.00 / 1) (#266)
by junk boy on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 09:55:03 PM EST

I'm 23, Live in Japan and hate the management.

I graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Japanese literature. (Everyone take a weekend and read 'confessions of a mask' by Mishima Yukio or Kokoro by Natsume Soseki [now public domain = free downloads legally!])

I worked in a fiberglass lab making bodywork for Trans-Am cars when my boss showed me a SGI 02 and said 'make it work'.

From there I got sucked into the black arts of the SysAdmin.

I live in Yokohama (Japan) now and was a network engineer, which I liked, but then got transfered to planning and creative development for a collaborative portal and an e-learning system. I think I do good work but being 23 it seems most people aren't willing to listen.

Isn't life fun?

geekmomdyke (4.50 / 2) (#267)
by BugCatcher on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:00:52 PM EST

or is it dykegeekmom or momgeekdyke? Depends on the moment.

I am a 37 y.o. software developer. I make a living creating, tweaking and enhancing VB applications that use SQL Server and Access databases, plus an inhouse server my co-worker wrote. I am developer number 2 of a 2 person development group. My employer is a company called OCLC and they're in Ohio. They bought the company I worked for after I'd been there more than 10 years. It's now been 13+ years that I've worked in the library industry. Some of my coworkers have known me all this time and know way too much about me, they've watched me grow up.

The first programming language I worked with was PL/1 on an IBM mainframe. Just got out of that and into desktop apps a couple of years ago... and I am sooo much happier now. Although VB is currently paying the bills, the wind is shifting within my company and I'm brushing up on my Java and C so I don't get sideswiped.

I like beer rather than wine, porters and good micro-brewed stuff not the mass produced junk. I also like tequila, margaritas and dirty mothers being my favorite vehicles for it. I practice yoga, drink coffee and love a good steak.

I play soccer very enthusiastically and because of that I have reconstructive ACL surgery coming up a week from today. I'm hoping for a full (or more than full) recovery so I can play soccer in the Gay Games in Sydney, 2002. Wish me luck, please.

I am mommy to a 20 month old girl child who thinks that doing death-defying stunts is funny and who is now exploding with new vocabulary. My partner is a wickedly smart Leo who loves to talk on the phone to all her friends every night. She works at the same place I do, but usually on different projects. We use yahoo messenger to make comments about our coworkers and plan our evenings. She's one of the sexiest people I know and she makes me feel like I won the lottery of love . Ok, enough of that <blush>.

I like to bake bread and cookies. I love to have food and visit with my friends. I am a gardener, and promote organic methods and native plant usage. I am a reader. Anything from geek books to sci fi, to fantasy, to historic fiction, to popular science to anything that catches my interest while cruising the stacks at the library or bookstore. I support my local used bookstore, a lot.

I am still living in my home town. I used to be slightly embarrassed about that, but I'm not anymore... I love it here (Olympia, WA).

30 is not old...

I remember Mosaic and the days before the huge internet media explosion.

We've got two machines at home, Pentiums, Win98. We just got our DSL hook up and have one of them connected. I'm still educating myself on routers vs. hubs so I can get the other one connected and access the printer, etc. from both (and wouldn't mind getting some advice on that decision). I'm going to get another machine to play with in the basement - Linux, open source, etc.

I figured out the whole kuro5hin = corrosion angle before I read the faq. Wordplay is one of my favorite games.

Are you the windshield, or the bug? Come to www.amorsley.net/bugsplat Now available in minty-fresh RDF!

Good luck! (none / 0) (#355)
by netmouse on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 04:52:22 PM EST

Good luck with your surgery and with the games!

I used to play a lot of soccer and then pulled all the tendons in my left knee in a collision on the field and failed to get the appropriate physical therapy and couldn't really run for 5 years without it hurting. Don't do that! take care of yourself and kick butt in the 2002 games!


[ Parent ]

I am (4.50 / 4) (#270)
by tokage on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:17:37 PM EST

The Lord Jesus Christ upon High. I sit on my Eternal Throne, dictating the fate of you petty humans, awash in a sea of boredom. My current residence is Everywhere, in Everything, as I am omnipotent. My job description is: creating shit and making it all work. If you can find it in yourselves to accept me in your hair, I am tall, with dark hair and green eyes. Ladies only plzthx.

My Father is awake, I must go. He's been up all night playing craps with Satan and is in a foul temper. Luckily his father, Ralph, is still asleep. He's been on a nasty bender for the past millennium, and will likely be a Beast when he arises. Farewell, my Children. Continue your life of pointless toil and meaningless suffering. Hold on to your fragile illusion that I will reward you, it makes it all so much more entertaining.

You better pray to God there's some Thorazine in that bag, otherwise you're in bad fucking trouble.

just another teenage suburban slob (5.00 / 1) (#271)
by Anon 20517 on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:20:04 PM EST

I'm a 17 year old white male residing in a rather wealthy suburb of Detroit. Religiously speaking, I suppose I'd have to call myself agnostic. My parents, however, in some sort of state of denial, drag me to their Presbyterian church with them every so often. Politically, I suppose I'm a bit left of center. I probably would have voted for Nader if I were old enough. I listen to a variety of punk rock, including those famous Swingin' Utters and the chart-topping Dillinger Four (both of which are excellent bands, I suggest you try them).

I like tinkering around with GNU/Linux and the vast array of nifty software that people write for it. Programming has never really interested me for some reason. I'm far more prone to whip out Quake3 and Urban Terror and relieve some stress.

This year will be my last in high school (thank god). I'm probably gonna apply to the school of Engineering at the Univeristy of Michigan. I get good grades and enjoy math/science and the whole bit, but I'm still not totally sure if I want to commit to that. Part of me is rather irritated that I've wasted a good portion of my youth in front of a computer screen. I'm not playing football and getting drunk every weekend like "normal" kids. Sometimes I wonder how much I've missed by living the life of a geek, and how much more I will continue to miss if I maintain my present lifestyle. The very idea that I will have to leave my sheltered yuppy hometown and enter the harsh Real World is also quite daunting. My political, musical, and ethical opinions have been changing so quickly and so frequently (due in large part to constant exposure on the internet) that I'm beginning to wonder if I'll ever find my own footing. I wonder if I'll ever be able to say "I believe A beacuse B, C, and D" with certainty. It'll all work out, I guess. That's what the 'rents say.


Signal 11 (3.00 / 2) (#272)
by Signal 11 on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:32:36 PM EST

I'm known as 'Signal 11' online. Most of the k5 regulars (hail eris) and slashdot 'old farts' know me. In meat space, my name is Bojay. The nickname comes from, obviously, the memory condition in the linux kernel - a segmentation fault. At the time I was installing linux, I was getting that error a lot... I figured it was obscure enough, and linux wasn't well-known at the time, that "Signal 11" would make a good nick. As far as my name in the real world goes, do a search on google... you'll figure it out.

At the moment, I'm unemployed. I'm considering getting out of the job market, and going into something else - what, as of yet, I do not know. My computer skills are broad, and in the areas of networking, web design, security, and hardware, fairly deep.

Visit my homepage for my personal history, if you care...

~ Siggy

Society needs therapy. It's having
trouble accepting itself.

I'm me. (4.00 / 1) (#275)
by FullFrontalNerdity on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:43:30 PM EST

I'm 28, a software engineer (ColdFusion, Java, XML, Oracle) working for a bank software company in Atlanta. Some days I love my job, others I hate it, although not very often. I'm bitter about some of my dot-com experiences.

But I digress.

Before working as a programmer I received a B.A. in Biology from Johns Hopkins University, then spent a few years working toward a Ph.D. in Genetics at Emory University. Thankfully I realized that I didn't want to spend the rest of my life at a lab bench with a Pipetteman, which brought me to my current career.

Outside of work I like to garden, this year I had a bumper crop of tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, tabasco and thai chili peppers and herbs. Of course, I garden because I love to cook, and nothing beats cooking up a meal with food you grew yourself. I consider myself the luckiest amateur chef in the world, I have two people who I am very close to who are both chefs. I'm lucky to be able to cook with one or both of them regularly, expanding my knowledge of cooking, food and wine.

I am passionate about all things Latin American. I have traveled through Mexico, including two weeks in Oaxaca de Juarez, the capital of the state of Oaxaca. I'm particularly fond of visiting many of the pre-Columbian ruins, I find nothing more peaceful and spiritual (which is saying a lot from an atheist) than spending time exploring long abandoned civilizations. I'm currently planning a visit to Macchu Picchu in the spring of 2002.

S1 (none / 0) (#289)
by b0r3d on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 12:29:28 AM EST

I had an ex-roommie that use to work at S1, that's not the company you're referring to is it?

[ Parent ]
S1... not! (none / 0) (#327)
by FullFrontalNerdity on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 12:33:37 PM EST


Though I had a boss who made a mint with S1. Too bad he was still a clueless asshole and one of the reasons I am bitter about my dot-com experiences.

[ Parent ]
The All-Seering I. (5.00 / 1) (#276)
by Fixer on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:46:29 PM EST

Oi.. I've had to beat back the monster of paranoia to post this one, so here goes:

I'm twenty six, male. I'm a programmer at a dot-bomb in the process of detonation. I was raised by my father, and I've moved around quite a bit. So often, in fact, that I didn't develop a real friendship with anyone until age fifteen.

I study physics, electronics, computer science and engineering in my spare time, and what little I have left from that is reserved for games and science fiction (Cordwainer Smith is an unsung genius of the field).

Wandering farther afield, I study various occult subjects, politics, and any general bit of research I can lay my hands on.

I count myself a Libertarian of the L. Neil Smith variety, and listen to such groups as Enya, Deep Forest, System of a Down, Queen, as well as a smattering of classics. Oh, who am I kidding.. I'd fill up the rest of this message with nothing but groups and musical styles if I really tried to be inclusive.

I nearly joined the Society for Creative Anachronism, and on the occaisonal weekend I get together with friends for some 'traditional' pen-and-paper role playing.

Both of my parents are members of Mensa, and while I have scored sufficiently high to join, I feel absolutely no interest in it.

I do not think we currently have anywhere near enough understanding of this strange thing called reality, and I also think we devote far too few resources to the task.

Suffice to say, I am me, you're you, and this post is over.

Hi! (4.00 / 2) (#277)
by RavenDuck on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:53:44 PM EST

Hi everyone.

I'm a 26-year-old who was born, and lives, in Melbourne, Australia (ie., down the south end of the world). Currently I'm a full-time student, doing a PhD in Criminology, and my research area is femicide (female victims of homicide). I don't think that spending all my day thinking about murder makes me sick, twisted, depressed, or a dangerous lunatic, but then I'm probably not able to address that issue very objectively. I actually started out doing psychology, and while I still think psych is interesting, it's not quite as gritty as criminology (or, at least, my area of criminology). FWIW, there are currently only two people actively studying homicide in Australia (as far as I've been able to determine), and the other one is a good friend of mine.

Previously I've worked part-time in various social-science research roles in fields such as domestic violence and juvenile recidivism. I also do a bit of web development at the moment to help pay the rent. Oh yeah, I'm also a resident tutor at one of the residential colleges servicing my university, tutoring psychology (ho hum), criminology (yay!), and statistics (yukk!).

I'm a self-described geek and run Linux as my primary OS, and although I dabble a little in scripting languages which start with `P', I wouldn't presume to call myself a coder. I'm also one of those few social scientists who write in LaTeX (which makes it difficult to give my supervisor drafts of my thesis!).

There is probably more to me that the above, but I can't think of anything else interesting at the moment.

For murder, though it have no tongue, will speak
With most miraculous organ.
So... (3.00 / 1) (#291)
by Kaki Nix Sain on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 12:55:19 AM EST

... do you have a few ready, planned perfect murders? Not that I have anyone in mind or anything, just curious.

[ Parent ]

Perfect murder (4.00 / 1) (#297)
by RavenDuck on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 02:10:13 AM EST

I certainly wouldn't say that I had some *planned* murders, but I'm often asked if I could comitt the perfect murder.

When you study murder, hang around homicide cops and criminal profilers, attend crime scenes and autopsies, etc., you get to know what is and isn't more likely to get a murderer caught. I don't think there is such a thing as a "perfect murder", as anyone can get unlucky (and someone always sees *something*), but some of them can be bloody difficult to solve. I guess we're just lucky that most people who want to kill someone aren't overly bright.

For murder, though it have no tongue, will speak
With most miraculous organ.
[ Parent ]
It seems to me... (none / 0) (#350)
by Kaki Nix Sain on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 04:18:17 PM EST

... one way to evade suspision is to not know the victim at all. Just drive off to some random town, find someone alone, and off them. Then drive to some other really far away random place, liquify the fleshy bits, grind the hard bits to dust, and dump the results in some river. Then drive home. Of course, this is a lot of work just to off someone that you've never met, and might have really liked as a person, if you had bothered to get to know them. So it might give one a near perfect murder (yeah, witnesses might still fuck it up, you've a good point there), but it would also be rather pointless.

[ Parent ]

Stranger murder (none / 0) (#367)
by RavenDuck on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 08:50:17 PM EST

I'd certainly agree that stranger murders tend to be the most difficult to solve, especially so when there is no apparent motive (as opposed to something like a mugging or an armed robbery). That's why prostitution is such a dangerous occupation - they get into strangers cars willingly and dissapear easily, and often noone realises that they are gone for some time.

Obliterating the body to prevent identification or evidence is certainly possible, but not easy (I wont go into the details here, however, as I don't want to give anyone ideas!). You can be charged with murder without a body, but it's more difficult if noone knows that the murder has happened.

Generally, most murders are not random or motiveless (even in the US). Most can be understood if you look at the details of the interaction between the victim and the offender. It's when the motivation is internal (like the sexual sadism of some serial killers) that it becomes difficult to identify likely suspects. Luckily, this is pretty rare.

For murder, though it have no tongue, will speak
With most miraculous organ.
[ Parent ]
femicide (none / 0) (#366)
by pobblebonks on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 08:48:37 PM EST

The research sounds cool. I seem to recall meeting someone working on their PhD in the field of criminology, with femicide being the focus of their project. It was in Melbourne as well. When you say you've only found two people actively studying homicide in Australia, do you mean homicide topics in general, or femicide in particular? Good luck with your PhD!

[ Parent ]
Who I am (4.00 / 1) (#278)
by trog on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:55:02 PM EST

I am a 27 year old computer geek, residing in Silicon Valley. I have been programming for almost twenty years (yes, since I was seven; growing up with a father in the military meant my elementary school had four Atari 800s in the library). Today, I work as the production sysadmin for a dot-com in Menlo Park, banging on a large scale web farm (Nothin' but *nix).

Most of my work involves network and host security. I have developed several protocols for secure online transactions; one of these is soon to be published.

While I have no degree as of yet, I am slowly working towards a B.S. in Mathematics. Flex time is a beautiful thing.

Yet another sys enigineer... (4.00 / 1) (#279)
by b0fh on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 10:58:51 PM EST

Well, these days I am working on electronic cash transfer systems, both client-side (verix, C) and server-side (PERL+APACHE) woooho! Thank god no more MSCRAP. I used to work (old days) with Industrial Automation, that times it was WinBlows NT & C++ Builder.Besides working 300+ hours/month, theres no much time left these days to do intertsing things such as riding Bikes and driving offroad ;-). Well, cant win'em all.
"Contrary to popular belief, UNIX is user-friendly. It just happens to be selective on who it makes friendship with"
Technological and Cultural Profile (5.00 / 1) (#280)
by Riktov on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 11:05:30 PM EST

I've been reading kuro5hin for about six months, finding my way here via Slashdot, where I have a three-digit account number (big fat deal!)

I currently live in Tokyo, Japan, which is where I spent the first seventeen years of my life. The next seventeen were in Seattle, USA, up until six months ago. I'm equally Japanese and American, a native speaker of English and Japanese, and a U.S. citizen.

Politically/philosophically, I am quite liberal in U.S. terms, strongly anti-corporate, and averse to consumer materialism. In 2000 I voted for Nader. I've never owned a car or a credit card. Some of my political beliefs are close to, if not outright, communist. I'm not at all activist, though, and tend to only admire from afar (and often scorn at the same time) folks like Greenpeace and WTO protesters.

Nonetheless, I work for a corporation, as a project manager for a software engineering company with a staff of about 30. It's the subsidiary of a Seattle-based company, and I'm the only foreigner in the office. I've been working in the software industry for about twelve years now, as a translator/editor, graphic designer, system administrator, applications programmer, QA engineer, and lots of other stuff. But my main interest when it comes to computers is programming, and most of my experience is in C++, along with quite a bit of Perl, and the fundamentals of Java. I'd like to learn LISP. And I really should remove Visual Basic from my resume, as it's kind of embarrassing and I haven't used it in ages.

Other than a college FORTRAN class (way back in 1984, on a VAX 11/780) and a C++ night class a few years ago, I have no formal education in computer science. The only degree I have is a Bachelor of Fine Arts in industrial design. I'd like to get a master's degree in computer science some day, but purely for academic rather than practical (career) reasons.

I own one computer, a Toshiba notebook with a 133Mhz Pentium and 48MB RAM, and it's almost good enough! Most of the time it runs Turbo Linux, which I use for the Japanese support. But if not for that, I'd be running Slackware. The desktop environment is KDE1.1, as 2.x is too heavy.

No PDAs, and a cell-phone primarily because it's cheaper than installing a phone in my apartment in Japan.

Though not "accomplished", I do some graphic art and photography, and play some piano and guitar. I recently bought a Spanish classical guitar so I can play my favorite style of music, Brazilian bossa nova. I also enjoy jazz and some Japanese pop. I'm a walking encyclopedia of American pop music from the '70s and '80s, and my favorite rock band is Steely Dan. Most of the music discussed here -- house, techno, Radiohead, whatever -- I'm too old for, thus I must consider it crap...

I've smoked pot only twice in my life, and I did not inhale. (No comment on whether I had sexual relations with that woman...) I've never taken any other illegal drug, and never once smoked tobacco. I drink alcohol, but only when socializing. I prefer a glass of orange juice.

I call myself a "pragmatic vegetarian", which means that when I cook at home, which I try to do as much as possible, I use no meat at all, but I have no problem with meat when eating out or as a guest. And as long as I'm eating animals, I don't discriminate. I've eaten dog meat and whale meat, as well as live crickets. In fact, I'm an advocate of entomophagy (eating insects).

Being of a (perhaps excessively) rational mind, I am a non-practicing atheist. There are religious people that I admire greatly, though. But the Pope is not among them.

I've traveled through Europe, Southeast Asia, and Brazil, about three months in each. But I've never lived anywhere besides the U.S. and Japan.

Random things I hate: Robin Williams, Microsoft, people who call someone "anal" who've probably never even heard of Freud, Caribbean resorts

Random things I love: The Simpsons, Rio de Janeiro, Lancia Delta S4, _Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance_, Vietnamese food

Fantasy (geek) rock band name: "virtual void"

Finally, though I have a girlfriend, I have never even come close to getting married.

That's me, userid:13035, username:Riktov.

"non practicing atheist" (none / 0) (#341)
by misterluke on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 02:50:15 PM EST

I love it.

[ Parent ]
Skippy (5.00 / 1) (#284)
by Skippy on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 11:34:16 PM EST

My name is Mark DuPrey and I live in Columbus, Ohio, USA. A year ago someone offered to let me teach myself ASP on the job and I accepted. A month and a half later they let me re-write a production tracking application. I think it needs a re-write now. It's amazing how much you can learn by shooting yourself in the foot repeatedly.

At work I must use Microsoft products but at home I'm a FreeBSD user. If I could find a job doing intranet stuff using some kind of unix/apache/language-starting-with-p I'd be in heaven. I don't think that job exists anywhere. I get annoyed that while the linux camp seems to have some decent artists the FreeBSD camp has none. Try and find a cool wallpaper featuring the beastie :-( (It probably doesn't help that the beastie is copyrighted and you have to get permission to use him :-p)

The other defining things about myself are that women with red hair turn my brain to jello and Taoism has had a huge effect on my life. Go get yourself a copy of the Tao Te Ching and read it. It'll take at most an hour and it might change your life. If not, its an hour well spent looking at a different viewpoint.
# I am now finished talking out my ass about things that I am not qualified to discuss. #

Remember this one? (4.00 / 3) (#285)
by Riktov on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 11:37:00 PM EST

My name is Matt Foley.

I am a motivational speaker.

I am thirty-seven years old, thrice divorced, and I LIVE IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER!!!!

Here I am (3.00 / 1) (#287)
by jreilly on Thu Aug 23, 2001 at 11:51:09 PM EST

Hi. I'm a nearly 18 year old student about to be a freshman at the University of Maryland, in College Park. I'm majoring in computer science and math.

I was raised Roman Catholic, but I refer to myself as either a non-practicing Catholic or a non-practicing Wiccan, depending on my mood

I am somewhat of a computer geek. I know Perl, PHP, c++, a bit of Java, and (forgive me) Lasso LDML. I know my way around Windows, Mac, and Linux, but I grew up on DOS, so I've got a soft spot for command lines. I know enough Solaris to dislike it. I'm in love with my new g4 powerbook, which has been booted to os9 just once. I built my own desktop computer, and my router is a 486 inside a cardboard box.

I don't really play any sports right now, but a friend has comvinced me to join the crew team at Maryland.

I enjoy a lot of music, but my three favorite artists would be Bob Dylan, Metallica, and Pink Floyd. I'll admit it though, I've got Backstreet Boys mp3s on my hard drive.

I have no idea what I want to do with my life, within bounds. Something in the vast realm of programming and computer science, though. I'll probably go to grad school.

My hobbies include computer games, battletech, hobby robotics, programming, violin, and plotting to rule Scotland.

Oooh, shiny...

OK, I'll bite (3.00 / 2) (#292)
by evanbd on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 12:56:58 AM EST

but you still don't get my real name :P I'd be intrigued to know if it can be found from my net presence if anyone cares. I don't think so, and Google on my real name produces only other people.

I'm a freshman at NCSU. I've been here a week, and I enjoy it. I graduated from the NC School of Science and Math (ncssm.edu), which is a great place.

I write code as a hobby. I'm ok at it, I like to think. I'm great at abstract concepts, be it code, computer architeture, math, or anything realted. I'm actually a relatively social geek. I have a wonderful girlfriend, who is sadly about to leave for Rochester (in new york. yuck. too far away.)

I am interested in computer engineering and computer science. I don't know which will be my major. I'm actually doing a dual degree program with a second major in the humanities, probably political science, econ, or perhaps japanese.

I designed and began building a computer with a few friends as an independent study in high school. It was going to be less capable than all you "old timers" worked with in many respects. We were going to build it out of basic TTL chips. Spec said 2MHz, 5 clocks per instruction. 64K RAM. *weird* architecture, carefully optimized to minimize chip count while maintaining "usability," if you can call it that. see details here.

I did policy debate for two years in high school. Great stuff, started my interest in politics in a real way. I program in Java mostly, with a smattering of Perl, C++ and outdated Pascal. I doubt I've forgotten any Basic (Eagle BasicA on dos 3.11), but then I never knew much of it. I learned basic in 3rd grade. We didn't have a home computer, so my dad brought me in to school early tuesday mornings to learn programming.

I've had a job at HAHT Software the past two summers, first doing QA and then Java / HTML stuff on their new product. It is, in my biased and not very humble opinion, the best active web server product I've ever seen. Everything anyone else has even claimed, it probly has better.

I normally use Win2K on my desktop. I don't know what everyone disses about it. It's rock stable. Anyone who tells you otherwise can't put together good hardware. It hasn't crashed since I put it on, after a couple days to get the settings right, excepting hardware failures. I'm installing RedHat 7.1 on my laptop, a Toshiba Libretto L1. I love the laptop. Be warned putting Linux on it though: PCMCIA (and with it network) needs a custom kernel patch, as does sound. I haven't done that yet. I do generally prefer it to Win2K, but I need some of the software and I like MS Office.

OK, this has probably rambled far too long. I usually write better, I swear. Tell me if you want more. If if you feel like making a summer intern offer for a really smart kid without real deep skills in any particular area, who knows his way around Java, HTML, C, Pascal, UNIX of various sorts, PC hardware, Networks, Win2K, boolean logic, and encryption theory, in no particular order.

!not(me) (4.50 / 2) (#295)
by Kaki Nix Sain on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 01:39:41 AM EST

I am:
  • named Horselover
  • in the midst of graduate philosophy education, headed in the cognitive science direction
  • a tool using primate
I spend my time:
  • writing papers about things that are not what I would like to write papers about
  • jumping through hoops
  • thinking about thinking, nonsense, and sometimes talking
  • drinking from the information well that we're in
  • listening to fast, poppy eurotechno
  • eating too much chinese take out
  • planning and aquiring parts for my wearable
  • planning the collective
  • considering the tasks of a citizen of the cosmos
  • wishing that there were a potientially infinite amount of time that could be used between each moment
  • wasting my years on this tiny planet
  • missing people that are far away

I live in NY (5.00 / 1) (#296)
by cguru on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 02:00:07 AM EST

I am 30, and I live in Long Island NY.
I have been into computers since I was 9 (My uncle bought be a Commodore Pet when I was 9), and I've been hooked ever since.
The last version of windows I liked was Win 3.1 and I've been 100% M$ free since 1999.
I am a Director of technology at a firm in NYC, but I am not a pointy haired boss :) I am a devout
Linux Advocate, and for fun, I word on my computer ;)

I am a Christian (An Intellectual Christian), I've studied every world religion (including Satanism) and Christianity was the ONLY religion where the "founder" said he was God himself. To me that was bold, so I had a 7 year quest to "disprove" it, and have become a Christian Apologist in the process.
I am a libertarian (Do what the hell you want as long as my rights aren't violated). I don't do drugs but believe drugs SHOULD be legal. It cleans up the gene pool.
Even though I look and act conservative, I am a "closet" fan of death metal (Strange, I know) preferring bands such as Obituary, Slayer, Cradle of Filth, et al.

I have a wicked case of ADD and am extremely opinionated ;)
Although I believe ADD is a character trait and not a "syndrome' as they like to say.
I've been dating a wonderful woman for 6 years, and we'll get married when we get around to it. (I don't believe in marriage for the sake of marriage. I don't belive in divorce ,and I want the best for my progeny once they come)
I have dabbled in every programming lamguage that has existed (except RPG, BLEH!), even ones such as Hypercard :)
I don't "get" OOP, and find Java excrutiatingly painful to grasp. I've been programming for nearly 15 years and feel extremely humbled when I try to understand java (I have bought and read every decent book on the subjecy "Thinking in Java", etc), and I believe the "procedural" methodology is too embedded in my brain for me to jump out of it.

I htink in *NIX, and have 10 PC's with OS's such as QNX, beos, Atheos, Intel Solaris, and of couse the BSD's and Linux. I prefer Debian but for some reason always end up using my Mandrake 8.0 PC because it is so cool. I just hate the RPM package system :(

I am a social butterfly, but I have only one friend which I've known for maybe 15 years. I find it hard to just "make friends" nowadys as most people don;t have my idealogies..oh wel
Have a great day

My opinions are randomly generated... (4.50 / 2) (#301)
by mahlen on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 03:45:26 AM EST

...but you're welcome to try and determine their root causes from the following. Or you can use the following to ignore my opinions; I wouldn't blame you :).

My real name is Mahlen Morris. I am currently 37 years old, living with my wife Diane and our three cats in San Francisco, and I am a Senior Engineer at a next-generation advertising company called Harmonic Communications, which means that sometimes i write a lot of Java/Weblogic EJB/SQL code, sometimes I plan what to write, and sometimes I'm in meetings discussing what we should write. I spend too much time gently informing people what we should not be writing.

Programming is the tribe to which i was born. My father was an electrical engineer at Lawrence Berkeley Labs. I was a nerdy child in Berkeley and Orinda, both S.F. Bay Area cities. I started programming on IBM mainframes with teletypes in BASIC when i was nine years old at the Lawrence Hall of Science. I programmed a TI calculator, which only had 100 possible steps in memory (and forgot everything when turned off). My first home computer was an Atari 800 (64K of memory), which i got when I was 19 or so. On that I cut my teeth on 6502 Assembler, BASIC, and Forth, and really learned how to debug, because I would type in programs from Antic magazine and then have to debug my typing mistakes from the program behavior. Then I went to Berkeley (during the tech boom of the 1980's), and learned Pascal, and C. It took a while to graduate, cause I didn't like to write papers. But I was very lucky to have found a now-defunct student co-op called Barrington Hall, which taught me nothing about computers, but everything about life.

After graduating from Berkeley in 1989 with a B.A. in Computer Science, I moved to San Francisco and started working as a programmer (I refused to live in Silicon Valley, because then, as now, it was a suburban cultural wasteland, and I am a city-boy through and through; the weather is nice there, though). Here is a list of where I've worked before Harmonic, only two of which still exist (and one just barely):

I suspect that in the future I may have a title like Software Architect or CTO someday. I have successfully fled in terror from possible management positions. In all modesty, I am pretty damn good at this stuff, and it's been pretty good to me. Nonetheless, I do look forward to retiring as soon as I can, so that I can code what I feel like.

But that's just my work life. The rest of me is actually interesting :).


Operator, give me the number for 911! --Homer Simpson, "The Simpsons"

I'm paranoid. (2.00 / 2) (#307)
by slaida1 on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 06:33:45 AM EST

I think somebody's watching this and recording all postings and then append these to existing database. I think "they" try to profile people nowadays so that even when I try to change my name, address and go hide someplace "they" could still find me.

oops, coffee break. so for this one time, I don't care and tell anyway: I'm 25, was born and live in Finland, Europe. I work as ADP support person/consultant and play Counterstrike all my freetimes except when I'm sleeping or working. Pretty easy living, I don't want more.

Yes... (none / 0) (#325)
by rebelcool on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 12:29:34 PM EST

we have you now. Time to send you some ads for our new soap, Lathertron 4000. We believe it will be popular with the hip geek-chic crowd that's going places. Generation X with an attitude just started smelling a whole lot better!

COG. Build your own community. Free, easy, powerful. Demo site
[ Parent ]

Coding on a tree (4.00 / 1) (#310)
by adewhite on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 08:15:03 AM EST

Just joking. First thing I did on this topic was searching for people from Asia, esp. Southeast Asia and there appeared to be none. Haven't read all the comments though. Anyway, I'm from the North Borneo, the so called state of Sabah, Malaysia where the majestic Mount Kinabalu is located. Sadly, a Brit climber was lost there a few day ago and the body has just been found yesterday. Bah, I'm an all around IT person, doing working for the IT dept. of a company which happen to be the biggest property developer in the state. And there are only 3 of us there... so you can imagine the kind of work I do. Nevertheless it gives me a lot of experience and the pay's not bad at all. I have also stated a company with a few friends so now I also work nights... wanna retire by 40 :) Not really sure how I stumbled upon K5, but like many here, I was also at the other site before if you know what I mean.

Ok - What the heck (5.00 / 1) (#315)
by Dan the Control Guy on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 09:54:50 AM EST

I am a 40+ controls engineer. I design the systems that are used for controlling Air Conditioning, CCTV, security and access conrol in large to very large buildings. I have designed and programmed some very high profile installations, including sports stadiums, high-rise office buildings, city office complexes, and government facilities. I got into computers in the late '70s on a DEC PDP-11/24 that was being used to control a hospital I was working in as a steam plant engineer. I was a Nuclear Power Plant operator on submarines in the Navy, and got into running boiler/power plants when I got out. I fell in love with computers at that time and bought an Atari 800 (pound for pound, still the best computer ever made). Switched my major from Electrical engineering to Computer Science in 82. Got into Linux in 95. Though my work is mostly on Windows and (historically) OS/2, Linux is still my intellectual passion. People call me a Penguinista, and I dont argue. I program C, Java (my favorite), Javascript, Pascal (Delphi) , and used to do a lot of Fortran-77. I have been married 21 years and have three teen-age daughters. And the gray hair that comes with it.

So why'd you waste the time rating me a 2? (none / 0) (#407)
by greyrat on Tue Aug 28, 2001 at 10:26:37 AM EST

~ ~ ~
Did I actually read the article? No. No I didn't.
"Watch out for me nobbystyles, Gromit!"

[ Parent ]
Smart Car driver (3.00 / 1) (#318)
by fraserspeirs on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 10:11:24 AM EST

It seems my primary calling in life is to drive this car and answer questions about it on garage forecourts.

Apart from that, I'm a PhD student at the University of Glasgow. I research accident and incident reporting databases. My master plan is to apply information visualisation techniques to these databases of incidents.

Computer wise, I don't program as much as I'd like to. I do Java, Objective C (Mac OS X) and perl primarily. I like learning new and (slightly) obscure languages, so I also know some Ada95 and Haskell. I primarily use Mac OS X on a Dual-500MHz G4 and a new-style iBook. I have a debian box at home routing my cable modem between the iBook, a Performa 6400 that will eventually get built into my smart car and a G3/266 desktop box that my wife uses.

Oh yeah, I also go to church, but that's a whole other post.

Not enough chicks around here! (4.00 / 2) (#322)
by d0rkchic on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 11:22:32 AM EST

Hi. My name is KristyAnna, and I am a geek chick. ("Hi kristy") Most people call me Kristy.

On sunday, I'll be 22 (Happy birthday to me!)

I was born and raised in Wapakoneta, Ohio (the birthplace and childhood home of Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon) an only child, and now am living and attending university at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. I've also lived in New Orleans and out in the boonies in Alberta Canada, but Ohio is my home. I am a psychology and computer science double major, and no, I don't psychoanalyze computers. I came to college as a psychology major, instrumental music minor.

Currently, I work for Marathon Oil Company in Findlay Ohio as an IT intern. I will also be taking classes in the fall and am hoping to graduate in the spring of 2002. My current projects at MOC are automated testing (using winrunner, test director, and possibly visualtest) as well as win2k admin stuff. Im also knowledgable about C/C++, Visual Basic, HTML, SQL, Oracle, Unix, and some other stuff. I will probably be looking for employment in May (*hint hint*) and I would like to relocate to Columbus or Cleveland.

I've recently setup my own home network, penny.lan with an obvious "beatles" theme. I have a Redhat 7.0 router (Ringo, the router). My roomate has a high end HP running ME (Paul, because its so pretty, but good for nothing). I also have my computer, and old AMD k6 200 running 98 w/ litestep (George, it's old, kinda psychadellic and does its own thing) and a company provided laptop running win2k (DayTripper, an IBM thinkpad). I plan on adding a multimedia box to hook up to my tv (Tik2Ride)

I enjoy music and film, travel, guitar(I have a danelectro innuendo, the blue one), interior design(I have an alpha motherboard hanging on my wall), pop culture, anime, hardware(will look cute for hardware!), networking, programming, imported/ microbrew beer and hard liquor, cooking, reading, and any sort of new experience. I was baptized a methodist, raised a jehovahs witness, but right now I'm agnostic. I am extremely indecisive, but have strong opinions on important subjects. I like both linux and Microsoft. However, I'm interested in getting my MCSD soon :)

Sorry fellas, I'm not single :)

Do you chat to your mother with those fingers?

from another chickie... (none / 0) (#335)
by BugCatcher on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 01:39:53 PM EST

Love the sig...

Hey, I'm working toward my MCSD too, and can't help but feel like I'm trying to gain a knightship in the evil empire. MS for $$ for now, Java and others for fun and hopefully for $$ later. Gotta have some $$ so I can set up my third box, for Linux, in the basement room we call the Grotto... gunship grey paint and a furnace in the closet.

and, Happy Belated Birthday!

Are you the windshield, or the bug? Come to www.amorsley.net/bugsplat Now available in minty-fresh RDF!
[ Parent ]

Chick power! (none / 0) (#340)
by d0rkchic on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 02:47:14 PM EST

Actually my birthday is in two days (this sunday) so thank you :)

Also, I don't buy into the whole MS is evil stuff. Yeah.. the products they sell aren't perfect, and a lot of people are making a lot of money because of it. But Linux and associated products arent perfect either-- even if they are free. I like to program, so why not program in something that I can use to provide for myself with as well. Linux is more of a hobby for me. It's too bad that you feel like you're in an evil empire. Just keep thinking that you gotta do what you gotta do to get paid, and are keeping your programming skills sharp in the meantime. When you have what you need, you'll be able to apply your 31337 skillz to a more noble use ;)

We girls gotta stick stick together; there don't seem to be many of us around here :)

Do you chat to your mother with those fingers?
[ Parent ]

Helloooo there! (none / 0) (#346)
by netmouse on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 03:56:35 PM EST

Hi Kristy! Happy birthday in two days.


I did an internship in Findlay Ohio one summer in Tech Theatre. Ran into the strongist sexism I've ever yet experienced in the tech theatre business, but we settled it more or less by the end of the summer.

What you forgot to mention is that Findlay is one of the many flag cities, USA. It is also very flat. I mainly remember riding my bike around and being bored. I don't usually recommend Columbus or Cleveland, but I bet you're right it will be a step up

That said, many of the people I met in Findlay were very friendly. Quite some impressive houses in that town with so much old oil money.

best of luck to you, fellow chickly one!


[ Parent ]

the flattest place on earth (none / 0) (#404)
by d0rkchic on Mon Aug 27, 2001 at 10:50:38 AM EST

I'm sorry to hear that you ran into a sexism problem. I haven't seen so much of that around here as much as I've seen an overabundance of racism (which runs rampant throughout rural communities). Both of them suck, but I'm glad you got it all worked out :)

Findlay is a great place if you're married and raising a family. However I'm not. Yeah it's boring :) Fortunately for me, I live up the road in Bowling Green which happens to be a decent college town. I head up to Toledo on occasion as well. It keeps me fairly busy although not ideal.

The folks are really nice here and it's a good midwestern community. It is a very beautiful place with all the huge houses too. It's just not the place for me.

I like Columbus especially as I had spent a great deal of time down there through the years (went with gramma to the osu medical centers when she had breast cancer, my father lives there, All state 4-H stuff was run from there, my bf lived there over the summer). I've always liked the area. It's big enough, but not too big. I could get my masters at OSU (*the* ohio state university ;) ). It seems to have quite the budding tech industry. And, if I need a lil respite in the country, it won't take long for me to get there and see a little corn n' soybeans :)

Cleveland is kind of a scary suburbian mass. However I know there are a lot of jobs to be had there, so I wouldn't mind going.

Do you chat to your mother with those fingers?
[ Parent ]

wow, small world (none / 0) (#351)
by Anonymous 242 on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 04:19:57 PM EST

My Dad is originally from Wapakoneta.

Have you run into any of the Malatesta family? I believe that my uncle Jack still lives there. I think his youngest son, Dustin, would be within two years of your age one way or the other.

Then again, maybe not. Its been years since I've seen uncle Jack or his children.

If you are thinking of relocating and would consider Cincinnati, when you get close enough to graduation to start looking for work, sling your resume my way. I know more than one company that might be interested down here yonder.


Lee Malatesta

[ Parent ]

vaguely familiar (none / 0) (#402)
by d0rkchic on Mon Aug 27, 2001 at 10:34:48 AM EST

Yes the name Dustin sounds familiar. However, I don't know much about the man as we ran in different circles. I was a band geek / computer nerd (big surprise there) :)

I'm always looking to relocate :) I'll keep you in mind. I know there is giong to be a job fair at BGSU at the end of september. Let me know of some good places in Cinci so I can potentially look them up :)

Thanks :)

Do you chat to your mother with those fingers?
[ Parent ]

childhood home of Neil Armstrong (none / 0) (#392)
by triticale on Sat Aug 25, 2001 at 09:16:24 PM EST

So, if you were born and raised in Wapakoneta, Ohio (the birthplace and childhood home of Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon) then perhaps you can tell us the facts about the Mr. Gorsky legend.

[ Parent ]
Or maybe not :) (none / 0) (#403)
by d0rkchic on Mon Aug 27, 2001 at 10:39:17 AM EST

Actually I was raised out in the country on a farm near Wapakoneta long after Neil Armstrong spent his days there. (As a matter of fact, it's very possible that Neil and I played the exact same instrument. We both played baritone horn and the first instrument that I had rented from my school was so ancient, discolored and dented that it was probably the exact same one that he played. Way to go school funding for the arts!)

I don't know of the Mr. Gorsky legend in particular (was he the guy with the telescope / observatory in his attic?). Perhaps you could give me the details and I could ask around :)

Do you chat to your mother with those fingers?
[ Parent ]

Um, well... (none / 0) (#405)
by triticale on Mon Aug 27, 2001 at 08:02:35 PM EST

Actually, that was my feeble attempt at humor for the day. The "legend" actually started as a joke. The premise behind it is that this fictional neighbor's wife would only perform a certain favor for him "when the kid next door walks on the moon!"

[ Parent ]
ohhh.. I get it :) (none / 0) (#411)
by d0rkchic on Wed Aug 29, 2001 at 08:31:38 AM EST

Sorry.. I hadn't heard of the Gorsky legend before (I'm a young pup). However, it wouldn't surprise me. Wapakoneta is a boring town. There isn't much to do there other than drink and have sex. This accounts for the overabundance of children and alcoholics in the area ;)

Do you chat to your mother with those fingers?
[ Parent ]
html geek (4.00 / 1) (#323)
by mkelley on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 11:39:03 AM EST

I'm Mike Kelley and I am a Web/Technology Specialist for my 9-5 job, Web Developer for my 6-9 job, and a musician to boot.

I'm 27 years old, engaged, and completely stressed.

I've develope/designed sites since 1995
I've developed :

I've put pen to paper for as long as I can remember.
I write for:
I read and post on kuro5hin, Plastic, /., Daynotes.com, and drudge.

I am 99x :)

life is like a freeway, if you don't look you could miss it.

I am still... (3.00 / 1) (#324)
by Rand Race on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 12:02:50 PM EST

... a meat popsicle.

Who are you?

Randolph R. Rackovitz.

Where do you come from?

Born May 22, 1971 in Chattanooga Tennessee. I currently reside on top of a mountain just north of Chattanooga.

What do you do for a living?

I admin an advertising agency with about 70 seats. Mostly Macs but a few PCs and Unix boxes as well.

I fail to see how any of this explains why I'm a dope-smoking leftist hillbilly punk, but there ya are.

"Question with boldness even the existence of God; because if there be one, He must approve the homage of Reason rather than that of blindfolded Fear." - Thomas Jefferson

Infos (3.00 / 1) (#329)
by flauros on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 12:53:53 PM EST

I'm a 19 year old sophomore in college in NJ (cs major w/ a minor in ee). I got into computers and programming in junior high (primitively locking up computers w/ qbasic) and networking (hiding warez in upper ascii character directories on netware) at around the same time. I first heard about Kuro5hin when it was DoS'd to death from /. I live in a small closet room in a pseudo-squat outside of campus. I like listening to modern hardcore, grindcore, and elephant6 recordings. When I'm not at school I live in NY. And I'm trying to build a mosix cluster with my friend using celeron and PII boxes people threw out this spring in his overly-afluent neighborhood. I've been reading kuro5hin for only a few months but am refreshed by the lack of 'linux-distro for nokia phones' /. -type stories.

hmmmmm (4.00 / 1) (#330)
by mrondello on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 01:16:13 PM EST

I wake up,
fix/run/code unix,
drink massive amounts of whiskey,
short circuit brain,

I do this because ....,
it happens and I have to,
so I continue living,
so I can get to work,
so I can pay for the place to sleep and the car and the whiskey,
so I can get home,
so i can slow my mind down to sleep,
so i can rest to do it all again.

In transition... (3.00 / 1) (#332)
by stormwave on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 01:31:24 PM EST

I am a software engineer for a large electronics company near Seattle. I write data analysis and simulation applications in languages from Fortran to Java, and the next language I plan on playing with is Ruby. I've been a code wrangler and software mangler for over half of my life, although I've been doing it for pay since junior year of university.

Right now I am getting ready to leave the exciting, well-documented, and periodically Dilbertesque, world of corporate culture for the much different, challenging, and hopefully more enthralling, world of academia. I am ditching the suits, pantyhose, and briefcase and going back to school. The short-term goal is to survive, learn lots of new things, and become a student again. The long-term goal is a PhD in the sciences, with an eye towards a research position in a lab.

This major shift will probably entail massive changes, many of which I haven't thought of yet.

"Plenty of hamsters but no wheel." - Hektor
I'm a concious sack of water. (4.00 / 1) (#334)
by Mad Hughagi on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 01:37:54 PM EST

4th Year BSc Honours Co-op Physics. Currently working as an antenna engineer on co-op to make money for school.

I like to read about a wide variety of things, mostly science and philosophy though. Born and currently residing in Canada, but I'm also a USian born abroad. (dual citizen)

I'm planning on continuing my post-secondary education in quantum gravity. I'm also interested in the neurosciences.

I like to DJ (drum and bass + techno), skateboard, create music and art, use my computer (programming, art, games, music, etc), and generally run my mouth off whenever I get a chance.

Social Libertarian, Universalist, Humanitarian, Punk, Raver, Geek, Freak, Monk, Madman..... take your pick.

We don't make the products you like, we make you like the products we make.

Like everyone else, I'm special (3.00 / 1) (#336)
by jugglhed on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 01:55:16 PM EST


I do computer programming for a living. Java, Perl, etc. This is mostly when I'm not in meetings or freaking out over Soul Corrosion (an occupation hazard). But really, I'm a MULTIFACETED PERSON with many DIVERSE INTERESTS. For example, I know how to sing 'The Yellow Rose of Texas' in Cantonese while juggling basketballs.

I am not female, but probably wouldn't have sex with you if I were, seeing as chances of our ever meeting in real life are vanishingly small. Actually I might have sex with you if I were on E or something. But really, you're a GREAT GUY and you'll make somebody a wonderful boyfriend some
day. Cheer up!

I hope this fascinating information about me is permanently etched in your mind now.

Me too! (none / 0) (#360)
by xj479 on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 07:02:42 PM EST

Wow. I really IDENTIFY with you. You said something about being a FEMALE? I think we should get together over a CUP OF COFFEE sometime to talk about the INTERCONNECTEDNESS of all things and our innermost spiritual desires like PROCREATING LIKE RABBIT.

[ Parent ]
There are more things in heaven and earth... (4.00 / 1) (#338)
by DoctorDoom on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 01:59:44 PM EST

I am Delwin Richard Chafe III.

I live in Seattle, WA where I work as a network support specialist, which at my current place of employment means I do equal parts of support and system administration for win2k and linux. It's rather unsatisfying but it pays the bills.

I graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Biology focusing on cellular and molecular biology. I have a great disdain for the modern academic and private research hierarchies and prefer to do my research on my own, although this has taken a back seat lately to other projects.

I fancy myself an artist sometimes. I enjoy reading comic books, watching movies, watching anime, hiking and camping, roleplaying, and trying to create independent computer games.

DoctorDoom "Pain? Pain is like love, like compassion! It is a thing for lesser men. What is pain to Doom?"

Me, me, me (2.00 / 1) (#339)
by piman on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 02:09:13 PM EST

I'm going to be a freshman at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus in about a week, with a hopeful double major in Computer Science and Linguistics.

I spend most of my time writing small Perl/C stuff, and discussing the merits of free sofware (and usually other freedoms, as well). I'm a libertarian socialist (more commonly known as an anarchist).

Lately I've been doing some free RPG designing with some friends. Despite the fact it doesn't involve either of my majors, game design is my ideal job right now.

ok.. (4.00 / 1) (#342)
by lucid on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 02:51:46 PM EST

Right now I attend a local community college, Owens Community College in the Toledo, Ohio area. My major is Network Electronics. I'm about 2/3 of the way done with the program.

Right now I work at a crappy air freight company for pretty good money (for a college job). Some of my boring tasks include stretching cargo nets, driving forklift, loadplanning flights, tracking and loading hazmat, and hell, I don't know. Lifting boxes. Yay.

I ran into Kuro5hin via Slashdot, like most others, I expect. Not that anybody asked. I pretty much stopped trying to keep up over there when it seemed more likely every day that I would see a story posted by Malda saying "Grape Kool-Aid running Linux, come to Guyana and check it out. Drink and see." from the "shoot-a-congressman-and-kill-self-and-followers department."

I look forward to my future where I see myself becoming a citizen in a nation of two, acquiring lots of stuff, and knowing lots of stuff. After I retire, I plan on figuring out how to take it all with me.

Who I am (3.50 / 2) (#345)
by K5er 16877 on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 03:51:38 PM EST

I'm a software engineer in the beautiful central coast of California. I currently work on a MFC-based GUI framework for manufacturing applications (complies with the SEMI e95-0200 UI spec). I also work on improving our software engineering process. I have previously spent almost all of my professional time in application programming and configuration management. I also currently consult on configuration and build management. I program in C++, Perl, and Java. I'm the manager of VSSTools. My degree is in Applied Social Psychology (organizational and environmental).

Asian (3.00 / 1) (#348)
by paperd on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 04:09:12 PM EST

I'm from Singapore. 25, male, programmer, agnostic, chinese.

Life: Born. Kindergarten, Primary School, Secondary School then Junior College. Conscripted, army. University, just graduated. Working next month.

It's great to see from the comments that there is quite a bit of diversity - in gender, country, job, etc.

Singapore has an army? (none / 0) (#349)
by delmoi on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 04:16:44 PM EST

How big is it?
"'argumentation' is not a word, idiot." -- thelizman
[ Parent ]
Info (none / 0) (#394)
by paperd on Sun Aug 26, 2001 at 12:44:04 AM EST

Considering the fact that we have a population of about 4 million (give or take - non permenant residents included), I'ld say relatively small compared to our neighbours.

All Singaporean (and permanent residents) males are legally obligated to serve about 2 to 2 1/2 yrs of national service in the armed forces, not unlike Taiwan, Thailand, Israel, etc. which have conscripted armies too. After that service, we are periodically called back once in a while for reservist training.

Hope this helps.

[ Parent ]
24601! (4.00 / 1) (#353)
by netmouse on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 04:32:49 PM EST

Hi. Since it seems to be the trend here I'll give you my real name: Anne K.G. Murphy. That just changed as I got married in June. Changing your name is weird. It isn't instantaneous. You get sent into this amorphous land where half the world knows you as one thing and the other half knows you as someone else.

I am from Ann Arbor Michigan. I was born there in 1974 and raised there and though I've lived in Grinnell Iowa, Deerfield Illinois (Chicagoland North) and Waterloo Ontario, I've always said that I'm from Ann Arbor. We just bought a house there so soon the fundamental and the current will be one and the same.

In Ann Arbor I skipped Kindergarten and guess I never learned all those things I was supposed to, but I learned other things. I spent most of my years in alternative schools and graduated in '92 from Community High - If you went there, head's up, next year is our 30th anniversary and we'll be having a shindig or two.

I moved to Chicago to live with the man I just married and to work as a web designer. The other two locations had to do with school. I have a history degree from Grinnell which had mostly to do with technology and Asia though I also studied technical theatre, physics and computer science. I am working on a Master's in Applied Science at the University of Waterloo which will be in Systems Design Engineering. Even in this crowd the reaction to that department title is probalby "That's about computers, right?". I wanted to learn more about design and solving complex problems and I did the first by TA-ing design courses and the second by studying Systems Thinking and Post-Normal Science under James Kay. I also found out about whole fields I hadn't heard of before, namely usability and human factors, and human computer interaction (HCI).

I don't know what I'll do next. I'm very interested in politics but I know I don't know much about it. I like writing and editing and I help run science fiction conventions, which is slowly giving me management experience and training. I read a lot, and have a really cool bike (a Trek 5500) and don't own my own computer which is probably odd in this crowd.

I landed here because a friend recommended it. I'm very glad to meet you all.

I am a hoper, a wisher, a dreamer.
I am a lover, a poet, a reader.
join me as I strive to be true.


In the scheme of things, son, no one of us is any more than a momentary flicker of light in the infinite blackness of space and time.
Meaning, then, is a matter not of shouting one's name into the void, but of creating, and making the most of, one's own context.

-Ozy's dad, Ozy and Millie

Me. Oh how not interesting. (2.00 / 1) (#354)
by sien on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 04:35:04 PM EST

I'm 26, live in Norfolk VA, home of the Atlantic fleet and of the largest concentration of military on the planet.
I'm a graphics programmer at ODU. I program in C++, I've used Java, Perl and Python quite a bit before, but not for a year or so, so I'm quite out of touch. I'm still learning my craft and would like to program games at some stage (pathetic I know).
I'm Australian and have lived in 4 countries, the US, Germany, Sweden and Australia. I can speak German and have some understanding of Swedish.
In my spare time I'll do most things outdoorsy and this summer have learnt to Windsurf. I also read too much, both on and off the web.

Where? (none / 0) (#356)
by Muzzafarath on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 05:19:16 PM EST

Where in Sweden did you live? Or should I say, var i Sverige bodde du? ;)

Just curious.

[ Parent ]
me too (3.00 / 2) (#357)
by CanadianRight on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 06:17:04 PM EST

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Network Admin / systems Programmer

Was a Game programmer for a couple of years

37 years, male, divorced

3 kids, full custody

Art, drawing, writing, programming, RPG's
Soccer, Ball hockey, inline skating, swimming.

Anarchists never rule.

I'm a Brummy. (4.00 / 2) (#358)
by ambrosen on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 06:55:59 PM EST

I was actually looking at Who Are You, and Who Are You part 2 last week, and thinking of putting a link in them to my diary to persuade everyone to update them. I failed because I didn't have the energy to actually write my own bio.

But I had to do one today at work, to show what great employees they have, so I'm in the mood now. Here follows some useless puff. In my best tabloid form, I'm brown haired, blue-eyed, Ambrose Nankivell, 24. Up until last December I was number one Nankivell on the web, but I'm way down the list since leaving studies towards a PhD at the Institute for Communicating and Collaborative Systems at Edinburgh University (or CogSci for short). I was looking to do some Statistical Natural Language Processing and push the envelope a bit on learning of structure, or maybe do some nice research into the structure of noun phrases, but now I'm just a plain old Java developer at a startup who are into mobile connectivity. Which is interesting, but I don't think I'm cut out to spend the rest of my life as a developer, so we'll see what happens.

And I hope there's a lot more to me than that, but I'm not sure. I am an Orthodox Christian, and used to be a reliable enough member of this parish that they saw fit to ordain me a reader when there was a bishop handy. Now my friends tease me that next time, they'll make me a deacon and I'll have to be a monk, like my namesake Ambrose of Milan. Now it seems to be all I can do to make Saturday evening vespers and the liturgy on Sunday. Mind you, I did just spend 2 weeks helping run a church camp. I think the people I know from that are a pretty significant part of my life. It kind of seems to me that the things that are most important to you aren't necessarily the ones that you spend the most time doing.

I'm also pretty often found in the Pentland Hills (not to be confused with the Pentland Firth mentioned in the thread beginning comment 246 below, although I like that, too), circling round the trails on my mountain bike. Or indeed on my roadified mountain bike, going over to the Forth bridge or out along the coast. But I like it best off-road, when I get in flow with the path, and it's all just natural interaction, and, urm, anyway... You can see a bit of that side of me in uk.rec.cycling, if you want.

So that's just about everything that's important about me. I get ill with a stupid stomach illness (Crohn's disease) occasionally, and everyone likes to ask me about it, but that wraps it up. So there you go, all the people whose diaries I rudely interrupt, a bit about me.


Procrastination does not make you cool. Being cool makes you procrastinate. DesiredUsername.

Dr K--- (3.00 / 2) (#362)
by dr k on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 07:54:38 PM EST

Professionally I develop database-driven websites and the occasional multimedia project.

I am also a performance artist and AI researcher.

I enjoy difficult music and difficult literature.
Destroy all trusted users!

Depressed Argentinian geek (4.00 / 1) (#364)
by jazzido on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 08:30:25 PM EST

My name is Manuel Aristarán and I live in Bahía Blanca, Argentina (QRA Locator FF81 for the hams out there :)

Since i had access to a computer (a Czerweny 1500, a clone of the Timex Sinclair 1500 assembled in Brazil i think) i become obsessed by them. So when I finished high school i entered University to get a CompSci BS. (my diploma will read: Licienciado en Ciencias de la Computación). I'm 20 right now, and if things don't get worse, i'll graduate in 3 years or so.

I also work as a programmer/sysadmin for paying my studies (Uni is FREE in argentina, but i won't be if the IMF/WTO fellas continue to put constraints to us, in exchange for the money they give to the government. Yes, not to argentinians, to the government). I call my self a programmer :), and my languages of choice are

  • Python
  • C/C++
  • Java

I also play bass, in a Jazz band called "Lila".

I'm actively looking for an opportunity, as many argentinians, to get the hell out of here. So, dear k5 reader, if you feel a desire to hire a competent programmer for working outside Latin America, email me for details :-)

I'd like to write more, but net access is FUCKING EXPENSIVE here.

"Patriotism is the last resource of scoundrels" (Samuel Johnson)

danimal is (3.00 / 2) (#365)
by danimal on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 08:40:24 PM EST

I am programmer for a Blue Sky Studios, a computer animation studio in White Plains, New York. I write systems utilities and graphics manipulations applications. I am the lead developer and mainter of the render queue (600+ hosts and growing).

Prior to this I was a student at the College of Forestry at Stephen F. Austin State University. Programming was just a better job.


Brendan over here. (4.00 / 2) (#368)
by Zeio on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 09:25:07 PM EST

B.S. Chemistry, 1998/1999, Trenton State College, NJ (Chosen over Rutgers because it was supposed to be better).

Lived in MA, MN, TX (gross), MO, WI, NJ, CA.

Been to Finland, Russia, Canada, Mexico, Dominican Republic. I was going to go to Amsterdam and Romania (where my fiancée is from & and she already has a perm. green card so its not an internet bride =) but California economy is bad now.

Job: Systems Administrator for lots of things. Started out with Novell (Still love it). Windows NT 3.51 and 4.0. Reluctantly NT 5.0/2k. The advent of 2000 made me switch from my Linux hobby to a Linux/Solaris/Cobalt/Cisco administrator job. (DNS, Sendmail, IMAP,POP, ipchains and tables, 'user' machines (90% UNIX here =)!. Pay is good right now, but with the economy in a downturn, I may go for the CCNP and finish up my CNE 5 before going back to the workforce. Wish me luck as I try to hone in on my skills there!

I just got a Nissan Maxima 2001 SE 20th Anniv. Edition. I got it for cheap and paid it off fast. I hate it because its an automatic. My next car has to be something small and fast with a stick.

I love wine, and Napa and Sonoma here in the Bay area are wonderful places to feel love in that liquid we call wine.

Hoping to get a masters in computer science or something, I hate being in school and being poor, and I hate being in "business" and getting mind atrophy.

- I hate the RIAA (I will never NOT pirate music again and I will go to concerts to those artists I like), MPAA, RAMBUS (Make a product not a patent you whiners), Lawyers who litigate things that are wrong because they make money, DMCA, things that violate fair use, Macrovision, Microsoft, the way the United States pisses off everyone else in the world, politicians horrible ignorance, big companies, polluters, Religion - yes - fuck religion. I think its great, but keep it YOURSELF. 99% of human history is political, cultural and religious disagreements. Bloodshed ensues. I don't care what you do, I expect the same. Drugs should be legal. Welfare should not exist, and if you do receive workfare, you have to die your hair purple - then the humiliation would stop most of that shit. I hate George Bush, I hate polluters, I hate people who don't know or care about science. (I think if you get a car license you should know how a car works, basic physics and chemistry, etc. Pilots have to know a lot about planes.) I wish greed would succumb to science and Star Trek (TNG) was a reality, humanity united in the search for cool shit to look at and do. I also hate Steve Jobs, Steve Ballmer, Bill Gates. I love Paul Allen and Steve Wozniak (people who did something vs. 'the suits' and their stupid BMW 750iL egos). I love Linus Torvalds and Alan Cox. I like IBM, except when they act like babies, which isn't often. I hate Verizon, PacBell (and they thought Microsoft was the poster child for monopolies), Nortel(Thanks for the T-1 not the E-1 you bastards), I hate the FCC, I hate everyone on George Bush's cabinet at the moment and just about all politicians. I though BeOS was cool (Multithreaded programming is really hard though - so dev. for it would be hard). I think OS X is bad, IMHO, sorry. I HATE CARLY Fiorina of HP (Formerly Lucent). I hope she dies. I think www.somethingawful.com is VERY funny. I hate the death penalty and the US government for doing it. I love Thomas Jefferson. I believe in hanging juries when the law sucks. I hate insurance companies for fucking all of us (In the words of Chris Rock, who like George Carlin is hilarious, "Insurance should be IN CASE SHIT. Now if SHIT doesn't happen, shouldn't I get my money back?" I hate that they can build a spaceship to go to the moon and back 30 years ago, withstand 20,000 degrees of temperature on reentry, but Cadillac cant make a car where the bumper doesn't fall off. I hate energy companies for fucking the people of the world. Gasoline burning is deprecated. I hate Chandra Levy and Gary Condit. Chandra fucked someone else's husband, Gary cheated on his wife. I don't care about that really, in fact, the more fucking that goes on the better; why I hate them is because they gave the media I really, really hate something stupid to talk about instead of science. I hate that prostitution isn't legal, selling is legal, fucking is legal, why isn't selling fucking legal. Not that I need a whore. I hate the police for the most part because they are dumb, don't know who Thomas Jefferson is or was, and don't know the constitution by heart. I hate SPAM, I hate marketing because its lies, I hate that every car doesn't have a compressed natural gas engine (or some other clean, high efficiency source of power) and a V-8 option. I like nuclear weapons - especially on submarines because they prevent war. (Would you go to war with a country with 18+ submarines underwater with 18+ MIRV ICBM's?). I hate terrorists. I hate the FBI for being stupid. I hate the CIA for not doing its job. I hate that our government misappropriates taxes. I hate government employees because they are usually moron retards who get off on harassing me. I hate Nader for being an idiot about airplane air not being clean (when it is.) I hate Gore for taking oil money (and being a scum bag). I hate Bush for cheating (amongst a litany of things, and for being a scum bag too). I think its funny Clinton got a blow job, every president should get on the house. I think Clinton was a bitch for the Telecommunications Act, for invading my privacy. I think half the shit George is getting blamed for is Clinton's shit, and the other half of the shit Bush gets blamed for is his own. I like the 2nd amendment, and the NRA, and armed society is a polite society. I hate high speed police chases (use the GOD DAMN detectives morons.) I hate kiddie porn but I also hate all the laws that are supposed to fight it (No, the don't stop kiddie porn, yes they spend a lot of your money trying to and they fuck you out of rights doing it, and it occurs in this country LOT less than in some of the nastier places, e.g., Thailand and China.) I hate Disney and cartoons and anything that is "safe for children" and all this other shit. I grew up unsheltered. When I was young I found a porno magazine and I liked it. I'm glad I found it. When I was growing up, I though fuck was a funny word and I knew when not to use it. And I saw violence on T.V. and never committed any. I think trying to make a fake reality for your children and shelter them from anything and everything your fascist ass doesn't like and then this being the responsibility OF EVERYONE ELSE AROUND you is pure bullshit. I hate people who levy punishment and rules all day long. Can't they think of more fun stuff to be doing. I hate most movies because they are moronic and the books are always better. I hated that Keanu Reeves acted poorly in the matrix which was a cool concept. Jay and Silent Bob RULE. Howard Stern before his divorce ruled, now he is still funny but not as much. I hate you by default. You have to prove not to be an ass before I'll like you =).
Peace and Love and Good Happiness Stuff.

Hunched blob of writerly flesh (3.00 / 1) (#369)
by pobblebonks on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 09:43:11 PM EST

Hi people,

I'm a hack writer currently in the middle of my first novel. It forms the major component of my PhD in creative writing, which I'm completing in a small but very windy place called Port Fairy, Australia.

The novel's about a self-destructive, bi-sexual young male and his relationship to his mother and a wider rural community. It kind of treads along some well worn themes about differences between generations and the problems facing youth in regional areas of Australia. Not terribly original, I know, but it's a start.

I also write non-fiction articles and scripts. I've written feature works for The Big Issue in Melbourne and am currently writing film reviews for the soon to be launched VibeWire website.

I've worked as an editor/proofreader/general lackey for a few publishing companies, and when I get the chance play guitar in a folk band.

Unfortunately I'm fairly computer illiterate, although I do love my games and really enjoy K5 - except sometimes it's hard to keep up and my brain goes all gooey...

Just in case... (3.00 / 1) (#370)
by Gutza on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 11:02:00 PM EST

...someone actually reads through all these postings, I'm a Romanian web designer/programmer/3D artist/print designer/video artist (still?) living in Romania and working for an Austrian company. I graduated a mechanical engineering university here, in Bucharest. I'm 26 and a half, happily married for a year. Oh, and I'm a male.

But then again, I don't think anybody's reading all of these.

Who's your vendor, who's your vendor? — Scott Adams
time is K5
USian! (4.00 / 2) (#372)
by reel_life on Fri Aug 24, 2001 at 11:28:45 PM EST

the short version
  • live: yes... oh, Cincinnati
  • job: yes, finally..
  • AKA: 'Mommy', 'Hon', 'Hey, you..', 'Tech support', 'geek', Queen Bitch...
  • running: XP, 2k, 98, Mandrake 8
  • student: maybe again someday
  • Affiliations: There is no k5 cabal....

    All your webcam pics are belong to the k5 cabal!
  • Information (2.00 / 1) (#373)
    by redrowen on Sat Aug 25, 2001 at 12:58:54 AM EST

    - Work: Web Designer/Programmer
    - Study: BS (what an appropriate name for it) in Biology, concentration in Marine Biology, minor in Computer Science
    - Origins: unkown... Errr, I mean French male born in Africa, permanent resident of the US, and studying in Canada

    Tout le malheur des hommes vient de l'espérance.
    -- Albert Camus

    ordinary people (4.50 / 2) (#375)
    by macpeep on Sat Aug 25, 2001 at 05:03:26 AM EST

    Who am I? What do I do?

    My name is Petrus Lundqvist but everyone calls me Peppe. My email address is peppe@peppe.net - my homepage is www.peppe.net (though most pages there are hidden unless you know the direct links). I'm from Helsinki, Finland and I write software for a living. Currently, I'm employed as a lead programmer by a company called Fathammer (www.fathammer.com), working on a 3D game engine for handheld / mobile devices (PDA's, cellular phones etc.).

    I've been on the net since 1992 or so, and before that, on BBS's for several years. Computers have always been an important part of my life. Not so much because of the technology itself but because what you can do with the technology. I'm fascinated by how computers bring people closer together and enables communication between people in a way which is truly revolutionary. I have several friends in Canada and the USA that I first met on the net but have since met several times in real life.

    Outside of computers too, people and communication between people is something that is close to my heart. I travel a lot (I've been to over 25 countries) and I enjoy feeling overwhelmed by how big this planet is and how many different kinds of people and cultures there are here. It puts things into perspective more than anything else.

    Who I am? What I do? (2.00 / 1) (#376)
    by darkfader on Sat Aug 25, 2001 at 05:09:24 AM EST


    Let me introduce myself, gladly I am about having been asked to. I just subscribed and bookmarked the site because I felt 'right home' here.

    I'm the chaotic guy next door, never cleaning the stairhouse before 1 am, having supper at 2.30 am and getting up for work at 5.45 am. Arriving and being asked if I were still in bed and only had sent my very shadow.

    Why I do is because of what I do.
    Imagine a company of approx. 500 employees in the middle of Bavaria, Germany. I wander around, having switched off my braing ages ago, just having ordered my 'adminspotting' t-shirt ( http://www.geekstyle.co.uk ) and provide user support to Masters of Information Science and alike. Sometimes I feel like running amok when I just look at my colleagues faces. They're administering the VPN's and ask my for the difference between Triple DES and DES. I explain it to them and notice how I lose their attention after I initially said 'less weak' and 'weak'.
    It's giving me the creeps when I point out where they made straight configuration errors, and they don't even understand. Or if the ERP servers go down for a _fscking stupid_ (power supplys 1-3) -> usv -> ups chaining and noone has to say sorry apart from the poor electrian that short-ciruited the UPS unknowingly.
    Why bother with knowledge? Why use brais?

    To make it clearer.
    [ ] They have practical knowledge.
    [ ] They have conceptual knowledge.
    [x] They are annoying me.

    As I said I'm the chaotic guy next door. I'm the CCNA (and yes, I feel like that's almost nothing) in there, but I don't even get to touch the cisco's not because they were CCIE or so, but because they don't even know what a CCNA is.

    So in the end, I just don't use my brains at work, it'd be a waste of energy to - nothing and feel happy the very second I get home to further securing my almost-all-Unix-Gigabit-network, having sex, or maybe just falling asleep.

    And, that's probably all I do...

    Hallo world, how are you? (2.00 / 1) (#380)
    by Mmarquee on Sat Aug 25, 2001 at 09:27:13 AM EST

    Briefly ...
    • Mark
    • 35
    • Male
    • Software Engineer
    • Single (see above)!
    • Cyclist
    • Vegetarian
    • London, UK
    • Welsh

    Wow. (none / 0) (#382)
    by razzmataz on Sat Aug 25, 2001 at 12:30:22 PM EST

    I'm razzmataz. I won't tell you my real name, because any normal person could figure out that on their own. I originally trained as an electrical engineer at Michigan State. Eventually, I found myself in Houston, Texas for almost 2 years, having to move to St. Louis, MO due to my wife finding a job that paid twice the pittance she was being paid in Texas.

    I miss Houston, because of James Coney Island, whose chilli cheese fries were the best. And also, due to Fajita Willy's, which had the absolute best Fajitas.

    Since most of us are a bunch of computer geeks, I'll describe my toys. I have five computers (including the laptop my wife thinks is hers :) ).

    • A Compaq Presario 433. My first peecee clone. A 486 that I still use, but with a boot floppy that boot linux and mounts the root filesystem over NFS. Basically an Xterminal (which is it's hostname!).
    • Next is my first attempt at putting together a bunch of parts so I could run Slackware96 in 1996. An AMD k5-75 with 32MB of ram, a 3GB SCSI disk connected to some crappy Adaptec SCSI controller, and a really old 3COM nic. I call it fulcrum. It runs Debian GNU/Linux.
    • Next is a crappy P133 whose motherboard is fscked up. For some reason the CMOS checksum fails. Not that the bios doesn't save the config, just the CMOS checksum fucks up somehow. This beast comes equiped with a 1.6GB IDE disk. Plus an ATAPI Zip drive. It has Slackware 7.1 right now. FreeBSD or OpenBSD may go back on it.
    • Then there is flanker, the laptop. Dual booting Win95 and FreeBSD 3.2, this Compaq Presario 1210 is the final thing that destroyed my faith in Compaq's presario line of peecee's.
    • Last and not least is the Celeron-533, with 9GB SCSI disk, fast ethernet, 256MB of ram, for now dual booting RedHat 7.1 and FreeBSD 4.3.
    I have a huge assortment of electronic junk, from my pre-cellular ban scanner, to my shortwave reciever to the bin of parts, to the SCSI tape drive I haven't started to use yet, to the 200 or so floppy disks in the shoebox next to my foot, as well as two ethernet hubs, and my assortment of books laying all over.

    I am 26. I remember when Carter was president. I remember when the Soviets invaded Afganistan. I remember when we boycotted the '80 Olympics because of it. My first computer was an Amige 500 (and yes, it was the best computer ever). I feel like such a geezer. I am also surprised that trhurler is younger than me, because he always sounds so bitter that it makes him sound old (and I mean that in the best way, since we live in the same town).
    -- I love the smell of fdisk in the morning...

    james coney island is my jesus. (none / 0) (#384)
    by rebelcool on Sat Aug 25, 2001 at 02:41:19 PM EST

    I love that place. Pity in Austin we have none :(

    COG. Build your own community. Free, easy, powerful. Demo site
    [ Parent ]

    just a post (none / 0) (#383)
    by bowls on Sat Aug 25, 2001 at 02:30:21 PM EST

    this is easy: geek who likes outdoors excercise.

    started off as a civil engineer. didn't have the guts to switch courses at Uni. So i drank instead, So i disliked humanity pretty much. So i begain writing two novels. So i got the degree i deserved. So I bummed around for a few years. Then took a job doing 3d simlation modelling work. poor pay. not enough to get drunk on. So learnt basic C and Vb and ended up programming delphi for the agreat firm(GES). Great guys(trev/jon/taz/paul). Moved on. Programmed in Java/EJB at the next one, helped evangelize python and won in QA dept, yeah. And then the technical director reckoned Java was not an enterprise solution and we should code the project in C++. Fine, i know mad people. So i learnt C++ is cool. If u use the STL, templates and stick to Stroustrups guidelines. For the 3rd time in 4 years made redundant. So back to delphi(financial s/w that was written by a mad genuis and mantained by nutters), coding wrappers for kylix and ruby in the spare time and relearning EJB. Oh and finishing the book which i never finished even though i wasted far too many hours on it while doing my degree. Oh, i like the countryside a lot(i am English), so will have to flee the UK at some point b4 we suburbia all over it. Who wants a spread bet of 2050 with a tick of £10 over 1 year(say 50% suburbia on in England). Like sports don't mind sane bets. Like databases and distributed programs.

    male 27 1/2 , single, english(what is this 'UKian', the united kingdom will not exist soon) , live 5 mins from work in hook(sad but cheap:D), Run OpenBSD, Win2k, mandrake 8 and FreeBSD. have far too much music. will do VSO soon.

    Lastly thanks for over a years of K5, thanks to all contributions.

    vive Opera.
    I love my gramatical errors -;
    I am... (none / 0) (#385)
    by haknich on Sat Aug 25, 2001 at 05:02:12 PM EST

    I'm Aaron, from southeatern Michigan, USA. I found Kuro5hin by chance, really...I have no idea how I found it, but I did, so here I am. I'm a high school student, in my Sr. year thank God. To others, I do computers, my life is boring, I sleep all day, my life is still boring. To unpeople, I do tonnes of stuff; I program in PHP, Java (apps, not applets; applets are evil), shell, C/C++, and other unmentionable languages (like BASIC).

    I've moved about 7 times, and went to about 5 schools + homeschooled for a year. By about the the 5th move, which was to northern Michigan in Kalkaska (actually, an even smaller place, Lodi, which is on the map though it's not a city technically or something like that), I started getting into computers. Back then, it was AOL and Prodigy, and I was actually quite fond of Prodigy, esp. the maze game, which vanished one day.

    Yes, I sleep all day. Usually, I'm active at night, that is when other certain things that are socially "required" (bleh) don't get in the way. 12hrs of sleep is usually a minimum, with 24+ waking hours the usual (again, when crap isn't involved).

    I've used Linux, and liked it then, but now I've seen the error of my ways and despise it. FreeBSD is my OS of choice, though presently I'm using 2k (one of the first Microsoft products that comes close to being an operating system).

    I'm a fan of Novell; Novell kicks ass. It's a cool company, with cool products; no I don't work for them. In fact, I don't work for anyone; at the moment I have no job, which means I survive in the $40/mo allowance from my parents (yes, at age 17 I'm still spoiled and it's fun).

    I've been to half the US, if not more, in addition to Canada and Mexico when I was little, but overall I don't go anywhere, and I stay inside (it sucks; small towns suck; nothing to do sucks; boring sucks). Anything I've wanted to do somehow flopped and when to shit (MEKKA comes to mind).

    Speaking of MEKKA, I love BT (who was coming to Detroit with MEKKA, until MEKKA screwed Detroit, home of Detroit Techno, who appreciates such things as MEKKA, and then MEKKA went to shit and was cancelled. Anyway, that's not the point. BT is. He kicks ass; best artist (not DJ) in the world. Delerium is cool, too, as is Underworld which comes in second in my book, compeating with Delerium. Perhaps they're tied, can't really tell.

    Okay, so to others I do music and computers. Boring, yes, but not to you I suppose. Music and computers are fascinating, else you wouldn't be hear right? Right. Music is precious. Technology is precious. At least, while we're still here. Life, freedom is precious...yatta yatta yatta, privacy, the works you all know it so I would repeat it.

    And reading over this, I realize I like writing. Writing is fun, poetry is fun. Reading is fun too...composing would be fun if I had equipment (maybe someday, when I get a job), it already is as I've done some small time stuff, which for me is cool. So yeah, that's me. Bye.

    I Am... (none / 0) (#389)
    by squeakyweasel on Sat Aug 25, 2001 at 06:19:12 PM EST

    My name is Kyle. I'm a 19 year-old college student currently attending Cascadia Community College. I have yet to choose my major as of right now I'm just taking generic all-around classes. I am 6'5" and weigh somewhere around 250lbs. I am half Czech and half German for those of you who care to know. I've seen the worst side of life as very large family problems and abuse drove me to the edge of attempted suicide. I've won against my struggle with depression and have gone from a pessimist to an optimist with a "life is great!" view.

    As for a "living", I currently work at my old high school doing computer maintenance and administration for a Windows 2000 network.

    Hobbies... I've got a few. I like the outdoors, photography, driving/racing ('87 VW Jetta 2-door Wolfsburg or a '87 VW Cabrioloet Wolfsburg), writing, poetry, Dance Dance Revolution, and of course computers (SqueakyWeasel.net is my little "burrow on the net" or more widely known as an internet-journal).

    Religion, I have none. I have attended a Christian school and have Christian friends so I have their values and some beliefs imprinted on me. I believe I was put here to try to make other people's lives better so, that's what I try to do.

    Uhm, yeah, there's a lot more jank I could write about (this topic's really, really broad) but that's a generic run down.


    From Eastern Mass. (none / 0) (#390)
    by ppetrakis on Sat Aug 25, 2001 at 08:20:09 PM EST

    Calling from Worcester and no it's not pronounced "Worchester" ;-). My name Panagiotes M. Petrakis though everone except my parents calls me Peter. I'm 22 years old, 6'4", and 220lbs. A little background. I liked the 10th grade in H.S so much I decided to do it over again resulting in a 5 year high school career. You would NEVER believe stories of my former self if you ever met me. Sufice to say I did all my party'g in H.S when I didnt have to pay for it :-). I didn't get into computers until my senior year of high school. Went to college in 97' (or was it 96?) as a double major EE/CS student. My spotty education in math during H.S made me stagger my course sheduale so I had more free time than most folks of which I used to concentrate more on computers.

    I stumbled over articles about the Alpha CPU architecture and fell in love with it. Bought one and began to learn Linux & NT. I've learned few programming languages but of the ones I do I knnow them well. I become so involved with Linux on Alpha that it was noticed by few folks. First by the guys at www.alphalinux.org for which I have been a part of for over 3 years and later API NetWorks who hired me before I finished my degree.

    I've been working with Alphas for about 4 years now and the last year or so in a professional capacity at API. That was until I was laid off earlier this month. I was pretty much a dream come true being hired by API. The only thing I wish was different is that if Digital had hired before they got bought by Compaq. Then I could call myself a "Decee", but oh well. :-) No regrets here.

    Gee... What are my geek skills... C, C++, Java, & Alpha Assembly. Not much, I know. My expertise :-) , quality assurance, matinence engineer, software/hardware debug, kernel hacker, support engineer, & hardware qual. So any prospective employers out there... ;-)

    I live in Worcester like I said in the beginning only moved here a year or so ago from springfield where I grew up and went to school. Things I enjoy are weight lifting, running (when my knee isnt bothering me), & reading/hacking. I don't get out too much latley being in this new city though that will change soon enough when I return to school and met some more people.

    I think thats the short version :-). Oh, there is never any shortage of emails about the "origins of the sig" which has evolved over the last 4 years. needs updating, Xena's not dead anymore.


    Peter Petrakis Warrior/Engineer ppetrakis@alphalinux.org
    "Oh my God! They killed Xena! You bastards!!"
    "<BLAM!!> Who the hell are you!? Name's Ash <click clock> Housewares..."

    Ol' hippie in Milwaukee (none / 0) (#393)
    by triticale on Sat Aug 25, 2001 at 09:57:23 PM EST

    I just wandered in here yesterday off a link on a page found in a search for something else entirely. I have, however been familiar with the Tacoma Narrows Bridge for a long time, and am sufficiently knowledgeable about corrosion that I wrote the Engineering Change Proposal which led the US Navy to change the specification for fittings for minesweeper fittings to the metal from which I made the ring which has been in my ear for the past ten years (the peircing itself was done 30 years ago). I've been online, via RCP/Ms and then BBSs since '85, on the net since '95, and appearing as triticale on Slashdot and In Passing for a few months now.

    I'm 50 years old, and have a ponytail and beard which have not turned grey like Sid on Userfriendly's has. Also unlike Sid, I have not worked in the computer field all this time. After I dropped out of college for the usual reasons of my generation, I got married (28 yrs 7 mos last Tuesday) and began doing whatever factory work I could find. At one place where I worked for a few months, I got to do some welding and decided it suited me, so I went to welding school and got a lot better at it. Straight out of welding school I got hired at a small fabricating firm where I wound up doing every job in the place for 22 years, including product design, computer support and even some welding.

    Toward the end of my time there, four years ago, I was doing mostly sales, and one day I drove from Chicago to Milwaukee to make a couple of technical calls. I brought the local homes for sale magazines back for a laugh, but my wife took one look and decided we were househunting in the wrong city. We plugged our parameters into homescout.com searching Milwaukee, and found our dream home listed at half what we could get for our dump. We couldn't pass it up and have never regretted the move.

    My 20 years of computer background (starting with a much modified MicroAce Sinclair clone) proved to be more valuable than my work experience. I have held several jobs since I moved, all contract and all computer-related. When I found out the job I had selling and supporting industrial controllers was not going to turn permanent, I decided that certification in combination with my computer background would be the next best thing to computer experience, so I got the A+ and 3 MCPs. I'm now working as a data technician contracted to a cellular provider, collecting and analysing data on the performance of their new network. Its not challenging, but its fun (I've driven almost every road in the 6 county area) and apparently it will look real good on my resume.

    Altho I have the hub and the cabling, the house isn't networked yet. We have three computers running right now (all Win98; my main 400, the 233 I burn CDs on and my wife's 200) but I also have Linux and NT boxen awaiting setup. Since others have mentioned music preferences, I will report that the current CD stack includes Jean-Pierre Rampal playing Gershwin, Mark Ermler conducting the _complete_ Nutcracker, and Doc Watson playing rockabilly.

    What do I do? (none / 0) (#395)
    by fenugeek on Sun Aug 26, 2001 at 12:48:21 AM EST

    I am a 40 year old male of mixed Irish/Scots/English (dad) and Lebanese (mom) descent from Massachusetts (age 0-22), Washington DC (age 22-24), Mass. again (age 24-28), Texas (age 28-31), Kansas (age 31-38), now living in Wisconsin for the most unlikely of reasons: I more or less went with the flow, and the flow washed me up here into this backwater, where I sit now and search out some meaning for my existence. I am married to a woman whom I met when I was in the Army in Kansas. She is my best friend and my family too. She and I like to garden together and sometimes cook too. She is an obligate vegetarian, while I am a facultative vegetarian. I will put dead animal in my mouth in a restaurant, since it's easier to go along than fight reality. She will eat pasta salad at just about every kind of restaurant there is, as we live in a very meat and potatoes part of the country. She and I each have a computer, connected via a hub and to the internet by cable modem. Mine is a Pentium 4 running Win ME and hers is an Athlon AMD running Win 98. We have an old 486 on which I am trying now to figure out how to put SuSE Linux on, whatever for I don't know. I would like to be able to continue to run Windows, or at least DOS, and dual boot. My name is Paul Walters and I am involved in the medical field, not directly related to computers, though I use one every day. I like music and have about 500 mp3's and a few dozen CD's, about 200 cassettes and perhaps 10 or 12 albums stuck somewhere in my parents' house, where I haven't been for over five years because of the usual wife/mother-in-law thing. I suppose five years is unsusal, but you haven't met my mother...or my wife. She is a beautiful woman of mixed central European and Louisiana Redbone ancestry (If you don't know what that means, read Cane River by Lalita Tademy). Anyway, I also have a Technics KN1000 keyboard with sequencer and MIDI hookup but am only now, after ten years of wanting to, learning to create music in a MIDI environment, using Cakewalk software that my wife brought home when I asked her to pick up a MIDI cable at the store. I have long ago forgotten the link that brought me to Kuro5shin but immediately signed up and keep it handy on my desktop. I have no children, and none in sight. My wife and I are that middle-aged couple on the corner you remember from childhood as being kind of standoffish and creepy. We're really not creepy. We like children. We were children once ourselves and like to believe that we remember perfectly well how that felt. We just don't fit in at the baby showers and the neighborhood barbecues where everyone sits around and gabs about their kids. Maybe we should live in a bigger city, rather than a medium size midwestern factory-cum-university town. But you really can't beat the price of a home here, and I get paid maybe twice what I'd make on the coasts. It just gets tiring having to choose between Sizzler and Applebee's all the time. Actually we generally eat at home because even my own cooking is better than what you can buy around here. My first computer memory is from the ninth grade (1975) when a student from the local state college taught us a few commands in BASIC--no idea what kind of a system it was I'd practice on in study hall, but I liked it. In college I had a series of summer/Xmas jobs in which I used a Tandy computer from Radio Shack, the venerable TRS-80 Model II with 64K of RAM and dual 8" floppy drives. I learned a bit there. After college, the medical schools weren't exactly trampling each other's toes in an effort to sign me up, so I hung out in Washington DC, where so many of my college classmates grew up, and took a job in a quasi-Federal agency basically preparing "control cards" on a Wang system, in which I entered the appropriate commands onto a screen, mimicking what they had been doing just a year or two earlier on real punch cards. It was quite scandalous when I asked the programmers to keep data files on the disk to allow me to run my own jobs and even more scandalous when I inserted compiler code into them. Fortunately (or unfortunately I sometimes wonder), the medical schools got their act together and decided (amongst themselves in their own version of the K5 cabal, I'm sure) which one of them would endure my presence for four years. I will not name it except that it does possess a reasonably well-known dental school as well. I will spare all of you the rest...but I'm thankful that I have lived long enough to see this many generations of Moore's law, and I would like to live long enough to see androids, the Mars landing, the 100th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, of Elvis on Ed Sullivan, and even (at 100) of John Glenn orbiting the earth. I also hope to live long enough to see it again become legal to visit Cuba, a beautiful land which was closed off to us, just after the Ricky Ricardo days, which is to say just before I was born. As to religion, I'll keep it brief: highly lapsed Roman (actually Maronite) Catholic (my last confession was more than half my life ago) with general affinities towards Buddhism, Zen, Taoism, deism, Transcendentalism and a good healthy dose of Chaos theory, Buckminster Fuller, and Meister Eckhart. But I equally well enjoy a good Baptist sermon, as it helps keep things real. And, as I age, the more mystical aspects of Catholicism begin to exert their sway, proving once again how hard it is to pull up all one's roots for good.

    Most Everything (none / 0) (#396)
    by hurricane13 on Sun Aug 26, 2001 at 01:03:00 PM EST

    I really don't know who I am right now, as far as the what do I do part, some of the jobs I have had: Cook, Dishwasher, Machinist, Hard drive assembler, Toolmaker, Equipment maint., Auto mechanic, Stock broker, Manufacturing Engineer, Apartment maint. / groundskeeping, Electrician, Mechanical designer, Owner of 2 Tool and die shops, motorcycle mechanic, Retail manager, ..... I have used and dabbled in repair/ programming of computers for 20+ years, hobbies when I have time / money include: motorcycling, travel, reading, fixing and making things. BTW I am 33 years old, married with one great 16 month old son.

    Who am I (none / 0) (#399)
    by 0handle on Mon Aug 27, 2001 at 07:59:30 AM EST

    Ok, lets see. I am 20 years old and work as a programmer for a small company in Austria. I study philosphy and computer science in Vienna.

    Prolly too late but... (none / 0) (#401)
    by Gregoyle on Mon Aug 27, 2001 at 10:34:20 AM EST

    I'm Greg.

    I'm 22 years old, just graduating college now (I have 4 credits left to earn from an independent study). Majoring in Linguistics, minor Spanish (but I wanted it to be CS. UNH doesn't offer that as a minor).

    I'm 6'1", 215 lbs. Brown hair with a natural blond streak, blue eyes. I've been called good-looking by females :-). Fairly athletic; I played football and wrestled in high school (215 and Heavy), also in college (197, boy did sucking weight for *that* bite).

    I'm also a full-fledged geek. I stay up late just so I can be alone but not feel anti-social. This is because if I seclude myself when everyone else is around I feel like I'm neglecting them, but if no one is awake then it's fine. I love computers, Linux, OpenBSD. I program some, my favorite language is Perl (it just does evrything the way I always wished the other languages would do it). I've recently restarted my deadly NetHack habit. The only reason I boot windows is to play Counter-Strike. Man what a good game. But I hear that it's possible to emulate under WINE, with OpenGL support, so I think I'm going to try that sometime soon.

    Umm, my job is cool. I'm working Customer Support for XyEnterprise and I like my job a lot. The management has all been there before, they know what they're talking about. There isn't any (apparent) political B.S., and people just concentrate on putting out a good product (which is a large-scale publishing program called XPP). Our customers like us.

    I have a girlfriend, as well. She's beautiful, intelligent, and she started learning to play NetHack two days ago (!!). She's going to be a broadcast journalist, which is really funny given the problems I have with the media.

    Politically, I have no clue where I'd fall. On many things I'm Libertarian, but on many others I'm very leftist. I believe your right to do whatever you want stops at my nose, but I also dislike large multi-national predatory coporations. Who knows where I stand. My voting is based on what I call the "Fuck-up factor". I try to judge who has the best chance of not fucking things up and vote for him. I didn't vote for Bush.

    Religiously, I've been basically hard-line Agnostic (I don't know if there's a god, and if you claim you do, you're a fool), but I'm considering Buddhism. There are a couple hang-ups I have, one of which is the flat-out assumption of reincarnation. I believe that view is a hold-over from Hinduism, which itself was created as a way for the conquering Aryans to keep the sub-continent under control. I'm not saying there isn't any reincarnation, just that I consider it foolish to dogmatically assume it. I think Zen fits the closest to my leanings.

    That's all I can think of for now.

    He's more machine now than man, twisted and evil.

    Brown hair with natural blond streak (none / 0) (#424)
    by fraise on Thu May 16, 2002 at 10:22:43 AM EST

    Only nearly a year later... Anywho. Until now I've never met anyone else in my 26-year life who has brown hair with a natural blond streak. Totally silly question, where's your streak? Mine's in the middle of my head, straight from front to back, pretty thin but with my long hair, it's enough to be very noticeable (I'm female). The two clash well, my blond streak is almost bleach-blond, and my brown hair is dark. When I was born, a nurse called me a skunk - my parents were peachy-keen on that, as you can imagine... Nowadays people just look at me strange.

    Since I'm now going to be in the K5 user information page, might as well blather on with some more uninteresting trivia about myself :)

  • Oregonian (USian), born and raised in Springfield in a fundamentalist Christian family with ancestral links to Scandinavian sects and fun stuff like that (egads).

  • In 1998, I got my Bachelor of Arts in French with a minor in Music Performance (piano and saxophone) from the University of Oregon, next door in Eugene, where I turned into a moderate lefty, shocking my entire family and as a result getting cursed regularly and being told "God's having his revenge on you! Return to the holy way!" whenever I stub my toe or anything. (I'm not kidding -- I do find this funny though. No offense to Christians, by the way, as I realize there are plenty who aren't like this.)

  • Finished my degree with one year at the Université de Lyon, France, and afterwards moved to Helsinki, Finland to be with my French boyfriend (Alain), who had landed a job with Nokia. We didn't meet in France, we met on [cough] IRC [cough] and later real life, about a year before I studied in France.

  • Lived two years in Meilahti (north-western center of Helsinki), of which one and a half years were spent sitting in our 28 sq.m apartment waiting for my freaking visa, without which I couldn't leave the country. (Not even to Sweden.) The last half year spent as an English teacher and translator for companies such as Nokia and IDO Kylpyhuone Oy.

  • Alain and I moved back to France in 2000, I have my own translating business, he works as a database administrator.

    Favorite things to do: read, hike, pretend to be my cat, sew, and go to football (soccer) games.

    [ Parent ]
  • Kujichagulia (none / 0) (#406)
    by kojo on Tue Aug 28, 2001 at 03:49:49 AM EST

    That's the Swahili word for "Self-Determination". I've spent the past 9 or so months doing just that...defining and re-defining myself, so that I could start doing what I really want to do.

    NOW: I'm 31 years old, born in and raised in and around Washington, DC. I just started working on a BS in CS and an MBA concurrently at two different schools in Houston, Texas (Texas Southern and U of Houston). I recently(2 weeks ago) started working at GameStop (formerly Babbage's/FunCoLand/Software Etc./Super Software). I've been teaching myself about Linux (slowly...other things have been getting in the way) over the past 3 years.

    I recently (Spring 2001) left a PhD program in Accounting, as I realized that I didn't really want to be an Accounting professor and I was trying to make the degree be a Computer Science degree. There's a lot more detail about the hows and whys of my leaving the doctoral program on my web site under the "What?!?" link. I won't bore you with it here. There's plenty of other stuff to bore you with.

    THEN: Growing up I wanted to be an engineer. I've always wanted to create things...to be able to turn my thoughts into reality of some sort. It just took me awhile to realize that that was what I really wanted to do, and to find the best method to do that. When I was 14, my brother and I decided (I think I may have decided, and he just went along with it...) to start a R&D firm of some sort. I just wanted a situation where I could come up with new things and find solutions to problems.

    I've always been very creative, but I've chosen technology as my working medium. Unfortunately, the technical emphasis sort of drowned out the creative side, and I found myself pursing techincal things without a real purpose. This (among other things) caused me to be a dismal failure as an Engineering major. I just never quite knew why I was doing what I was doing, and I don't do well at things I don't really want to do. It wasn't until recently that I figured out the following two things:

    1. I am a very creative, artistic person. That's one of my biggest strengths, so I should embrace it. Art and technology(my traditional love) are not mutually exclusive.
    2. Computer Science is probably the best medium for me to work in, as it frees me from most constraints of the physical world
    To that end, I decided to work on a CS degree. I would still like to be a professor over the long run, but I'm not sure of the area. Probably CS or Math/Applied Math.

    At on point, after I 'decided' that engineering wasn't for me, I decided to approach the "R&D firm" idea from the business side. The logic behind this was as follows: To start a successful business, it would help to know how businesses operate. The fastest way to do that would be to examine various businesses to see how they did things. I could do this as an Auditor with a Big 5 (then Big 6) accounting firm. After a few years there, I'd be ready to go out on my own and take over the world!! (This is a highly condesed version.) The plan to do this was:

    1. Get an Accounting degree, while learning everything you can about accounting and getting a high GPA. This would increase the chances of getting hired by a Big 5 firm
    2. Work for Big 5 firm for X number of years, preferable on high-tech clients. Absorb their best practices
    3. Start business. Take over world
    As Step 1, I earned a BBA in Accounting from Texas Southern in 1998. The problem came when I lost sight of the overall goal. Accounting, which was supposed to be a means to a means to an end, became the end. Once I realized I didn't want to be an accountant, the "What do I do now?" question got answered with, "Be a professor.", something I'd considered in the past. It just turned out I didn't want to be an Accounting professor. So, now I'm back to being a CS guy...closer to my original pursuits. The MBA is something I started before I went to work on the PhD, so I decided to work on finishing it part-time.

    Ok, this is beyond too long, even on my 17" monitor, so I'll stop now. That's me, and where I'm coming from.

    Matt is my name. (none / 0) (#408)
    by MattOly on Tue Aug 28, 2001 at 01:07:03 PM EST

    I go by MattOly, because much like the more veteran K5er Captain Tenille, I live in Olympia and have huge amounts of Oly pride.

    I'm 25, very single, and hella hot. No real tattoos, but I have a fake one on my left arm right now. It's a mermaid.

    Also with the Captain, I co-run Satanosphere on the most punk-rock setup you can run a Scoop site on.

    I drink till I'm drunk every night, usually pass out by 12, play with my chihuahua's and then wake up to go to work.

    I'm a SysAdmin for a public records search website called Unisearch, where I try to keep a dreadful Windows network from falling apart.

    Ladies, come and get me!

    A final note to...the Republican party. You do not want to get into a fight with David Letterman. ...He's simply more believable than you are.

    Who am I? (none / 0) (#409)
    by angelwings on Tue Aug 28, 2001 at 06:03:14 PM EST

    • I´m 33 years old.
    • English, living in Sweden (7 years), soon to return to England (home sweet home).
    • Female. Married. No children.
    • I´m a lecturer and director of studies in mathematics.
    • My PhD is in discrete mathematics and is from the University of London.

    Who I am (none / 0) (#413)
    by dorinda on Wed Aug 29, 2001 at 12:39:42 PM EST

    I'm a 21 year old female, born and raised in Connecticut.

    I'm a student at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. I designed my own major because there was no major that I felt gave justice to all my interests. My major is titled "Art and Mathematics in Computers". Basically I am taking a variety of math, programming, and computer art classes. I'm still not sure what I'm going to do with it all. I guess I'll figure it out when I graduate in a year and half.

    who i am (none / 0) (#414)
    by bronkowicz on Wed Aug 29, 2001 at 03:56:14 PM EST

    32 years old, male, recently married, Oracle Database Administrator. Living in the heart of enemy territory: Seattle, WA. Unemployed right now (by choice), starting to look again for work, but it's not 1999 again, where I would get calls 10 minutes after submitting a resume. But I'm sure someone out there needs a good babysitter for their important data.

    I study database theory, do some programming (perl, c, PL/SQL <-- yuck) and mess around with Linux. I recently upgraded to Slackware 8.0 and it's really nice. I use KDE 2.1 which is really stable with XFree4 now. I really like the do-it-yourself approach of Slackware.

    I also might have the distinction of being a fan of the 2 least popular sports in the USA: hockey and road cycling. Transition time for me now: the road cycling season is about to end and hockey (and cyclocross) season is about to start. yay. and oh yeah, it's nice to see the Mariners are doing pretty well also.

    . . .And if you want to know about the name, watch Kentucky Fried Movie.

    414 comments as of now (1.00 / 3) (#415)
    by Dubidu on Wed Aug 29, 2001 at 09:33:45 PM EST

    I'm a troll and I just couldnt help but notice how much people (americans it seems in particular) love to talk about themselves. Too many narcistic egoist pursuing their overrated (and in a lot of cases pretended)happiness it seems. I hope I wont hurt your delicate feelings but I'm pretty damn sure the only one who actually read the lenghty essay about yourself was you, just before you hit the POST button. Thats because we are all so self-absorbed with our own petty little lifes.

    The absolute amount of happiness in the universe is constant and I already feel a lot better now as I can image having pissed off a lot of people with this rant.

    Have a nice day:-)

    Who am I? (none / 0) (#417)
    by BehTong on Mon Sep 03, 2001 at 07:45:35 PM EST

    I'm a recent university graduate, currently working as a full-time software engineer. I've always been passionate about programming ... started with Apple II BASIC way back then, 6502 assembly language not long after, and during the "IBM empire" I got into 80x86 assembly language, and soon, C and C++ in college. Touched a bit of Haskell and Concurrent Clean. Later in college, picked up Java and Perl. And now, Tcl (needed to do my work).

    As far as casual interest is concerned, I love physics/chemistry/astronomy, and very much into classical music.

    But above all, I'm a born-again Christian, and have dedicated my life to Jesus Christ. I know this is very dimly looked upon in this day and age, but nevertheless, I believe that I have found something real and nothing can change that. I do not agree with many non-Biblical traditions that have come to be part of Christianity; nevertheless, I believe that the Bible is true, and as far as I can tell, there is no contradiction between scientific discoveries and what is stated in the Bible. (I know many disagree with this, but I won't get into that now :-P)

    Beh Tong Kah Beh Si!

    who I am (none / 0) (#418)
    by mattw on Fri Sep 14, 2001 at 01:24:42 AM EST

    I'm 26 years old as of this posting. I'm married, and about to have my first child. I'm currently a Senior Network Security engineer, although while I used to manipulate firewalls and do consulting, I now code tools for others to do that. I'm still feeling as though I'm at a crossroads, and am considering going back to school to finish an aborted bachelor's so I can attend law school; I want to write (and I'm rather proud of the quality of my work in the articles I submitted so far (2 as of this posting)); I'm considering taking up professional gambling (poker, anyone)?

    I have a bias towards being fiscally conservative, socially liberal, and consider my views most closely aligned with the Libertarian party, but am considering trying to appropriate a term -- perhaps "pragmatism" -- to describe my actual views. One of my goals is to keep an open mind -- which is really a committment to constantly re-evaluate my own positions, and I've changed my mind a number of times in the past. I don't believe in applying labels, and don't take people seriously in the discussion of ideas if they can't bypass labels and look at the ideas directly. I do believe that technology and philosophy can eventually rid the world of nearly all its ills.

    I'm approaching pro-level of skill at Quake 3, which I play far too much. I code C and php well, along with passable perl (which is about all perl requires ;)). I've lately been mastering SQL. I enjoy RPGs from Bioware/Interplay.

    I was raised Christian, but don't truly consider myself to be one any more; I don't necessarily disbelieve Christianity, but I'd need to research it a great deal to prove it to myself again. I do believe that it, like all religions, should have strong empirical evidence to back up its claims. However, despite attending a high school promoting a fundamentalist christian agenda, I frequently see Christians and Christianity misportrayed, and it annoys me. They've become the new persecuted class of citizens (by lefties, anyhow).

    My favorite band: Dave Matthews Band. The fruits of my evil capitalist labor bought me 11th row tickets recently to their Everyday tour. Awesome.

    My favorite movie: Good Will Hunting. Probably just become I identify with a smart person, somewhat maladjusted, having trouble finding their true path. That, and I probably wish I was that smart, since I generally admire intelligence. (Which, on one level, is probably because my own self-image finds a large basis in my own brainpower)

    I was born in Vermont, spent most of my life (4-24) in California, and finally relocated to near Austin, TX.

    My quote of choice:

    If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.
             -- Samuel Adams

    [Scrapbooking Supplies]
    Mr. Penguin -- (none / 0) (#419)
    by Mr. Penguin on Mon Oct 22, 2001 at 10:17:00 AM EST

    I am Mr. Penguin.

    But I'm also Dr. J.

    My friends know me as drj.

    Some know me as Boo Radley

    And some as B-Rad.

    My name is Brad Johnson. I do not play football or make bad movies.

    I work as a UNIX Systems Engineer for an ISP/CLEC. We're not that big right now, but we're growing.

    I've written one novel, and I'm working hard on my second. Maybe one day you'll read them.

    I hang out on a few different mailing lists, most notably, UFList and UMLUG. I lurk on a few others, most notably LKML. Mailing lists are much better than IRC.

    I like K5. I was around before Rusty shut it down. I don't post that much anymore, though. I just don't have the time.

    about me (none / 0) (#420)
    by theantix on Fri Oct 26, 2001 at 01:51:42 PM EST

    Vital Stats:
  • 23 years old
  • Born, raised, living 1 hour out of Vancouver BC, Canada
  • White Male, 1/2 2nd generation german, 1/2 4th generation english
  • 6 ft tall (really) 185 lbs. No, I don't know how many meters that is or how many kgs either.
  • Brown hair (usually), brown eyes, no glasses (laser-eye surgery)

    What do I do:

  • Graduate from the University of BC in the field of Business and Commerce... in Information Systems Design.
  • Been working for the same company for 5 years. Big multinational construction matericals firm... I work for a small cog in the wheel of the company.
  • I'm a programmer/designer/analyst. Basically I do everything that's not network related, or MSOffice related.
  • I use visual c++ and visual basic and mssql server. Don't flame, it works. better than you'd think.

    What I am:

  • A nice guy. we'd get along IRL...
  • A strong civil libertarian. I should belong to the BCCLA but I'm lazy and it's downtown.
  • A moderate libertarian in most other things. With caveats, I understand the positive role of the government in many situations, enough for real libertarians to lynch me.
  • An athiest, or an agnostic, depending on my mood. actually... I'm an agnostic until provoked by a religious person.
  • Strong willed and opinionated, but willing to back down if I'm wrong. I will say sorry and admit fault in a public forum.
  • I'm a cynical, realistic, optimist.

    Miscellanous Extras:

  • I've got a great girlfriend, and a great family, and great friends. It's all great. great great great. =)
  • I've been on K5 since the middle of 2001
  • I like antique maps and globes.
  • I have 6 computers.
  • I used to be a pseudo-objectivist, and a libertarian. Then I learned to think.
  • I love to travel.
  • I love to paint. I'm not very good though.

    You sir, are worse than Hitler!
  • me (5.00 / 1) (#421)
    by nodsmasher on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 08:34:07 PM EST

    im a tall sexualy frustrat nihilist highschoul student
    um and i have a beard
    Most people don't realise just how funny cannibalism can actually be.
    what i am (5.00 / 1) (#422)
    by sypher on Mon Jan 28, 2002 at 04:42:31 PM EST

    my name is sy and i am one of the three remaining ancient ones. I inhabit a space in the sea just a way east of liverpool, england.

    In the summer i travel upwards away from my earthly ties to a location called 'ibiza'. Here i stay and sometimes encounter the other ancient beings that inhabit my world.

    Sometimes i am called by my followers to produce certain artifacts, known to my kin as 'drivers' or 'applications'. these are generally scribed by myself in ancient tongues such as C or java, sometimes they are written in the ancientest tongue SMALLTALK.

    Whilst i am not engaged in the satisfaction of others, i may be found drowning small rodents or cats, maybe sucking the blood of virgins or even hanging upside down, from a tree defiling dogs or other reasonably large sentient beasts.

    That is my lot, what is your own?

    I dreamt of it once, now I fear it dreams of me
    Student... (none / 0) (#423)
    by univgeek on Thu Mar 28, 2002 at 11:10:25 PM EST

    ...in university and I am a geek.

    22 yrs, 5'8", 45kgs, Male. Yeah I'm underweight :p.
    Indian, specifically mother-tongue = Telegu, stayed and brought-up in Madras, so I consider myself Tamil.
    Really thick glasses (-8 diopters).

    What I do
    Doing my Masters in Telecom Engg. at Univ Texas at Dallas. Small place. Came here cos I didnt get admitted any where else.
    Doing work in Optical Networking, and yeah the field crashed like nobodys business :-(....
    Hoping to do my PhD in optical networks from Aug 2002 and hoping the industry will pick-up.
    I really, really like networking TCP/IP etc. :-), I think Stevens books are Gods gift to human-kind.

    What I am
    Quiet and introverted. People say I teach well, I guess I'd better as I am a TA :-)...
    A confirmed atheist, and I argue compulsively on the least provocation. In real life I troll quite a lot, although strangely I dont do that on K5, where I guess I am a lurker.
    I have very strong opinions, and I will not back off unless rigorously proven wrong, at which point I will admit my fault and accept the other side.
    Did I say I love to argue?

    I read a hell of a lot. I've read almost all of Isaac Asimovs novels/stories. Hard SF is my fav. I do not particularly like Star Trek Voyager etc. Although given a chance I would prefer it to something else.
    I also read Archer, Forsyth, Crichton (I hated Timeline tho) etc.
    Each of my books are read many times. I have read some books 10-15 times. I dont even know how many times Ive read HHGTG.
    As a TA I have a very low salary but I must have bought books (fiction) worth at least a few hundred dollars :-D.
    I read my subject books with pretty much the same enthusiasm, and I have at least a little knowledge of a vast number of Electronics/Communication/Comp Sci topics. And I know that I know only a little, so dont say 'a little knowledge is dangerous'.

    I code in a mix of C, C++. I havent had any projs yet, where I had to use serious oops concepts, though in all my projs so far, I have tried to stick to at least the basics, and keep the code clean, w/o too many public/global etc.

    On K5
    Im a lurker, I read more than I post, mostly cos I dont like to commit even an opinion on something I am not absolutely sure about. I dont knwo if that is a good thing or not.
    Oh yeah k5 really sucks my time ;-))...

    Thats it from here guys....

    P.S. With apologies to theAntix for the blatant copying of his format.....
    Arguing with an Electrical Engineer is liking wrestling with a pig in mud, after a while you realise the pig is enjoying it!

    I am a liberal (none / 0) (#425)
    by revscat on Wed Aug 28, 2002 at 02:22:32 PM EST

    For what the title means, see this.

    Name: James
    Age: 31
    Race: Caucasian
    Nationality: American
    Religion: Unitarian-Universalist
    Weight: 220
    Height: 6'1"
    Marital status: Married
    No of children: 2 1/2
    Occupation: Java Programmer

    Political Party Affiliation: Democrat

    Heroes: Bill Hicks, Frank Lloyd Wright, Gandhi, Jesus, Buddha, Einstein, Hugh Hefner, Berkeley Breathed, Leonardo da Vinci, the American Founding Fathers (esp. Jefferson and Franklin)

    Enemies: Antonin Scalia, Ayn Rand, conspiracy theorists, Pat Robertson/Jerry Falwell

    Favorite Authors: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Albert Camus, Mark Twain, J.R.R. Tolkien

    Favorite Drugs: LSD, mushrooms, marijuana, Jack Daniels & Coca-Cola, cigarettes [sigh]

    Music: Tool, Radiohead, U2, Miles Davis, Pink Floyd

    Favorite quote: "All human psychology is motivated by a denial of death." - Ernest Becker

    - Rev.
    Libertarianism is like communism: both look great on paper.
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