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Who Are You, Part 2

By rusty in Meta
Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 09:27:50 AM EST
Tags: Culture (all tags)

I was doing some redesign work tonight, and in testing the hotlist stuff, I happened to hit the original Who Are You link, which I had understandably forgotten all about, seeing as how I've had it hotlisted forever and it's on *every* page I load. Since the relaunch, I know we have a lot of new readers, so I thought it would be nice to revive the Who Are You concept, with a fresh page to post to. See below for guidelines, and to meet your fellow readers.

Update [2000-11-2 20:34:33 by rusty]: I noticed there were more female readers posting than I would have thought we had, so I added a gender poll. Note the wording. :-)

Stolen wholesale from the first edition of Who Are You:
...in the grand tradition of freshman mixers and slumber parties everywhere, I'd like to start a thread where you get the chance to stand up and tell us about yourself, to whatever degree you feel comfortable.

In case you're worried, my privacy policy is: "You? Who the hell are you? Why do I care about you?" :-) Basically, I don't collect any information about you, nor do I want you to reveal anything you aren't comfortable revealing in a public forum. So put those worries to rest. I'm also not collecting demographic info, so fear not. I want this to be useful for the community, for you to get to know each other a little. So leave name, rank, and serial number at the door, and tell us who you really are!

Things that people generally post include where you live, where you grew up, what you do with your waking hours, and how you ended up here on K5. But anything you'd like to say about yourself is fine. And I know you all like to talk about yourselves. :-)


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I consider my gender to be:
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o Neither 2%
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Who Are You, Part 2 | 421 comments (413 topical, 8 editorial, 0 hidden)
Just your average roleplaying computer geek (3.57 / 7) (#6)
by EchoFive on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 07:46:56 AM EST

(Note: reposted. Now, can I get rid of the previous post? I'm new to posting at K5...)

I've been lurking here for about a month or so, but this will be my first posted comment ever. Hi, people. :-)

Well, first the mandatory boring facts. I'm 20 years old, from Sweden, studying my third year Media, focused on graphical layout and design.

And now, a quote from a Nick Cave song I use quite a lot to describe myself:

"I am tall and I am thin,
of an enviable height,
and I'm known to be quite handsome
in a certain angle
and a certain light..."

(I look like this, should anyone get that curious.)

Well. As mentioned in the subject of this comment, I'm a roleplaying computer geek. I've been growing up next to computers, and I've used them since I was six years old. The first encounter was with an IBM PET, if I remember correctly. I'm a sort of jack of all trades of computers -- I know a bit about everything, but I'm not particularily focused in a special area, though I've been trying to improve my programming skills lately, learning Perl and PHP.

I love roleplaying games, both CRPG's and traditional pen-and-paper RPG's. I'm currently extatic over Baldur's Gate 2. I play (and GM) Shadowrun (I'm Scarab over at Dumpshock), GURPS and Eon.

Did you read this far? I'm impressed.

Well, I'll try to get more active here at K5, posting more comments instead of just rating posts. And I might write some story of my own some day. I've got a few things I feel I could rant about for a while.

I am Swede. Hear me bork! (Not.)
Doh. (none / 0) (#7)
by EchoFive on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 07:49:06 AM EST

Ah well, I'm learning as I go.

I am Swede. Hear me bork! (Not.)
[ Parent ]
I can never escape.. ;) (4.00 / 1) (#11)
by AdamJ on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 08:26:40 AM EST

I play (and GM) Shadowrun (I'm Scarab over at Dumpshock)

Hey, cool! :-) (I help run Dumpshock.. :-) )

The bio on my web page reads: "I'm 20. I live in Alberta, Canada. Brown hair. Green eyes. 5'8"ish. Skinny enough to hide beind lamp posts."

I enjoy Creation. Creation of all kinds fascinates me; watching it, participating in it, reflecting back on it. I'm not happy unless I've got something to work on, something that makes me think and gives me goals to shoot for.

I'm on my third year of "Just taking a year off from school" after leaving WR Myers High School, in Taber, Alberta. You might remember it from a little story shortly after the Columbine tragedy. :(

I'm a bit of a jack of all trades, computer wise. I'm especially fond out DTP, and I publish a magazine for the role playing game mentioned above, Shadowrun, creatively titled The Shadowrun Supplemental, along with helping maintain some other resources for the game. I also do some programming, although most people laugh when I say I use VB. I'm also in the process of trying to learn more PHP. I'm especially interested in projects that aid online collaboration - we're back to creation, once again. :)


[ Parent ]

Kick ass (2.00 / 1) (#117)
by trhurler on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 03:25:26 PM EST

Mmm....O'Malley's Bar... that whole album is incredible. Hey, what is it with all the Swedes? Nothing against Swedes, but where are all the people from everywhere BUT the US, Sweden, and Canada anyway?:)

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

[ Parent ]
Great .sig! (none / 0) (#218)
by MoxFulder on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 12:12:57 AM EST

You have without a doubt one of the greatest self descriptive .sig's ever. As we say in the US (at least I do!), mad props!

"If good things lasted forever, would we realize how special they are?"
--Calvin and Hobbes

[ Parent ]
Hehe... (3.50 / 6) (#8)
by Uller on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 07:55:46 AM EST

Been around since v1, but haven't posted yet since the post-DOS relaunch - I've been too busy.

20-something code hack from Portland, Oregon, loving game work and currently working on contract doing some interesting distortions of video feeds in OpenGL in realtime :) Avid hardware freak and case modder. Minor addict to anything re: cryptology and steganography.

Roleplayer fan (but still enjoy CRPGs), DM for AD&D2e and player/GM for Shadowrun (in fact, starting up a new SR group in Portland if anyone's up for it). Also a Quake3 fanatic and CounterStrike addict, leader of clan Borg Collective on the OGL and RA.org ladders.

Hobbies are electronics, scifi and camp/oddball humor movies (anything in the vein of Mel Brooks or Monty Python is a good thing), running, paintball, and playing guitar in what little spare time I have. Do a lot of hanging out on IRC with my "braindrain" time after school (finishing up a formal CS degree) and work. Mainly alternative and rock music, but my tastes are all over the spectrum, and I mix in my Tool with my Bruce Hornsby.

And a more interesting question that says a lot about people: What's your preference in comics, on or offline? Not much offline reading, but I have a huge list online - perennial favorites are UserFriendly, PVP, Penny Arcade, Sinfest, Megatokyo, and Exploitation Now.
- Ryan "Uller" Myers

Given an infinite amount of time, an infinite number of monkeys with typewriters must eventually produce the collected written works of Shakespeare. John Romero's Daikatana was a five minute, ten monkey job.
Comics? (none / 0) (#196)
by aphrael on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:32:06 PM EST

Comic books: sandman. Discontinued, alas, altho his books are still pretty good --- but they're *funny* and i miss the darkness of the comic.

Comic strips: Doonesbury, Dilbert, the Boondocks, Adam@Home, FoxTrot

[ Parent ]
Sandman (none / 0) (#249)
by spiralx on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 05:43:05 AM EST

The Neil Gaiman comics? Read the whole lot last year, and they were amazing, an entire huge story arc which all tied together in a brilliant manner... It wasn't really an ongoing thing though, they told a story and then ended, which I think is a lot better than trying to push it further and failing.

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

Animated ... (none / 0) (#300)
by aphrael on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 01:46:32 PM EST

Have you read any of his books? They're also pretty cool --- and he did the English translation of 'Princess Mononoke', which is one of the most incredible movies i've ever seen.

[ Parent ]
Me (3.28 / 7) (#9)
by boxed on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 08:02:50 AM EST

I'm a 20 year old programmer from sweden. At the odd occasions where I leave my computer/bed/room I study for my CS degree and train martial arts (kendo, iaido, naginata). Like most coders I sleep way too little because I code too much. Oh, and I'm obviously a bit of a troll *grin*

Heh heh heh (none / 0) (#20)
by spiralx on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 09:35:28 AM EST

Oh, and I'm obviously a bit of a troll *grin*

Heh, you're not the one who wrote this whilst they were bored at work :) But that was a fun article, great flamewars, a total disregard for Godwin's Law and thurler doing his thang.

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

Ah *ha* (none / 0) (#27)
by fluffy grue on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:30:40 AM EST

So that's why everyone associated your normal non-trolling /. account with so much trolling. And here I thought you had a legitimate complaint. ;)
"Is not a quine" is not a quine.
I have a master's degree in science!

[ Hug Your Trikuare ]
[ Parent ]

Well, I suppose it was to be expected (none / 0) (#36)
by spiralx on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:42:34 AM EST

I did consider signing my trolls with a different .sig, but couldn't be bothered to think one up, so it's all my own fault really... Oh well, it's probably my only chance to be infamous :)

So are you the same person (magenta?) who hit the Borland/Inprise story and the Star Fraction review? I seem to remember you admitting to it here...

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

Um (none / 0) (#174)
by fluffy grue on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 09:35:49 PM EST

Yeah. Amazing how some people just plain can't drop that, though (as though me being ultra-pissed at Slashdot would have anything to do with my presence anywhere else).
"Is not a quine" is not a quine.
I have a master's degree in science!

[ Hug Your Trikuare ]
[ Parent ]

touché (none / 0) (#89)
by boxed on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 01:36:30 PM EST

I bow to your expertice in the field of trolling *bows* :P

[ Parent ]
I'll respond this time... (3.60 / 5) (#10)
by spiralx on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 08:12:51 AM EST

I read this the first time around but for some reason never posted to it then. Maybe I'm just shy :)

I'm a 23 year old programmer living just outside of London, England and working up on the Strand in central London. I program financial software in C, although I haven't been here too long.

My interests are in rough order: reading (science fiction, fantasy and non-fiction, my favourite author is Robert Jordan), music (mainly hard house/techno, but lots of other stuff except for a) country and western and b) guitar-based rock (anything from Bon Jovi to Metallica sucks IMHO, but I like the harder stuff :)), clubbing (I go out to Whirlygig every month at least) and computers. I run a Linux box (Mandrake 7.1, KDE) at home on my grubby old P133, and occasionally switch it on to do some Python coding or CGI stuff using postgres.

I read slashdot, kuro5hin and smokedot regularly, although I don't post as much as I used to since I changed jobs. I also don't have a net connection at home which is a real pain, but OTOH it doesn't really bother me all that much.

I'd post the link to a picture, but I've managed to avoid having my picture taken for the last 5 years and I'm not going to stop now ;)

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

Okay, I'll bite:) (3.42 / 7) (#12)
by Merekat on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 08:28:25 AM EST

I'm a 24 year old female currently resident in Dublin, Ireland. I originally come from the back of beyond, which is near the arse end of nowhere and grew up without telephone, video, microwave, computers etc. There was a time when I thought there were no buses in Ireland, 'coz I'd never seen one<g>.

Went to a small school and then to a bigger small school and then to university, TCD to be precise. Got myself an arts degree (medieval history and english lit. and theory) and a whole bunch of friends.

Realised I didn't want to be a journalist/teacher/lawyer/marketing droid, did tech support, went to UCD at the same time, and got a tech qualification. Fell on my feet in the coolest job ever as a network engineer for a non-profit making (on purpose) academic ISP. Heard about k5, nearly didn't visit 'coz people sounded very elitist about it, which irritates me. Visited anyway, stayed 'coz its good:)

I wear glasses, have very long dark hair and like to wear red. Contrary to appearances, I am not a goth. I have a cat. I am not a pagan. Sometimes I write fiction. Often I then delete it. I read anything with print, but prefer Science Fiction. Favourites at the moment are Michael Marshall Smith and Jeff Noon. I enjoy playing devil's advocate. People who refuse to try to see the other side of an arguement irritate me.

I like Italian and Indian food. I drink a lot of coffee and like my chocolate dark. And I'll stop now...honest:)
I've always had the greatest respect for other peoples crack-pot beliefs.
- Sam the Eagle, The Muppet Show

Michael Marshall Smith (3.00 / 1) (#13)
by spiralx on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 08:32:53 AM EST

Favourites at the moment are Michael Marshall Smith and Jeff Noon.

Michael Marshall Smith is a damn good author, and he manages to come up with some of the craziest ideas going... which book is your favourite? I'd say mine was probably Only Foward, but it's hard to choose.

For anyone who hasn't read his stuff, I'd recommend it for anyone who likes weird stuff. He has a website here.

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

MMS (none / 0) (#15)
by Merekat on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 09:02:04 AM EST

All of 'em<g>.

I love the concept behind One of Us, the obsessions in his short stories and the imagery in Spares, but I think I'd have to agree about Only Forward. It was definitely unputdownable. Unfortunately, that was the only one I didn't have my own copy of when he was at a convention I was at a few weeks ago:(
I've always had the greatest respect for other peoples crack-pot beliefs.
- Sam the Eagle, The Muppet Show
[ Parent ]

K. Here goes (3.75 / 4) (#14)
by tezmc on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 08:52:30 AM EST

I'm 25, working in Ilford (Essex), in the UK as the web designer for a CD/video Retail company (that everyone from the UK will have heard of.. so I'm not telling)..

I definitely bend more towards the graphic designer end of things, I keep trying to learn to code but nothing ever sticks (I'd appreciate suggestions on how to counter this). Is it possible to be a tech-freak that can't code?

Originally I come from Cumbria, and I miss the hills (Essex is damned flat).

I originally found K5 before the DOS... from a link on /. which nowadays I only visit for the news-y bits, and for interesting links. I prefer the discussions on K5.

Sites I spend a lot of time on are: Slashdot, The Register, interFACE, and Xlibris (one day I'll finish that novel... one day)

Let's see, what else is there... Spare time - what little I get is spent reading, writing and watching movies.

I might be moving to Montana next year (don't ask!), wether I'll be able to find a decent job there is another story.

Oh, and finally (I promise).. I do have a website, but don't bother looking, as there's nothing there (a side effect of not having much spare time). It's gonna look damn spanky when it's finished though :)

The eight legged groove machine

Montana (none / 0) (#33)
by zantispam on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:39:24 AM EST

I don't know about work, but Montana has to be (IMHO) one of the must beautiful places on the planet. Lush green forest (well, what's left after the fires anyway), breathtaking mountains, critters (bear, deer, elk, bison, whathaveyou), and lots of space. Clean air. Sunsets that look like they were airbrushed onto the sky. Montana's called `Big Sky Country', and it's the truth.

The only bad side for people is the hard winters. Brutal, even. Could be bad for those with SAD and for those more accustomed to tropical climes. Me, I love 10 feet of snow :-)

I really want to retire there. If you can find good (or even ok) work, you'll do just fine.

Free Duxup!
[ Parent ]
Close to Montana.. (none / 0) (#61)
by sugarman on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 11:56:58 AM EST

If you're going to Montana for the scenery, but need a tech job, you might try coming over the border to Calgary (dramatic pause) Alberta, Canada. Same scenery, bigger tech industry.

[ Parent ]

Me too! (3.33 / 6) (#16)
by bob|hm on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 09:18:58 AM EST

Let's see.. I'm a 21 year old programmer and I currently live in Denton, TX. I work remotely as the Senior Software Engineer for a company based out of Walla Walla, WA. I like music.. both listening to and playing. In my high school days I wasn't a bad saxophone player, but these days I stick to guitar. I also enjoy Lonestar Beer (the best beer in the world.. not to mention it's brewed right here in Texas ;). If you wanted to, you could see a picture of me enjoying OU Weekend by looking here. Prior to Denton, I lived in Austin, TX.. before that Bend, OR.. Corvallis, OR.. Bend, OR.. Colleyville, TX.. Euless, TX.. San Luis Obispo, CA.. and finally I was born in San Diego, CA. (I guess I can't hold still)

One last thing: Tenacious D is The Greatest Band in the World.


Who I am (3.50 / 4) (#17)
by Phil the Canuck on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 09:19:30 AM EST

All right, what I've read so far makes me feel old. I'll feel significantly older in the spring when I turn <gulp> 30. I am a post-DoS member, although I wish I'd had the time to find this site long before I did.

Phil is not my real name, but a strange nickname that's stuck with me for years. Why? I guess I have strange friends.

I grew up in a horrible little hick-town called Simcoe in Ontario, Canada. Various moves have landed me in Niagara Falls (still Canada). Nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there. I work for a large non-profit agency in Buffalo, NY (on a TN visa). I'm the top network dog, which is fun. We're a mixed environment, but much less so than when I took over. NetWare 5.1 and NDS 8, AIX, NT4 (and TS edition). We also have an AS/400, but it's being phased out. I'm currently working on warming the execs to the concept of Linux.

I've always loved computers, and (so far) they've always loved me back. I started out in grade school on PETS and haven't stopped much since. I've studied a bit of everything at various times, including a bit of C programming. That end of things never really did much for me, so I never pursued it (which seemed to genuinely upset some of my old instructors).

I'm married, and have a son (back to feeling old again). My home life consists of a time split between family, computers and sports (specifically hockey, F1, baseball).


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

Me. (3.33 / 6) (#18)
by vinay on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 09:28:09 AM EST

This is about me! Me me me!

Ok, I'm done now, really. well. I'm actually just getting started.

My name's Vinay. I'm a 21 year old computer science major, currently working at Rockwell Automation in Cleveland. I like to read books, take long walks on the beach, and write code. Not necessarily at the same time. And not necessarily limited to that, either. Actually, I'm not really sure of that middle one.

Like many, I jumped on the bandwagon and visited K5 after it got started back up. I like it here. It's cozy. :-)

and I typically sign messages and e-mails with...



just one question... (none / 0) (#204)
by omegadave on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:56:16 PM EST

how many beaches are there in columbia now? ^_^

[ Parent ]
Who I am. (3.50 / 4) (#19)
by billnapier on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 09:34:14 AM EST

I'm a 24 year old (soon to be 25, looking forward to the car insurance rate drop) embedded systems programmer working in the telecom field. Isn't that a mouthful?

I started reading k5 before the DOS, because it kept getting mentioned on /., so I thought I should go see what's up. And I liked it, liked the control the users had to select what stories were posted. Missed it during the downtime, but glad to see that its back up.

I don't do anything special with my spare time, its usually spent fixing my computer to make it do something else neat, or just hanging out with my wife. Some of the things that I wish I had more time to do include golf, play chess, and cook (I'm currently taking a Chinese cooking class, and I love it!).

Insurance is a scam... (none / 0) (#67)
by lovelace on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 12:17:48 PM EST

I'm a 24 year old (soon to be 25, looking forward to the car insurance rate drop)

Unfortunately, it isn't as much as you would think it is. My insurance didn't drop significantly until I got married.

So, who am I? I'm 30 years old, trying to get my Ph.D. in Computer Science, married. I like juggling, music, the SCA, and of course computers. :-) I run Linux Mandrake (7.0, 7.1, and 7.2). I've been reading K5 for so long I don't remember when I started (but it was significantly before the DOS).

[ Parent ]
Who is bFlame (3.40 / 5) (#21)
by bflame on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 09:36:25 AM EST

I am a 37 year old Director of Networking at a small Christian university. I work with Linux, NT, Novel Netware 4.1, OS2 and OpenVMS. At home I have my own computer lab that I play in to learn new concepts and technology. My current interest is in setting up a wireless network between myself and two friends who live about a mile from me. I came to Kuro5hin from Slashdot after the DOS. I occasionally post a reply to something, hoping to add information to the discussion instead of more noise.

Who I've become (3.50 / 4) (#22)
by madams on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 09:36:26 AM EST

I'm a 20 year old university student. I am majoring in computer science with an interest in science and technology studies and many other things.

I was born in Seattle, USA. I've also lived in Los Alamos, New Mexico (home of the Manhattan Project), Merritt Island, Florida (home of Kennedy Space Center), and Doylestown, Pennsylvania (home of who-knows-what?). Now I live in "gorges" Ithaca, New York, mostly doing the things that college students do. ;-)

I currently have a job as a web programmer with my university's language center. Not the most exciting work, but the people there are out of this world!

Mark Adams
"But pay no attention to anonymous charges, for they are a bad precedent and are not worthy of our age." - Trajan's reply to Pliny the Younger, 112 A.D.

Love the title. (NT) (none / 0) (#417)
by kjeldar on Fri Dec 15, 2000 at 01:52:03 AM EST


[ Parent ]
look at me! look at me! (3.66 / 6) (#23)
by einstein on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 09:46:28 AM EST

hi, I'm Jay Rishel, turned 20 yesterday, doing freelance webwork and tech support until I get hired as a net admin who will finish paying for my education as a computer engineer at Penn State York(or any other school, I'm not picky). I've been online since the days of local BBSes, (717 area) and helped sysop a few, and have been on the net since early 94, when I would steal my older sisters dialup net access from her university, and I was hooked. taught myself gwbasic on my 8088, then moved on to qbasic on my 286, then I had a 486 for what seemed to be forever, til I started to scrounge parts from people I did tech support for, where i built a p100 from parts, and I nursed a PII/300 back to health which I'm typing this on. I'm a linux nut, ever since red hat 5.2, but I'm a debian zealot now. redhat 6.2 is still my ipmasq server (sharing my cable modem with my roommate), while I use debian (potato) for my desktop. I've got a fairly low uid on slashdot, and had read K5 a bit before the DoS attack, but didn't sign up for an account until afterwards..

Movie Fan? (2.00 / 1) (#41)
by katravax on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:57:19 AM EST

Your "Look at me! Look at me!" gave me flashbacks to Ten Things I Hate About You, one of my favorite funny movies. Is it a coincidence you used that line or are you also a big movie fan?

[ Parent ]
coincidence (none / 0) (#59)
by einstein on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 11:51:34 AM EST

actually, I was quoting the Simpsons.. some episode where bart was trying to provide a distraction so lisa could do something sneaky..or something.. it is lost in the recesses of my mind.. I haven't seen Ten Things I Hate About You, but I enjoy movies... more along the lines of freaky stuff like The Wall and Eye of the Beholder... to name a few recent favs.. in fact tonight, me and a few friends are having a Kubrick-a-thon.. I think Clockwork Orange and Full Metal Jacket..

[ Parent ]
Sweet... (none / 0) (#136)
by katravax on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 05:12:54 PM EST

I like the weird movies too. I'm a big David Cronenberg and David Lynch fan. Not to digress (much more), but if you like really well-written comedies (Hudson Hawk, Oscar, Army of Darkness, etc.) you might like Ten Things I Hate About You. It's not a strange movie, but is very funny and well written.

[ Parent ]
AoD! (none / 0) (#170)
by rusty on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 08:42:57 PM EST

Man, I need to rent the Evil Dead series again. Bruce Campbell is an underappreciated acting genius.

Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]
Check out the AoD DVD (none / 0) (#181)
by katravax on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 09:56:25 PM EST

They call Bruce Campbell "The world's best reverse-actor" because a lot of the scenes were filmed in reverse... The making-of on the DVD was great.

[ Parent ]
movies.. (none / 0) (#225)
by einstein on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 12:34:12 AM EST

I think it's cool that my about me thread has started a discussion :) albeit, not really about me anymore... but hey, who cares :)

a group of friends and me had a list of movies we should see, and we'd add things to each others lists... maybe if I get bored one night I'll code something up and throw it on my webpage that works similar to that..

I love Bruce Campbells work... I remember how pissed I was when Brisco County Jr went off Fox... and How happy I was to see Jack of All Trades.. :)

I'll have to check out the DVD of Army of Darkness... I never even noticed some scenes were filmed backwards... I could tell with Bringing out The Dead.. love Nick Cage, but he's not a very good reverse actor :)

[ Parent ]
The Simpsons episode... (none / 0) (#259)
by Mashx on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 09:23:07 AM EST

Was it the one where the just-as-clever-girl appeared and Bart was providing the distraction so that Lisa could swap the Diarama's over? I think I saw it on Fox (Netherlands version) or BBC2 about a week ago. The S.T.M.L. means I can't remember the name of the girl, the episode or anything useful though...

[ Parent ]
Well... (3.50 / 6) (#24)
by reshippie on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:03:49 AM EST

I'm a lumberjack and I'm ok,
I sleep all night and I work all day.

Sorry, couldn't resist. I'm actually a college student in the process of transferring. I have this well paying, but boring job as an "Office Assistant." I should be starting school again in the spring semester, provided MIT, BU, Northeastern, or Tufts accepts me. In the meantime, I get paid quite well to read K5 and Slashdot.

I like Sci-Fi: Star Trek, Star Wars, getting into Babylon 5. I also like reading fantasy, like Weis/Hickman, and am currently working on Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I didn't read much in high school, so I'm working my way through a list of books I know I should read.

Uh, 1 more thing, music. I love music, listen to all sorts, except Hip Hop/R&B, country, and techno. Played trumpet in high school, and am teaching myself guitar.

I can't wait to get back to school and study CS.

Those who don't know me, probably shouldn't trust me. Those who do DEFINITELY shouldn't trust me. :-)

'Office Assistant' (5.00 / 1) (#238)
by FunkyChild on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 03:24:52 AM EST

I have this well paying, but boring job as an "Office Assistant."
Dear god, I sure hope you're not anything like 'Clippy' :)

-- Today is the tomorrow that you worried about yesterday. And now, you know why.
[ Parent ]
I am not a number, I am a free man. (3.40 / 5) (#25)
by stx23 on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:12:26 AM EST

I was born almost 30 years ago in Scotland, I hate Haggis and love Irn-Bru, but have yet to find Scotland's other national drink locally, because I now live and work in Switzerland, and Iced tea just doesn't do it for me. I have a wife and 2 cats, and I do stuff with computers for a big company. God I sound boring now. I used to be quite exciting, I worked as a DJ in a couple of nightclubs in Glasgow for a while(about 10/11 years ago), but realised that although it was fun and fairly lucrative, it wasn't really something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. The prospect of turning into Smashie or Nicey wasn't appealing. I knew stuff about computers, and went with that. I had previously trained as a mechanical engineer with an Aerospace company, and still think of myself as such, only I manipulate bits nowadays.
So, what about the STX nick?
From an ill spent youth in arcades, there were already too many STUs in the high-score tables, and I had to distinguish my high scores on the Salamander machine.
The revolution will not be webcast.
Get in line, number 1131! (4.00 / 1) (#26)
by fluffy grue on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:25:16 AM EST

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"Is not a quine" is not a quine.
I have a master's degree in science!

[ Hug Your Trikuare ]
[ Parent ]

Irn-Bru! (none / 0) (#157)
by Asperity on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 07:47:35 PM EST

I visited Edinburgh a couple of weeks ago and discovered Irn-Bru. It's the most wonderful soft drink ever. Unfortunately I was running late for my flights home (to Mississippi) and I didn't have time to pick up a case or two of the stuff like I wanted. I'm considering mail-order. :) I did get a few of these weird chewy candy things with the Irn-Bru label, but they weren't quite the same. Pretty much the same thing as Airheads here in the States with an Irn-Bru-ish flavor. They hurt my teeth.

Introduction: I'm a twenty-year-old student/techie-type and classics major. I'm "from" several places: New Orleans, (Louisiana;) Mississippi; (Jacksonville,) Florida; New Jersey. Mostly Mississippi right now, as I'm going to school here. I'm happiest with Linux or BeOS. I read quite a lot and prefer science fiction and Latin poetry. Or whatever someone puts in front of me.

I like to eat cereal. Most people don't understand why it's important to try as many combinations of different kinds of cereal in the same bowl as possible. It just is. Eventually I will find the perfect combination of cereal and reach breakfast enlightenment. (Hint: try Grape Nuts with lighter-textured cereals. It gives them weight and makes for better consistency, especially with puffy sugary cereals.)

As for games, I am addicted to Nethack, adventure games of all sorts, and any Spiderweb Software games. I watch lots of movies on my semi-broken VCR. I read comic books, too, but there's no comic shop nearby so I rely on my subscription to Strangers in Paradise.

I think I've probably said enough for now.

[ Parent ]

From Norway (3.60 / 5) (#28)
by nordicfrost on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:32:21 AM EST

I'm 22 years old and from Norway.
My interest in computers isn't occupational, it' more a hobby. I'm a student at the University of Oslo where I study law to be a lawyer. And before you puke; being a lawyer in norway is a whole different deal than being a lawyer in the US. It's not even of the same dimensions.

Because of my choice of career, I'm very interested in the fight for freedom on the 'net, cases like the MPAA and RIAA lawsuits (Wich could NEVER happen here, given the same circumstances) and the perverted (Seen from a computer enthusiast's POV) american law system in general.

In the spare time, i maintain a Linux server / firewall and try to convince my sysadmin friend that Apache is better than IIS (An impossible task.).

Professional troublemaker (3.50 / 6) (#29)
by blixco on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:33:29 AM EST

I break things for a living for a Very Large Computer Manufacturer in Austin. Ten years professional, fifteen years personal experience with PCs, stole my first tymnet account in 1988. Other than that, I'm known for being slightly left of marx, politically...all over the map musically (play guitar/bass/cello/viola/percussion/keyboard/etc) and am really very aware of my own shortcomings technically, thanks.
The root of the problem has been isolated.
Me! (2.75 / 8) (#30)
by caine on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:33:49 AM EST

I'm a 20 year old swede. Studying Computer Science & Engineering. Trains and teaches Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu (Family style). Been here since way pre DoS. Likes the S/N ratio and hopes it stays that way (not that I mind /., but I go to /. and k5 for diffrent things).


Feelin' Phil's Pain (3.50 / 6) (#31)
by jcw2112 on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:35:21 AM EST

ok, so now i feel all old and stuff

i am 27 year-old "composer-by-training-programmer-by-trade" kinda guy. i'm married to an attractive and brilliant woman. i spend most of my time away from work composing electronic/computer art music and toying with the idea of some day finishing my dissertation.

i enjoy off-roading and breaking anything that you can run electricity through.

i also spend some time working on a web site devoted to artists of all disciplines.

i have a strange fascination with the american bison and am devoting a lot of time to making linux friendlier for audio geeks like myself.

i am a pre-dos k5 reader and i hate my shift key.

suck. on. it.
Thank you for your support. (none / 0) (#87)
by Phil the Canuck on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 01:24:30 PM EST

But I'm still older...



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

the topic at hand (3.50 / 6) (#32)
by Waldo on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:38:42 AM EST

22-year-old politicking business-owning geek. 6'4", skinny as a rail. I live in Charlottesville, VA. Grew up in Columbia, MD. Been a Slashdotter for a long, long time. (User #8000-something.) The DDOS attack taught me of K5, which I've read regularly since it came back up.

I've been programming since I was a wee lad, building websites since 1993, and using the 'net since 1992. I was, ironically, originally strongly opposed to the "WWW". Derided it as a waste of bandwidth. :) I use PHP and MySQL day in and day out, and I'm trying to get better at Perl. Used to know C and ASM, but I'm damned rusty now. (Er...no offense, Rusty. :)

Er...I'm opinionated and obnoxious, even (especially?) when less-than-informed. Yes, Waldo is really my name. Yes, I'm familiar with the cartoon character from the mid-90s. I guess anything else you want to know, you can find out on my website.


Misinformation. (3.75 / 8) (#34)
by Alarmist on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:40:12 AM EST

At least one of these comments is false.

I'm twentysomething, born and raised in the United States. I got two BAs from a local university (psychology, history) and am trying desperately to get into the dark side of IS: I've almost got my master's in MIS from this school. Until then, I'm working as general IT labor (intern) at a small shipping company. Don't laugh--it's not funny. I'd like to do something worthwhile with my life, but I have a constitutional inclination towards tilting at windmills and slaying dragons, neither of which is an especially marketable skill these days.

For fun, I read. Fiction, non-fiction, it doesn't really matter. I've been slowly digesting Will and Ariel Durant's The History of Civilization (misleadingly named; it's mostly about Western civilization, but it's a hell of a series. Read it.), and occasionally have time for lighter things like The Lord of the Rings.

For more fun, I fool around with PCs. I got a new Gateway (I know, I know, but it was free. What self-respecting enthusiast turns down free hardware?) that I haven't had time to play with, but there's always Marty, my purple Tower of Power. I prefer games that make me think, but there's nothing wrong with a little FPS action now and again (infrequently, though; it makes me dizzy).

For the most fun of all, I spend time with my beloved. She's really a wonderful woman.

To assuage my conscience, I and a friend rant about things on our website. You may have seen it at www.alarmist.org. If you have, great. If not, well, check it out sometime. It might make you think.

I am a member in poor standing (read, I haven't paid the dues in years) of Phi Alpha Theta (ye olde history society and my favorite of the two) and Psi Chi (the psychology society).

You might have seen enough of my scribblings here to figure out my politics and social persuasions.

Enough of this. Did you spot the untrue comment?

Fight the Power.

Who me? (3.16 / 6) (#35)
by zakalwe on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:40:28 AM EST

I'm a 22 year old university student, now in my final year of my Computer Science degree.

I've always liked programming, and ever since I was a kid this has been one of my hobbies. I also love reading( my current favourate authors are probably Roger Zelazny, Vernor Vinge, Iain M Banks and George R R Martin.)

I'm running ( a severely hacked version of) Debian 2.1 on my home machine ( but intend upgrading to potato one of these days. ). I've been reading K5 since a few months before the DOS, but tend lurk mostly.

re: Zakalwe (none / 0) (#254)
by BinerDog on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 07:50:44 AM EST

A thing for chairs, huh?
-- The Entity Formerly Known as Frums (Cuz someone nabbed my name on K5) (I want it back :ž)
[ Parent ]
why not... (3.40 / 5) (#37)
by needless on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:45:06 AM EST

Hi, I am currently a 24 year old CS student (no I'm not about to get out either, so yes, I'm old...). I cut my teeth on an Apple IIc at 8, my folks never upgraded, and it wasn't until I was 20 and at college pursuing various useless degrees that I realized that I never should have strayed from computers. I went into web design thinking "who needs school", proved myself wrong, and here I am, back in school ; ). Not that web design was that bad, I just realized that coding was much more enjoyable for me.

I currently live in Kentucky, but hope to get out one of these days. I listen to just about any music that manages to give me strange dreams if I go to sleep listening to it. My current favorites are Current 93 and Coil.

Hmm, aside from all that, I am a post-DoS K5 reader and a disgruntled slashdot reader. For those that care, my personality type is INFJ. If you know what that is great, I prefer not to link to any descriptions as they're a bit too cuddly, friendly, nice for my tastes, but otherwise accurate.

I figure that's more than enough information, so I'm done.

Locals... (none / 0) (#85)
by Strider on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 01:22:22 PM EST

It's good to see a post from another Kentuckian. It makes me feel not-so-out-of-place on K5. I hope you are not a UK fan, although I have heard that God has forgiven people for greater sins than that (I don't know what they are...). If you are in Louisville let me know.
"it's like having gravity suddenly replaced by cheez-whiz" - rusty
[ Parent ]
Not I (none / 0) (#242)
by needless on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 04:34:15 AM EST

Not really a fan of anything really (sports-wise at least). I'm not in Louisville, but Bowling Green - former Mafia hangout, now simply a town that's a little too dirty for its size.

Oh well, we have the corvette. I suppose that means somthing...

[ Parent ]
BG? (none / 0) (#257)
by Strider on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 09:06:38 AM EST

I grew up in Boring Green... I graduated from GHS class of '98. My folks still live off of Peachtree Lane (near Old Scottsville Rd.). I don't go home to visit them too often though. Where did you go to school at?
"it's like having gravity suddenly replaced by cheez-whiz" - rusty
[ Parent ]
Re: BG? (none / 0) (#326)
by needless on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 06:28:11 PM EST

I did most of my growing up in Ohio County, it's about 45 miles from BG. I moved to BG a couple of years ago, and now I'm going to WKU.

[ Parent ]
More Noise for the night. (none / 0) (#246)
by driph on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 05:16:36 AM EST

Good band choices.

Also try Die Form(I'm currently on a big Die Form kick), Death in June, Peter Namlook &/or Tetsu Inoue.. Nurse with Wound.. All that stuff. Should be able to find em on Napster to give em a spin.

Vegas isn't a liberal stronghold. It's the place where the rich and powerful gamble away their company's pension fund and strangle call girls in their hotel rooms. - Psycho Dave
[ Parent ]
I am? (3.33 / 3) (#38)
by Narcischizm on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:49:44 AM EST

33, Developer, SysAdmin, Metalsmith in Washington, DC. Married. Two dogs (American Pit Bull Terrier and a Rottweiller), and one big cat (18 pounds and not overweight at last vet visit).

Generally I am what my wife calls me, a 'Zen Cowboy'. Most of the time I just don't care, because it just doesn't matter. No more philosophic or religious leanings to speak of. I do, however, tend to freak 'a little' when I see unfairness, injustice, and one-sidedness(real word??).

I play with yo-yos at least an hour a day usually spread out over the course of a day (Favorite Yos, SuperYo Renegade and YoYoJam SpinFaktor), I like cycling, both road and mountain. In general I Hate participation in any sport that involves running/walking except cyclocross.

Geek interests involve just about everything. Jack of all Trades is my motto, and also one of my favorite TV shows. k5h was found through /. before DoS, only participated after DoS. I like that discussions stick around a few days, even when I have no smartass comment to add.

"in Washington, DC." (none / 0) (#138)
by rusty on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 05:14:40 PM EST

Do you live in the city, or are you another suburban poser wannabe? ;-)

--rusty, awfully sensitive to the difference between "DC" and "suburban [MD|VA]"

Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]

Straight up Hood Rat. (none / 0) (#394)
by Narcischizm on Tue Nov 07, 2000 at 02:57:38 PM EST

Livin' in Straight up DC baby! Shoutz to tha NE Brookland Crew! Bought a house last year and it feels closer to the 'burbs than any place I've lived in 20 years. No junkies, no crackheads, and *gasp* near a Metro!

[ Parent ]
Why not (3.60 / 5) (#39)
by Grexnix on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:50:38 AM EST

Howdy -
I'm a 20-year-old web coder currently working in a trendy "noomeeja" agency in London, England, where I've lived my entire life. I do HTML and JavaScript at the moment, but I'm currently learning XML, and Perl and C++ are next on my agenda. I'm mainly a Machead, but I'm also the unofficial company geek, so you'll often find me doing server admin stuff on our various Linux boxen. I believe Linux is a Good Thing; and I just installed SuSE 7.0 on my machine, so now I can run Linux and the MacOS on top. This makes me a happy bunny.
More on me (not that you care): downlode.org
I have other stuff and a (very randomly updated) weblog at: subversives.org
I found K5 through /. and became an instant addict. Unfortunately, that was only a couple of weeks before goons took it down. It's nice to see it back again.
If you're ever on #kuro5hin (on "The network formerly known as SlashNet" ;-) then look out for Replicant, cos that's me. By the way, "grexnix" is a "2000AD word, and if you want to know what it means, you'll have to read the magazine. :-)
OK, that's it. See you in the discussions...

Drokk (none / 0) (#42)
by stx23 on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:58:49 AM EST

Another squaxx dek thargo...(sp?)
The revolution will not be webcast.
[ Parent ]
Subject lines are unimpotant... (3.60 / 5) (#40)
by tilde on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:55:56 AM EST

I figure i'll start with my age... everyone else does. I'm a 22 year old male living somewhere in the bible belt at the moment. I have a three year old son, half a history degree, half a philosophy degree, a deranged ex, a passion for martial arts, a bad case of technophilia and an unruley mob of funny colored hair. I also have a resume as a consultant that winds through various programming projects back to the age 16... that fact there has allowed me to pay for all of the above, and eat well too.

On the technology front more specifically: I'm an MCSE, a CCNA, i've been to Sun school, oracle school, and worked with most things that have caught my interest.

On a technology dogma front: I'm a certified agnostic. I use and believe in all platforms, and that includes MS, and i like all platforms (and that includes MS). Don't give me party lines, give me specific reasons in specific circumstances and i won't use things in those specific instances.

I like grinders.

To entertain myself, i'm a performance poet, who doesn't share poetry unless you come to see me read it... I drink on occasion and try really really hard not to smoke then too.

I've been a nationally ranked free-style wrestler. I play 3 different musical insterments. I can't write music. I was once the 100th customer and was granted the a day of free coffee. I miss that day.

I like women, and occasionally... couples. My romantic life runs in spurts (i don't meen to be punny) where i date with density and then go celebate for a year.

An ending is pointless, because one hasn't happened yet.


Who I am, J. Maynard Gelinas (3.60 / 5) (#43)
by maynard on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:59:18 AM EST

Alright, I'll chime in and attempt to let the K5 "non-cabal" what's lurking behind this keyboard and video head.

I'm 32, have been involved with computers since 1976 when a next door neighbor bought and built an Altair. He let me flip the toggle switches (not that I understood what I was doing at age eight) and from that I began an interest in computers which sustains my livelihood today. I currently work in the Laboratory For Nuclear Science at MIT as a Sr. Linux System Administrator and Computational Manager (whatever that means), and split my time between desktop and batch queue support. There's another Linux Admin here who works under my supervision. Before that I worked for BBN in the Speech and Natural Language Processing group as a UNIX System Administrator. There we had a large batch cluster of ~300 Linux and Solaris systems which were primarily used for running voice training models for their speech recognition system. There is also a large number of systems devoted to their build environment and code repository, plus a pile of Linux/NT desktops.

While born in Boston, my family moved to Clairmont CA while I was at the tender age of three months. So I spent my early childhood, from the point three months to the age of nine, in California. After that my father took a job here in Massachusetts, so the whole family moved to Concord, MA (Yeah, Redcoats; Revolutionary War; all that crap -- it's a tourist trap, even given it's historical significance), where I lived until I turned of age. After that I moved to the Cambridge/Somerville/Alston area and have lived here since, other than a two year stint in Cincinnati, OH.

I actually liked living in OH, as most of my friends fled the high cost of living here on the east coast and moved out to Cincinnati; so I had good friends to help ease myself into the new environment and social circle. I also had the opportunity to write for a local small newspaper, which was both fun and financially unrewarding; newsflash: writers earn shit! However, my fathers ailing health forced a move back to Boston in order to help care for him. I've been back here for over four years and he is now hospitalized in the end stages of a terminal illness. I currently share this responsibility with my sister.

I have interests other than computers. I'm dating a wonderful woman from Taiwan (former co-worker at BBN, ridiculously smart). I attempt to play guitar. I'm primarily interested in country blues and ragtime fingerpicking styles, so even though I've been playing for ten years I still suck (these are not easy styles to play). It's funny, side note: I've been saving money to buy a new computer because my old dual PPRO-200 box is getting a bit crufty, but after trying the 1Ghz Athlons I've decided that it's just not worth the money. The move from a Pentium 100 up to the dual PPRO-200 was an amazing performance boost... going from the PPRO to Athlon just doesn't seem that noticeable. So I blew $1700 on This Taylor 812ce instead. Ya know what? I'm happy as a clam. And I don't need no more stink'n computers!

I attend conferences such as the USENIX Technical conference, and will probably attend one of the Linux shows this year. You may bump into me. If so, may we shake hands and slug a Guinness together.


Read The Proxies, a short crime thriller.

Oh good, it's not just me... (none / 0) (#60)
by analog on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 11:54:30 AM EST

I'm primarily interested in country blues and ragtime fingerpicking styles, so even though I've been playing for ten years I still suck

After 10 years of rock guitar, playing in bands and all that I decided about five years ago that I was going to learn ragtime (I love the music, but had never actually considered trying to play it; go figure). If I had stopped working and given away my kids, that *may* have been enough time to get it under my fingers. ;) As it is, I figure I've got about a 50/50 chance of getting reasonably good at it before I die...

[ Parent ]

Yeah, ragtime is a bitch to play (3.00 / 1) (#128)
by maynard on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 04:19:41 PM EST

After 10 years of rock guitar, playing in bands and all that I decided about five years ago that I was going to learn ragtime (I love the music, but had never actually considered trying to play it; go figure). If I had stopped working and given away my kids, that *may* have been enough time to get it under my fingers. ;) As it is, I figure I've got about a 50/50 chance of getting reasonably good at it before I die...
Rock and most flatpicking guitar is just not the same thing. Even with Chicago blues you still only have to deal with picking a straight melody line, the bass is left to another player. Country blues, ragtime, jazz and classical guitar forms all expect you to play the bass and melody like one would play a piano. This means you're usually syncopating melody, plucked with some subset of your fingers, against the bass stummed by your thumb. On the left hand you're fretting the bass and melody separately too... and these must be played distinctly from one another, or it'll sound like mush (at least not music). The hardest part is proper string muting along the melody... a dotted eighth lasts just that long, you can't just pluck the strings and let them sustain as long as they like. Hell, it's tough even when you're playing simple alternating bass lines against a melody, but serious ragtime demands complex/counterpoint bass lines, string runs, and have it all mesh together. Jeesh, wish I could do it well.

Have you tried out the Stefan Grossman video lessons? I like 'em... they come with booklets containing tab/musical notation, plus some of them show the left and right hands separately in a split screen, while playing very slowly so you can practice against the tape. I'll take all the help I can get. :-)

I'm a big fan of Rev. Gary Davis, Blind Blake, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Mance Lipscomb, Lightning Hopkins, Mississippi John Hurt, Robert Johnson and Son House. There are so many wonderful blues players from the 20s - 60s that are mostly forgotten today. I also like jazz players like Kenny Burrell, Earl Klugh, Django Reinhardt, and Wes Montgomery. There's so much amazing music that's out of the mainstream pop scene. I don't know why people bother with Britney and all that pop crap. :-)

There's a reason people go to conservatory, study and practice their asses off for years and years, only to finally walk out with a graduate degree before sounding professional. Just the same, quixotic though it may be to try, it's still fun. :-) Good luck with your ragtime playing goals. I know what it's like to want to spend at least a couple hours a day practicing only to have to spend the time working and fulfilling responsibilities. Sometimes I wish I could just drain my bank accounts and flee to the Bahamas with my axe. :-)

Read The Proxies, a short crime thriller.
[ Parent ]

Tell me about it (3.00 / 1) (#149)
by analog on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 06:41:46 PM EST

I used to know a guy who had (like me) started out playing rock guitar, then graduated to classical and then ragtime. When I knew him, rag was all he played anymore, and he was outstanding. The two things I remember most about him was that his hands used to do things that just ain't right, and despite the fact that all he did was play (it's how he made his rather meager living) some pieces still gave him trouble.

I don't have any illusions about my future playing rag; it's not happening until my kids are grown. I actually do play some classical, so I'm somewhat used to fingerstyle, but we all know the difference between sort of knowing how to do something and actually being good at it. ;) I just don't have the time to learn it properly now (but I'll keep pluggin' away just the same).

I checked out one of Grossman's audio lessons once (I bought it mostly to get a decent arrangement of Maple Leaf Rag), but haven't seen any of the video lessons. It's something I hadn't really considered (I usually do things by throwing on a CD and screwing with it 'til I figure it out), but I may check it out; anything that could help the process is definitely welcome.

There's so much amazing music that's out of the mainstream pop scene. I don't know why people bother with Britney and all that pop crap. :-)

*Sigh* Because it seems that most people nowadays don't like music, they like music videos...

[ Parent ]

Britney et al (none / 0) (#281)
by codemonkey_uk on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 11:21:22 AM EST

There's so much amazing music that's out of the mainstream pop scene. I don't know why people bother with Britney and all that pop crap. :-)

*Sigh* Because it seems that most people nowadays don't like music, they like music videos...

Thats because cabaret is the new rock'n'roll. But don't tell the kids that, they don't like to hear it. :)

"The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way." - Bertrand Russell
[ Parent ]

Sam I am...not! (3.71 / 7) (#44)
by AgentGray on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:59:27 AM EST

Someone hands me the microphone:

me: My name is Nathaniel

kuro5hin: Hello, Nathaniel

me: For a while I thought I was Teddy Roosevelt, but then the aliens brought me back...


Seriously, I'm a twenty-three year old Computer Specialist for a media corporation that owns two newspapers, some radio stations, and six television stations. Computer Specialist is a generic term that was given to me because they didn't want to call me an MIS.

Basically, I do everything from server maintainence, database design and maintainance, website design and maintainence, and I also get to do the fun stuff such as helping people with their email...for each location across the country. I'm currently in the process of making their data transfer universal betwenn their locations using XML over a WAN.

A couple of the television stations that we own began broadcasting HD a couple of months ago. It is pretty incredible. Through them, I'm able to get some true HDTVs for a reasonable price (ie: used). However, I'm going to wait a couple of years on that one. The Matrix on an HDTV was pretty incredible.

I use an iMac and Powerbook at work that have Mac OS 8.6 and OS 9 respectively. However, they both dual boot into Yellow Dog Linux. Most of my design work in done on the Macintosh side, but everything else is done in Linux. It's not a bad job, and I have a lot of fun doing it. I get to dabble a little bit in almost every computer related field.


Personally, I run Windows 98 and Red Hat 6.2 at home. I keep Windows because of the games, but when Deus Ex is done by Loki in the near future, I should be a straight Linux man. I really don't play that many games on the PC anymore, but they got me interested in computers. My five most favorite games are:

  • Tie Figter
  • Heavy Gear 2
  • Half-Life
  • Command & Conquer
  • Red Alert
For a while I was running the most popular (I can honestly say that) Heavy Gear 2 website at hg2nn.com, but due to the lack of popularity in the game, I began to cover the pen and paper game as well as the computer game. The site has since changed domains to reflect that and for a while I was running the Heavy Gear News Network. As of late, I've let it gone downhill. I plan to let someone take it over. All they have to do is ask. You want it?

I have also just started some creative writing projects for APA Gear II, a fan 'zine for the Heavy Gear universe. My first submission should be posted with this month's (11/00) issue.

As another side note, I also run a personal website at called f r e e z e f r a m e. It's something I've kept since my days working with that internet provider. They let me keep it and I use the space to play around with it. You'll never know what you'll find there next.

Due to a move into a new house, my wife and I cancelled our internet account for a couple of months until we get situated. I've been suffering withdrawals, but I'm coping by reading large amounts of books, working on static model airplanes, and playing my PS One (I love Gran Turismo 2). We're also remodeling the house, so I get to relieve stress by beating things with a hammer. I'm rewiring the house with cat-five, and the basement will be basically one big game/entertainment room.


I came to K5 only three days before the Big Crash of 2000. Unfortunately, I didn't register as a user. I was so intrigued by it, I had wanted to join. As soon as it was back up I registered that day or soon after. I've really enjoyed it. K5 is the only site that I read daily now. I think the article posted a couple of days ago about the information overload really hit home. I just had to have it. I was going to sites daily like K5, /., everything2, and bluesnews. I just didn't have enough time to do it all. I made some sacrifices and stuck with K5.


As far as the books are concerned, I'm currently reading The Hacker Crackdown by Bruce Sterling. You can read an etext of it here, but I recommend getting the book. I never put down the Horse, Camel, Llama books, and you can probably add the Bible to that list as well. I also like to read historical accounts such as the books from Stephen Ambrose. Of course, I won't pass up on Far Side, Calvin & Hobbes, or even Fox Trot.

Food is a good thing (I love chili), and to the great joys of my wife, I love to cook. I've got some killer homemade recepies. Just ask me about white chicken chili sometime.

Here. Someone else take the microphone...

Bible? (none / 0) (#274)
by slycer on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 10:25:12 AM EST

But.. isn't the Camel the bible? I'm confused.. why mention it twice :-)

[ Parent ]
Who I Are (3.33 / 3) (#45)
by Fjord on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 11:05:43 AM EST

I are a 20 year old CS major from this college. I've been keenly interested in computers, and all thing technical, since i saw my first apple II back in '85 (and yes, i do remember it vividly still). Unfortunately i never did much bookwork programming, but took as much classes as i could, and learned some basic, C++, and HTML before coming to college (most of the basic and some of the C++ i promptly forgot).

Now, i'm running a dual boot trying to make a complete hax0r out of myself. I had just started reading k5 before the dos.

No one can force an OS down your throat, you ultimately have to pay for it, one way or another. - rednecktek
Name, Rank, Serial Number (3.33 / 3) (#46)
by jfpoole on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 11:09:19 AM EST

I am a 24-year old software developer (at least that's what it says on my business cards) working for Sybase (in Canada, to boot) writing database servers. I've got a degree in computer science and combinatorics & optimization from the University of Waterloo. I've been reading kuro5hin for a while now, but I haven't actively participated in it until after the DoS.

In terms of my computer background, I think I've used most of the mainstream operating systems from 1985 or so onwards, although I do most of my work under WinNT these days. As for language, I've used a lot of different ones, but the three I keep coming back to are Python, C++, and Perl.

When I'm not in front of a computer, there are a number of different things I enjoy doing. I've recently rediscovered LEGO, especially the Technic and Mindstorm series (neither of which I could afford when I was a poor student). I try and spend an hour every couple of days out cycling, either on the road or on trails. I watch a lot of movies, and when I can I read.

That's all I can think of right now that'd be even remotely relevant. As always,

Jesus you just keep following me around... (none / 0) (#52)
by tzanger on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 11:32:29 AM EST

I'm kidding of course. I think it's crazy that you're still in SWO. I thought you'd be out west making the big bux. :-)

[ Parent ]
The skinny on The Rev. (3.33 / 3) (#47)
by reverend_greg on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 11:10:43 AM EST

Looks like me and bflame are the old farts of the bunch.
I'm 30, married to the most ungeek-ish of women I know - she barely knows how to use the computer. I work, (surprise) in the high tech industry doing tech support while the company pays for my A+, net+ and MSCE.
I listen to heavy metal music, both old school (metallica, megadeth, iron maiden, judas priest, manowar) and new (limp bizkit, korn, disturbed) have hair down to my ass, double piercings in both ears...basically, I get my own seat on the bus ride to work :).
I discovered K5 about a month before 'the black period' and rarely go back to the other site; the conversation is just more intelligent over here.
I have no formal education in computers, other than 1 year of EE and Microelectronics. Everything else is self taught and on the job experience. Long live the Comodore PET/Vic20/Commodore 64!
For 2 years I used Linux exclusively (that happens when you wipe out your windows partition by accident) and only recently have I been using Windoze at home (new computer) again.
I was born, raise and live in Oregon: Home of Assisted Suicide and the bands Everclear, Quarterflash, Pink Martini and the almost-winners Portland Trailblazers.

FIRETRUCK (1.12 / 8) (#48)
by porovaara on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 11:18:58 AM EST


Oh? (1.25 / 4) (#51)
by aaron on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 11:29:25 AM EST

The cherry stones tell me I'm going to be a kangaroo when I grow up.

[ Parent ]
my cat (2.66 / 3) (#66)
by barooo on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 12:17:38 PM EST

My cat wants to be a lion when he grows up

(okay, I don't have a cat, and that was plagarized from To Sail Beyond the Sunset by Robert Heinlein, but that line always stuck with me)

[G. W. Bush makes] one long for the flashy showmanship of Calvin Coolidge, the easy eloquence of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the simple honesty of Richard Nixon.
P. M. Carpenter
[ Parent ]
Careful what you say (eggplant) (3.50 / 2) (#155)
by itsbruce on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 07:38:34 PM EST

When Emile D'Antonio, the radical documentary film director, was a student, his rich uncle took him out to dinner. During the course of the dinner, the uncle asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. He couldn't think of an answer his uncle would understand so he said, "I want to be an eggplant".

Years later, somebody raided an FBI records office and sent the files they found there to the people concerned. When he received his file and read it, he found this note: "Wants to be an eggplant when he grows up".


It is impolite to tell a man who is carrying you on his shoulders that his head smells.
[ Parent ]
moi... (3.00 / 4) (#49)
by excession on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 11:24:07 AM EST

well, I seem to be a 21 year old sysadmin, working for yet another noomeeja company in london. This one, in fact...
Got bored and dropped out of uni at the end of my second year, know a bit of everything - xml, html, perl, c, c++, java, python etc. Been using linux for about 4 years. Love it.
I read a stupid amount - probably coming close to two or three books a day. Lately I've read the latest Terry Pratchet book, "The Truth", which is excellent. Also, Bruce Schneir's "Secrets and Lies" is excellent.
I'm a Buffy fan, for all the obvious reasons. And I drink far too much...

pratchett (5.00 / 1) (#54)
by fantastic-cat on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 11:36:10 AM EST

I gave up reading Terry Pratchet a few years back as I found they were all becoming the same, my fave ones are the ones prior to "Guards Guards" with "the hog farther" in my eyes representing an all time low. would you agree?

Also is secrets and Lies anything to do with the Mike Leigh film of the same name?

[ Parent ]

Totally (3.00 / 1) (#58)
by spiralx on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 11:44:59 AM EST

I haven't read any Pratchett in a few years now because it's all too much alike to really capture the humour of the earlier stories. There really can be too much of a good thing, and the rate that Pratchett churns out books means that he reached saturation point a long time ago.

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

don't give up yet. (none / 0) (#69)
by h2odragon on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 12:43:58 PM EST

Have to agree about Hogfather, that was not up to his standard. Maskerade ain't bad, and Fifth Elephant is nearly as good as anything he's written.

[ Parent ]
hello... (3.33 / 3) (#50)
by fantastic-cat on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 11:29:22 AM EST

First two answers I normally have to give on the web are:
-yes my name is from that Takao Minekawa song.
-no I'm not a girl.

other stuff : 22 work at BBC (interactive programmer) Live in london did a CS degree at Bristol and the first year of a Psychology degree prior to which I lived in Manchester, Papua New Guinea and Wales. In addition to being a computer geek I'm a music geek(Napster habit verging on 4 gigs) and a film geek (and a part time philosophy geek). I've got a PC at home which doesn't work very well for anything beyond e-mail and simple coding, I also have a Dreamcast, Saturn, Gamegear, N64, GBC, PS1, MegaDrive, SNES, Amiga, c64 and Speccy among others which I use to play games, appart from the Speccy which is broken but I keep for sentimental reasons. Other than that I like a few comics (Dork(esp.Eltingville Comic Book, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror,And Role-Playing Club), Hate, Ranma1/2, Love and Rockets), do Aikido, play guitar and do a bit of programming for fun. My home page which is just my bookmarks will point you to some of the other places I like to go on the web.

(I overuse parentheses (often nesting to several levels))

tom "fantastic cat" pearson

MARS (3.50 / 6) (#53)
by Hechz on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 11:33:50 AM EST

I am M.A.R.S. these are my initials not some penchant for ancient mythology. I am 22 YO and currently reside in New York, NY. The most tolerable place in America. I am cultural endophobe, I am an American and my coutry scares me. I am politically active, see!!! That's me with the sign.. I have lived all over America, was born in Alaska.

Technology has been a constant facination for me. I knew Basic for the trash-80 before I started school. I got into PCs in '92, was a dos/win kid until I was 18, and made the dive to *nix. Sco first, then HP-UX, linux, AIX, *BSD. I have experience with AS/400s as well and actually like them for very specific situations. I love what I do but don't want to do it forever. I want to move into development. I have a good knowledge of Perl. (and German !) I want to move to Europe soon (pref se,uk,de). If you can help, let me know


I've been in the Rocky Horror Picture Show, had an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy, I have a cat named Joey. I love Music and play all of the orchestral wood-winds except for Flute and Piccolo. I have been a metal-head and a raver and a geek. I'm gay and don't quite know how that's gonna make my life when I am 70.

I love humanity and usually have a hard time with individual mebers of it.


Here's mine... (3.33 / 6) (#55)
by MaggieL on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 11:39:05 AM EST

I found K5 when a particularly noteworth Slashdotter very publically defected. Not that I knew him from Adam, actually, nor was I really a part of the Slashdot crowd, other than an occasional peanut-gallery type comment.

"Who Am I?", eh? A complex question. I won't disclose my age directly, other than to say I'm a bit older than most people take me for...and to say I wrote my first computer program in FORTRAN in 1968. Ouch.

Be that as it may, I'm probably at least in the top three oldest users here, I'd imagine. Honest, go look at my website, I don't look or act that old. Thank goodness.

I work for a big shrink-wrap software company. It didn't used to be this big.

My personal interests are aviation and astronautics (300 hr private pilot working on my instrument and commercial ratings), music, amateur radio (especially low-power (QRP), digital modes, and amateur satellite and space station work). I also practice the martial art of Aikido, although I'm currently on a training hiatus.

More details out on my web site.
Maggie Leber KB3DXS

Sure why not. (3.33 / 3) (#56)
by tzanger on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 11:41:37 AM EST

24, M, Married (yes big M married :-), two kids with a third on the way. Yes I've got a minivan. No, I make the wife drive it. :-) Working in embedded systems development with a heavy slant into industrial power electronics. That's the fun stuff, baybee!

Like my user info sez, I'm curious and passionate. It's real easy to get me into an arguement but then again that's half the fun of being a person. I talk to just about anyone and have an opinion on just about anything. Some say that makes me arrogant but I say it makes me interesting. Ever try to have a conversation with a fish? You know the people who just kinda look at you blankly and make the oom-oom-oom motion with their mouth when you try to talk to them? Well I'm not like that at all. :-)

Techie stuff: Linux, embedded systems design (electronics, not so much firmware but I do that too), taking things apart. I run a site which houses a bunch of stuff I find relevant including my Palm programming info, electronics info and my cherished Knowledgebase. Eventually I'll rewrite it in Perl and get it doing what I really want instead of just being the storage storage bin it is now.

Non techie stuff: My family. Keeping the 4 year old from taking apart everything in existence (which is ironic) and keeping my 11 month old from drooling on everything. I like to experiment with cooking but nothing too weird. I guess you could say I like to hack cooking. Reading, writing and composing music (Scream Tracker, baybee!) are things I really like doing but haven't had much time to do. I'm trying to learn how to drywall. Mudding is easy. Taping is a bitch. I love autumn but wish that natural gas prices weren't going up 45%.

I miss my tracker... (1.00 / 1) (#208)
by Miniluv on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 11:25:53 PM EST

Gosh darn do I miss tracking. *grins* I used something other than ST, but it supported those ST files...with it I composed the obligatory AOL Anthem, using You've Got Mail/Welcome/Goodbye.

Will Scream Tracker run on Win2K? *grin* Or has it been ported to linux yet?
"Its like someone opened my mouth and stuck a fistful of herbs in it." - Tamio Kageyama, Iron Chef 'Battle Eggplant'
[ Parent ]

Trackers (3.00 / 1) (#239)
by FunkyChild on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 03:49:38 AM EST

Impulse Tracker is very similar to Scream Tracker, but IMHO it's much better. I think the latest version is 2.14 and that works fine under win95, as long as your sound card is set up right. I can't remember the URL for it off the top of my head, but you should be able to google for it.

Regarding Linux, I was looking for Linux trackers a while back and stumbled across a website with a very impressive looking 'Impulse Tracker 3' which was still in development. I don't know if it's finished or not yet, but I think it was going to be for Windows and Linux. There are some trackers for Linux on freshmeat.net, though they're not as good as IT.

I dabbled in tracking quite a bit, a couple of years ago but haven't really done much since. I'd love to get back into it, but I'm too much of a procrastinator and I don't have much time these days (I waste it all reading /. and k5 :P).

-- Today is the tomorrow that you worried about yesterday. And now, you know why.
[ Parent ]
IT is it... (1.00 / 1) (#322)
by Miniluv on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 05:45:26 PM EST

Impulse Tracker is exactly what it was...I'm guessing though if it runs under Win95 it'll not run under 2K cuz of the hardware access scheme and all that other mumbo jumbo that amounts to "Buy New Software Luke". Anyhow..thanks for refreshing my memory..and I'll keep my eyes peeled for IT3
"Its like someone opened my mouth and stuck a fistful of herbs in it." - Tamio Kageyama, Iron Chef 'Battle Eggplant'
[ Parent ]
Impulse Tracker 2 and 3 (none / 0) (#371)
by spiralx on Mon Nov 06, 2000 at 05:54:47 AM EST

Yeah, IT 2 used direct access to the hardware which meant it couldn't run on anything other than DOS or Win95, which is a shame, because it really was an excellent program. Unfortunately as it was written in 100% assembler it wasn't very portable :(

Impulse Tracker 3 looks good, the project has a homepage here with screenshots and features.

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

Me... you want to know about me? (3.33 / 3) (#57)
by hariya on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 11:44:21 AM EST

I am a 26 year old Ph.D. candidate in Chemical Engineering. I am from India and have been in the US for 5 years. My nick is what my friends call me. It is a version of my real name. Like most of my colleagues, I am a Fortran programmer (gasp!) and dabble in C++ and Perl. Have been running Linux for a year now, was running FreeBSD for 2 years before that.

Current Reading: Godel, Escher and Bach by Hofstrader. I read a review on the net and found the book in a used book store. Unputdownable

Current Listening: The Union Underground . Got some songs off Napster after listening to them open for Marilyn Manson last week. I think I will buy the CD.

Editor of choice: Emacs all the way, baby. vi is for the clincally insane.

Addendum. (none / 0) (#70)
by hariya on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 12:45:37 PM EST

My introduction to K5 is probably different from most others. I got into K5 because of Inoshiro. Linuxlock.org had a link to Inoshiro's article on security checklists which was the first time I heard of K5, came, liked what I saw and stuck around.

So Inoshiro, when are we going to get more of those columns from you ??

[ Parent ]
yeah! (none / 0) (#133)
by rusty on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 04:59:49 PM EST

So Inoshiro, when are we going to get more of those columns from you ??

Exactly what I've been wondering...

Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]

Godel, Eshcer, Bach (none / 0) (#72)
by greenplato on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 12:48:23 PM EST

Current Reading: Godel, Escher and Bach by Hofstrader. I read a review on the net and found the book in a used book store. Unputdownable

I know what you mean. I found it in a friend's basement, I really was hooked after a quick scan through it. It's on my nightstand, currently sandwiched between Programming Perl and Island of the Sequined Love Nun by Christopher Moore.

[ Parent ]

re: Emacs vs. VI (4.00 / 1) (#74)
by Fireblade on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 12:57:04 PM EST

Editor of choice: Emacs all the way, baby. vi is for the clincally insane.

Clinically insane!?!? Why...as soon as I can chew these bars off my window, your ass is so kicked!


[ Parent ]

re: emacs vs vi (none / 0) (#209)
by Rainy on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 11:29:55 PM EST

after you done, help me with my bars and we'll BOTH kick his ass! :-)
Seriously though, I used both emacs and vim and I think I know the tradeoffs involved pretty well.. and I think it's all a matter of taste, if you can deal with modal system, more power to ya, you'll be real quick, and if not - there's always emacs.
Rainy "Collect all zero" Day
[ Parent ]
Did you bring enough to share? (none / 0) (#197)
by aphrael on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:34:12 PM EST

Editor of choice: Emacs all the way, baby. vi is for the clincally insane.

Are you smoking crack?

[ Parent ]
What I Did on my Summer Vacation (3.75 / 4) (#62)
by barooo on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 11:57:23 AM EST


I am 23 (I'll be 24 on US election day, but figure I'll get a shitty-ass birthday present no matter what.). I'm a software engineer (my preferred term) living in the fine city of Chicago. I graduated from the University of Illinois with a BS in Computer Science.

Strangely enough, I didn't get into computers until relatively late in life. I got an XT when I was 15 and played around a bit, but didn't do any programming. I always wanted to go to med school, and right up until the "choose your major" point after being accepted to U of I, I was going for Pre Med. I honestly don't know how I got to CS. I basically decided that I didn't have the devotion that Med School would require, and didn't want to burn out at the 75% mark, which is what would have happened.

So, somehow, I decided that maybe computer engineering would be fun. A semester of circuit analysis convinced me that it wasn't. I fiddled with the idea of psychology, but decided that the programming I'd been exposed to was kind of cool, so switched over to Computer Science. Somewhere around this time (1994) I discovered linux. First slackware, then a long affair with redhat, but about a year ago I settled on Debian after trying Caldera just for the fuck of it.

I worked for an Industrial Supply company out in the west suburb hell for about two years, but got sick of the commute and the boredom with what I was was doing (website front-end, at that time) so now I work for a Big Assed Consulting Firm. I'm working down in the Chicago Loop currently. I'm doing C++ stuff. Or at least that's what my job description says...

As for what I like, I like rock music (rush and REM are my two all-time favorite bands), play bass guitar, read anything with words (currently reading Carrie by Stephen King and Java and XML), drink guiness, bass, beamish, belhaven, and boulevard (spent some time recently in Kansas City. Fun place.) wheat (or any other beer starting with the letter b).

I'd rather be doing "real" development. I seem to get stuck with business oriented coding. Sometimes it's interesting, sometimes it's not. But no free projects are interesting to me that have needs for my skills that aren't already "done" enough. Okay, I don't see anything that motivates me to gett off my ass :)

Or, failing that, I'd rather be a rock star

[G. W. Bush makes] one long for the flashy showmanship of Calvin Coolidge, the easy eloquence of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the simple honesty of Richard Nixon.
P. M. Carpenter
I am. (3.87 / 8) (#63)
by Grum on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 12:05:19 PM EST

Hey, I am not a hacker or a dot-com millionaire, And I don't have my own website or eat ramen noodles or own any Star Wars memorabilia. And I don't know Java, C++ or Perl (although I am certain they're really, really nice languages). I have a Coppermine, not a Thunderbird. I code COBOL and SAS, not VB, and I get paid pretty well in cash, not stock options. I can proudly say I helped solve my company's Y2K problem. I believe in small-el liberal politics not conservativism, social health care not HMOs, and that sports statistics is a truly proud and noble hobby. University of Waterloo is a good university, Windows is a usable OS (for me). And it is pronounced "gibs", not "jibs", "gibs". London is the third largest city in Ontario, with one of the first places to get good cable modem access and the best place for me to live with my girlfriend. My name is Grum, and I am a K5 reader. Thank you.

lol (none / 0) (#92)
by Phil the Canuck on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 01:46:49 PM EST

+4 for breaking through the monotony of my day.


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

lee_malatesta is not part of the k5 cabal (3.40 / 5) (#64)
by Anonymous 242 on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 12:07:29 PM EST

I'm a recovering compulsive reader. I used to read about ten books or so per week (mostly sci-fi/fantasy with some history and philosophy). Now, I'm lucky to get through three or four books per month, but the titles are much more rewarding (almost exclusively history, science, philosophy or theology) and my retension is higher. I'll still kick back the odd fictional work every now and then, but I find that the more I read non-fiction, the less tolerance I have for fiction as most (not all) of it is poorly written.

I have a wonderful wife that has geek tendencies when she forgets to be scared of computers. She's bright (graduated summa cum laude from Wright State University in Ohio) but somehow continuously convinces herself that she can't understand things tech simply because their tech. I have two lovely children. My oldest daughter is currently seven. My youngest is currently three.

When not reading and not dorking around with my computer (at home I run Windows in order to dial to work and get free internet, and Linux) I'm trying to learn book-binding and wood-working. On the computer front, I'm a recovering OS/2 user. Linux is great, but oh my do I miss the Workplace Shell.

I'm trying my hand at writing a book. It will be a sci-fi novel. I'm about 25k words into it. The plot line goes something like the Matrix meets the Borg.

When dorking around with my computer, I'm attempting to really grok the essence of C++. The current standard has an entirely different paradigm than when I had my first C++ class at a community college back in 1994. I can't speak for all projects, but to date every project I've seen uses C++ more as an improved C than really getting into the features that make C++ so superior. I'm also attempting to pick up Java. Why? I'm currently dabbling in programming for Palm OS. And IBM's Visual Age Micro Edition is free and looks like the best way to move forward on this goal.

Of course, I only get around to actually tinkering with programming when I'm not wasting my time posting to k5 or /. My /. id is brokeninside. My karma is maxed out. Crud.

Religiously, after a long Oddessy through several Protest Christian sects and a few eastern religions, I ended up in my current position as a catechumin preparing to joing the Orthodox Church. Sadly, Protestantism (at least of all the forms I've looked into) just isn't internally coherent. Orthodoxy on the other hand never had most (it did have some) of the abuses of power that the Reformers rebelled against and has a much more complete understanding of its own tradition than any other religion I've seen.

Philosophically, I'm an epistimological rationalist. Empiricism seems to me to make too many assumptions for a system of beliefs apparently built around not making assumptions. ;)

Politically I have a socialist bent. This is more to do with my pessemistic view of humanity than any true socialistic leanings. Socialism, properly done, minimizes the loss of liberty inherent in capitalism at the expense of losing other liberties. On a practical level we either cede control of our lives to corporations or to the state. At least in a society resembling a democracy, we have some measure of control over the state.

I work for a decent consulting firm and am currently on site at a major provider of billing software. If you have skills and want a job, email me your resume, our recruiters will likely call you by the end of the week. I do programming in mostly C++ with some Perl and Korn shell in a Solaris environment. I do get stuck doing some Windows programming (the client for the billing system runs on Windows through an arcane and bizarre proprietary 3rd party toolkit).

I have two claims to fame that I'm aware of. The first is that I went to the same grade school as Martin Sheen in Dayton, Ohio. The second is that one of my distant ancestors was featured in one of the inner rings of hell in Dante's Inferno.

I live in Cincinnati, Ohio in the good ole USA. My login is my real name, so should you be in town, feel free to look me up.

A ha! (3.00 / 1) (#250)
by spiralx on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 05:50:03 AM EST

Of course, I only get around to actually tinkering with programming when I'm not wasting my time posting to k5 or /. My /. id is brokeninside. My karma is maxed out. Crud.

Now that explains a lot! It's much easier to believe that there's one intelligent poster with two different nicks than that there are two different people posting thoughtful comments :) Or maybe I'm just too cynical about /. nowadays...

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

the decline and fall of /. (4.00 / 1) (#276)
by Anonymous 242 on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 10:37:58 AM EST

To be honest, there are still some good /.ers. I'm pretty choosy about the discussions I read and post to on /., but there are still some genuinely insightful comments. The beef I have with /. is the large number of imbeciles that get off on being rude for seemingly no other reason than to be rude. Look at one reply I received to a post about Sun releasing OpenOffice.

Re:self defacing humor or self fulfilling prophecy (Score:0)
by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 13, @12:46PM EST (#257)
You dumb fucker! The term is "self-deprecating" not "self-defacing" (unless you were talking about
tattoos or something)?

Morale: Don't be such a dumb fucker.

I don't mind people being pedantic. I often correct people's grammar. (I also chuckled to see the reply to my post correcting my usage of english use morale instead of moral.) But discussion is hard to engage in when constantly confronted by posts like this. This is not an isolated incident. When in an antagonistic mood (and if the imbecilic reply is stupid enough) I'll go on the attack. (Read this thread with a threshold of -1.) I have to admit its something of a bizarre experience to have my mean-spirited replies to trolls get modded up.

Currently, I greatly enjoy k5. I do have fears about its scalability as a community. All my experience leads me to believe that Kaa's law is correct and it will take an extrodinary amount of energy to keep a high S/N ration. I suspect what k5 will eventually need is a battallion of people mature enough to zap users that constantly intentionally beligerant without zapping users simply because the zappers disagree with the zappee's beliefs. On the other hand, I have doubts that enough people like that can be found.

Anyway, thanks for the complement.


[ Parent ]

My thoughts on k5 and /. (4.00 / 1) (#280)
by spiralx on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 11:12:33 AM EST

To be honest, there are still some good /.ers. I'm pretty choosy about the discussions I read and post to on /., but there are still some genuinely insightful comments. The beef I have with /. is the large number of imbeciles that get off on being rude for seemingly no other reason than to be rude.

I still read /. as much as k5, although to be honest my serious posting is usually done here and my trolling is done over there. Whilst there are a lot of good stories still going on there, they're usually posted after I leave work and are over by the time I get back the next day, whereas on k5 I can have a week long discussion...

Anyone who says that /. is nothing but crap is being silly and reactionary - if you read it at threshold 3 or 4 then you'd get some excellent posts coming up. I personally read it at -1 because I hate not being able to see everything, and because some of the -1 crap amuses me. Slashdot is a big soap opera and has a distinct "feel" to it, something which k5 is evolving now, although obviously in a different way :)

I have to admit its something of a bizarre experience to have my mean-spirited replies to trolls get modded up.

Moderation is what makes /. such a fun game to play, and gives trolling a real challenge. Can you get a post full of inaccurate and offensive material up to (5, Insightful)? Unfortunately, you can sometimes... But in general it works, there's just not enough of it sometimes (the fact that you get penalised for moderating in metamod is discouraging people) and the volume is rediculous at times.

Currently, I greatly enjoy k5. I do have fears about its scalability as a community. All my experience leads me to believe that Kaa's law is correct and it will take an extrodinary amount of energy to keep a high S/N ration.

True, but the fact that a) rusty is being proactive (ugh) with regards to deleting crap and b) the fact that we can all moderate and trusted users are, I would assume, not uncommon means k5 is already ahead of the game in terms of infrastructure. There's less point in posting crap if it gets deleted within a couple of minutes.

I suspect what k5 will eventually need is a battallion of people mature enough to zap users that constantly intentionally beligerant without zapping users simply because the zappers disagree with the zappee's beliefs. On the other hand, I have doubts that enough people like that can be found.

My acid test for this - see how people moderate k5 user "thurler". He seems to completely wind everyone up (including me a lot of the time) with his views, but he's not trolling, he's just waaay out there :) If he consistently gets moderated down then kuro5hin is likely to suffer from problems when we scale, otherwise it's all looking good.

Okay, so it's not accurate, but it's telling I think.

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

Doodah... (3.50 / 2) (#65)
by CanSpice on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 12:16:55 PM EST

I'm a 24-year old guy living in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. By trade I do database development, project management, and various project design tasks. By training I'm an astrophysicist, with my BSc in Physics/Astronomy with Math minor from the University of Victoria.
In my spare time I dabble with various operating systems (I use Mandrake Linux, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, and Windows for gaming). I love using Perl for almost anything, including cooking eggs in the morning.
Here's my webpage, which has a lot more information than this little post.
And as of November 17 2000 this post will be out of date -- I'll be 25 then.
--- I don't have a sig.
Who I am (3.50 / 4) (#68)
by Forum on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 12:21:30 PM EST

Funny, I actually created an account just to answer this. I'm a 21 year old network administrator... and a recovering /.er. I came to K5 because well.. I'm not a troll, or a teenager with a lot of angst. I'm an intelligent young person with an interest in technology and an unsatiable drive to learn all that I can. I guess that's why I call myself a hacker. I just want to know how everything works.


-- "When I walk down the street and only 3 or 4 shots are fired at me, I find it hard to stay awake." -HC
angst (3.66 / 3) (#124)
by smythe811 on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 04:02:58 PM EST

I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who feels /. is now only attracting Angst filled teens with no idea of what the real world is.
http://www.tranzor.net Tranzor Data Systems Webhosting
[ Parent ]
I to am a recovering /. -er (3.00 / 2) (#129)
by PacketMaster on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 04:22:42 PM EST

I'm also a recovering /.-er. I yearn for the days of yester-year when tech and tech and /. wasn't about creating an angst-filled subculture.

My name is 4A 61 73 6F 6E. I'm in the 18-24 demographic group. My occupation title is "Network/Systems Administrator" although I've decided my main occupation is explaining to people why their computers locked up, why the latest screensaver from their favorite animal/outdoor/inspirational-sayings site doesn't install properly and baby-sitting our pathetically over-customized accounting + point-of-sale system. Occasionally I get to do genuine admin stuff like work with the e-mail server, design a new switching rack or bring in a T1 but it's amazing how the other stuff gets in the way of that. During my non-working hours, I spend a lot of time messing around with Linux, learning to be a better Perl programmer, working with some friends on a web hosting startup, watching movies (but NOT TV!) and spending time with my wife. Speaking of which, I've been married for 3 months and it's terrific. :) (Note to self: show wife this post) I like hearing about other real people who are actual tech workers and the issues and stories that interest them. I'm very much impressed with the culture here.

My main gripe about /. is the overwhemling push towards this utopinistic geek-centered culture that assumes a smugness of "we're the best and you can't beat us down even if we act different". I recall the days when Slashdot really was "News for Nerds, Stuff that Matters". Personally I think they ought to change the slogan to "News for repressed and angst-filled hackers, Stuff that caters to creating a whiny subculture". I was an occasional K5 reader with my eyes primarly on /. until the last /. IRC chat that basically became a flame-fest on the topics of Signal_11 and the /. Moderation system. It wasn't so much the flame-fest that bothered me (you'd be surpised how fast you grow flame-resistent eyes reading /.) as how CmdrTaco and Hemos handled themselves. They are, by default, the cult leaders of the /. culture and I thought they handled themselves like 13 year-old scipt kiddies. I was disappointed and lost 90% of my interest in /. overnight, without even thinking about it. After a few days of hopeless wandering I rediscovered K5 and have been a loyal reader ever since. Sorry for the /. bit, but I've been needing to say that for awhile.

[ Parent ]
He is Brave Sir Robin (3.33 / 3) (#71)
by finkployd on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 12:45:42 PM EST

No, I'm no one really.
I'm a 22 year old part time undergrad at PSU. I work for them full time as a mainframe systems programmer, and I am having fun playing with linux on the university's s/390 :)

Outside of my work life I'm a avid marksman, runner, and guitarist. I enjoy 70's rock, MST3K, and Marx Brother movies, to name a few of my interests.

I reside in the United States, so I admittedly have US-centric influenced viewpoints, but I certainly am not ignorant of other contries and their cultures.
I tend to be conservative when it comes to the role of governent, but I'm am also socially liberal. I'm against gun control, the drug war, high taxes, and social federal mandates. I support EVERY amendment in the bill of rights, and would classify myself as a Republician/Democrat/Liberatarian except that I don't like major aspects of all three parties.

You can find me hanging out at k5, ./, #kuro5hin, and packing.org.

In case you are still reading and wondering, why "finkployd", it's because when I was 13 and discovering the magic of BBSes, I was a huge Pink Floyd fan. However, the name was taken on my favorite BBS, so I switched the first two letters. It just stuck for some reason.

Sig: (This will get posted after your comments)
who am i?/i am... (3.33 / 3) (#73)
by Decker on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 12:56:27 PM EST

Last I checked, I was Jeff Abshire, 20 years old, full-time network programmer and part-time student. I work for Digex, er, Intermedia, er Worldcom, er, whoever buys ou out next, I'll get back to you on that. Whatever my company is called at the moment, it's a telco/business internet provider. Which means I get a T1 to my house, yay! I write code for the DNS servers, all in Perl up to this point. I like Perl. It's fun. I was a full-time student at University of Maryland, but I ended up deciding I'd rather have a full-time job and real money, than a really crappy part-time job and full-time school. But that's just work and school. Blah. Other stuff is more interesting. I like composing music in Fasttracker, messing around with my various music equiptment (Etherwave Theremin, Juno 106, Juno a1, MC505, Yamaha reverb box), and making a lot of strange noise in general. I play Everquest. A lot. I'm on the Bristlebane server, and am a member of the Crimson Draconia guild. I've loved RPGs since I was quite young, been playing Shadowrun off and on for more than 10 years, and various other paper RPGs, and almost every Square Soft game I could get my hands on. I live in a house with 4 friends of mine, $330 a month rent for each of us, nice cheap way to live and lets me spend money on things I really like, like buying lots and lots of music. That's about it, I guess.

In the sake of humanity ... (3.33 / 3) (#75)
by Bad Mojo on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 12:57:11 PM EST

I have existed quite a while now. Kind of enjoy it most of the time. I sit around a lot. I complain a whole lot.

I run a little domain (rps.net) out of my kitchen. I also host a live internet radio show (http://www.rps.net/radio) out of my dining room. I don't dine or cook much anymore.

I host a LAN party (http://www.gamersgauntlet.org) in the state where I live. It's getting larger every event and it always manages to suck my will to live. ;)

Did college for two years. Pay sucked. Got a job. I'm a Linux advocate, not to be confused with zealot. I'm one of those rare people who actually has done a lot of work with 98, NT, 2k, HP-UX, AIX, Solaris, and Linux.

One day I'll be famous. Could care less about being rich.

-Bad Mojo
"The purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure pure reasoning, and inhibit clarity. With a little practice, writing can be an intimidating and impenetrable fog!"
B. Watterson's Calvin - "Calvin & Hobbes"

Okay, I'll join in! (3.66 / 3) (#76)
by YvRich on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 12:59:38 PM EST

I'm a post-DoS k5 reader -- heard about it from Slashdot, wandered over once you were back up, and stayed.

I used to program a lot as a kid (started out on a TRS-80) but drifted away for a few years, but I'm trying to sit down and catch up with everything I missed, and get back into practice. I knew BASIC inside and out, but somehow never played with C much, and now there're languages like Perl and Java that I know I should gain at least a working knowledge of, if I can just find the time.

My current project is learning Linux, on our old P133 that got replaced when we got a spiffy new 750mH Pentium III for gameplaying. I read the forums at linuxnewbie.org and read HOW-TOs during my lunch hour (ooh, exciting) and I'm slowly but surely getting the hang of it.

My latest claim to fame is winning the "free copy of SimCity3000 for Linux" contest over at linuxboxen.com. This is the first thing I've ever won that's bigger than a free Snickers bar or a 20 oz. Coke.

More mundane details: 32 (in less than two weeks), female, engaged, no kids, minor caffeine addiction, moderate Diablo II addiction, moderate math/logic puzzle addiction, currently working in an accounts-payable position but getting bored and looking at getting myself into a more IT-ish career. Already got an idea for my first open-source submission to freshmeat. I know from experience that having a project will get me learning a programming language much better than just learning it for its own sake.

Other details: High sensitivity to BS in any form -- I can't even watch the news anymore, let alone pay attention to politics. Ditto with grammatical/spelling errors, although much exposure to e-mail has desensitized me somewhat. Favorite background noise: ESPN (especially baseball games). Wishing I had more time to read. Hell, wishing I had more time for everything. God help me when we have kids!

I'm Jim. (3.66 / 3) (#77)
by jabber on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 01:04:24 PM EST

In the grand tradition of the Doors, that should do it. No?

I'm 27, a Polish immigrant to the US currently living in CT. I did not set out to steal some poor American's job. I'm a millionaire, I own a mansion and a yacht.. Umm, no, but I have a BS and MS in CS, the latter from RPI, the former from CCSU. I started out in Chemical Engineering, but realized that the prospect of spending 40 years playing with latex and lubricants was not as exciting as the brochure made it out to be. I work as an SE at the company formerly known as ABB and currently refered to as ALSTOM Power, Inc. (Yes, it's in CAPS. I don't know why.) My influences are Billy Joel, Ren and Stimpy and Isaac Asimov, among others. I don't do (illegal) drugs, but I don't care if you do - as long as you don't do them at my place. I believe that Man is an integral part of nature, and that Nature is God. I don't vote, yet I deserve the right to bitch about the results of any election. I fancy conspiracy theories, and doubt that the same people/species who watch Jerry Springer could put a craft on the Moon. I think that a good UI effectively abstracts the inner-workings of any system, and that Democracy is one such UI.

I go by 'Jabber' for the following reasons:
- It was my highschool nickname (I'm one of few geeks who played sports, though not very well.)
- It's a networking term describing a faulty NIC which babbles garbage into the network, or an Ethernet packet that exceeds maximum valid size. In either case, a jabber tends to cause wasted bandwidth and mass confusion. (http://webopedia.internet.com/TERM/j/jabber.html)
- It hails from JabberWocky, the Lewis Carroll "nonsense" poem which I was made to memorize by the Good Nuns in 4th grade, before I even knew English; which later came back to haunt me in the first semester of CS, during a lacture on the difference between syntax and semantics.

I don't think I've done anything truly worthwhile with my life just yet, and feel I'm in a bit of a rut professionally as of late. I started getting involved in K5 a few months before The Crash and have lost a great deal of interest in /. since they took all the fun out of Karma. I think that the Bell Curve needs a sharp thwack to the right. My to-read list is getting too long. I'm a B5 fan. I think that we don't treat our pet memes as well as we should.

I hope that there is life after death, since this is all just too interesting to stop. I think that it is everyone's responsibility to look after the physical and emotional well-being of others; we're all we've got. I like good beer and bloody steak and hate Polish food with a passion. I couldn't care less about who wins the World Series, the Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup or any other 'sporting' event; but I do cheer for the red-necks in the Darwin Awards.

[TINK5C] |"Is K5 my kapusta intellectual teddy bear?"| "Yes"

Hmm... (3.33 / 3) (#78)
by Pope Slack on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 01:06:04 PM EST

Last time I checked I was a 20 year old software developer working for an extremely large organization,
writing DB apps in Perl and PHP, and dealing with scientific data.
I currently live in the most infamous city in Colorado, but am hoping to move away soon, as I really can't stand the place much longer.
I've been using and programming UNIXish OSes since my sophomore year of high school, which makes it ~5 years now, and I have around 10 years dealing with computers, total.
I'm not in school right now, but plan on getting a bachelor's in CS sometime.

Been lurking on K5 for a while now, but just started posting, and have read The Other Site(tm) for almost as long as it has existed.
In my free time I'm probably coding, playing with hardware, reading, listening to or making music, drawing, hanging out with friends, or playing with dangerous devices/materials.


Oof - do I feel old (3.66 / 3) (#79)
by el_guapo on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 01:07:56 PM EST

33 year old (just turned 33 this October) "Level 4 Network Support" person, working at a large COMPuter And Quality hardware manufacturer. Married, 2 stepkids, one 3 year old Real(tm) son. I'm a Linux advocate, but cut my teeth on M$ crap, so, I know my way around computers, but I'm having to work at the Linux thing. I have absolutly zero tolerance for BS, thus I am trying to get my little website going (straightpoop.org). Mantra: The straight poop, NO BS. I'm on #kuro5hin most evenings, much to the annoyance of the wife-unit....
mas cerveza, por favor mirrors, manifestos, etc.
My name is Captain Zornchugger and... (3.25 / 4) (#80)
by CaptainZornchugger on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 01:08:24 PM EST

... I'm an alcoholic. Seriously. Well, ok, that's not really may name, but he alcoholic part may be true. I'm also a 21 year old project engineer, which, at my company, is a bizaare cross between Sysadmin, debugger, Salesman, and a lot of other stuff. I know Perl, C, C++, Java, and LISP. I run Slackware, exclusively Slackware, and nothing but Slackware (except when I'm forced to use Solaris or Windows, but I don't like talking about that) I also use VI. not VIM, VI. (I like pain) I don't believe in GUIs. Except when playing Diablo II, but I only do that drunk. I'm almost always drunk.

My Religion of choice is Nothing. No, not atheism, that would be something. I'm a Nothing. I'm a libertarian, on those rare occasions when I'm political. I live in Atlanta, GA, which is a small town in the middle northern half of the state. I attended Georgia State University, which is not the same as UGA. I never finished college. I like sex.

I'm occasionally a /.er, but I almost never post there, but I do moderate sometimes (I smoke a lot of crack). I'm not sure how I came to K5; I think I followed Signal 11, or something. My favorite director is Terry Gilliam. My favorite band is Pink Floyd. My favorite U2 album is Pop. My favorite actor is that chick in the anti-drug commercial who throws the frying pan everywhere (I don't know her name) God, I love that commercial. My favorite color is vodka-colored.

Look at that chord structure. There's sadness in that chord structure.
if you've got 5 seconds to spare... (3.66 / 3) (#81)
by weathervane on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 01:11:39 PM EST

Well, my name is Tony Pace and I'm 25 years old. I live in Shelburne Nova Scotia, about an hour's drive from where I grew up. In between now and then though, I've done a lot of running around the country, bumming around and seeing life up close.

These days, I work as a 'regional coordinator' for a federal government program called C@P, which puts public access computers in small communities. I get to do lots of different stuff, from building community web sites to salvaging old hardware to scripting out little password access things. It's a nice job, with very few hassles and lots of freedom. I don't get paid that much, but my cost of living and stress level are pretty low too. The view on the ocean from my desk is pretty nice too.

I started out on computers in 1993 when I first went to college. Before then my parents had an unerring instinct for buying me unsupported and almost completely useless computers like the TI99-4A or the TRS-80 model 1. I should have kept them for the computer museum. But anyways, once in college I discovered the Internet, spent lots of time in flamewars on alt.bitterness, and got onto mailing lists like futureculture (anyone remember futureculture?) and leri-l. Soon after I discovered other interesting things like women, wine and song. I dropped out of college.

From there I started a travelling minstrel routine that took me across the country, working in a Salvation Army rehab clinic/soup kitchen, being a medical experiment, roadying for a punk band, selling unmentionables by pager, working as a security guard, and doing many other odd jobs. I've spent some time in every province exept Newfoundland, and I've lived in most of them.

Eventually I got tired of all that and moved back to Montreal, where I'd made lots of friends and went back to university. I got a B.A. in Economics, and started fussing with computers again. Taught myself web site design and intalled linux on my system. Killed X-Windows, got incredibly annoyed, and deleted it. Tried again, and it's stayed there ever since, although as I get more computers I spend most of my time using Windows.

By the time I graduated I was much more interested in computers than compiling statistics about the dismal science. I made use of old contacts and got myself this job.

For fun I enjoy abandonware, magazines like the Economist, jungle rollers like Andy C, science fiction, Shadowrun (dumpshock reigns supreme!), and good coffee.

  • ObRead: Tariq Ali's Book of Saladin
  • ObListen: RAM Trilogy Mix by Andy C
  • ObComic: Transmetropolitan
  • ObGame: Syndicate Wars
  • ObSoftware: EditPlus 2

Thanks! :) (none / 0) (#231)
by AdamJ on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 01:08:00 AM EST

For fun I enjoy abandonware, magazines like the Economist, jungle rollers like Andy C, science fiction, Shadowrun (dumpshock reigns supreme!), and good coffee


Thank you! :-)

(What's your username, or do you not use the Forums on Dumpshock?)


[ Parent ]

What, who, me? (3.66 / 3) (#82)
by porkchop_d_clown on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 01:13:55 PM EST

Okay, so I'm a 35 year-old who started out thinking he was the next Charles Manson and turn into the next Fred MacMurray when he wasn't looking. (I still can't figure out how it happened.)

I've worked on more kinds of computers than I can remember, from IBM mainframes to bare-board systems. (Kids today with their DIY PCs. Hah! I soldered my first first computer together! *grin*)

Like hardware, I've worked on far to many kinds of software. I long ago stopped counting the number of languages I've used, except to note that they cover all five major generations, from machine code to OOP.

About 4 years ago, I decided that (for me), computers no longer offered any kind of personal challenge, so I embarked on a new meat-space project: clowning for charity. Each year I entertain children, help raise money for MDA, or directly for kids who have MD. The upside is that I find it very satisfying work; downside is that I've learned that computers are still much easier to understand than people.

People who think "clown" is an insult have never met any.
La la la... (3.33 / 3) (#83)
by tailchaser on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 01:18:20 PM EST

   24-year-old geek, living in eastern Pennsylvania, working as an in-store technician for a major OEM. Owned by 5 cats at home and married to a geekette who works in Information Resources for a private university.

   I love roleplaying games but haven't had a regular group in...*think*...er, years. Started using single-line BBSs in 1991, moved to MUDing in 1995, and was pretty much addicted to one MUD until about a year ago, when I became addicted to Everquest instead.

   I'll watch most any movie and read most any fantasy book; currently on a Laurell K. Hamilton kick (mmmmm, Anite Blake gud), and favorites include Steven Brust, Roger Zelzany, Michael Moorcock, Orson Scott Card.

   I read /. regularly but only for the articles; I rarely read the discussions and have never posted. The rest of my daily website run is, in order: UserFriendly / Iambe, Waiting For Bob, CastersRealm, and CNN.

   Vague, I know, but I'm at work and busy. =>

mud (none / 0) (#90)
by tacklebeth on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 01:45:35 PM EST

what mud where you addicted to? speaking as someone addictedto batmud currently tackle

[ Parent ]
Who am I? (3.33 / 3) (#84)
by djkimmel on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 01:19:12 PM EST

I'm Dave, a 22 year old computer programmer living in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I've been into computers and geek stuff since I was 6.

I enjoy hacking on software, but enjoy hacking on hardware more. Bliss is hacking on something where software and hardware are fused into a singluar whole, like on a microcontroller.

I also enjoy reading, writing, when the topic interests me, computer games, movies, biking and, believe it or not, karaoke singing - preferably not all at the same time! For some odd reason, my best karaoke song is Young MC's Bust A Move.

I used to be a Slashdot reader, but I've grown out of it. ;-)

I've lived in Edmonton all my live and happen to like it here. I drive a 15 year old car that still runs great and I haven't put a microcontroller into it yet.
-- Dave

word up, G's (3.33 / 3) (#86)
by chopper on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 01:24:18 PM EST

um, my name is chopper, and i am an alcoholic.

wait a minute...anyway, my name is charles, but i've gone by chopper since i was born. still don't know why. i'm 24, live in DC, and work in Virginny for a certain government organization which shall remain nameless due to the negative opinions of most people here and on /. (hint, begins with a U, ends with an O).

my current hobbies are working on old scooters (i own a few vespas), getting heavily tattooed and replacing my entire blood volume with guinness stout.

i went to northern illinois university, in lovely dekalb, IL, or, as we used to call it out there, "west of chicago". otherwise, a pretty bland lifestyle i lead. either way, if your ever in DC and see a guy riding an old white motorscooter, please, don't hit me. everybody else seems to want to.

I'm a white male, age 18 to 49. everybody listens to me -- no matter how dumb my suggestions are--homer

give a man a fish,he'll eat for a day

give a man religion and he'll starve to death while praying for a fish

Re: word up, G's (none / 0) (#156)
by ksandstr on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 07:46:11 PM EST

, and work in Virginny for a certain government organization which shall remain nameless due to the negative opinions of most people here and on /. (hint, begins with a U, ends with an O).


[ Parent ]
I suspect... (none / 0) (#161)
by rusty on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 07:58:12 PM EST

...that it has an "SPT" in the middle. Am I right?

And do you know a guy named Mo? Or a Holly or a Navin? They're examiners. If you do, tell them rusty says "What up." ;-)

Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]

I am !Sam, I am (3.50 / 4) (#88)
by h0tr0d on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 01:27:26 PM EST

Ok, so I couldn't resist. Must be all the Dr. Seuss reading that I do with my son wearing off on me.

I is a 29-year-old embedded systems software engineer. I currently do most of my work in assembly language and am recovering from my companies botched attempt at porting our applications to C. For what we do I prefer programming in assembly. I like having direct control of the hardware and I don't have to depend on an unreliable compiler to make the code efficient. It's all up to me. Yes, I'm a bit of a control freak.

I live in the Valley of the Sun in the politically corrupt state of Arizona with my wife and our 2 1/2 year old son.

In my spare time (not quite sure what that is) I like spending time with my family and watching my son learn and grow. I only wish that I could pick things up as quickly as he can. I have an aversion to just about anything motorsports related and have had an addiction to speed since I was a wee tot. I'm just an old-fashioned adrenaline junkie.

Technically speaking I keep at least three computers running in our home at any given time. My wife and son share an e-machines 400 (I'm still shocked that I bought it, but it has worked out perfectly for them) running Win 98 SE, I have a Compaq notebook running the same, and my toy/server runs both NT 4 and Corel Linux. Why Corel you ask? Because I'm new to Linux and figured I'd start with the friendliest version I could find. I'm now ready for the real thing. Probably shouldn't have wasted my time with it, oh well, lesson learned.

I have this rather annoying habit (at least according to my wife) of starting projects and never finishing them. Currently there is the automatic dog feeder w/ medication dosage (yes, we have a high maintenance and unhealthy dalmatian), home mp3 player with a cd tray, hd, and network support (I know, it's called a PC), lcd interface for a friends portable mp3 player, two cars that have had only a portion of the necessary maintenance/upgrades performed, and a myriad of others that I can't even remember right now.

I tend to be very cynical and have an opinion about everything. This is probably why I have such a hard time holding a conversation with most people, I don't want to waste my time on those with no opinion or who have bought in to the lies that the mass media spread. I do not believe that there will be a winner on election day only that there will be several million losers (I'd like to be able to say that I think that only us Americans will lose next Tuesday but unfortunately I believe that the entire world will lose since the US can't seem to keep it's nose out of other peoples business).

This post has been edited by MS Word, any misspellings, incorrect grammar, or otherwise nonsensical statements are the sole responsibility of Microsoft Corporation and should be taken up with their legal department.

-- It appears that my spleeing chucker isn't working again.

Corel Linux/Debian (none / 0) (#106)
by ramses0 on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 02:41:05 PM EST


Saw you're using Corel Linux- it's really just Debian/GNU Linux with a few graphical tweaks and some extra programs. Debian has served me well for the past year. I can highly recommend it.

If you've got screaming bandwidth, you can download and install Debian right off the 'net.

I guess I'll turn this into my personal little introduction too. I code PHP for money. My website is here. Play a song for me. I'm lucky because I get to use Linux at work. ;^)=

I like K5 a lot (I even own a T-Shirt :^)=, just wish I had more of a chance to interact with people on the site (I've been reading more than posting lately).

[ rate all comments , for great justice | sell.com ]
[ Parent ]

If you're around... (none / 0) (#132)
by rusty on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 04:51:33 PM EST

Adam's Song is from me. :-)

Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]
More Noise (3.33 / 3) (#91)
by titivillus on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 01:46:24 PM EST

I am a military brat, spending much of my young life travelling from place to place. I went to school where my parents did, studying journalism because I read a lot and knew that a lot of my favorite writers were once journalists. I have since found that they stopped being journalists because there's no money in it and the hours suck, that I don't tend to like putting on a salesman face to interview random people, and that I don't really particularly like writing or news. I met someone who became the my wife and the mother of my children. I play less music (electric guitar, acoustic guitar and lap steel guitar, mostly in a classic-rock/country-rock context) than I appreciate (from noise to folk, in the real sense). After this, I went back to a large midwestern university for a computer science degree, where I worked as a web geek, learning and falling for XML, Perl, Linux and Apache. I was also active in the local LUG. I graduated, am active in said LUG, and now work as a System Administrator for a VMS system for a medical concern.

Me in a Nutshell (3.33 / 3) (#93)
by Fireblade on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 01:48:22 PM EST

I have to make this quick as there is work to do. I graduated from UNH in '89 with a BSEE, but always enjoyed software much more than hardware. I have done embedded systems programming for networking equipment for about 9 years, currently for a tres grand telecomm company. I used to enjoy many varied hobbies, now I have kids. I still find the time (less every year) for my motorcycles (see nick) and PCs.

I am post-DoS and usually content to just view from the sidelines.

In no particular order, I prefer Linux, apt-get, Vi, boxers, Burger King, summer, neither KDE or Gnome, outer beauty, innies, K5, and nicely shaped.

Just another keyboard jockey (3.25 / 4) (#94)
by Rasputin on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 01:49:38 PM EST

I'm 20 with lots of additional experience (years of it in fact) :) Actually, mid-30's but everyone else around here is 20-something so...
I started programming and such in the early eighties in college, although I was actually supposed to be learning hardware (technologist program). Back in the days when Fortran was an acceptable choice for a language and VAX was rockin' hardware.
Now I manage a senior network support team in Ottawa so I don't get to spend a lot of time playing at work. I was also recently volunteered to coordinate/run the Ottawa Carleton Unix Users Group. It's a good thing I didn't actually have a life.
I contribute when/where possible to FreeBSD, but I also deal with a wide variety of *nix thingies on a daily basis. I also, apparently, have a lot of work to do so...

Even if you win the rat race, you're still a rat.
What? (none / 0) (#199)
by a humble lich on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:41:43 PM EST

You mean fortran isn't an accepable language any more--someone should tell the physics comunity. I guess I should start looking for a java version of lapack

[ Parent ]
OK, ya caught me... (3.00 / 2) (#309)
by Rasputin on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 02:44:07 PM EST

I still love fortran, I just haven't had a chance to use it in a few years. They made me learn c a few years ago, but since then I've managed to dodge all those "new-fangled" things :)

Even if you win the rat race, you're still a rat.
[ Parent ]
I am confused. (3.33 / 3) (#95)
by mrnoodles on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 02:02:01 PM EST

I am 26 yrs old (27 on Nov 10). Male. Caucasian. Canadian.
I graduated from the Computer Information Systems programme at Humber College.
I'm engaged to be married to a beautiful, intelligent woman who inspires me. She doesn't know that K5 exists. :-)
I work for a company that has no clue, unfortunately. I'd like to change that, if only I could build up the energy (either the job (most likely), or the company (least likely)).
I dream of being comfortable, truly free, and of one day getting a clue. Like I said, I am confused.
I listen to music -- all types, although mostly it's underground dance music, indie rock, and jazz.
I believe in freedom. Freedom to do whatever I want, as long as I'm not hurting anyone other than myself. Why other people don't believe in this freedom confuses me.
I should code more than I do, and if I did, it would be using OOP methods, and on the Linux platform. Because it's Free.
I believe this has gone on long enough.

FWIW (3.50 / 4) (#96)
by MTDilbert on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 02:13:37 PM EST

My location can be deduced from my nick. Someone mentioned above that they were moving here. Great place to live. Tough place to make a living, though the opportunities are improving.

My computing life started early, when my uncle gave us Pong for Christmas, (Remember Pong?) which was replaced with an Atari 2600, followed by the infamous TRS80 CoCo. I learned to write BASIC on the CoCo and Apple II/IIe's. I started to learn assembly for the CoCo, but just lost interest. All of this info should suffice to pin down my age. (30, another old fart.)

I gave up computers for about 5 years, while I was in college, picking back up with a 486, which it didn't take long to decide that DOS/Win 3.1 wasn't going to cut it. So, I variously used Desqview, OS/2, and finally came to Linux at around v1.1 or thereabouts. Have been using it ever since, but am now leaning toward OpenBSD, for other purposes.

Currently, I am a network administrator for a manufacturing company during the day, and tech support for an ISP at night. We have a mix of Linux, AS/400, and Windows (of all flavors). I have a wife and one daughter.

Have been sporadically reading K5 since the pre-DoS days, but just got an account finally. I guess I could be considered YaSR (Yet another Slashdot Refugee.)

And, that is more about me than you could ever care to know.

Don't mod me down because you disagree. Show me the error of my ways.

I yam what i yam and thats all that i yam..... (3.20 / 5) (#97)
by TetsuRyu on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 02:15:02 PM EST

28 yr old Married computer technician for a small telecom in Syracuse NY. No kids, Ye Gods I can barely handle myself sometimes what do I need kids for. I enjoy reading all manner of inventive fiction (e.g. Neil Gaiman, David Brin, Preston/Child, Steven Brust, Vernor Vinge etc....) If you have any reccomends please send them my way. When I manage to find time (free time?) I enjoy computer gaming (Quake3, Half Life, Baldur's Gate 2, Diablo2) and even some Pen and Paper gaming here and there. Music is a passion of mine, I play a number of instruments and enjoy listening to all shapes and forms of music. I've been lurking around ever since the DoS and decided to leave that other site (/.) to all the first posters and move to greener pastures. Yada yada yada, enough about me, let's hear about you.....

The one and only Unstable Boy (3.50 / 4) (#98)
by unstable on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 02:16:37 PM EST

RL name is Chris DeBlass.
I just turned 23, I live in hell...er NJ USA and work as a mainframe/as400 operator/ tech support/ hel(l/p)desk/ etc for a major book whole-seller [1]

I do roleplaying [2] Paintball [3] Skiing, and other stuff.

I started seriously in computers in highschool[4][5] and haven't looked back. I am now working my way in to internet/network security.

I found K5 through /. and like it alot more than "the other site". Someday I might try to get a paintball site up useing scoop, but the chances of me getting off my lazy @ss and doing it are slim.

I can be found posting on alt.tech-support.recovery, rec.sports.paintball, on K5, by e-mail at deblasc@btol.com or at the annual DEFCON hackers convention.

1: Amazon and B&N are 2 of our customers
2: D&D, White Wolf, Shadowrun
3: I use a Pro-Carb, Spyder, Autococker, Trracer, and more
4: Somerset County Vo-Tech
5: thanks to a couple of classmates[7]
6: dont even say it.
7: Ed, Rob, ... you out there???

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

All about me (3.50 / 2) (#99)
by ciaran on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 02:17:27 PM EST

Yet another ex /. reader ...

I'm a second year electrical engineering student in UCC in Cork, Ireland ... Read kuro5hin for the culture stuff more than the tech stuff ... I get enough of that at college :)
I also do part-time sysadmin at a web design and hosting company ... hmm I don't have much of a life story to give, unlike some people here, so this is it for my first post here ... (I figured I couldn't go wrong with this topic :))

Vamos a la playa (3.50 / 4) (#100)
by Wah on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 02:28:49 PM EST

Hello, I'm a 26 year old male living in Colorado. I turned this age on Halloween and used yesterday to make the official adjustment (head recovery)

I like waffles.

I love computers and have since I got in trouble for making pictures of things blowing when I was eight. i think the first one I used was a TI (grew up in Dallas) turtle paint program. Kind of a programmable etch-a-sketch. I think it competed strongly with the Coleco.

Been listening to a lot of live music lately, mostly jam bands and electronic (if you call that live). To be a bit obtuse, I am chemically experimental, although I believe I've now graduated into practice as all the experiements are long since concluded.

Biking, hiking, and toking: Welcome to Colorado.

I run a small website that grows slowly, mainly its a platform for me to vent. I've got lots of opinions and hopefully the logic and spirit to back them up. I love debate and snide comments, so I was pretty naturally drawn to /.-k5. I posted here before the DoS and was unhappy that such a thing happened. I think I ran into one of the authors of the script that killed it, and was able to make him feel at least a little bad.

This was posted from my w2k machine, which I use as my multimedia headquarters, from gaming, to movies, to music, all patched to my tv and surround sound speakers. If you click on my site, you'll be using Linux, good job. I tried Linux on the desktop but I didn't have the patience to get everything running correctly. After a week of learning how to get my sound card to work, I looked at my printer, scanner, palm, joystick, web-cam, digi-cam, mini-disc, burner, tv-out and usb hub, and calculated how much it would cost if someone had to pay me to get it all working. Oh, and I fired up Netscape... If I was a teenager again, I would put in the time without a second thought, but a lot of that part of my curiousity died when I made it to college. I decided to diversify my knowledge into something that an EMP wouldn't immediately make obsolete. I've restared my server in the next room twice over the last year, that's why I like Linux.

I'm a nutjob about the potential for digital media, from both social and economic viewpoints, I'm really excited to be alive in general and sometimes that exhuberance overrides being totally cool like I normally am.

Currently single and looking for the mother of my children.
Fail to Obey?
Cookie-Cutter Geek? (3.33 / 3) (#101)
by jxqvg on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 02:30:10 PM EST

  • Misc
    • Honda
    • 22 Yrs Old, Male, engaged
    • Portland, OR. Almost everything I do is within a 2 mile radius, or about three exits on 217.
    • Honda
    • Dark Reign 2
    • I know what my dream house is going to look like
  • Employment
    • "Programmer", "SW Engineer", what have you
    • Paid to do Microsoft stuff
      • Database Design
      • Server-side ASP, client-side whatever I want
      • A desktop app here and there
      • Don't do components, want to learn, but damned if I'll do it in VB(which I'll probably end up doing them in anyway)
    • Don't care that it's MS, 'cause it pays my bills
  • Music
    • Playing
      • Wannabe bassist
      • know some guitar chords
      • both out of practice
    • Listening
      • U2(big time)
      • Weird Al
      • Beastie Boys
      • Bach, Beethoven, et al
      • starting to like the Offspring

Wonky (3.33 / 3) (#102)
by Swing on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 02:30:31 PM EST

Hello, my name is swing, at least for the moment. For some reason, I feel like this is a troll account, though I never troll. Perhaps I feel a disconnect with the things I write; they're just words, I'm not making good on them at the moment. There has to be something backing up the words.

I'm employed at a startup, and my job is basically to speed things up and get rid of mistakes. So it is probably like not creating an argument, but refining and manipulating others' arguments. It's probably the most interesting thing, you have to know the entire codebase, as well as the depths of the programming language, and what rules to break and when.

You know, for some reason I feel like spewing at the moment that I believe the biggest problem in IT is not anything about management or the workplace. It's peoples' relationships. If you're leading a project and someone complains with a little extra heat in the voice, you have to wonder if that person's seeing the world darkly because of some personal problem or not. Bad relationships probably explains about 99% of Slashdot.

(I hear that for the longest time, Apple had a rule where people would have to fit 4 to a hotel room. Ostensibly to save money, it was actually to discourage people jumping into each others' rooms and doin' the Nasty.)

Okay, that's it. You want fun employment? I don't work there, but look up www.gamelet.com when you're in SFO. They're probably still in the same building as Penguin Computing. The name sucks, but it would help if you meet them face-to-face and ask if they have any "interesting" work there.

Mr Flibble am I (3.33 / 3) (#103)
by mrflibble on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 02:38:44 PM EST

Greetings My unvirtual name is Christopher. I'm 25 years old and just recently have joined in the foray of the comptuer world. I began as a help desk monkey a year ago, and was introduced to Linux and many other wonderful things by some fellow co-workers and friends. I consider myself to be a fledgling system administrator, but pretty good considering how long I have been learning. I am now working at a a dotcom startup. But we are doing well and profitable. I feel like I have come a long way since dropping out of grad school in biochemistry and leaving all the bioscience behind. But I feel like I have even further yet to go. Sometimes (quite often actually) I get a bit overwhelmed and frustrated with all I don't know about unix and system administration and computing in general, but I'm trying. I am currently dabbling in PHP and MySQL as well as Bash scripting. I first fell in love with computers at the age of 9, with my Commodore 64, but that gave way (unfortunately) as a went the pre-pubescence and computers just didn't seem as friendly as girls did. So here I am again, trying this time, to stay with computers and carve my own niche....web administrator? system admin? network architect? who knows, only the future I suppose.... -mr flibble

. (1.00 / 6) (#104)
by titus-g on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 02:40:01 PM EST


--"Essentially madness is like charity, it begins at home" --

Hmm...who should I introduce here? (3.33 / 3) (#105)
by TheDude on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 02:40:40 PM EST

Who am I? Good question. I've got so many names that I answer to, that I'll just pick TheDude to introduce.... TheDude is 21.5 years of age, works at his local liquor store, and is one of the least-knowledgeable geeks I've ever known. I classify myself as a geek only because I spend more time on the computer than anywhere else (except for at work, unfortunately). HTML is fun, Perl rules, and that's about the end of my knowledge in the programming field. I found K5 long, long ago (my first username, Erunantion, has a UID of 1466), but I didn't really spend much time on here until this summer. Not too long after, Smokedot went up for real, K5 came down, I got introduced (and addicted) to BitchX, Smokedot went down, K5 came back up, and Smokedot came back up later. That was an interesting period of time. Anways, back to who I am....

TheDude is a founder, author and irregular poster on Smokedot. I once ran The Annals of Middle-earth, a website devoted to J.R.R. Tolkien (a lack of DSL is now keeping it offline). I'm either in the process of dropping out of college, or am taking a 4+ year-break. If Shrub wins this election, I may be moving to another country. TheDude smokes like a chimney, loves most drugs, and drinks until he can't remember what's going on. Though few have heard of either (and less have heard good samples of either), I can't get enough of Jungle or Drum and Bass (music types) - and Washington, DC is one of the best places to get to see the best dj's in either the US or UK. Still, I'll listen to pretty much anything music-wise except country, soft-rock, or most of the crap they call 'rock' that's on the radio nowadays. To quote from my bio and end this mess of an introduction: "TheDude smokes, drinks, eats, sleeps, and computes. TheDude is one of the authors at Smokedot, a site devoted to drug-related news, information and discussion. TheDude abides."
TheDude of Smokedot
Drug Info, Rights, Laws, and Discussion
Visit #smokedot on irc.smokedot.org

6 of 1, .5 dozen of the other (none / 0) (#190)
by aphrael on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:19:30 PM EST

Though few have heard of either (and less have heard good samples of either), I can't get enough of Jungle or Drum and Bass (music types

Ah, but can you explain the difference? :P

I first got into (whichever one it was, as I can't tell the difference) about 6 years ago when some friends and I, too stoned to go home after an Oasis show that got out early, wandered into a club in downtown San Francisco. :)

[ Parent ]
The difference is... (none / 0) (#241)
by spiralx on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 04:29:16 AM EST

Coming from England where these styles originated and possessing a modest quantity of said music myself I can tell the difference, but explaining it is damn hard... jungle is a lot more raw sounding in general, the percussion is a lot more intense, more snares than in drum and bass, which tends to be more melodic.

There is a distinct difference in tempo and style, but I'm not even going to go there...

But if you like them, try Moving Shadow (they also do double CD mixed samplers for £1.99 over here, best value for money ever) or V Recordings (website under construction unfortunately) for some quality drum and bass.

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

The difference....? (none / 0) (#410)
by TheDude on Mon Nov 13, 2000 at 05:30:43 PM EST

Umm, that's kinda hard to explain, without having samples...which I couldn't give any access to. Jungle usually is a bit slower, beatwise, almost always has someone singing (usually rapping) over the music (it arose as a cross between DnB & Hip-Hop). Really good Jungle sounds like it was written by aborigines of some tropical rainforest for their rain dance, or something similar. It's got a pre-historical sounding beat to it, that's the best I can describe it. DnB is (basically) a larger sub-set of music and includes Jungle (I think). It's usually faster, has more of an electronic than natural sound, and doesn't usually have anyone MC'ing over it. That's the best I can explain it anyways.

TheDude of Smokedot
Drug Info, Rights, Laws, and Discussion
Visit #smokedot on irc.smokedot.org

[ Parent ]
Heh (none / 0) (#229)
by DJBongHit on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 12:48:23 AM EST

LOL, how many Smokedot plugs can we get into one post? :)


GNU GPL: Free as in herpes.

[ Parent ]
Oldest K5 Geek? (3.80 / 5) (#107)
by moria6 on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 02:41:09 PM EST

At 44 I seem to be the oldest K5er so far.

I've been married for 19 years with 3 kids all of whom are more than proficient with PC's and like that Linux thing Dad uses but do not want to do what Dad does for a living. We have a small network in the house; an NT server, FreeBSD firewall/proxy to the Internet, a RH7box, a Mandrake7 box and a couple of Win95 machines with Office 97 for homework. A lot of machines but all of them cheap because I built them from scratch either buying or trading services for parts.

Still read /. but tend not to post there since cast-iron underwear is getting more and more expensive. I'm not yet sure what it is aboout K5; more tolerance I think.

Music: Have seen Chicago more than 30 times, have been backstage with Def Leppard twice, love the Rippingtons (smooth Jazz?) and currently listen to Stabbing Westward and Creed. My kids are upset that their Dad is more "current" with music than they are. A part time job is setting up and maintaining the network for 4 local radio stations; one Classic Rock, one 'N Stync & Brittany, one talk radio and one Metallica, Creed, Kid Rock, etc. They do across the wire xfr of music, proprietary not mp3. I also play a Fender "Clapton" Strat with a Fender Twin.

In my "real" job I work in a Novell shop but use RH6.2 & FBSD 4.1 for sysadmin stuff. We have Netware, NT, W2K, a few AS/400's & a few RS/6000's with some SPARC's and Mac's thrown in for spice. My "official" duty is router/switch-guy (Crisco, Bay & 3com) but I get called when any of the above breaks. I have to use HP Openview but am working with OpenNMS. Also trying out other management tools like NetSaint, Snort and nmap. Quietly though; management thinks that UNIX thing could be dangerous.

I started programming in <gulp> Fortran 29 years ago. Picked up C, C++, Perl, Java and various assembly along the way. Worked with embedded stuff and still do for fun. Wrote a fairly large (1.5M lines) manufacturing program in Foxbase (then CLipper)years ago.

I think I miss the point of the language/OS flame wars. I use the language or OS that's right for the job and I tend to get P.O.'d if I don't try to learn something new everyday. With all of the tools out there, even at 44 I feel like a kid in a candy store.

Reading: Lord of the Rings just about once a year. I've been a huge SF fan since about 10. My wife doesn't think the stack of Analog magazines dating back that far is very funny. <go figure> All of Tom Clancy. Caleb Carr. I've heard good things about the Wheel of Time series and have the first three but still have not read them. And a backlog of network reading to do; Cisco Press, W2K, etc. One of these days I'll actually get certified for what I've been doing for years although people who know me already say I'm certifiable.

If in reading the above it seems I don't know what I want to be when I grow up it's because I decided that growing up was over-rated (as well as being normal).

Just wanted to check in and say thanks for letting me into the neighborhood.

OLDEST K5er (none / 0) (#154)
by scorpion on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 07:26:19 PM EST

"at 44 I must be the oldest K5er.." NOT by a long shot. I just turned 54 and am a PROUD K5er. Maybe because it is my son! Maybe I'll post something here to put some perspective on computer history etc... Keep reading the site and enjoy.

[ Parent ]
what's the word for senility... (none / 0) (#230)
by Wah on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 12:50:24 AM EST

Maybe because it is my son!


Fail to Obey?
[ Parent ]

My Dad (none / 0) (#346)
by rusty on Sat Nov 04, 2000 at 04:33:37 AM EST

scorpion is my Dad. He's not senile yet, he's just not always terribly coherent in text. ;-)

Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]
I see (none / 0) (#349)
by Wah on Sat Nov 04, 2000 at 11:56:34 AM EST

I can only guess what strange things my mom would post were she so inclined. "Oh yea, roy created an internet." :-)
Fail to Obey?
[ Parent ]
My mom (none / 0) (#355)
by rusty on Sat Nov 04, 2000 at 05:06:15 PM EST

My Mom reads, and has commented at least once, too. She's a little more text-oriented than my dad. ;-)

FWIW, at least one of my Grandmothers read the site as well, although I don't think she has an account. This thing has made me the token family celebrity, I think.

Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]

I am a meat popsicle (3.66 / 3) (#109)
by Rand Race on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 02:44:52 PM EST

Let's see; I'm a 29 year old sysadmin (now that's a useless term- I do tech support, network admin, database admin, some graphic design, and light carpentry(?)) for an advertising agency in southeast Tennessee, USA. I am unmarried, childless, and a slave to three cats. I live alone in a nice cottage in the woods well outside of town (that would be Chattanooga) where I can be loudly wierd without offending the neighbors. I'm tall, skinny, and bearded with brown curly hair and green eyes.

I first got into computers in the early eighties, first on the IBM system 36 at my fathers place of work then Vic-20s, C-64s, and finally an Amiga 500. I got out of computers after a brush with the law which resulted in my being banned from using computers (and the confiscation of my beloved Amiga) untill I was 18. That's when I got into drugs and punk-rock which was not what the judge had in mind I think. I returned to geek-land in the early nineties when I got a job as a graphic designer and ended up running their network. That led to getting certified (computer-wise) which led to a job at AT&T which almost got me certified (mental-wise) at which point I promptly returned to the comfortable, if far less monetarily rewarding, confines of the publishing world.

I enjoy, in no particular order, sportscars (especially RX-7s) and racing them, BeOS (although the allure of MacOSX is getting to me), widely varying styles of music (insurgent country and third wave ska lately), cannabis (infinately prefferable to alchohol), Dr. Pepper, art, reading (sci-fi, fantasy, history, philosophy), soccer (EPL especially), comic books (from whence comes my handle), artsy type females, and tinkering with electronics.

"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

The Skeezix (3.50 / 2) (#110)
by skeezix on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 02:48:09 PM EST

My real name is Jamin P. Gray. I'm a 22-year-old programmer working for a software company that specializes in Health Care Systems. My website, which hasn't been updated in a while, is <A HREF="http://DoLinux.org/">DoLinux.org. I'm also involved in <A HREF="http://www.gnome.org">The Gnome Project. My latest involvement is co-coordinating the Gnome 1.4 Extra Apps release.

I'm an avid reader and love to write as well. I enjoy reading everything from Science Fiction to Romance (in the classical sense, not the 10-cent sense). The book I'm reading now is G. K. Chesterton's "The Ball and the Cross".

Who I am (3.50 / 4) (#111)
by Zanth on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 02:52:41 PM EST

I am 24 yrs old. I am recently married and am presently doing a dual PhD/MD in Immunology and Paediatric Medicine. I graduated last year with a double honours in Genetics and Theology.

I live in Ottawa Canada with my wife, a young teacher and most definitely not a geek. I was not a huge computer geek for all of my life but over the last two years I have been developing a new molecular modelling software program to be used in conjunction with crystallization and electronmicrograph techniques. My laboratory is examining the interaction of CD4 on monocytes with gp120 on HIV and how they infect specifically juvenile (as in children's) precursor macrophage cells.

The linux software will allow us to in realtime, visualize this receptor-ligand interaction and thus we will be in a better position to hypothesize a treatment plan, and perhaps a cure in children.

Me, myself, and I (3.60 / 5) (#112)
by Anonymous Commando on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 03:00:35 PM EST

Lessee, my life in a nutshell:

  • Born April 1971 at Saskatoon City Hospital. Interestingly enough, my younger brother is now working as a security guard there.
  • Spent most of my life in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Nice city, not too big, not too small.
  • Went to Thornton Elementary from Kindergarten through Grade 8. It was shut down the year after I finished grade 8, tore down the school a decade later, replaced with townhouses. Kinda sad to drive by there now, lots of memories missing. Didn't fit in too well - loner, geek, definitely non-jock.
  • Took Grade 9 at Aden Bowman collegiate - didn't like it much there. Too large of a student base, and I didn't fit in too well. Got into fights with Grade 10 students from my CompSci class. Not a good year.
  • Grades 10 through 12 were spent at the Lutheran Collegiate Bible Institute in Outlook, about an hour south of Saskatoon. Good times - small student body (around 120 students total), great teachers, very accepting. Still have good friends today from those years.
  • Went to Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute in Camrose, AB for one semester after finishing high school. Didn't go well, ended up dropping out before they had a chance to kick me out. Worked at Burger King in Saskatoon the next half-year. Didn't like it there either. Quit. Definitely helped inspire me to get higher education.
  • After spending another year upgrading my high school marks by correspondence, I went to the University of Saskatchewan and got my 4-year bachelor's degree, majoring in CS.
  • Got married in 1994. Wonderful lady. English teacher. Originally from Outlook, met her at LCBI during my high school there, but never imagined that we'd end up together.
  • First job after university working at a local ISP, doing tech support, system administration, web design, and just about anything else. Spent a couple years there. Good boss, some interesting coworkers, but left me with a definite loathing of tech support. Wes Borg nailed it with his "Welcome to the Internet Helpdesk" sketch - if you haven't seen this yet, go there now. Forget about me, just go watch this. Trust me on this one.
  • Moved to Outlook to take on a new job with a small company providing Internet services (web hosting, ecommerce, etc.) to the farm equipment industry, starting spring 1997. Doing web design, system administration, and regular rounds of Unreal Tournament against my coworkers. I like it here.
  • Now have two daughters, born February 1998 and February 2000. Oldest is now very proficient using the mouse with her "Winnie-the-Pooh" game. Youngest is still trying to figure out walking. I like being a daddy.
About me:
  • Computer geek - cut my teeth on the Apple ][+, moved on to PCs in the early 90's, discovered local BBS's in the early 90's (the Suburban Commando says "hi" to all the gang from Phil's Drive In, the Kingdom of Laynia, and the Fiddler's Green), discovered the Internet in University, got my CS degree, been doing computers for a living. 'Nuff said.
  • Music geek - have my Royal Conservatory Grade 8 in piano, play jazz, blues, stuff like that, do some sequencing (when I have free time - which is rarely), sing tenor. Occasionally play at church. Had to cut back on my playing since I was diagnosed with a mild RSI. Like to listen to just about anything except twangy country, manufactured music (i.e. Spice Girls / New Kids / etc.), and some rap/hip-hop. Prefer industrial or techno. Circle of Dust / Celldweller, AP2, Aleixa are on my current WinAmp playlist.
  • Book geek - started off with Heinlien, Clarke, Asimov, now into Gibson, Stephenson, Sterling, throw in Tolkien and the occasional Tom Clancy for flavor. Also like Dean Koontz - my wife got a big box (20+ books, including 8 hardcover) of his stuff at a garage sale for $10.
  • Sci-fi geek - hooked on Star Wars since 1977 (wish I had kept all my action figures), Star Trek, Babylon 5, and just about anything else. Own "The Matrix" on DVD, but my only DVD player is my PC. Hoping that Santa will drop a DVD player down the chimmney this year.
  • Big brother - one younger sister, two younger brothers. None of them resent me (at least, not too much).
I'm probably leaving something out, but I suspect that I've said too much already (except for my name). Anyone who thinks they know me (and that I would know them), drop me a line and let me know who you are and who you think I am. Or not. Whatever.
Corporate Jenga™: You take a blockhead from the bottom and you put him on top...
Who, me? (3.50 / 2) (#113)
by ksandstr on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 03:04:26 PM EST

male - caucasian - finland - developer (that's what my biz cards say) - c64 (1984), amiga (1989->1997), linux (1997->, both work and play) - Debian - single - C, C++, Perl, Python, Pike, bash - CORBA, Gtk+, OpenGL, PostgreSQL, XML - no-lifer since 1984 - employed - PsiDOOM (crappy amiga port of DOOM) - Unreal Tournament / Nethack / SLASH'EM / Heavy Gear 2 - front line assembly / skinny puppy / autechre / fsol / aphex twin / others too - cross-country {skiing,biking} - fantasy, dark sci-fi - GPL nazi, except at work (hey, it's just my irrelevant day job) - vim - 12 hours of sleep / night, in the winter anyway - caffeine addict - anarchocommunist - pro-legalization - Shadowrun, FUDGE, MERP - 2 brothers, 1 sister

Ok, move along now, nothing to see here.

That guy..ya know? (3.50 / 2) (#114)
by tweek on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 03:09:22 PM EST

Well umm most of my information can be found on my website lusis.
I've been in this business for the past 7 years. My current official title is Network Administrator. I work for a QA Lab in Atlanta. I don't really understand why someone would enjoy QA but the people I work with do. They just rely on me for everything else. I'm a recovering perl junkie and a growing PHP zealot. I also feel that Zope is probably the coolest thing around. Having said that, I can play devil's advocate in any perl v. python debate and conclude in the end that PHP is still much more fun.
I'm an old school slashdot user (guyver) was the original nick but I forgot the password and the original email account is long since gone. Most people who remember me from EFnet, remember me as guyver from #windowmaker or #atlantaga. I'm a sawfish hooker now.
I use whichever OS works best at any given time and at any given time my personal machine at home can have any of 5 OS's on it. Currently it's FreeBSD and Win2k. Win2k has had much of my time lately as I've become a sick Ultima Online addict. I also wish someone would port PHPed to linux as it is the coolest IDE for PHP i've seen yet. The rest of the time I use vi. Mutt is god's personal email client.
Everything else is on my website.

Some people call me crazy but I prefer to think of myself as freelance lunatic.
Who I am... (3.75 / 4) (#115)
by pmk on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 03:11:55 PM EST

37, male, single in a wonderful old house in Minneapolis by the lakes.

At work, I'm a Principal Engineer at a high-performance computer system manufacturer. I've worked on instruction set architecture design, written high-performance simulators, compilers, O/S kernels, etc.; I guess that I'm a software generalist, although I have more fun writing small fast optimizing compilers more than anything else.

I run Linux, of course.

Classifieds (3.66 / 3) (#116)
by XScott on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 03:17:24 PM EST

SWM 28 seeks kinky blonde punker chick early 20s for a little casual...

Uh oh, forgot what I was filling in there for a moment. :-)

I've been living in Tucson AZ for the last few years and I really like it here. I grew up in Phoenix (too big), and lived in Portland briefly (too dreary). If Arizona had a beach, it would be golden. (Every one in California, jump all at once. 1, 2, ...)

I started reading K5 about a month or two before it got nuked, and was very happy to see it come back from the dead.

My first computer was a TRaSh-80 that my dad got for us when I was in 5th grade. I learned Basic on that, realized computer geeks don't get chicks, and started skateboarding until mid highschool. I didn't pick back up with computer stuff again until mid way through my math major in college. Then I realized I was still a geek, and hiding it didn't help me get chicks either. I graduated with a dual major of math and CS.

I've been programming professionally since 1995. Mostly C++ on Windows, but I've used lots of languages and platforms. Usually I have a full time job, and do some consulting on the side. For a little less than a year, I've been stuck doing VB/ASP at an e-commerce shop, but I'm soon to take a job doing more scientific type computing at a predominantly Unix research center. That will be a welcome change.

For fun, I jump out of airplanes, go to movies, and drink myself into a stupor. I've made 600 jumps in the last 2 years. Who knows how much alcohol I've gone through...

I read very little fiction, but I suck through technical books pretty quickly.

My music tastes are all over the place, but lately I've been on a Police/Talking Heads kick as a rebellion from the previous Tori Amos/Ani Difranco kick. I like techno too.

-- Of course I think I'm right. If I thought I was wrong, I'd change my mind.
Paleface Joe (3.50 / 2) (#118)
by ar0n on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 03:35:54 PM EST

I'm Jona., but prefer to be called Joe. I'm 16 and currently am a high school senior in the Netherlands. My parents are both Americans, so I have dual citizenship (Dutch and US). I speak with a half-baked American accent, but have never *actually* been to the US.

I'm in the process of being hired by NedStat, an international 'internet-statistics company' as a Perl/PHP programmer. I've mastered the black magic of "use strict;" and "use warnings;".

I'm afraid of growing up. I'm afraid of slipping through life and realising on your 70th birthday that you haven't accomplished much.

Though I love learning about a wide range of subjects, the idea of being forced to follow a formal education to stand any chance at all on the job-market just frightens me.

I'm an INTP. I read way too much for a person my age. Right now I'm reading "Advanced Perl Programming," "Brave New World," "The Inferno" and "Max Havelaar"

I'm always about six shades paler than anyone in a 100-mile radius.

I have an obsession for blogs written by people my age. Maybe it's because I don't have a Real Life (tm).

I like email. I don't get enough email.

yo (3.50 / 4) (#119)
by diskore on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 03:37:31 PM EST

I'm a 24 year old err... well.. I'll be 25 on Election Day... self-taught web developer living in the lovely midwestern metropolis known as Tulsa, Oklahoma (ok, it's not a metropolis, and it's not that lovely). However, I've lived in 11 cities in 7 states, and worked in others, partially due to my dad's company moving us around, partially due to various collegiate aspirations and partially due to a political campaigning company I once worked for.

Computer History:

My first box was a Commodore 16 my dad picked up at a Target for $20 when I was 11. Kinda wish I still had it. Got my first taste of BASIC with it, then moved up to a Coleco ADAM. I had the kind you plugged into the ColecoVision :) I remember getting LOGO for the ADAM for my birthday one year. Remember that little turtle language? Later on I had a IBM PC JR, a few different Tandy TRS-80 CoCos, and eventually various flavors of x86 boxen. My dad is a systems admin so he would borrow old computers from work that would eventually become mine. I guess you could say it runs in the family: my granddad is a retired sysadmin for the FAA and my uncle is the same currently for the Tennessee Valley Authority. I got interested in web development when I was living in San Francisco, traded the Compaq laptop my ex-roomie gave me for a decent P233, and started teaching myself design. Since then I've become fluent in (X)HTML and CSS, decent with JavaScript, VBScript and ASP.. I'm working on learning SQL and interfacing the web with databases. I've dabbled in a few other languages: PHP, Perl, Java.. am actually waiting on a call on a Java contract, Tulsa is so desperate for Java coders, a 2 month intro class might have put my foot in the door to Java career. I've got a few sites under my belt, some pretty lame, and others I'm more proud of.


I attended several elementary schools, usually being placed in various gifted programs (at least that's what they told me), so I would get access to computers when they were more rare than they are now. However I didn't really see myself pursuing a computer-oriented career. I didn't take any CS classes in high school(and wasn't too thrilled about math), I was totally preoccupied with cross-examination debate, which my partner and I were quite successful at, placing 20th in the nation our senior year. After HS I went to a crappy regional school for about 2 months, bailed out of there, then attended the University of Oklahoma for 2 years, with the intention of attaining a BS in Sociology. I was quite politically active there, working with several progressive organizations, and helped bring Michael Moore to speak on campus. I even got to drive him to the airport, stopping by the local GM strike that was occurring at the time, and also showed him the OKC bombing site, a subject of his book Downsize This!. I got tired of Oklahoma, hitched a ride with some friends that were moving to the west coast, and ended up moving to Olympia, WA, where some high school friends were living. I intended on attending the Evergreen State College there, but just ended up working crappy jobs and eventually hooking up with the medical marijuana campaign and petitioning for that and other progressive ballot issues in several states... leading us to..

Career Stuff

I started working when I was 14, and have had almost 20 different jobs since then. I've worked at:
I quit there recently and now I'm looking for a JOB! Anyone out there got one? Actually, I also do web work and promotion for a great freestyle jazz/jam band called the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. Check them out if they are playing near you, they will rock your ass!

Anyway, I found out about K5 from the /. stories about the DoS and the relaunching.. definitely a more thoughtful group here, I really enjoy reading it and have even posted a couple of dumb comments, but will probably become more participant/less observer in the future. So there you go, you all learned something about me and I even learned a little about myself! I think this thread is a great idea, I hope some of you enjoy reading my post as much as I do reading everyone else's.

I am Quam (3.00 / 4) (#120)
by quam on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 03:44:44 PM EST

Who am I? (or: Gawd, how did this get so long?)
Early Years
I started on an Apple ][ and TI 99/4A, put up a BBS on the Apple with Basic and did some 'things.' The law ran into me and I spent years without a computer. Eventually, at 18, I sought freedom.

The Beginning
I moved to Austin, Texas during the bust and I didn't know a soul in TX; went back to the box (386); picked up coding once Mosaic came out; graduated from Texas with a BA in Government and Latin American Studies (fascinated by the advancements of pre-colombian cultures); and obtained a JD. After law school and working with a federal judge, I became disgusted with the system for many reasons (i.e.: a frat-like atmosphere where advances/decisions are based on a person's family tree, over-inflated egos, the system hates technology and I hate golf).

While unemployed and unwilling to practice to law, I contemplated my career path (who am I?). After putting up a site with Perl/MySQL, it became clear that my interests/hobby should be my career.

Briefly, I was the CTO of a start-up and our VC meeting during the second week of the tech crash/correction did not go well. As a result, the company was unable to secure VC $ and it went under.

I am 30 years old and since losing my job, I have been searching for another. Apparently tech recruiters do not understand why I don't have a CS degree, despise my JD and they are seeking someone with 7 years of XML experience. In need of cash, my life may once again take a turn and I may return to law with some state agency to make mega-low bucks :( .

What I Love
Is this posting sounding negative? ok. I love my girl friend; I am exteremly happy with my soul-mate and we plan to marry. I love to spend every minute with her. Right now, I love JSP/servlets and PHP. I love our two cats who are treated like children. I love nature. I love politics and dream of entering the fray. I love Austin and will remain here for the rest of my life.
I love the Net --- with it, I have a tool to grow.
And, of course, I love Kuro5hin. I began reading Kuro5hin just before the DoS.

-- U.S. Patent 5443036 concerns a device for encouraging a cat to exercise by chasing a light spot.
Could I have been anyone other than me? (3.50 / 2) (#121)
by clarioke on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 03:45:19 PM EST

I'm a lover and I'm a sinner.. playin' my music in the sun.. I hope I quoted that correctly. I couldn't help it. Enough with the random song quotes, if you know where either of them come from, kudos to you if not, quite all right.

Average chick? Not quite, and I like it that way. Not sure what I'm doing with my life, but probably graduating with a Comm/CS major. I don't like to be pigeon-holed or categorized because I can't be, though I've been called a hippie and a near-geek by three people in the course of two days. I've had my share of being a musician, a writer, a poetess, a lover and a sinner. I will continue to do so, I believe.

I am going to spend some time travelling Europe before entering the *real world.*

I am late to class.

i'm a joker, i'm a smoker... i'm a midnight toker. (none / 0) (#153)
by 11oh8 on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 07:24:28 PM EST

found some inspiration, it's down deep inside of you.
rebuild your situation.. your whole life is ahead of you.....

-- name that song.

ok that was fun.. maybe we can have a "name that song" game going here.. maybe i need to get some sleep.... maybe i'll go now...


[ Parent ]
Name that song (none / 0) (#286)
by clarioke on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 12:07:02 PM EST

True Reflections, DMB. Boyd Tinsley rocks.

"If I never loved, I never would have cried."

"ok that was fun.. maybe we can have a "name that song" game going here.. maybe i need to get some sleep.... maybe i'll go now... "
Don't apologize for the more random and silly parts of life. Where would we be without them?

peace out
-silver girl-

[ Parent ]

got me on that one.... (none / 0) (#337)
by 11oh8 on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 09:37:27 PM EST

>>"If I never loved, I never would have cried."

Ok.. i don't know that one.. at least can't tell right now.....

you're right about the radmon and silly part of life.... i don't normally apologize for them.... try to revel in them as much as i can.... it's what makes us different from the machines we program right??? (but for how long.. either we become machinelike or machines become human-like... or both...)


[ Parent ]
"If I never loved. . ." (none / 0) (#376)
by clarioke on Mon Nov 06, 2000 at 11:28:37 AM EST

Paul Simon.

I revel far too much in the silliness and randomness of life; it is what keeps me up til three a.m. when I have a class five hours later. *sighs and yawns*

Where would we be otherwise? :)

[ Parent ]

I thought, therefore I must have been. (3.33 / 3) (#122)
by lmnop on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 03:46:22 PM EST

Hi. My name's lmnop and I'm a kuro5hin reader.

all:Hiiii lmnop !!

I'm a 30-year-old Unix Admin recovering from the fact I'm a 30-year-old Unix Admin.

Additionally, I'm a grad student in CS at Polytechnic University (Ay, Yo Brooklyn Poly!!), and a reformed math-phobe.

Like anyone who is a reformed anything I enjoy talking about my new-found viewpoint ... ad nauseum.

I'm rather new to k5 and have been lurking for a few weeks. I jumped over here from /. after reading the philosophy behind k5.

My tech journey began when I was about 12 or 13-years-old. After weeks of pleading, and the promise of never again having to balance her checkbook, my mother relented and purchased a Commodore 64 for my brother and me.

We immediately began to build an impressive game collection. Some of my most sublime moments as a youngster were spent playing a game based on the Olympics.

Technologically I went into hibernation and didn't emerge until after graduating college w/ a journalism degree and no desire to be a journalist. I didn't do CS in college because of the heavy math requirement. A few years ago I decided that was a crappy reason not to get a CS degree and here I am today.

When I'm not at work, or school, or playing w/ my daughter I like to vegetate on the couch and think about all of the interesting things I could be doing instead.

One day I may get around to doing them.

Thanks for letting me bore you w/ my story.

"If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error." -- John Kenneth Galbraith

Rainy (3.50 / 4) (#123)
by Rainy on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 03:51:42 PM EST

I think the most defining things I can say about myself in limited space is a list of what I like:

Nearly all Heinlein - except for the later stuff that was a bit creepy. Heinlein is the most important influence in my life, I've been a fan since about 14. Heinlein's best trait is common sense: he's got more of it than all other authors I know combined.
Markes - one hundred years of solitude. Breathtaking combination of reality and dream.
Fazil Iskander - Sandro from Chegem. I think this book is only available in russian, but it's almost worth learning the language to read it. Humanism and humor are two words that describe it best.
Orwell - 1984. Everybody has to read this, if only to get a pessimistic perspective..

Being john malkovich - I can't believe they made mainstream movie this surreal. Can you?
The Insider - movies don't get any better.
X men - on a lighter side. Shows that even the most commercial, entertainment-oriented movie can be done with taste. Others just never try.
And, of course, simpsons, but that goes without saying.

Fallout 2 - captures the atmosphere of mad max movies perfectly.
nethack - more addictive than crack. Will be put under schedule 1 when (if) FDA ever wakes up. homm2 - *the* strategy game.

I'm a long time fan of Pink Floyd, I have all of their albums (except last few live ones, and these don't count), and now I'm discovering all the good 60s music - doors, joplin, jefferson airplaine, dylan, beatles, fleetwood mac. I'm mostly a rock buff as you can tell, but I can also listen classical, rap, pop, almost anything except for country. My favorite PF song is shine on and favorite album is probably 'more' (surprised?). Most of popular music now is crap, puff daddy, britney, nsync, and so on. Rap is usually all thrown in one pile but there's actually some good stuff there: some tupac, easy E, mobb deep. Then there's good new trancy/techno guys like paul oakenfold, delerium, euphoria (hidden gem!), dubtribe sound system.

I'm 21 in nyc, i worked as a web designer for about a year but quit cause I got bored of it and now I'm studying on my own to get into coding and maybe music making (soundtracking). I never went to college cause I can't - i'm not a permanent resident and I don't think I should sweat it. Then again, if I make alot of money I might go.. for the knowledge.. but now I'm studying python and c on my own. I already know web design very well so finding a job wouldn't be a problem, I just don't like it. I look very good but too young for my age (something like 17 or 18). I got tons of ideas for sites/programs I want to make and I jump between projects cause I lack focus (and get bored fast). I might just have to go to college for that - you get a corriculum and you have to stick with it. On the other hand, perhaps knowing a little about everything is fine? Oh well, that seems to be all. Sorry for a long post :-)
Rainy "Collect all zero" Day

Another Heinlein fan (none / 0) (#152)
by el_guapo on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 07:09:02 PM EST

I think I read everything he wrote - he seemed at times to not be able to end a durn book though (ever read Number of the Beast? sheesh). And he seemed obsessed with people walking around naked. I guess I could research *him* a bit and see if they's something to that, as opposed to just reading his sci-fi....hmmmmmm Regardless, he was still one of my favorite authors.....
mas cerveza, por favor mirrors, manifestos, etc.
[ Parent ]
yep, big time.. (none / 0) (#198)
by Rainy on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:37:13 PM EST

Really, I haven't noticed that.. except for maybe glory road? But there it was, well, natural. I think polygamy is his most noticeable obsession.
Number of the beast I could never finish.. I think I gotten 50 pages in, at most. But I thought it might have been a bad translation (I read most of his stuff in russian, and rereading in english now). Anyway, what's your favorite book? Mine's galaxy citizen I guess, for entertainment value, and I dunno, moon is harsh mistress as 'work of art'? I really didn't like the beginning of that book for some reason.
Rainy "Collect all zero" Day
[ Parent ]
Grumbles from the Grave (none / 0) (#258)
by ronfar on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 09:07:19 AM EST

To understand Heinlein, try reading Grumbles from the Grave his correspondance which he had published after he died.

[ Parent ]

RE: re: RE: ad nauseum (none / 0) (#267)
by el_guapo on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 10:00:54 AM EST

Well, it looks like I'm gonna have to go find "Grumbles from the Grave". As far as my fave, oddly enough, I think it would have to be "Number of the Beast", although waaaay too long, it sort of shined a different light on religion, and I kinda like that...
mas cerveza, por favor mirrors, manifestos, etc.
[ Parent ]
Oh, yeah, baby... (3.60 / 5) (#125)
by trhurler on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 04:05:01 PM EST

I'm the one and only son of God, the chosen one, the anointed.

Or maybe not. But hey, I -am- a programmer for a small company you'll probably all know by some name nobody has thought up yet in a few years. I live in the US. I write C. I keep late hours. I don't have a pager. I'm a lousy pool player, but that doesn't stop me. I'm not rich; I just live like it - but I won't use credit cards. I don't live in California. Admit it, you want to be me.

I'm not a Libertarian, but I do agree with their platform. I'm a capitalist. I'm selfish. I'm an egoist(note the lack of a t in that word; it would be true either way, but that isn't what I meant:) I believe the world makes sense, and that we are fit to live in it.

I'm a nice guy, despite all appearances to the contrary which I might provide here. I run OpenBSD. I play games on Windows, and I'll probably use OS X for a desktop once it is available. Linux is nice, but getting hacked sucks, and Open does what I want in a server. Arrogant to the core. A lusar. I like big cities(the eastern kind, not these oversized suburbs that people on the west coast call cities.)

trhurler keywords:
Unix, C, cryptography, Guinness, nice cars, overstuffed leather couches, strong amaretto sours, good root beer, caffeinated mints,, roleplaying games, code quality, coffee shops, neighborhood pubs, web comics, almost any kind of music but teen pop and popular country, cheesy martial arts movies(and most other kinds of movies, for that matter,) philosophy, pool.

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

Sure, I'll play (3.50 / 2) (#126)
by refugee14 on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 04:11:27 PM EST

Well, I'm a recent K5 reader - came after hearing about the Dos on /. Been a long-time /. reader uid#999, and being rather old at 46, I feel somewhat creaky. Started life as a Lit major, ESL teacher, library sys admin and now have a cool job as net/sys/web admin for a small chip design shop in Savannah, GA, USA. Live on a barrier island, love the weather here except during hurricane season when I can't sleep (really bad in Sept/Oct) been using and abusing computers since 1985 or so - first once was a Tandy 1000 (lord forgive me.) Came to Linux via Windows 3.1 in '94 and have been getting paid for playing with tech ever since. One cool thing from my library days: the db server was a PDP 11-73. I always loved to spin up the Winchesters - sounded like small jet engines powering up! Well, that's all.

Here goes.... (3.50 / 2) (#127)
by nurdle on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 04:16:09 PM EST

My name is Tim. I'm 25 years old and live in Andover, UK

At work i'm lumbered (with my workmates) with looking after lots of AIX boxes, a few HPUX boxes and couple of SCO boxes (although we try not to talk about them as if it was up to us they wouldnt exist...)

At home ... well win98/2k/ME as well as linux (intel), linux (sparc), solaris and aix, add a network, stir and bake at 200 degrees....

I have a Mphys in Astrophysics. I know a little pascal and fortran77 (reaaly usefull languages we were taught during my degree) .... and I can write fairly ok shell scripts....

In my spare time i read alot (Sci-fi/fantasy) and fiddle around with the various systems...

[insert witty pithy commentary here] (3.33 / 3) (#130)
by domesticat on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 04:27:54 PM EST

I am the domesticat.

I am a 24-year-old web designer (with far too much on her plate) working for a fairly large regional ISP in Huntsville, Alabama. I'm female, and have a bachelor's in MIS. I'm married (only occasionally to my job). I'm on the graphic design end of geekiness; I find my electrical-engineer spouseling useful for handling the hardware and network aspects of our thoroughly-wired-for-ethernet house. He makes it possible for me to concentrate on my design work.

I love the challenges of good web design. I've been doing it for six years and have never regretted a moment.

Most of my life is spent trying to make sense of my dual geek/nongeek life. I try to avoid serious coding; I'm capable of it, but I find that there are many other people in the world who do it better than I do, so I concentrate on graphics/multimedia/layout. I watch art films, knit in the winter, spoil my littermate cats rotten, and have a front porch herb garden that gets raided regularly for cooking.

I indulge my enjoyment of twentieth-century American literature - anything to give my eyes a break from the constant staring at CRTs I do during the day. I have a house that's referred to as "the Geek Country Estate" because it has somehow become the quiet country retreat for some of the overworked geeks in the Huntsville area. I travel as much as I can afford, use my salary to buy original art for my house, and try to make sense of my daily experiences by keeping an online journal.

To the outside world I'm a thorough geek. To the geek community I'm seen as a bridge to the 'outside world.' I rather like it that way.

[ boring .sig here ]
Shoutout to the Silicon Holler (none / 0) (#175)
by shook on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 09:39:10 PM EST

I'm from Madison, going to school in Birmingham. Question from a guy visiting Huntsville from Boston: "Do cell phones work here?" Sigh. If only Alabama could escape our stigma.

[ Parent ]
I am a geek (3.66 / 6) (#131)
by kibomaster on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 04:29:51 PM EST

I am a geek I spend hours writing programs to do things that would take me 10 minutes by hand
I am a geek I play Counter-Strike to relieve stress
I am a geek I feel justified in thinking I'm better than those around me
I am a geek I have owned more computers than I've had girlfriends
I am a geek I had a lot more fun with the computers
I am a geek I found high school a waste of 4 years of my life
I am a geek who is having fun in college
I am a geek I shop for clothes on-line
I am a geek my blood cafeine content is higher than most drunks blood alcohol content
I am a geek my weekends consist of web design, programing, counter-strike, (see link above) and movies at wells hall
I am a geek I do laundry on Friday night at 2 am
I am a geek I sleep till noon and stay up till 4 am
I am a geek I have read the entire BOFH collection
I am a geek I was using the Internet before anyone knew what it was
I am a geek I remember Gopher
I am a geek I h4x0red your box
I am a geek I'll remember your IP better than I'll remember your phone number
I am a geek I built my own firewall
I am a geek I have more webspace than I do living space
I am a geek most people don't get me
I am a geek, no my hair is not blue
I am a geek my favorite editor is EMACS
I am a geek I just opened up a can of Whoop ass
I am a geek finger me for my public key
I am a geek some of my shirts cannot be transported outside the United States (RSA shirt DeCSS shirt)
I am a geek I am recursive
I am a geek I am recursive

I am a sleepy geek and will finally click the post button


No one special (3.50 / 2) (#134)
by mpeever on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 05:02:19 PM EST

I'm a 28 year old generic geek in Charlotte, North Carolina.

I also graduated from the Physics program at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia, where I got started in networking using VAX/VMS and programming in Fortran to solve non-analytic equations in the Classical Mech professor's "fun" problems.

I now make my living as a computer nerd. I'm officially a "systems engineer", but that doesn't mean much.

I wish I was a good programmer, but I'm not. I wish I was a good chess player, but I'm not that either. I'd like to claim I'm a good physicist, but then I would really be lying. (If I ever step onto UVic's campus again, the entire Physics department would probably shoot me down like a mad dog.) However, all these things do interest me, and my lack of ability (okay, "self-discipline" is a better word) has never gotten in the way of my enjoyment of them. (I probably hold the record for the most glorious losses while playing the Sicilian Dragon).

I have a wandering eye when it comes to OSes, and run everything from BeOS to OpenBSD on various systems at home and work. I really can't say what my favourite is: maybe NetBSD, or OpenBSD, or BeOs, or QNX, or ...

I do enjoy a nice Guinness or Maudite now and then...

My favourite author is probably J. N. Darby, an somewhat obscure Christian author from the 19th Century.

I've been lurking here for a while, the account setup email is dated July 10. This is only my second post.

"Assertion is not proof" -Erasmus
Okay.. here goes (3.50 / 2) (#135)
by Dacta on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 05:04:48 PM EST

I'm a 25 year old programmer from Adelaide, Australia.

I used to do Delphi/Databases(Oracle|Sybase|MS SQL Server). Now I'm doing Java/JNI/C++/DCOM/COM+/Sybase/JSP/Servlets, which keeps things interesting.

I've been on K5 since the pre-DOS days (UID=281), but I don't IRC, so even if there was a K5 Cabal, I wouldn't be in it.

I read lots (but in an irregular kind of way) - a fair amount of it being SciFi. I like Larry Niven, Poul Anderson, Kim Stanley Robinson, Joe Haldeman and quite a few others. I'm currently reading KSR's The Memory of Whiteness. I'd recommend that all you SciFi junkies read some Halderman ASAP (Read a review of The Forever War).

Apart from that, I hang out with my girlfriend, watch DVDs, and try and keep myself fit by road cycling. (I recently bought a Giant TCR2 - ahh... what bliss a really light bike is!). I don't have a car, but I do have a motorbike.

Umm... what else? Music: I'm into most stuff - I like U2, Powderfinger, Smashing Pumpkins, some techno/trance & assorted other semi-alternative, semi-commercial, Triple-J type music.

Polically, I think I'd best express my views as a left leaning centralist - at least in Australia. That would probably make me an outright socialist in the US - go figure.

I don't believe in extremism, ever, in any form.

I own a few domain names, and I'm trying to think of (and trying to get time for) something good to do with them. (www.NickLothian.com, www.CorporatePropaganda.com & www.ThisIsNotTV.com)

Haldeman rocks (none / 0) (#211)
by sugarman on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 11:47:52 PM EST

JUst gonna back up your book recommendation there. Read Forever war at a young and tender age, and was stunned because it was the first one that tried (to my limited persepctive of the time, at least) to deal with the effects of realtivistic space travel.

Plus it had lots of guns. =)

[ Parent ]

Re: Halderman (none / 0) (#358)
by Dacta on Sun Nov 05, 2000 at 12:26:39 AM EST

I finished Forever War just before the DoS, and I was trying to post a review as K5 died.

I said I thought it might have been the best Hard Sci-Fi book of the '70s (although I've been told I should read The Shockwave Rider).

For those of you who haven't read it, not only does Forever War have lots of guns, they are fucking big guns. *S*

It's interesting in that when it was written, it was seen as something of a commentry on the futility of Vietnam.

[ Parent ]
dr_eaerth (2.66 / 3) (#137)
by dr_eaerth on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 05:14:06 PM EST

Dr_Eaerth is just this guy, you know?

Re: dr_eaerth (4.00 / 1) (#182)
by Broco on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 09:58:45 PM EST

Listen to me, three-eyes, don't you try to out-weird me, I get stranger things than you with my breakfast cereal.

Klingon function calls do not have "parameters" - they have "arguments" - and they ALWAYS WIN THEM.
[ Parent ]

i can''t believe i haven't seen anyone do this: (3.25 / 4) (#139)
by NetworkDespot on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 05:18:51 PM EST

-----BEGIN GEEK CODE BLOCK----- GCS d--@ s:++ a- C+++$ UL(S)+++(++) 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++** -----END GEEK CODE BLOCK-----

Re: Geekcode (none / 0) (#162)
by kibomaster on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 08:03:28 PM EST

Version: 3.12
GE/CS d- s: a---- C+++ UL+(++) 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+@>h++ !r y--


[ Parent ]

Why not? (none / 0) (#248)
by spiralx on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 05:40:52 AM EST

What's the point? What does it mean?

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

What the hell is this? (none / 0) (#266)
by kibomaster on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 09:40:41 AM EST



[ Parent ]

LionKimbro (3.33 / 3) (#140)
by snowlion on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 05:19:26 PM EST

My name is Lion Kimbro; I'm 23, and live in Seattle, WA. My cell# is (206) 406-9040, and my home# is (425) 576-5474. Call me if you like.

My girlfriend's name is Amber Straub, and we have been dating/living together for about 9 months now. I met her at a FreeBSD gathering (SeaFUG).

I am fascinated by everything.

Currently, I work at a company called LithTech writing a library of simulation objects. At nights, I attend Chemistry courses at the University of Washington. I want to do well so that I can apply to Harvey Mudd College again, which I failed out of after two years (due, mostly, to bad Chemistry grades). I seem to be doing well so far. I memorized the polyatomics and solubility rules, and the profs seem to think that I am asking good questions, save Roni, who thought that the question "Is it true that the USA keeps a helium reserve?" was patently absurd. Speaking of patents, I hate them, though I know why we have them. (Do software patents really need to last 20 years to compensate development?)

I am really big on visualization, and have good reason to believe that everyone is a visual learner, whether they know/believe it or not. I work a lot on visual guides and documents when I teach my free class on UNIX and programming. I read a lot of Scott McCloud; helps keep me sane. The guys a genius.

Other people that I track include Dee Hock and Philip Greenspun.

I really liked Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass, but the others weren't nearly as powerful as that one. I don't know what those positive reviewers are raving about; there's none of the vast romantic imagery (I'm a huge Final Fantasy fan, as well as romantic/gothic play/opera fan) that was present in the 1st book in either of the following books. More importantly, the Gnostic themes seem to have been completely cut, and the death of God was just absurd. It's too bad.

The House of Leaves is a brilliant book. Don't read it.

I'm an anime fan, my favorite anime being Urusei Yatsura, Aa! Megamisama! (Oh My Goddess in the USA), and Macross 7.

I believe in an Eternal Spirit that is called the Name (or alternatively, the Word, or maybe you've heard it called the Way or Path). I believe that it is the most important thing in any of our lives, regardless of what you call it, and that it's really important to each of us to pay attention to it. I believe that it is aware, that it is explicitely not me ("I Am"'ers, the myriad of selfish spirituals that there are, are under the delusions of their minds, and I think they really need to try to let go to life; then again, I'm no saint myself...) and that it is an Ocean of Eternal Love and Mercy, and that we are drops of this Being; Nothing more, Nothing less. The Word is an audible Life stream somewhat like, but quite unlike, the pale images and sounds we hear in this world.

I believe that it's important to listen to stories and reach into them for their full depth and listen really intently, rather than just saying, "It's only a story."

I believe that I talk too much. I wish I listened to other people more. Unfortunately, my mind just keeps on going and going.

I'm reluctantly voting for Gore; I'd much rather be voting for Nader. While he's not presidential material, he's certainly one of the most thoughtful people of our time. I wish I could say the same for Gore or Bush.

I happily pour my life into Free Software. Oh yeah, that open-source stuff is okay too; but not nearly as clearly principled as Free Software. The problems with the term "OpenSource" are clear when you look at the OpenPublication license: It specifies 1 publisher as a "priveledged publisher"- only that publisher can resell. And the license is under the holy unmbella of "Open". What a crock. That'd never happen to one of Stallman's licenses.

As mentioned earlier, I dedicate Saturday afternoons and Monday evenings to teaching Free Classes on how to program, and how to use various Free Software tools. I'd link to my web page, but it's down until I get good DSL in Kirkland. DSL in Kirkland, WA, sucks, by the way. Currently, I have about 6-8 regular students. Sometimes more, sometimes less, but generally, 6-8. We have a lot of fun. Python, btw, is the best teaching language in the world. Well LOGO may be better, but I don't think it comes with most UNIX distributions. If any of you are looking to hire a gifted system administrator in Seattle, btw, let me know.

When I'm not teaching, I'm trying to figure out ways of growing the GNOME project (I support KDE, btw, too; I believe the competition is a good thing, though.), figuring out ways of contributing. (Beyond teaching how to use pyglade, and what not.) or Free Software as a whole. Claim to fame: Had an email corrospondence with MDI. Woo hoo! Apparently he liked something that I posted here on the state of Free Software and Open Source. I think about Groupware a lot too.

Mathematics fascinates me. My specialties are Linear Algebra and Group Theory.

Okay, I'm done. =^_^=

Map Your Thoughts
a non slashdotter (3.00 / 4) (#141)
by Defect on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 05:31:35 PM EST

I used to read slashdot a couple years ago but it slowly faded out of my bookmark list when the information got less and less relevant to what i cared about.

I use Be and windows (which might explain my non-interest in /.), i am quickly regretting buying bargain hardware for the piece of crap that sits on my desk but as long as my modem still works and my hard drive stops clicking and whining i'll deal. I live in framingham massachusetts (er, whoops, that's in the US before i get bitched at). I program for a communications company. I know a slew of languages which is probably why i still have a job, i can code anywhere. I've tried my luck at several failed business attempts so i'm sticking with job security now over the get rich quick idea. I smoke nat sherman mint cigarettes and have kicked my caffeine addiction after getting sick of the headaches.

I got to K5 from a link off some weblog somewhere, and it has kept me busy at work ever since.

I do a lot of volunteer work, charity stuff. I listen to rock/metal (slipknot, coal chamber, tool, a perfect circle, icp, ton)

and that's me. i promise i'm more exciting in real life but my glasses broke and it's pissing the hell out of me that i can't find the damned screw.
defect - jso - joseth || a link
more than you ever wanted to know ... (3.66 / 3) (#142)
by MoxFulder on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 05:32:24 PM EST

My name is Dan, and I'm a sophomore at Cornell University. My family bought a 386SX in 1989 ... I wanted to get a Mac at the time, now I'm pretty glad we didn't :-) I learned BASIC from 3-2-1 Contact magazines, later found out that people wrote actual BOOKS about computers, and learned to program in QuickBasic, Pascal, and other such nonsense. Then I learned assembler, then C, and now Perl. Occassionally I've ordered myself to learn C++ or Java, but I just can't do it. OOP just ain't my thing ...

I found out about Linux in 1995 when I ordered a shareware CD-ROM from Walnut Creek (so that I could get DJGPP!) and read about Linux in the little brochure they sent me. I ran Slackware for a while, but my 486 couldn't handle X, so I gave up on Linux until last year ... now I'm back and I use it almost exclusively (too bad my sound card and printer don't work with it :-( ). I'm currently developing a Gnome kerberos ticket authentication program for use at Cornell, since our network admins are unwilling to support Unix themselves.

Enough about computers ... I listen to Dave Matthews Band, Barenaked Ladies, Guns & Roses, Led Zeppelin, and practically anything else you can throw at me. My musical tastes aren't especially discriminating. I play Ultimate Frisbee on a club team and I rock climb as much as I can.

In school I'm attempting to do a double major in physics and linguistics. I also like astronomy and history, and I'm trying to learn as many languages as I can. I currently speak English, French, and Spanish, and am learning Hebrew in a class and Latin on the side.

I also have a job working at the Cornell Math Department Instructional Computing Lab, and I've designed a lot of pretty decent web sites for various people over the past few years ...

I'm a big fan of comics, but not the Superman and Batman type. I love Calvin and Hobbes and Dilbert. But my all time favorite comic books are from France: if you've never read French comic books, check out Gaston Lagaffe, Asterix & Obelix, Lucky Luke, or Tintin. French comics aren't just funny, they have an awesome drawing style, they tell stories, they're the best!

Enough already, that's all there is to say about me!

"If good things lasted forever, would we realize how special they are?"
--Calvin and Hobbes

You too? (5.00 / 1) (#193)
by Captain Derivative on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:26:42 PM EST

"I learned BASIC from 3-2-1 Contact magazines..."

You too? I thought I might've been the only one. Man, that what a cool column. Well, I thought it was back in the day. Hacking BASIC on an old XT clone running DOS 3.3, that sure brings back memories. The computer still runs, and I bet I could still find some of my old BASIC programs on the whopping 20 MB hard drive.

If it weren't for that magazine, who knows if I'd be into computers and programming today.

Hey! Why aren't you all dead yet?! Oh, that's right, it's only Tuesday. -- Zorak

[ Parent ]
3-2-1 Contact Rules! (none / 0) (#214)
by MoxFulder on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 12:02:42 AM EST

Definitely! If that magazine hadn't been around, I wouldn't be into programming. I thought my computer was boring until I figured out that I couldn't make it do stuff it didn't already do :-)

"If good things lasted forever, would we realize how special they are?"
--Calvin and Hobbes

[ Parent ]
Me, the ineffable Me (3.50 / 4) (#143)
by dice on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 05:36:47 PM EST

Well, I'm 16 years old, currently going to local community college.
High School got boring, and worthless so i got out early.
(CHSPE for anyone wondering how)
So now I'm bored and wasting my time in a college institution.
My dreams include
-) getting in to Berkeley in EECS/Applied Math double major.
-) picking up my sax one day and just busting out, and having everyone run to see what that beautiful beautiful noise is
-) picking up my drumsticks one day (corps style, of course) and repeating last said action
-) finally getting some ethernet cards and a hub so i can network the crappy computers in my room i've convinced people to give me (the computers, i got the room from my parents without too much convincing)

current occupations
-) school, glorious wonderful, worthless school
-) my music
-) coding, mostly in c/c++
-) trying to learn regexps for the third time
-) figuring out how to get openbsd installed on computers that i have no cd drive for ( i tried installing slackware with floppies, i still have nightmares)
-) skipping my way across news sites
-) looking for something to do with my time, to challenge myself
-) preaching to people about the wonders of the dark, and how if you only look at the light or happy side of things you're missing the most interesting part

That would be me, all up there, in almost sound-bite format.

(the hostility towards school is more a result of current courseload and institution than a generalized hostility)

a little about me... (2.25 / 4) (#144)
by glmull on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 05:44:23 PM EST

I enjoy using Linux, playing tennis, reading slashdot, growing tomatoes.
Zetatalk tells us what will happen in 2003.
:) (3.33 / 3) (#145)
by StackyMcRacky on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 05:45:30 PM EST

i'm a 27-year-old geek female (yes, we do exist!). i used to be a Microbiologist, but i ended up liking UNIX better than bacteria :) my co-worker's husband decided that "Stacky McRacky" should be my porn name. i thought it was funny, so i've decided to use it as an alias. i got the micro degree from Texas A&M, and moved to Houston, TX to work as a lab rat. i don't know why, but i like being in Houston. currently, i'm an AIX admin & generic dba at a large hospital here in houston. i am now officially terrified of ever coming to the hospital again. i'm so suprised more people don't die here. i started taking tai chi a couple of months ago. it's wonderful! i can't wait until i can do it without hurting the next day ;) i also swing dance/lindy hop. i LOVE beer. i love reading sicence fiction/fantasy. about a year ago i fell in love with the most wonderful man on the planet. he thinks i'm the biggest dork he has ever met. he's probably right :) he is beginning to make me think that i don't want to be single for the rest of my life. oh yeah - i used to be an irc junkie in college - i was "skater" or "skater bob" on efnet. normally found on #texas. i came to k5 post-dos. it seems that the only time i post anything is when i'm seriously pmsing, and just need to rant. not the best idea, but whatever.

Porn names? (none / 0) (#166)
by Asperity on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 08:23:16 PM EST

But I thought your porn name was supposed to be composed of the name of your first pet and the street you grew up on.

My pornographic alter-ego is "Snoopy Vallette," and a friend's is "Tuffy Martin." I think "Tuffy" is a great first porn name.

I've also heard it's supposed to be your middle name plus the street you grew up on. So my boyfriend is "Wilmot Tuxedo" by those rules. Not bad.

Consensus on what constitutes a canonical porn name, anyone?

[ Parent ]
I concur (5.00 / 1) (#167)
by rusty on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 08:26:46 PM EST

I always heard it was pet + street. Which works out fantastic, cause that makes my porn name "Buttermilk Sheridan" (and how much does that rock!). An alternative porn name would be "Ginger Sheridan" too.

Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]
Porn names are so much fun... (none / 0) (#169)
by Miniluv on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 08:42:39 PM EST

Place I used to work we regularly went by those names in the office...probably because my boss went from a plain old "dan" to Mitzy Oltendorf and I became Muffin Bombay.
"Its like someone opened my mouth and stuck a fistful of herbs in it." - Tamio Kageyama, Iron Chef 'Battle Eggplant'
[ Parent ]
Hello, my (porn)name is Sammy Prime (none / 0) (#247)
by driph on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 05:36:55 AM EST

Hahah. Buttermilk.

Yeah, I've heard it as first pet + street you grew up on, or middle name + street you grew up on.

My porn name is Sammy Prime.

Vegas isn't a liberal stronghold. It's the place where the rich and powerful gamble away their company's pension fund and strangle call girls in their hotel rooms. - Psycho Dave
[ Parent ]
Yikes! (none / 0) (#260)
by Phil the Canuck on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 09:29:10 AM EST

That makes me Buster Holden. Not bad, but it's no Buttermilk. With a name like that, you may just be in the wrong industry.


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

How about... (none / 0) (#344)
by cme on Sat Nov 04, 2000 at 03:43:24 AM EST

"Tabitha Temple"? :)

"Mesha" and "Marie" (other cat and middle name) are possible substitutes, but I think the alliteration of Tabitha works best. :)

[ Parent ]
but but but.... (none / 0) (#306)
by StackyMcRacky on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 02:34:42 PM EST

"Brownie Auburn" sounds like either a hair color or an ass video. not a very good porn name.

here's the evolution of "Stacky McRacky". my name is Stacey McComas. notice the "e" in Stacey. i HATE it when people spell my name incorrectly!! i usually pronouce "stacy" as stacky. people in the office started calling me "stacky" because they are dorks. so my co-worker's husband heard ppl calling me stacky, and he thought it was because of my large-ish breasts. he then dubbed me "Stacky McRacky". his wife and i laughed our asses off when he told us. hell, even my boyfriend has started calling me Ms. McRacky.

it's not just a name...it's a name with a story!!

[ Parent ]
geek housewife?? (4.20 / 5) (#146)
by reel_life on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 05:51:19 PM EST

My house is a mess and cluttered with hardware, ethernet cable, books, video games, cds, and more... BUT I really don't fit in anywhere....

24 year old nothing... like lee_malatesta, i am in the city of Flying Pigs. I have no friends, no REEL job.... living w/geek boyfriend (and father to our child) who thinks one should be happy just being a parent and nothing more.. I have two years of college... trying deseprately (NO--really!!) to return, but nobody is cooperating

been a geek of sorts all my life.. just now learning to embrace it.... never had a computer growing up (blue collar poor parents)... but was somehow hooked b4 i had even touched one...

used my time at home since son's birth to teach myself everything i can about computers (oh, the power of cheese...er,--an internet connection)... HTML while breastfeeding, graphic design while beginning to walk, hardware/upgrading/overclocking/networking while potty training.... and learning tons of programs in between..

don't know how or when it happened, but somehow i became the infamous computer expert/nerd of this midwest, blue collar family of mine

next tasks or tasks in process(other than getting my ass back to college): finish modding an iopener (nice lil dedicated linux machine), learn some programming languages maybe, mod my computer case,

I generally spend my days reading (k5, and occasionally /.--among many others places), teaching myself something new, running a couple websites, caring for a kid and cat, bitching b/c i want to back to college and get some certifications instead being just a sorta 'housewife' (i hate that word and everything it implies)

you know it is sad day when your 'had a computer since the dawn of time' mate, asks YOU a really odd hardware question AND you knew the answer

Madness takes its toll on everyone. Please have exact change.

damn... (2.33 / 3) (#148)
by boxed on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 06:04:21 PM EST


[ Parent ]
Hahahahaha ... (none / 0) (#187)
by aphrael on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:08:21 PM EST

I imagine if you continue in that vein, a fight will break out. :)

[ Parent ]
I couldn't help myself... (none / 0) (#203)
by boxed on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:48:51 PM EST

it was just too much too fast :P

[ Parent ]
marriage? (none / 0) (#321)
by reel_life on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 05:22:08 PM EST

but boxed, i barely know you...

BUT it is nice to know SOMEONE appreciates how special I am (dunno, am I?)

Madness takes its toll on everyone. Please have exact change.
[ Parent ]

staying at home with children (4.00 / 1) (#278)
by Anonymous 242 on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 11:01:20 AM EST

living w/geek boyfriend (and father to our child) who thinks one should be happy just being a parent and nothing more.

No problem. Make him stay home and you go get a job. ;)

Actually, I think you have the better end of the bargain. I got to play the house husband for the first two years of my oldest daughters existance. I wouldn't trade that time for the world. The only drawback I found was that back in the dark ages of 1994, there was zero, zilch, nada, zip social support for a stay at home dad. What really pissed me off was the blatant sexism I'd run into from different women. If I had a dollar for everytime a well-meaning woman would ask me if I was babysitting while running around with my infant daughter, I could buy a G4 cube.

[ Parent ]

staying at home (none / 0) (#325)
by reel_life on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 06:15:50 PM EST

LOL, he'd be a worse housekeeper than me...

I agree it was a good set-up for a while... I would not change the past if I could.. but my son is 3+ now... It is the present and future that bothers me.. I AM NOT ready to just 'lay down and grow old' yet like my mate

I'd love to go out and get a job... been there, done tried that, still have a little hope... nobody seems to be willing to hire someone into a computer/tech/IT position without some JOB EXPERIENCE, COLLEGE (completetion), or CERTIFICATIONS.. let's face it -- the fact that I am not a young male just doesn't help either... I have nothing to prove my worth and knowledge except my word and the mess of computers and hardware in my home

Basically, IF someone would ACTUALLY take a chance on someone like me, I would shortly there after have the certifications, and then college that i need/desire... Money makes the world go around.. the only thing stopping me is a damn little default loan from my past college attempt (hey, I REALLY didn't know it)... in fact, if wasn't for that stupid little loan crap, I'd be sitting in A+ class (for college credit, too!!) come monday and done with a Frontpage course.

Excuse me if I sound a little angry with the world, I AM... I was dumped with this crap TWO DAYS! before I was to start work on my courses/college classes. So it looks like it will be months before i have any sort of proof of my knowledge/will/direction, and until then I left with apparently only being able to land a job at a fast food joint (yuck!)

Madness takes its toll on everyone. Please have exact change.
[ Parent ]

Ow. (none / 0) (#342)
by cme on Sat Nov 04, 2000 at 03:30:25 AM EST

I'd love to go out and get a job... been there, done tried that, still have a little hope... nobody seems to be willing to hire someone into a computer/tech/IT position without some JOB EXPERIENCE, COLLEGE (completetion), or CERTIFICATIONS.. let's face it -- the fact that I am not a young male just doesn't help either... I have nothing to prove my worth and knowledge except my word and the mess of computers and hardware in my home

I feel your pain... And I have two years job experience and still no one will hire me because I don't have enough experience. (More than one headhunter has told me their clients require a minimum of five years of Unix administration for a junior position.)

People say with two years experience you can earn $70k, but my experience says they're on crack. :(

[ Parent ]
the pain (none / 0) (#354)
by reel_life on Sat Nov 04, 2000 at 04:52:52 PM EST

yeah, and it is like 'well, i could get (more) job experience if you would hire me--i could show you how good i am' but...uh, no... it is a big ole catch 22, ain't it?

hell, at this point, I am willing to take the worst of worst jobs just involving computers to a slightest extent.. *haha*, I'd get a job at Best Buy in their computer department, but they wouldn't hire me -- I know too much....*haha*

Madness takes its toll on everyone. Please have exact change.
[ Parent ]

getting a job (none / 0) (#357)
by Anonymous 242 on Sat Nov 04, 2000 at 09:40:18 PM EST

If you want to trundle toss your resume, email me. I know people at several different companies that are always looking for fresh meat^H^H^H^Hhires.

Also, do you like design layout? I have a couple projects (web based) I'd like to work on in my spare time. My problem is that I really like doing the guts of a system and detest working on the GUI. If you don't mind wasting your time working on a couple ideas with me, you could start to build a portfolio that proves to the outside world you have experience.

[ Parent ]

i love you!! (none / 0) (#390)
by reel_life on Mon Nov 06, 2000 at 11:05:30 PM EST

i would love that (all of it)..... Need to wade through this mess on my hard drives and find and update it.. will send it your way in a day or two...thanks, i really appreciate it

i've done some design work (small projects-usually nothing too fancy--i would list them here but i am embarassed, and they kinda suck--I can do much better), and i'd really like to try out some of my newer skills... I been playing with flash, and teaching myself asp

I have extensive knowledge of photoshop and the likes... I actually have a 'kinda' profolio (physical) of sorts that i have put together too... just got it back from my most recent rejection (they weren't even nice enough to tell me)..

cool, sweet, etc, etc,.. i'll get back to you with a resume and a list of projects i've done

signed, your humble servant

Madness takes its toll on everyone. Please have exact change.
[ Parent ]

Why are people being graded 1 and 2... (4.00 / 7) (#147)
by itsbruce on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 06:04:00 PM EST

for just saying who they are? Whoever is doing that is being most ungallant.


It is impolite to tell a man who is carrying you on his shoulders that his head smells.
And have you noticed... (3.66 / 3) (#150)
by trhurler on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 06:43:33 PM EST

that anyone claiming to be female gets higher ratings?:) Kind of like how everyone claims they don't favor the good looking bartenders with higher tips... (well, I don't, actually, but that's because I wildly overtip any and all bartenders who do a passably good job.)

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

[ Parent ]
Hmph (2.50 / 2) (#164)
by hypatia on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 08:18:51 PM EST

anyone claiming to be female gets higher ratings
Really? Now I feel bad about admitting to being young and female.

I'm tempted to rate up all the male posts now.

[ Parent ]

(none / 0) (#343)
by cme on Sat Nov 04, 2000 at 03:36:37 AM EST

Just goes to show that you should never admit to being female when you can avoid it. You'll either be swarmed by obnoxious people (anyone else remember the Userfriendly storyline where Amanda attempts to take up IRC again?) or wind up otherwise getting special treatment you don't want or will feel guilty or insecure about...

I think I may start taking advantage of the fact that my name is technically androgynous and start claiming to be male.

[ Parent ]
no kidding.. (3.50 / 2) (#151)
by diskore on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 07:00:49 PM EST

I had to give everyone props just for writing something about themselves. There are a couple of posts down there that deserve it, but c'mon, how can people justify a 1 or 2 for saying the equivalent of 'hi, here's something about me'.

[ Parent ]
Who am I... (3.00 / 2) (#158)
by Chakotay on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 07:49:07 PM EST

Uh, hi there, I'm Albert Arendsen, actually Albertus Antonius Arendsen, aka Chakotay, aka Reyn Eaglestorm. I'm 87.5% Dutch, born and raised, and 12.5% gypsy, where I got my musicality (I play the clarinet, the alto and tenor sax, and sing in a start-up rock band). Other hobbies include playing snooker and pool, and MOVIES!!! I go to the Sneak Preview at Alhambra, one of the local cinemas, every week, and generally I also go to one other movie each week. I also love anime, but I don't find a lot of time to watch them, unfortunately, and currently I'm totally hooked on Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series - just today I finished book 7, A Crown of Swords.

Currently I'm studying Computer Science at the University of Twente. I should be almost done with that study by now, but I'm not, and I'm going to change majors next year to Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society, so I'll be a student for some time to come. Ofcourse I work to the side of that to get some money flowing. I do tech support for various big names in the computer industry (S3/DiamondMM^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^HSonicBlue, Philips, Memorex/Dysan, Gravis/Kensington, ...) in three languages (Dutch, English, German).

I'm Pagan, used-to-be Wiccan, used-to-be Agnost, used-to-be Christian, used-to-be Agnost, used-to-be Atheist. Basically. In reverse chronological order. See my home page, Reyn's Cloud

I'm a Linux freak. I'm completely infatuated with Debian, currently running woody with a 2.2.17 kernel. Would love to run 2.4 test kernels, if I could get those to boot at all - they always panic on me while booting. No, I have no Windows installed on my PC whatsoever. Yes, I support WinME and Win2k on the job, but I have never actually used it myself.

Well, that's about it... More info? MAIL ME! :)

Linux like wigwam. No windows, no gates, Apache inside.

broken link, sorry (none / 0) (#159)
by Chakotay on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 07:51:44 PM EST

Here's the corrected link to Reyn's Cloud.


Linux like wigwam. No windows, no gates, Apache inside.

[ Parent ]

Hello, I'm bored in Java class... (3.50 / 2) (#160)
by johncoswell on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 07:53:38 PM EST

My name is John, and this is my first post here to K5. I'm 21 and sitting in a really boring Java class writing Java classes. 8^)

I'm going to a small liberal arts college in Maryland for a Computer Programming degree, though my real love is with art and especially cartooning. I take many Art electives to prep myself to go to an art school for animation. No need for me to take all of those introductory courses if I can draw and paint well, right? 8^)

I work at said college as a Web developer and overall creative guy. I graduate in May and have very little clue as to what I want to do with myself (beyond the art school thing).

I like Linux, I tolerate Windows, I use a Mac for my job, we run Solaris as a Web server, and I use a whole plethora of software and languages to get my job done, with Java and Perl being my favorite languages, and Flash being my favorite software.

I love all sorts of cartoons: Television cartoons (for adults and children), Anime, Clay-animated works (loved "Chicken Run"), and I love reading and creating comic strips and doing my own animations in Flash. I would love to do a Flash animated series or movie or something (besides the one I'm slowly working on now).

I also like sci-fi/fantasy, Quake 2 level building, skating (ice and inline), improv comedy, playing guitar (especially acoustic), and all sorts of other weird things.

I read K5 'cause it doesn't suck.

OK, now, back to try/catch clauses...

johncoswell - http://www.coswellproductions.org
I'm me. (3.00 / 3) (#163)
by hypatia on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 08:14:56 PM EST

I'm Mary. Hi. I'm 19, I'm female, I'm six foot four. There's probably enough information to pick me out of the kuro5hin crowd were we all assembled in a room.

I live in Sydney, Australia and have spent my life living in NSW. I go to Sydney Uni - I'm doing a five year undergraduate degree, or rather, two of them, in Comp Sci, pure Maths, Philosophy and Random Stuff.

I came across K5 in a rusty comment on slashdot boasting 'I have story moderation' about 20 comments deep in a meta-thread. I was here before the Great Fall and once got my username mentioned in a front page story, but wasn't around to see it. But my flatmates thought I was a celebrity for a couple of seconds.

my name is... (2.66 / 3) (#165)
by johnk on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 08:18:56 PM EST

Hi, I'm johnk, and that's all you need to know :D

Nimen hao! (3.00 / 1) (#168)
by mmcc on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 08:28:39 PM EST


i'm Mike, live in Sydney Australia, work as a contractor for a large European telecommunications equipment manufacturer.

i'm a embedded C programmer, and like learning Chinese, making things work, travelling and occasionally improving Wine.

Came here from another popular discussion(?) site a few months ago. kuro5hin is a great read every morning, and i'd like to contributed more. The range opinions i've found here is very refreshing.

Congratulations to rusty for making "an online community that doesn't suck".

hmm would that be? (none / 0) (#171)
by haakon on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 09:28:48 PM EST


[ Parent ]
Re: hmm would that be? (none / 0) (#178)
by mmcc on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 09:53:35 PM EST

Alcatel. Yep.

Who and where in Australia are you, haakon?

[ Parent ]

about here (none / 0) (#416)
by haakon on Mon Dec 04, 2000 at 07:14:01 AM EST

I live in Sydney and work in St Leonards.

[ Parent ]
MLP - fun for the whole family (2.00 / 1) (#172)
by Knile87 on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 09:29:46 PM EST

For a change of pace, my bio will be filled with mindless links.

People call me <A HREF=http://www.knile.com/>Knile but my real name is Neil. I was born at the <A HREF=http://www.aomc.org/>Arnot-Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY which is part of the <A HREF=http://fingerlakes.org/fingerlakes/>Finger Lakes region. If you haven't been there, visit it. It's absolutely gorgeous.

My pre-school was based on the <A HREF=http://www.montessori.org/>Montessori philosophy, but it wasn't officially affiliated. I started reading somewhere around this time. Nothing interesting, just whatever was available.

When I was 5, I started kindergarten at <A HREF=http://www.corningareaschools.com/severn/>Severn Elementary School then followed the normal course of learning there. Blah blah blah...

Around seventh grade I got on this whole <A HREF=http://whatis.techtarget.com/WhatIs_Definition_Page/0,4152,212370,00.html>Internet thing. Haven't left yet =)

A year later, I started hanging out on <A HREF=news:rec.music.gdead>rec.music.gdead then started <A HREF=http://www.resourcesfortapers.com/>trading tapes of Grateful Dead & misc. other shows.. I'm a big fan of music in general.. Started playing violin with the <A HREF=http://www.suzuki-music.com/>Suzuki method when I was 5 then later switched to <A HREF=http://www.mit.edu/~jcb/viola-jokes.html>viola which I played until I left for college.

College being <A HREF=http://www.jhu.edu/>Johns Hopkins in <A HREF=http://www.baltimore.org/>Baltimore. Some favorite places to hang out around here are <A HREF=http://jhunix.hcf.jhu.edu/~ajs12/>SigEp, <A HREF=http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=582231&lastnode_id=124>Paper Moon Diner, and just around in <A HREF=http://www.jhu.edu/~newslett/02-17-00/UH/4.html>Building B.

My declared major is <A HREF=http://hebb.cog.jhu.edu/index.cfm?urlpage=menu1&sect=1>cognitive science but right now I'm taking nothing in the department. The future holds all sorts of possibilities....

(Some of you are curious, I'm sure, as to how long I've been reading K5. I started on <A HREF=http://www.slashdot.org/>Slashdot probably during late '98 or early '99 and have been reading <A HREF=http://www.kuro5hin.org>K5 since June 2000.

"We're all on a big ship! We're on a big cruise, across the world!" -- Iowa Bob, in Hotel New Hampshire

someone's using mozilla (4.00 / 1) (#176)
by rusty on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 09:40:41 PM EST

How long till they fix that bug, eh?....

Meanwhile, tip for mozilla users: Don't preview.

Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]

re: someone's using mozilla (1.00 / 1) (#186)
by Knile87 on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:05:03 PM EST

Actually it was Netscape PR6 =)

"We're all on a big ship! We're on a big cruise, across the world!" -- Iowa Bob, in Hotel New Hampshire

[ Parent ]
same diff (2.00 / 1) (#236)
by rusty on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 03:01:06 AM EST

Same thing. it's gecko that's at fault. Galeon does it too.

Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]
rewritten MLP - fun for the whole family (3.00 / 1) (#185)
by Knile87 on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:01:54 PM EST

It seems I forgot to do links for k5.. bah..

For a change of pace, my bio will be filled with mindless links.

People call me Knile but my real name is Neil. I was born at the Arnot-Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY which is part of the Finger Lakes region. If you haven't been there, visit it. It's absolutely gorgeous.

My pre-school was based on the Montessori philosophy, but it wasn't officially affiliated. I started reading somewhere around this time. Nothing interesting, just whatever was available.

When I was 5, I started kindergarten at Severn Elementary School then followed the normal course of learning there. Blah blah blah...

Around seventh grade I got on this whole Internet thing. Haven't left yet =)

A year later, I started hanging out on rec.music.gdead then started trading tapes of Grateful Dead & misc. other shows.. I'm a big fan of music in general.. Started playing violin with the Suzuki method when I was 5 then later switched to viola which I played until I left for college.

College being Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Some favorite places to hang out around here are Paper Moon Diner, and just around in Building B. We frequently browse DrunkenLosers, the StileProject, SexyMidgets4U, etc. etc.

My declared major is cognitive science but right now I'm taking nothing in the department. The future holds all sorts of possibilities....

I've been reading SlashDot since probably late '98 or early '99. My brother encouraged me to read it more frequently.

"We're all on a big ship! We're on a big cruise, across the world!" -- Iowa Bob, in Hotel New Hampshire

[ Parent ]
how about modded off the radar? (4.00 / 3) (#378)
by iGrrrl on Mon Nov 06, 2000 at 12:50:31 PM EST

I'm not sure how it happened, but my reply to this topic has a score of 0. Not (none), but (0.00), which means it isn't even visible in the thread, though it's listed on my user page.

So who gets to mod on this kind of thread with negative numbers? And does someone want to explain why my little version of "who am I" needed to be trashed?

Oh, you didn't believe that I'm an ex-PLATO author turned biomedical researcher with a Buckaroo Banzai complex that makes me do too many other things (like sing in a rock band, and study esoteric systems). Damn. I even left out my status as an ex-model, former roadie, a reasonably average mandolin player, and ordained minister?

Or was it the report that I have two X chromosomes, but feel bi-gendered?


You cannot have a reasonable conversation with someone who regards other people as toys to be played with. localroger
remove apostrophe for email.
[ Parent ]

oops (3.33 / 3) (#380)
by iGrrrl on Mon Nov 06, 2000 at 01:07:51 PM EST

Meant to be a reply to this post. I'm sure this mis-assignment didn't happen because I'm blond.

You cannot have a reasonable conversation with someone who regards other people as toys to be played with. localroger
remove apostrophe for email.
[ Parent ]

it is pitch black (3.00 / 3) (#173)
by fluffy grue on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 09:31:40 PM EST

last time + 1 year - research assistanceship + NSF grant
"Is not a quine" is not a quine.
I have a master's degree in science!

[ Hug Your Trikuare ]

Wheeeee! (3.66 / 3) (#177)
by Fish on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 09:52:29 PM EST

Hey I posted to the first one of these all those months back, but what the heck...

I'm 22, compsci graduate, UK, female, married, vegan, musician. I don't own a TV and pray that I never will. I also don't drive and thus use public transport, so based on these facts I probably sound like some sorta hippy/bohemian, but I'm not. I'd like to look like a goth, but goths don't look so cool when they're blonde. My music tastes are classical (nearly did end up going down that route as a violinist/pianist/singer, but didn't fancy the low pay/job insecurity) and rock (like NiN, Radiohead, Nirvana ...)

I joined a large company last year and have subsequently realised that working for big companies is a no-no for me. Anyhow.

I got bored just working at this company, so I started doing an MSc in my spare time.

And then I got bored just doing an MSc and a day job, so I started my own company.

I can't imagine life where I'm not working all the time. Whenever I don't actually have something to do, I always start planning to do more work.

My brother thinks I'm like Lisa Simpson but I'm not quite that bad (he's studying law, so he can't talk).

I get irritated reading posts by all those geeks/smartarse schoolkids who reckon that dropping out of college means that they're a genius. Or that they're a genius because they learnt Perl in a day. And posts by geeks who love to tell you that you're wrong "Bzzzzt!" but who won't condenscend to tell you the answer.

My fave site of the moment is AmIHOTorNOT.com, but you won't find my picture on it, although scarily enough I did see someone I used to know on there (I think they got about a 3).

Finally, I hate installing software (unless it works first time, which is unusual under WinNT/95) and to cure my arachnophobia my mum's bought me several mugs with pictures of spiders on. I also have a fluffy spider beanie baby grinning wickedly at me from the top of my monitor at the moment......

Here goes... (3.50 / 2) (#179)
by parma on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 09:54:28 PM EST

I'm a 20 year old Unix sysadmin working for a university in soUthWestern Ontario. I grew up in Toronto, but moved down here about six months ago following school. I do Linux and Solaris, and dabble (is that a word?) in AIX and web design.

Parents bought me an XT when I was 9, and the rest is history. I spent my childhood and early-mid teenage years farting around in BBSes and fixing computers. I spend most of my life online. I've never really been much of a programmer (Perl, sh, little C), but I'm still learning. I live on Slackware and OpenBSD.

In my spare time, when I'm not puttering with puters, I enjoy collecting knives. I also take interest in firearms, and pretty much like all types of weaponry. I read whenever I can tear away from the computer (just started James Joyce's Ulysses), and enjoy watching TV once in awhile. I'm also a hardcore Simpsons fanatic.

Been a lurker at Slashdot for a few years, and discovered K5 after the DoS. I like the attitude and overall quality of discussion here, so I got an account, but haven't been too active as of late (heh, this is my first post).

Anyhow, that's my story. :-)


a rabbit in a hole (3.00 / 1) (#183)
by radar bunny on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 09:59:55 PM EST

let's see
i'm a 6'5" 28 year old guy from texas -- single ;)

i have a BA in poli sci and history and working on my MA in Poli sci (international affairs)

I'm about to publish my first novel (some of which you can read online at my homepage along with poems and comic scripts and some silly art.

I like collecgting linux distros (old and new) so far my fav and mainstay is SuSE which is on my very modified Emachine.

The nick is a reference to M*A*S*H which is one of my fav sitcoms along with Hogans Heros and Sienfeld. Of course rabits also live in holes kinda like us geeks :)

I'm prety good with html and am learning some C -- kinda playing with it when i have time.

other than that i love comedy, like honest debate and discusion of the issues and have a low tolerance for closed minded zealots.

hey! (none / 0) (#308)
by StackyMcRacky on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 02:43:48 PM EST

are you the guy who sat next to me in C Programming class at Texas A&M???????? i'm the female microbiologist who never studied. :)

[ Parent ]
sorry but no (none / 0) (#336)
by radar bunny on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 09:22:12 PM EST

nope, sorry =c)
i graduated from swt and never took c programing class -- just kinda learning it own my own -- slowly, just for fun. hey some people collect goldfish.

and microbiology heh? why would you study micro anything :oP

[ Parent ]
Can I play too? (3.00 / 1) (#184)
by Scythe on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:01:07 PM EST

Hrmm..where to start?

I'm a 22 year old Senior at Carnegie Mellon University majoring in Information & Decision Systems (doubling in Policy & Management also). My current plans are to get a job doing IT work for a small to mid-size company (whoever says IT jobs grow on trees must be smoking some of the good stuff) and move out West into the Silicon Valley / SF area.

I came over to k5 due to some random post on /. that referenced it. I love the concept of public moderation of news stories, so I've stayed.

In terms of technology, I've been playing with computers for a loooong time. My first experience with a computer was on a old Commodore which was equipped solely with a tape drive for storage. Ever since then, I've been hooked.

These days, between my floundering around for a job, I like to play around with a wide variety of technologies. At home, I run Win2K and Linux on separate dual Celeron boxes and like to play around with different OS's. Aside from playing around with things like NetBSD and Linux, I'm a big fan of FP shooters and sports games

Other than computers, I'm a big movie fan (The Game and The Usual Suspects are my favorites) and I'm also a big sports fan (I'm from Philly) GO FLYERS!

my introduction (3.00 / 1) (#188)
by jacob on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:14:45 PM EST

I'm Jacob Matthews, a 22-year-old college senior at Rice University in Houston, Texas (aka 'rice.edu'; my username there is 'jacobm', in case you want to e-mail me) . I study computer science and sociology, and I intend to go to graduate school in sociology, studying the ways that the process of social life gets affected by the Internet and the new ways of forming cultures and social situations that computer networks provide. For example, I did a study last year that found that the Internet affected the early stages of the coming out process for some lesbians quite profoundly (though, I must admit, I am a college undergraduate and thus a pretty crappy researcher), and that sort of .

I have a few part time computer jobs, developing web-based applications mostly. It's occasionally interesting, but mostly it just pays better than any other college job I could find, and if I'm going to be going into sociology I'll need all the money I can get! =) I prefer to program in Scheme, Java, and Perl, but I generally end up writing VB, ColdFusion, and PL/SQL because that's all anybody in the working world wants me to write.

At home, I like to play acoustic guitar and listen to music. I am fond of the Magnetic Fields, the Mountain Goats, Tom Waits, Neutral Milk Hotel, and about a million other bands. I am quite a fan of live music, but I haven't seen a concert in a very long time.

"it's not rocket science" right right insofar as rocket science is boring


Magnetic Fields (none / 0) (#201)
by pi on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:44:05 PM EST

The rock. Just thought I'd share that.


-- "egad, a base tone denotes a bad age!" - tmbg
[ Parent ]
Good music (none / 0) (#271)
by blackfoliage on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 10:08:08 AM EST

I just have to say you have excellent taste in music. Tom Waits and Neutral Milk Hotel top my list of bands worth caring about.

[ Parent ]
Here's me (3.00 / 1) (#189)
by a humble lich on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:19:14 PM EST

I'll post too, but by now so many others have I wonder if anyone will bother reading this.
   I am a grad student in physics, although I do more applied math than physics now. I work with nonlinear dynamics and chaos and now mostly do numerical work (I bet I am one of the few Fortran programmers here:-), although I am interested in other areas of physics: general relativity, field theory, cosmology ... I used to be an actor too, but grad school eats up lots of time. In my free time I don't do much. I try to go to see as many shows as I can; I mostly listen to "emo", ska, and punk, but I like lots of other different stuff.

Oh, and right now I have green leopard spots in my hair-- woo-hoo

#define Captain Derivative (3.50 / 4) (#191)
by Captain Derivative on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:20:56 PM EST

At first, I wasn't going to post in this thread, but then I figured, hey, what the heck. My real name is not in fact Captain Derivative, but he is my alter ego. (And in case you were wondering after reading my bio, a friend of mine has assumed the role of Dr. Integral.)

But let's get down to it, in case anyone's actually read this far down the thread...

  • Meatspace Coordinates: Purdue University. I'm a freshman double majoring in CS and Mathematics, with a probably minor in Management and maybe another minor in Spanish.
  • Computer: 933MHz triple-booting Win98 (solely for one game), Win2K, and Red Hat 7.0.
  • Programming Languages: I know VB (go ahead and laugh) but don't program in it. (I do run a web site about using the Windows API from it, though.) I'm learning Java in my (dull) CS class, I know some C & C++, and I'm learning Perl on my own. And for what it's worth, I know the Brainf*ck syntax too. :P
  • Games: Mega Man fanatic. Computer RPGs are great too -- I'm playing the PC port of Final Fantasy VII. Mega Man II for the NES is the greatest game ever.
  • TV Favorites: Red Dwarf and Monty Python. That's all you need.
  • Movies: Not many. I don't think I've seen any movie released in the past year, not that I'm complaining or anything. Some favorites: Brazil, Pi, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • vi vs. Emacs: Emacs all the way.
  • KDE vs. GNOME: GNOME, for no particular reason.
  • /. vs. K5: Both.
  • RIAA vs. MPAA: Yes, I would like to see them battle each other in a fight to the death.
  • Other Stuff: I've got a 160-170 average in bowling. I'm not too bad in chess. As you can see, I'm not much of an athelete. Oh well. Somehow I'm in Purdue's Improv club too.

I think that pretty much covers it, or at least that's all I feel like writing about myself. Feel free to give this post a 1.00. :P And if you're up at Purdue and can figure out who I am, drop by my room if you want. Wiley SW4 (you'll know what that means).

Hey! Why aren't you all dead yet?! Oh, that's right, it's only Tuesday. -- Zorak

About me... (3.00 / 1) (#192)
by shirobara on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:22:13 PM EST

Hi - I'm a lurker most of the time, as I am on most sites/boards I read regularly. Always have prefered reading to talking, I guess...I work as an assistant web designer at the University of Michigan, which I attend, but I'm a probable (undecided!) English/Creative Writing major. Into anime, crochet, Bone and video games. I'm the first to admit that a lot of the things I read about on k5 are not things I am very familiar with, but then, that's why I read them. ^_^

My turn... (3.00 / 1) (#194)
by the coose on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:28:20 PM EST

A 31 year-old SWM who lives in Wilmington, NC. Graduated from East Carolina University in Greenvill, NC, in 1992 with a degree in CS and a minor in partying. Worked for IBM for 4 1/2 years - got tired of the cooperate BS and moved to the beach to work for a small start-up company. I'm doing embedded systems programming on an M68302 based set-top box. Lately I've been working on building SPARC code on Linux using a cross-compiled GNU gcc compiler and binutils. Fun stuff but if you ever have to do this, remember: (SPARC || rest_of_world) == big_endian && x86 == little_endian.

Except for the hurricanes, the beach is a great place to be. I enjoy reading K5 and have inadvertently started flame wars here (rusty, thanks for changing 'rant' to 'op-ed' :) Having a few beers with friends is not uncommon in my life. If you somehow find yourself in my neck of the woods, consider yourself invited down to Roy's for some beers - I'll buy. Oh yeah, my name is Mark - the coose is a nic from college (it's a long story.)

Who? Wer? Quien? (3.00 / 2) (#195)
by aphrael on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:30:16 PM EST

Ever notice how many people, when asked "who are you?" start out by explaining their job?

I'm Robert. I'm 26. I'm trying to learn how to skateboard, and how to ride a motorcycle; i'm not doing terribly well at either. (Motorcycling may be put on hold for a while; the rainy season just began).

I got a bachelor's degree in political science; constitutional law and international relations remain subjects of huge interest for me, and I can often lull myself to sleep with a book on legal theory.

I got into computers as a way to pay for college, and now do it professionally. My first language was C; now I program almost exclusively in Object Pascal, with occasional diversions into C++. I work for Borland, on parts of the Delphi and C++Builder IDE; please don't ask me when kylix is going to be out, because if I told you, they'd torture me before killing me.

I live in Santa Cruz, CA, but have never been surfing. I'm mildly into chemicals; the one I spend the most of my money on is caffiene (although the one I enjoy the most is probably weed). I prefer corn to just about any food.

I love travelling, and have been to most countries in western and central Europe; I'm hoping some day to drive my motorcycle to Tierra del Fuego --- but that's 3-4 years off at a minimum. Studying languages is fun, too; schoen dreizehn Jahre kenne ich Deutsch, y aprendo con gusto espanol. I've found that one of the best ways to learn languages is by reading the Lord of the Rings in that language.

I used to play ultimate frisbee, but stopped when I broke my wrist in a bicycle accident. Hospitals are scary, and medicine is midieval. I have virtually no family, but bear an intense love for my friends; my religious beliefs verge on the Taoist.

Hi, everybody... (4.00 / 1) (#200)
by pb on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:42:32 PM EST

First, I'd like to thank Rusty for doing this--this is the coolest story idea I've seen on a discussion board yet, although I doubt we'll be able to get to know *everybody*. Also, this is probably the most comments I've seen on a Kuro5hin story in a while; too bad it doesn't scale, eh? ;)

Anyhow, I'm Peter Baylies, I'm yet another white male computer geek in school. I'm 22, I'm at NCSU in Raleigh, NC, USA. Before I was here, I was at NCSSM, where I met Lisa, my wonderful girlfriend...

I've been hooked on programming and computers since about when I came to NC, (at least 14 years?) but I've always been quite the geek. Before that I didn't really know about computers, because I lived in the mountains of Virginia (near Roanoke) without much electricity or running water. (we had kerosene lamps, and a little black and white TV we ran off car batteries... :) I was born in Boston, but I was only there for about three years, so I know it mostly from going back there and visiting family.

I like reading Fantasy and Science Fiction, and programming, (mostly in C, although I learned BASIC, Pascal, C++, Scheme, Perl and Java, all to various degrees...) I enjoy movies, comedy, music, (provided it isn't too whiny or repetitive) and hanging out with my friends whenever possible.

I miss the days of BBSes, my first computer was a C64, I had an Atari 7800 and a Nintendo, I'm still amazed by the Unreal demo, and I'm glad that my hobby has become so profitable lately. :)

As far as politics or religion goes, I don't care for them. If I did, I'd probably be voting for Nader or BRAK!, and telling people not to believe in anything they can't justify to themselves with a sufficient amount of proof.

(example: I don't believe in a 'God', but I think that ghosts might exist; that's because I saw a picture of a ghost in front of a relative, and heard the story from her...)

Oh, and I post to Kuro5hin and Slashdot *way* too much.

Anyone who wants to talk further is welcome to reply here (if you think anyone else might be interested), or in either of my Hidden SIDs: look at my User Info page on Kuro5hin or Slashdot...
"See what the drooling, ravening, flesh-eating hordes^W^W^W^WKuro5hin.org readers have to say."
-- pwhysall
NCSSM (none / 0) (#216)
by saytan on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 12:05:33 AM EST

i'm a student at UNC-CH who went to NCSSM as well. i wonder how many S&Mers read k5? i'm a regular reader but i've only posted once before now. i really don't have time to do the whole "who am i?" thing right now, but i would like to hear from anyone else if they went to ncssm.

saytan (ncssm c/o 99)

[ Parent ]
Cool... (none / 0) (#245)
by pb on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 05:03:15 AM EST

Probably more than you think; we smurfs are everywhere. :)

I'm class of '96, so I probably don't know you, but I'm sure I know people who you know. Originally I hung out in the pit, but that didn't last very long. I was a part of "The Fam", which eventually died out. Then I was found around the Sun Lab, and I tried to start the Sci-Fi club back up again, but that didn't work very well, and it split off into a couple of groups.

I saw the Bio Pond on Semi-day, but afterwards it was gone; the ETC didn't exist when I came (and was later being built), I was there for when 1st Beall was in flames, and I came back for Hurricane Fran.

Those were some amazing, stressful times; I met some great people, and somehow we survived.

Remember, guys: "Uncle Fred Is Watching You..." ;)
"See what the drooling, ravening, flesh-eating hordes^W^W^W^WKuro5hin.org readers have to say."
-- pwhysall
[ Parent ]
Whyfor art thou Miniluv? (3.00 / 3) (#202)
by Miniluv on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:44:53 PM EST

Er...um..this was always the part of summer camp I hated. Not that I ever went to summer camp, but if I had..this is what I'dve hated.

Anyhow...quick rundown, 20 y/o high school dropout cum GED possesor working for an internet not-so-startup-anymore company that does telecom work. I'm planning on getting a college degree at some point, probably in physics, because I figure I might as well study something that interests me, and CS just doesn't cut it. I'll most likely minor in CS so I can justify all the coding, theory and whatnot classes I'd still like to take.

I'm engaged to be married to a fantastic Canadian woman sometime this year, the INS *FINALLY* got their asses in gear and approved her visa. My idea of the perfect wedding reception is a huge Q3 CTF tourney, but then, I love LAN gaming. You can read about my deviant sexual life, my rather shallow assesments of music and literature and film, and other things at my webpage when it comes back up after it's redesign is finished.

I write crappy korn shell scripts currently, but am teaching myself Perl (well, ORA is teaching me perl) and want to study structured programming in the near future. Trying to teach myself C was a horrible, horrible experience, and I'm sure the compiler felt the same way.

Uhm...I've run out of things to say...'cept I live near Chicago...and...that's not very interesting of a final thing to say..sorry.

"Its like someone opened my mouth and stuck a fistful of herbs in it." - Tamio Kageyama, Iron Chef 'Battle Eggplant'

I am (2.00 / 3) (#205)
by thePositron on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:56:27 PM EST

I am

thePositron (3.00 / 2) (#240)
by thePositron on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 03:52:48 AM EST

The Positron

[ Parent ]
And the moment you've all been waiting for... (3.00 / 1) (#206)
by pestilence2k on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 11:11:08 PM EST

Version: 3.12
GCS/IT/S d-@ s+:+>+: a-- C++ UL+ P++ L+>+++ E--- W++ N++
w++(--) O M PS+ Y+ PGP- t+(++) 5+ X++ tv+ b++ DI++
D++ G e h-- r++ y+

21 Years old, Born and bred in New Zealand although I've not stayed in a particular region for more than a few years. BASIC/Delphi/PERL/HTML coder.

Madly in love with my partner, met her in Form 2 (12yrs old) but just got together with her a few months ago.

Enjoy 3D Gaming, but love old games like civilisation even more.

Pink Floyd is my musical weapon of choice, although I'll listen to anything except RAP.

6'1" with Dark hair, blue eyes, usually wear black cargos and a plain black T-shirt.

"Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day, you fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way...
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New Zealand, undercover (none / 0) (#223)
by aphrael on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 12:32:11 AM EST

, Born and bred in New Zealand although I've not stayed in a particular region for more than a few years.

Have you crept into the film sites for LOTR yet? We want pictures! :P

[ Parent ]
Object: (1.00 / 3) (#207)
by homeless on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 11:16:32 PM EST

I'm not.
'SYN! .. SYN|ACK! .. ACK!' - the mating call of the internet --Bert Hubert
Eta ya (4.33 / 3) (#210)
by pi on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 11:35:07 PM EST

I am Jim. I am married to Masha.

Most recently, I am a father. My wife gave birth to our boucing baby daughter on 7-29. She was 6 pounds, 13 oz. Notice that wee Paulina is a born cryptographer, for 729 and 613 are both primes! Whee.

I have a firewall, it seeks to filter packets. All of the impurities, and evil yet unknown. (thanks, pollard).

I like: legos, music (mozart, bach, tmbg, belle and sebastian, electronica, GBV, the pogues, the black sheep, too many more to name), books (well-written technical books, Sci-Fi, Philosophy, Russian Literature, History, religion, damn near anything) machines, *NIX, walking, peeing, camping, being naked, food, movies, learning, swimming, talking, friendships, and living.

I'm not fond of: stupidity, racism, tailgating, falling down, bratty kids, bad parenting, uninterested teachers, and high schools.

I live in Pennsylvania in the hideously underrated city of Pittsburgh. Specifically, I live in Squirrel Hill. Anyone else out there from town? I expect at least one or two CMUers are k5 readers. Alot of you (at least those familiar with the US) probably have these mental images of Pittsburgh as some jive-ass post-industrial wasteland. Not so, not so.

I am the first male from my family to go to college. My parents are hard-working, kick-ass people. My sister is a smarty-pants genius, learning all about rhetoric.

I used to go urban exploring with my friend Mr. Dug. But now I am a daddy and cannot comfortably trespass. Bummer. Urban Exploration is great fun (just wear a HEPA filter, ok?). I used to have this really cool pair of Vision Street wear hightops from the eighties. They were cherry red, just like the song. Anyway, I wore those fuckers to the core when I was an undergrad. Damn, I miss those shoes.

My computers:

  • beluga A Dell Inspiron 5000 running Debian 2.2 with kernel 2.4r9 and Xfree4.0.1
  • dingo An OpenBSD box. Guess what it does.
  • polya SMP box also running Debian 2.2. May become FreeBSD soon, maybe not. Houses my new toy, an HP CDRW.
  • deniro An crazy-ass 486/40 compaq laptop that got me through my undergrad degree. Running a highly useful Linux from Scratch type of deal that started out several years ago a debian install. Vi, gcc, perl. Keen.
  • I Has a Mac IIsi that I gave to a computerless friend. Neat machine.

I have a BS in CS. I now work, but want to go back to school as soon as possible. I would very much like that. My work is not as fun as learning.


-- "egad, a base tone denotes a bad age!" - tmbg
dingo (none / 0) (#268)
by hummer on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 10:02:10 AM EST

dingo An OpenBSD box. Guess what it does.

steals babies??
no no.. that can't be right....


[ Parent ]

VMS by birth, Linux by the Grace of God (4.00 / 2) (#212)
by googol on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 11:53:08 PM EST


My name is John Goodwin and I'm 38 year old computer consultant. My company (Second Opinion Software of Washington, Inc.) builds test software in Perl, mostly for the telecom industry. I currently live in Seattle.


I grew up mostly in the midwest (various places in Indiana, Illinois, and lastly in Milwaukee, Wisconsin). I went to Harvard College in 1979, graduating in 1983. I spent the next 7 years pursuing a Ph.D. in Physics (Experimental Nuclear, Accelerator) at Indiana University. After 4 years as a post-doc at Fermilab, I switched to Quality Assurance (first) and Software (afterthought). Strong interests in statistical process control (of proton accelerators) and a bad job market led me to change fields to Quality Assurance. From 1994 I worked as a QA Analyst (software tester) at the Chicago Stock Exchange. In 1997 I founded the predecessor of my current consulting company.


Strong interests in Philosophy (Classical, Medieval, Modern Analytic); the 5th and 6th centuries; Classical Languages (Greek, Latin); Anglo-Catholic religion; current project: I'm learning Welsh.

"Googol" was my first password, for my VAX account at the MIT Linear Accelerator ("Max the Vax"). I typed it because I was sitting there staring at "username: goodwin" trying to think of a word and it was the first word that came to mind. My first experience with computers was assembly language programming on a PDP-11 running Berkeley Unix. From 1982 to 1992 I thought VMS was the best operating system ever invented. Starting in 1992 I discovered, in rapid succession: SGML, Usenet, Personal Computers and Modems, Linux, the WWW, and Mosaic. In 1993 I wrote some freely redistributable articles on E-text and typed a good fraction of the (U.S. Episcopalian) Book of Common Prayer by hand. I started a project, called the FreeLore Project, to build what we would call today "copylefted textual content". The combination of job change and a second child led to the abandonment of that project, but not the ideal.


On the Internet, no one knows you are a Geek. :)

Version: 3.1
GS/CS$/M/O>P dpu s++:+ a? C+++ UH+++/L++/S+++$ 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++++

me (4.00 / 2) (#213)
by Anonymous 6522 on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 11:54:27 PM EST

I go to North Dakota State University and I am majoring is CS. I know Basic, VB, and am learning Java. My computer dual boots FreeBSD and Win98 (for games and the occasional word file I have to work with). I have a car, it is a Honda Civic, and it gets insane gas milage. My favorite game is the Q3F mod for Quake 3 (get it at www.q3f.com) I'm voting for Nader, but don't agree with him on defense.

My turn! (3.00 / 1) (#215)
by stinkwrinkle on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 12:02:48 AM EST

Hi! I'm Shane, I live in Northern Arizona, I'm 35 yrs old., I've done a lot of things, many involving computers, some involving Twinkies(tm) and cheese. I still read /.; I was a /. reader *long* before I signed up for an account, and my number is still low, and I hope k5 never gets like that, although it will if it keeps rockin'. Right now I'm going to school (again) for Computer Science & Engineering; I'm doin' a lot of C++ coding, but my secret love is all for Python. I enjoy beer, which is a blessing, 'cause Flagstaff is the damned beer capitol of America! You can buy 100 brands of premium beer at the gas stations 10 miles out of town! Four microbreweries for a town of 50,000! Anyhow, I digress. There's already too much in this thread to be read (rhyme) but perhaps there's a budding Jon Katz-wannabe here who will make a book out of it, and we can all get rich and youse guys can come up here and visit me! That would be suh-WEET! Hey, look: SNOW! Anybody else gettin' snow right now?

Where's Dan White when you need him? (none / 0) (#222)
by aphrael on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 12:31:10 AM EST

I've done a lot of things, many involving computers, some involving Twinkies(tm)

Just remember: in California, Twinkies make you legally insane.

[ Parent ]
I lack a good porn name :-( (3.00 / 3) (#217)
by MoxFulder on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 12:09:03 AM EST

Obviously my dog and street conspired against me to prevent me from going in to the porn industry :-)

PET + STREET = Sobaka Knoll


Geez, there goes a potentially lucrative career ...

"If good things lasted forever, would we realize how special they are?"
--Calvin and Hobbes

porn names (none / 0) (#226)
by sinwave on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 12:34:21 AM EST

i think my parents have the best porn names i've ever heard

Pet + Street

mom = Chichi Valdez
dad = Butch Page

sounds like a good couple to me.

[ Parent ]
my porn name (none / 0) (#261)
by madams on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 09:29:25 AM EST


ha ha ha

PET + STREET = Toby Taylor


But I have a few other pet and street names to choose from. How about:

Mickey Belmont?

Mark Adams
"But pay no attention to anonymous charges, for they are a bad precedent and are not worthy of our age." - Trajan's reply to Pliny the Younger, 112 A.D.
[ Parent ]

My porn name (none / 0) (#295)
by ODiV on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 01:11:27 PM EST

Tiger Hogan


[ odiv.net ]
[ Parent ]
My porn name (none / 0) (#333)
by bemann on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 08:16:01 PM EST

Middle name + street = Aaron Michigan

I don't have a pet and I don't live on two streets, so I don't have any other possible porn names.

[ Parent ]
Crappy porn names (none / 0) (#365)
by tzanger on Sun Nov 05, 2000 at 04:13:05 PM EST

You're not the only one: Tigger Campbell or Brian Campbell. The latter sounds like a contemporary singer or something.

[ Parent ]
Meet Mr Lecher (3.00 / 1) (#219)
by notenchi on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 12:15:02 AM EST

My name is Matthew Lecher (yes, the name is correct), and I am SWM, 29 years old (*sigh*). This my life story in 10e+18 words or less.

I was born at a young age near Owego, NY. At the tender age of 8, I was introduced to programming by my father, and I started down the road to being a computer geek.
Along the way I mistakenly became a System Admin (UNIX, please) and "that Web guy", which was a boon for me, 'cause I get bored easily.

I went to college at RIT in Rochester, NY, and eventually stayed because I live the area (except Winters, bleh!). I currently work for Ciber, consulting at Eastman Kodak, where I take care of SGI Big Iron machines (a.k.a, TOYS!)

In my free time I like to play on my 'puters, like to read, walk around festivals, eat sushi (every Friday at California Rollin'), hanging with da friends, going to Rocky Horror and being loud and rude, and any other number of random things including leatherworking and chainmail contruction.

If life gives you lemmings, make lemming aid!
The Mysterious DJBongHit (3.50 / 4) (#220)
by DJBongHit on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 12:26:27 AM EST

DJBongHit is a complex, emotional individual. He was born in the dark ages of 1980 in the rainy, dismal streets of St. Louis, Missouri. The early years of this eccentric character are shrouded in mystery - not much is known about them, except that the FBI has investigated him for various "events" that occured during this period. It is widely speculated that these events involve much Nintendo and summer camp.

The first reliable sightings of DJBongHit in the northeast of the country were in 1988 in Belmont, MA, shortly before the chaotic presidential election which led to 4 years of a hellish Bush-led regime. He tried to lay low for awhile, hopping from classroom to classroom and occasionally being spotted playing kickball, but Bush's agents found him and relocated him to the piddly town of Sudbury. He was held in captivity until he escaped to College Park, MD 8 years later, scarred but alive. He spent the next 2 years wandering aimlessly around the University of Maryland, living life from one 40oz to the next, one bong hit to the next, until finally decided that it was time to repay the creditors.

He then decided to masquerade as a Perl programmer at a local ISP while in reality spending all day cracking into various banks and online merchants, embezzling money and credit card numbers. He is still at large and should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.

If you think you have seen this man, please contact your local authorities. Any information leading to the arrest and conviction of this hardened criminal will be properly rewarded.


GNU GPL: Free as in herpes.

St. Louis, shrouded in mystery ... (none / 0) (#221)
by aphrael on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 12:29:04 AM EST

St. Louis, Missouri. The early years of this eccentric character are shrouded in mystery

You read any of Laurell K. Hamilton's novels?

[ Parent ]
Nope (none / 0) (#289)
by DJBongHit on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 12:40:53 PM EST

You read any of Laurell K. Hamilton's novels?

Heh, nope... why?


GNU GPL: Free as in herpes.

[ Parent ]
Because ... (none / 0) (#291)
by aphrael on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 12:55:06 PM EST

They're about a vampire hunter in St. Louis; thought you might find them amusing.

[ Parent ]
What the hell (3.66 / 3) (#224)
by sugarman on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 12:34:11 AM EST

Alright, here we go:

29 SWM, from Calgary {dramatic pause}, Alberta, Canada. Been around and about, Japan, Australia, Northern Europe, Florida, and thorugh most of the US West Coast. Keep coming back here for some reason. Probably the mountains and blue skies.

Currently working for a big company, but the 'Dilbert Grind' is starting to wear me down. Time for something smaller, methinks.

First comp was a Vic-20, first programming was doing Loderunner mazes on the Apple II's in the comp lab back in '83 (or so...getting foggy). Worked on a BBS off a C-64 in a friend's basement during high-school. Went into Computer Engineering tech, and burnt out. Took a break. Developed an appreciation for strippers and draft beer.

Had a bout with alcoholism...er, "higher education" during the early 90's. I apparently graduated. BA, Communications. Nothing distinquishing. =)

Music: File me under 'eclectic ex-long-hair': Priest, Prong, Anthrax, Danzig, Screaming Trees, Green Day, Jamiroquai, Blue Rodeo, Mozart, Chick Corea, and probably my faves, Faith No More.

Flicks: Hate Brad Pitt. Hate Bruce Willis. Hate Keanu Reeves. The bastards keep showing up in movies I like just to piss me off, I think. Other stuff: Chow Yun Fat flicks, Charlie Sheen in "The Chase", "The Princess Bride", and Clint Eastwood pre-1990.

Other Entertainment:Shadowrun, Warhammer, MtG, Gibson novels, anything by Guy Gavriel Kay, I think Stephenson is overrated, and couldn't stand Kim Stanley Robinson. Just finished Greg Bear's "Darwin's Radio". Think I need some more of his stuff. Star Wars Lego, Tick T-shirts. Oh, "Transmetropolitan" rules the earth.

Geek Stuff:3 PC's, muck with BeOS, OpenBSD on a P75, working on a DBA, playing around with Delphi for coding right now. Read k5 and /., and lurk around in hell during the evenings.

Think thats it for now. Ask me again in a year.

Why not? (3.50 / 2) (#227)
by Anomalous Squid on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 12:43:16 AM EST

Seems everyone else is doing it, so I may as well throw in my bit.

Born in Southampton, NY in summer 1977. Lived mainly on Long Island, with some time in Virginia/MD area. Now live back on Long Island, which should feel like home but doesn't, perhaps because of the changes since I've been here. I am currently single and unattached.

Grew up your typical skater/bmx/dirtbike punk, with little interest in computers. Now very much a Unix bigot, with occasional MacOS fits thrown in for fun. I own a motorcycle, and ride anywhere/everywhere I can (also have a car for those snowy days). I like outdoor things like mountain biking, soccer, shooting anything that can expel a projectile, snowboarding, and motorcycle roadracing. Musically, I have extremely diverse taste, ranging from Vivaldi and Paganini to Staind and Type O Negative. I haven't watched tv for years, but enjoy going to see a good movie occasionally (liked the Matrix enough to purchase the DVD). Have been reading slashdot since it first got slashdot.org, and this site since just before the DOS (just now got round to making an account tho')

Presently I am a parts wholesaler at a local Honda motorcycle dealership. Past jobs have included:

  • greenhouse/nursery work
  • schoolteacher (pre-k to 6th grade)
  • maintenance manager for a DC-area community
  • HVAC installation tech (EPA certified)
  • sheet metal fabrication
My computer experience includes about 7 years Unix/Linux experience, and somewhat less Windows and Mac experience. None of my computer experience is on-the-job, so getting even a junior IT sort of job has been a hassle. If you're east of NYC and are looking for a Unix geek, I'm available, but only if I don't have to use/support/look at Windows on the job :-)

Ahh, enough of this. Back to reading everyone else's posts...
-anomalous q. squid-

just me (3.50 / 2) (#228)
by adlr on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 12:46:04 AM EST

My name is Andrew de los Reyes. Some people call me a square which is not quite right. I'm Cuban. well, I'm also half Irish which is weird but i'm mostly cuban i guess b/c i don't like potatos or drinking.

I'm trying really hard to learn spanish fluently here at the university of michigan in Ann Arbor. Also, I'm a computer engineer who passed out of more courses than I tought I could. Going to Madrid fourth semester, too!!

well i'm single after a long relationship that ended in early summer. maybe it's better that way: i'm still so sick of buying flowers.

I don't flock to the frat parties because i'm too short: 5'3". the women there are either a) taller than me or b) not taller than me but I'm still too short. no matter, tho, refer to paragraph 3.

Hasta Luego (which is spanish for "you probably didn't read this message anyway, bahh i'm too sarcastic"),

two more cents (3.00 / 2) (#232)
by punchy on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 02:12:04 AM EST

Another lurker drawn out...(is this some kind of trick?)

Most of the nineties (not consecutively!) spent in Midwest Universites studying Chemistry/Business/Mass Comm/Speech Comm/Economics Never touched a computer after high school (Apple II/somethings, and a TRASH-80 Color 2[thanks, mom])

I was cruising along in life, a 29 year old lumber salesman, happily married, dabbling with PC's in my spare time, when I realized....I was seriously bored. (like i'm seriously boring you now...maybe there's a correlation)

Next, took MCSE(forgive me, I knew not...) courses at juco, one thing lead to another (took/am taking every CS/IT/IS class they offered)... I am now a Linux/Unix convert:I do Perl(ok),C++(poorly),shell scripting(moderate). I am now a senior tech on the help desk at the company I sold lumber for.(Also, I am severly bored-again)


Learning GNU Emacs(I'm comfy with vi, though)and other stuff (O.S. Card's Alvin Maker series)

Thinking about

arsdigita boot camp

My home page has finally come in handy... (2.50 / 2) (#233)
by k5er on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 02:36:09 AM EST

Want to know about me, go here. I went to U of Toronto first year, then switched to York U, then took a year off cause I hate school, but will probably go back next year and change my degree to comp. science cause I like it more. The page is kinda shitty and I haven't gotten around to fixing it.
Long live k5, down with CNN.
I am ... (3.00 / 2) (#234)
by Dries on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 02:42:40 AM EST

- 21 years old, live in Antwerp (Europe/Belgium)
- Graduated in Computer Sience at the University of Antwerp
- Pursuing a Ph.D. in Computer Sience
-- Dries
Me (3.50 / 2) (#235)
by iCEBaLM on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 02:43:42 AM EST

I'm iCEBaLM, I'm probably the only iCEBaLM in the world, and I like it that way. My real name is Warren Chartier, it's already all over the net so I might aswell tell you anyways.

I've been reading K5 since pre-DOS, I found it via a slashdot commenters tagline saying the submission queue was publicly voted upon, at the time I was trying to get slashdot to run a story on my peril however they saw fit to reject it so I posted it here instead, and never left. :) Currently we still work on the drivers somewhat at sourceforge however without specs it's hard to.

So how did I get the nick iCEBaLM? Glad you asked. Before this whole "internet" fad there were these things called Bulletin Board Systems. These BBSs (or boards as we called them) were ANSI text based, people started making graphical art out of these types of graphics and groups would form that would release art packs, I was in one such group about 6-7 years ago when I was nicknamed "Hornet", but everyone in their dog used that nickname and I wanted something original, "iCEBaLM" with the tres chic chaos letters of the day was original and arty, and I've been using it ever since.

I've never really been much of an artist, after awhile I relegated myself to coding pascal programs to showcase the groups art, or BBS doors. Today I've taught myself C, PHP, SQL, Visual Basic and a host of other languages. My current project is the Ristar Mech Ladder/League which is a gaming league for the Mechwarrior 4 game, of which I've been playing online since Mechwarrior 2, its a blast.

I'm also a certified computer technician however that certification isn't really what it was once cracked up to be as far a certifications go.

I love alternative and classic rock (nirvana, soundgarden, old everclear, the guess who, bowie, and a lot of other obscure stuff no one has heard of)

I'm a Free Software advocate, I love Linux, er, *ahem* GNU/Linux, and use it as my primary OS, I'm 22, a single male, and currently unemployed so if you're a single girl or an employer who is looking for someone like me don't hesitate to email :P

Oh, by the way, did I meantion I'm Canadian?

-- iCEBaLM

You can't come in... our tiger has the flu. (2.66 / 3) (#237)
by yonderboy on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 03:19:32 AM EST

Well, I'm from the NorthWest area of the United States. I've always been a BBS freak, and I'm usually on IRC. My apartment, with 3 other roommates, is our network, http://www.smurf.to.

I've been a regular reader of K5 for about a year... The quality of discussion is what keeps me here.

Here's a few of my favorite sites:

  • http://www.boingboing.net - Mark Frauenfelder's weblog.. he was also the co-author of the Happy Mutant Handbook, and editor of bOING bOING magazine.
  • http://www.camgirl.com - Meredith the camgirl. She has a web board called the The Weenie Room.
  • http://sinfest.net/ - A funny comic from Tatsuya Ishida.
  • http://daily.daemonnews.org - The DaemonNews news page and forum... lots of iteresting people to talk to about my favorite OS.
  • http://www.hackernews.com - The Hacker News Network. Originally run by the L0pht guys, has now gone corporate. Still, a good news site for the security world.
  • http://packetstorm.securify.com - Packetstorm Security. Another good site for the security world... at least this way you're reading the same site the skript kiddies are reading. ;) They also have decent forums... but their archive is the best.
  • http://angwin.csl.uiuc.edu/~haunma/aurora/ - Well, since I live in the NorthWest, it's best to know what kind of nights we're having. As featured on SlashDot... The Aurora Monitoring project. They have 2 mailing lists that get Aurora warnings for the Northern United States... don't leave home without it. http://www.livejournal.com" - LiveJournal is a collaborative weblog, so to speak. Anyone can create a LiveJournal, which is essentially a public forum. There's a lot going on in this site.
May all your days be rainy...

Camgirls.. (none / 0) (#253)
by driph on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 07:05:20 AM EST

Used to see Meredith and Heath back when I spent a lot of time chatting with the crew on IsabellaCam. Isa just celebrated her 3rd year in front of the cam. Good to see that Mere's is still going too..

Vegas isn't a liberal stronghold. It's the place where the rich and powerful gamble away their company's pension fund and strangle call girls in their hotel rooms. - Psycho Dave
[ Parent ]
Getting to know you... (3.33 / 3) (#243)
by FunkyChild on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 04:40:02 AM EST

I'll contribute this on the good faith that Rusty hasn't sold out to a targeted spam company and is harvesting all our info ;).

My name is Matt Ebb. I was born in 1982 in Sydney, Australia and I've lived here all my life. I've been a k5 reader since before the DOS, and I can't remember how I came here in the first place. I read k5 and /. far too regularly, though I mainly lurk.

I've been spending most of my time in front of a computer since I got my first XT when I was in 3rd grade. I yearn for the days of BBSes (Did anyone here play Trade Wars 2002 on Escom BBS?) and old-school stuff like demos and tracking. I've dabbled in all sorts of things like that: Ascii art, BBSes, Tracking, but not much programming. I've been using Linux now for about 1.5 years and I love it, though I can't use it as much as I'd like to due to software unavailability (so I sometimes use MacOS 8.6 and Win98 for Adobe Illustrator etc.). I have a strange knack with computers that often while I may not understand how it happens, I am nearly always successful in fixing problems that may occur. I really wish I had more time to contribute my skills to some open source projects, mainly in the form of docs and graphics, though I never seem to get around to it.

I am at the end of my first year doing a B. Design (Visual Communication) at the University of Technology, Sydney. This course takes most of my time, and leaves me getting much less sleep than is healthy. I don't know what I'll do when I leave, but I'm quite interested in interfaces.

I work as the webmaster for Odyssey Channel (an Australian pay-tv documentary channel), and I love every minute of it. I'm a bit of a jack-of-all trades. I love layout/design/typography etc, and I'm also increasingly getting into programming (mainly web-based so far). I do HTML/CSS, Javascript, ASP/VBscript, SQL, PHP, and I'm currently learning Python.

I love learning about other cultures (mainly asian), and I love to travel. I'm currently learning Japanese and Korean by myself. Last year I went to Hong Kong, Japan and Korea and had many great experiences. I like anime, and I'm a graphic designer and script editor for AnimeFactory (a fansub group). My favourites are Lain and Escaflowne.

I like listening to Japanese and Korean music (it helps me to learn the languages too :). My favourite Japanese bands are Glay and L'arc~en~ciel, and favourite Korean bands are S#arp and Koyotae. I also like quite a lot of electronic music, but I tend not to label my tastes in this respect. I like what I like. I have been playing the clarinet for about 12 years.

I am in a long-distance relationship with my girlfriend who is a Korean studying in London. She's just like me, without all the bad bits ;). I'm flying to London to see her again in about 5 weeks time.

Anyway, I could go on and on, but nobody likes people who rant too much about themselves, so I'd better stop. I hope you found this enlightening. Feel free to send me an email if you want to say hi :).

-- Today is the tomorrow that you worried about yesterday. And now, you know why.
And now for something ... quite similar, actually (3.33 / 3) (#244)
by dorsai on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 05:01:02 AM EST

Alas poor Dorsai! I knew him, Hora... err.. right.

Hi ! Thread is interesting, so I'll chip in my .02€ into the bit bucket.

I'm Manuel - I took my alias (these days 'nick' is more fashionable, I guess) from an SF novel by Gordon Dickson. SF was the 'beggining of weirdness' with me - a bit later my father bought me a ZX Spectrum. Game, set and match.

Being raised in a Jesuit school I was taught to think things over - a bit strange for the church to actually teach us to question, but that they did... a bit too well. I started doing 'cool things' in it. Soon I bugged my father into buying me a PC... and a modem. Oh dear. BBSes, and X.25 networks... anyone remember QSD from-way-back-when ?

So BASIC, Pascal and... Management ? Yeah, I did that one teeny little mistake... trying to prove I could be 'as normal as anyone else'. I was even rather good at it, but it was not for me. Tough cookies. Lost me 5 years of contact with computers. But I eventually saw the light... sortoff. HTML and ASP - got myself a job doing the online version of newspaper. I was 'back in the fold'

Now I'm the 'script guy' in a software house, doing web development. Learning C++ and Python, dabbling with Linux.

I may be 'behind the curve' being 27 years old and only now getting into the nuts and bolts, and not earning much (especially living in Portugal, where techs are grossly underpaid) BUT I came back from the dark side, and once again do a job I enjoy and that I can look fotward and see more interesting things ahead.

I am a pre-DoS reader of k5, but only got an account recently. I suffer from ocasional foot-in-mouth disorder, so I don't post much... but I enjoy the discussion thoroughly. Shine on.

Dorsai the sigless

Dorsai the sigless

Hi, I'm Thad (3.50 / 4) (#251)
by codemonkey_uk on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 06:36:58 AM EST

I am Thad. Thaddeaus Frogley. Thaddaeus Roger Gerard Frogley, to be exact.

I'm a programmer, software engineer, or code monkey, depending on how much respect I'm given. I'm an artist, but not in the traditional sense. I'm intelegent, cynical, open minded and dyslexic. I try to keep my mouth shut when I don't know what I'm talking about, or some else has already said what I wanted to. I'm prepaired to play devils advocate, and can be very sarcastic.

I know my C and C++, and I know it well. I work in the games industry, and I try to focus on AI, and game mechanics over flash graphics. I play Go. I avoid overtime, and try to keep my personal and proffesional life seperate. My PalmV is messing with that.

I am male, I was born September 1st 1975, and I'm an Essex boy, but only by geography. I'm hetro, and have a girlfriend, I've kissed men, and I'm not ashamed.

I ethical, but not always strictly law abiding, and I'm finding writing this strangly theraputic. I was bullied at school, but it hasn't messed me up.

I don't own a car.

My homepage is here: http://www.photo.net/users/Thad/

Any questions?

"The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way." - Bertrand Russell

I can't spell my own name! (5.00 / 1) (#263)
by codemonkey_uk on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 09:38:16 AM EST


I wrote:
> I am Thad. Thaddeaus Frogley. Thaddaeus Roger Gerard Frogley, to be exact.

"Thaddaeus" is the correct spelling. The other one is a typo.

Ironc really, as I had to have special lessons in primary school to learn to spell my name. Why give a dyslexic child a 9 letter name? Why? Oh why?


"The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way." - Bertrand Russell
[ Parent ]
I haven't had any complaints yet (2.50 / 2) (#252)
by Beorn on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 06:51:29 AM EST

I'm 21, norwegian, programmer by occupation. I collect music and old movies, and play in a Half-Life TFC clan. My hero is Zorro. Of all the things I enjoy, only two things puts my mind at ease: meditation and Ultima VII: Serpent Isle.

- Beorn

[ Threepwood '01 ]

sometimes I am not. (3.50 / 2) (#255)
by Moghedien on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 08:52:58 AM EST

nowadays, Norway is a cold place. and being nineteen years old, I am young enough to appreciate it.

oh well. I'm a self-taught webdesigner, and I still have plenty to learn. I'm mainly inspired by music; bands such as Seigmen, The Sisters of Mercy and Bel Canto. ...and when I'm drunk, my creativity doubles tenfold. and that's a Good Thing ;)

umm. there shouldn't be need to say anything else.

[57 68 6F 20 63 61 72 65 73 2E]

Whereabouts (none / 0) (#293)
by aphrael on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 01:06:55 PM EST

in Norway?

[ Parent ]
re: whereabouts (none / 0) (#391)
by Moghedien on Tue Nov 07, 2000 at 07:44:02 AM EST

a small city along the south coast. hm. but I keep most relevant personal facts at my home page.

[57 68 6F 20 63 61 72 65 73 2E]

[ Parent ]
Web pages (none / 0) (#400)
by aphrael on Wed Nov 08, 2000 at 07:18:59 PM EST

Good point --- I almost never look at them. *shrug*

I haven't been to Kristiansand, but I *loved* Bergen, and thought that Trondheim was beautiful ...

[ Parent ]
Again. (3.00 / 3) (#256)
by driph on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 09:02:43 AM EST

Good to see the thread back. A new story to add to the hotlist. Let's see how much has changed since the original introduction I wrote on March 3rd of this year.

Neat thread.

Yep, it still is.

My name is Chris Ainsworth.

Nor has that changed.

A couple years ago, for some random reason, I came up with Switch Harrison as a nifty anagram for my name. However, making the change from Driph(a varient of Drifter, a handle I've been using since my BBS days starting when I was about 12) has been a difficult chore, and the advent of a Matrix character named Switch also lessened the likelyhood that I'd ever be able to use the name online(since Switch Harrison tends to be too long of a name for most userfields.)
As a result I am still Driph.

Still using Driph. However, I would like to add that I would be known as Sammy Prime were I to change career paths and enter the porn industry.

I am 25, a 2nd generation Las Vegas native(no, my parents don't work on the Strip, but my grandma WAS a lounge singer) and I am looking to move to Austin later this year with my girlfriend.

This part has changed. I am still 25(my birthdate is January '75), but I am now single. I have also ceded Austin to my ex-girlfriend. I've set my sites on San Francisco, but I'm not going there until I have both a good job and place to live lined up. The latter being the most difficult to arrange. We'll see.
I also need to get laid.

After kicking the dinosaur habit when I was young, I realised that I could draw things and from that point decided I was going to be an artist of some kind of another, probably an animator(I had a big Voltron thing going at the time.)
I also had a love for computers, starting with a strange all-in-one type computer my dad would bring home from work on which we could play a game called Weather Wars, similar to Artillery except we had lightning and other instruments of nature with which to demolish our opponents.

I recently brought this up in a conversation with my dad. Apparently, the above computer was a Tektronix. It had a BASIC interpreter and whatever was drawn to the screen(in green only) would remain there until it was refreshed.

From there it was the Atari 400(mm membrame keyboard,) to whom I was fanatically devoted. I played Star Raiders, learned a lil BASIC, and BBSed my ass off, inbetween getting into rock fights with my friends and making forts in the desert.

It wasn't until late high school that I realised I could mix computers with art(starting with an Amiga I bought off a friend.) I attended UNLV for three years studying fine art(back when they let you use a handle for yer email as opposed to cainswo@ or similar,) found myself disgusted with the department, and dropped out. During this time I was working random ISP tech support jobs and learning graphic design and HTML on a Powermac 7100...I loved the internet. No established way of doing things.. very few veterans.. here was a place where anyone could come up with an idea and put it to use.. I started designing web pages, simple updates, that kind of thing..progressed from there.. Worked for a couple good companies and a few not so good companies, in the processing becoming slightly wary of the corporate environment.

Add a crap dotcom to the list.

Fast foward a bit, and as of last week I am now freelance, and will be telling all of you about it very soon... Learning a lot, trying not to stay up too late and sleep in too long.. Making contacts, wrestling with NSI, and getting more into Linux.

Freelance again. Never wrote about.
Looking at a couple full time offers, so I might soon be a 9-5er(make that 11-7).
Finally managed to wrench my domain from the wicked clutches of Network Solutions. Damn them all to hell.

I make the pretty pictures for Kuro5hin.

I use a mac.

I've still got the Atari in the closet.

Actually, it's sitting in the living room cooling off after hosting several furious games of Archon.

Vegas isn't a liberal stronghold. It's the place where the rich and powerful gamble away their company's pension fund and strangle call girls in their hotel rooms. - Psycho Dave
Archon! (none / 0) (#319)
by royh on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 04:50:22 PM EST

I used to play Archon on a Commodore 64. Ever play Archon II? It was one of my favorite games. I have the (4 bit I think) music and sound effects for that game permanently etched onto my brain. *starts playing back the Archon theme music in his head*

[ Parent ]
re: Archon! (none / 0) (#339)
by driph on Sat Nov 04, 2000 at 12:42:21 AM EST

Heheh yeah.. I've got em all on disk for the Atari 8-bit..

Good graphics for the time, geat sound, some of the best gameplay. Prolly my favorite game series when I was younger..(that, and Monster Construction Set by Epyx..if only I could get ahold of that game, as my floppy died years ago...)

[insert wailing banshee sound]

Vegas isn't a liberal stronghold. It's the place where the rich and powerful gamble away their company's pension fund and strangle call girls in their hotel rooms. - Psycho Dave
[ Parent ]
archon (none / 0) (#379)
by keltor on Mon Nov 06, 2000 at 01:02:53 PM EST

I still play archon...

apt-get xarchon
A picture had better be worth a 1000 words-- it takes longer to download (this comment posted from a debian X-Box)
[ Parent ]

minusp (3.00 / 2) (#262)
by minusp on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 09:34:01 AM EST

Well, the, I guess the Ancient One should chime in here...

minusp is a 45 year old Land Surveyor in eastern NY state (US), who, as may be guessed, spends a little too much time with LISP, writing app and routines for CAD. This was originally due to the lack of good, cheap routines, but now has more to do with habit.

I found K5 through The Other Site, as usual, and got hooked by the mix of tech news and general discussion... lurked until the DoS, and spent a miserable summer ;-/

I have always lived in this area (more or less) and went to RPI before most of the people here were born (ouch!) and have a son older than some here (OUCH!)

Computer experience from an IBM 360/158, batching WATFOR and FORTV on cards, and waiting a week for a printout showing the login errors... until now. Mostly M$ based now, but I do knock around with Linux (slack & RH), and will switch the office over WHEN (not IF) the IntelliCAD port happens. On the other hand, I wish that I was a better coder, and could support the Consortium better.

My Books and Music are way too fluid, some days this, others that, with some exceptions... Winston & Horn and Kernigan & Ritchie all live on my desk, Joseph Campbell's "Hero with a Thousand Faces," Eric Hoffer's "True Believer," Douglas Hofstadter's "Godel, Escher, Bach," although his Metamagical Themas in Scientific American were what made LISP make sense, finally. Ummm, let me see, now, Eno, Fripp, Cage, Ives, Talking Heads (I said I was old) Stockhuasen, Mimraglu, my own stuff, now most anything except crappy "music" ie., mass-produced garbage, current favorite "the Buena Vista Social Club"

When not repairing the house... I play with old Brit cars, and make jewelry, and am in a conspiracy with others to produce a thin client kiosk for in-house/internet/email installations.
Remember, regime change begins at home.
Shameless self information (2.75 / 4) (#264)
by chuq_r on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 09:39:07 AM EST

My name isn't really Chuq (though I have considered registering an alias card as I'm rather keen on odd spellings of names (not that my real name isn't oddly spelled)). I am usually called Jeramey, but most default to shortening that to Jer or JJ (though a significant contingent of my friends simply refer to me as "bitch"). I used to be a known arms trafficker though I think that that law has since been changed. Pity.

Sometimes, I write odd spoofs of famous poetry and distribute it at large just for the giggle factor. Don't get me wrong, though: I'm very much a literary fanatic and even enjoy reading such awful things as Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Nabokov, and Steinbeck. Hamlet is probably my favorite work in English of all time. I'll let you know what my favorite work is in some other langauge as soon as I'm fluent in a language other than English.

I'm 21 years of age, self-taught everything (for the most part) and learning more every day. Right now it's largely math, electrical engineering, and various parts of CS application and theory, largely focusing on OS design right now. I can't stand the x86 processor (and not just because of Intel's business practices, although that weighs in too), but won't buy a Mac (Apple ain't much better than Intel about business) and no one makes a good genericish PowerPC mainboard that is affordable yet. Maybe the good folks at Amiga will help change that in the near future...

Ain't is a word.

I love good beer, and living in the great Pacific Northwest of the USA, there are a ton of microbreweries around to tickle whatever fancy I may care for. If you have any recommendations, I love hearing about them.

Sometimes I spout off at the mouth and tend to insert my foot there quite often. I hope you'll overlook that, but by all means if I'm deserving of large amounts of flameage, go right ahead. Reciprocally, I'm free to ignore what you might have to say if you're just attacking me personally because we all know that that never got anyone anywhere. Mama always said if you don't got nothin' nice to say, don't say nothin' 't'all. :)

I have no problems using horrible grammar, but I'm always aware of it.

I won't be providing my social security or credit card numbers in this forum. Sorry. Email address is a bit out too as I can't stand receiving spam so almost never give away my real email address. But I do pop into #kuro5hin every once in a while and lurk about. Hooray to Rusty and Inoshiro for keeping both the k5 website and IRC channel going even after all the problems.


SaveDemocracy (2.50 / 4) (#269)
by Jim Madison on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 10:03:06 AM EST

kudos to kuro5hin from a new user...scared parents by wearing pin in 3rd grade, "Computers are people too"... logged onto bbs's in elementary school in 1984 using hot new 300 baud Hayes modem...programed space invaders in the Apple ][e assembler in 5th grade...wrote essay for govt class in junior HS called "Technocracy"...dabbled in the usual at school, distributed OS, neural networks/fuzzy logic/AI, rugby, started a campus cable channel, while majoring CS/Public policy at PU...made a left turn into consulting for a couple years...regained some mojo by joining an Internet start up founded by a college buddy...and then decided to start my own gig, an online townhall that uses collobarative filtering (kinda like a k5 for politics). Mike.

Got democracy? Try e-thePeople.org.
I am Bob (2.50 / 4) (#270)
by macman-g3 on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 10:05:08 AM EST

Actually, I just like the name Bob. I'm really Judson Powers.

I'm from Long Island, but I've lived all over the place on the East Coast. Now I'm at Clemson University, which is in South Carolina... sort of. I'm double majoring in physics and computer science, so life is going to suck for a while.

I've been using computers since I was something like 3 or 5, when my parents had an old DOS machine. At some point I got hooked on Macs, and have pretty much been using those ever since. I've known about Linux since its early days, but I haven't used it until recently.

I remember those days when I used to dial up into BBSes, too. Or when Gopher was still a useful tool. I used to spend a lot of time on that kind of thing (particularly IRC for a while).

Besides all that stuff that school requires, I'm a big fan of RPGs, both pen-and-paper and computer. I never have and never will play Everquest. I pretend that I never used a MUD. But Baldur's Gate and Final Fantasy (all of them) are great.

That's about it. Life is always a work in progress.
-- Occam's Razor: The explanation requiring the fewest assumptions is the most likely to be correct.
A guy (2.60 / 5) (#272)
by shook on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 10:09:35 AM EST

I am 21-yr-old biology student attending a small college in Alabama. I am currently in the process of applying to medical schools. I am an apprentice-level geek in biology, Linux, philosophy, medicine, theology, music (listening), and playing percussion and harmonica. I am an expert in almost nothing, but I know very little about a lot of things. (Well I do know a lot about cattle farming's impact on the enhanced greenhouse effect; I did my thesis on that :-P ). My favorite band is Jump, Little Children. I am one of the elusive non-coder Linux desktop users. I play bass drum in a marching band. My rhthym is better than most, but not good enough for my chosen instrument ;-) I like k5 because dicussion topics are not limited by anything but my peers.

almost-geek (2.20 / 5) (#273)
by dadop on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 10:19:47 AM EST


I'm a 30-year-old Washington DC grad student who is interested in almost everything...(save for country music, rap, dinosaurs, old women, and carpet).

I have a BA in English and am working on my MLS here in DC.

I use Windows at work :( and Mandrake Linux at home :). I have been a dedicated K5 reader for two whole days now.


Typical Careerist (2.75 / 4) (#275)
by fbabar on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 10:26:12 AM EST


Faraz Babar. Age 27, Married, Father of one. Professor of CS


Currently located in New York City. Working as a vp at a global finance giant.
Sold my soul 4 years ago to leave an internet startup in Pakistan to work for
a multinational corporation in US. Started coding on Linux long before it had
a working getty! kept up with the evil empire simultaneously and hence able
to fend off efforts to bring windows into our corporate future solely based on
its *merits* Oh and I am working on an H1B visa here.


Got my masters in CS from University of Karachi, after working sevaral years
as a freelance consultant right out of high school. Discovered internet in 93,
and hooked ever since. Created one of the first web based email clients for a
Pakistani ISP. I also helped create sevaral of Pakistan's first few totally Linux
based commercial installations for ISPs, corporations and banks etc.

Thats the gist of it for now. You guys should be grateful I din't narrate details
of my love life here

Peace and love

hi (2.50 / 4) (#277)
by bendawg on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 10:39:27 AM EST

cool idea. Hi, I'm Ben. I'm 23, live in Austin, TX. Graduated from University of Arkansas with a B.S. in Computer Science last year. Now I work for a financial information service company, as a software developer with an emphasis on Java servlets and Java server pages and porting our old code from Server Side Javascript to servlets and jsp's.
I am also am a Linux user, and use it at work, even though it's not "supported".

Atypical kuro5hin reader.. (none / 0) (#288)
by Razzoo on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 12:38:34 PM EST

I am 41, male, & work for fortune 500 insurance company

I Work in an NT shop. I brought Linux into the organization to help with admin/network monitoring tasks. I do NT/unix admin(Linux, AIX), projects (implementing web farm) some programming, enjoy challanges and get bored easily.

Off and on, I have worked with unix and unix like systems for about 17 years (xenix, qnx, sunos, solaris, aix, linux since 1.2 kernel).

Been a Slashdot reader for years, new to kuro5shin (BTW: there is a kuro5shin link on my web site :) .

Machines we use regularly at home:
Razoo: Old RH 5.1 box Pentium 200 (still my main box)
Partus: Sparc 10 with Ross proc & Solaris 2.6 (nfs & browsing)
Spartus: firewall/Proxy - Sparc 5 running RH 6.2
Vektra: 18yr son's Pentium 200 running NT2k & Win98
Sassy: Wife and daugher's Pentium 166 running Win98

[ Parent ]
About Me (3.00 / 3) (#282)
by jck2000 on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 11:22:02 AM EST

Basic Bio Info: I am a 36 yr-old male non-computer professional, married with two children, working in NYC and living in the suburbs.

Education: College degree in biochemistry -- enjoyed the subject from an academic perspective, but didn't care much for lab work and didn't want to be an MD, so I jumped to an unrelated profession (unfortunately, computers were not particularly hot then).

Computers: I am an avid computer enthusiast. Programmed in BASIC as early as 1979, using punch tape, punch cards, terminals with audio-coupled modems, etc., eventually moving to my high school's TRS 80's (w/ 4KB of memory) and Apple ][e's (16 or 32 KB memory). In September '84 spent the majority of my college-year savings to buy an Apple Macintosh (128KB memory) within a day of first seeing one (I was quite poor and cheap at the time, so this is saying alot!). Picked up Pascal in a college CS course and a little Macintosh GUI programming in my spare time. Didn't tinker much with computers from '89 to '95, though I had a second Mac and a laptop running DOS for work. In late '94-early '95, I got a desktop and got seriously into C++, MFC and eventually graphics programming and OpenGL. Was vaguely aware of Linux by '98. First heard of Slashdot through a mainstream press article regarding the Halloween Documents in Nov. 98. First installed Linux in October '99. Started frequenting K5 last spring (heard about it through Slashdot). Have become an avid Linux user -- I currently run Linux on four computers on a home network (3 desktops and a ThinkPad). Over the last year, got into Python and then Java. Don't have a full-time, public web site, but I have done a great deal of internet programming over the last year, most recently using the Tomcat Java Servlet engine. K5 and Slashdot are pretty much the only websites I regularly frequent -- otherwise, I generally limit internet use to getting information necessary for my computing activities (such as newsgroups like comp.os.linux.hardware or information and documentation websites like jakarta.apache.org (the Tomcat site)).

Other Interests: Used to read a lot of more serious literature and used to be (and intend in the future to be) more physically active (skiing, rollerblading, bicycling, swimming, occasionally tennis and even squash).

Me (2.20 / 5) (#284)
by meadows_p on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 11:38:57 AM EST

May as well chime in, Name : Phil Meadows (hence the nick) Age : 24 Live in Reading, UK. First got into computing with my trusty Acorn Electron (BBC Basic, 6502 Assembler), moved through various old DOS PC's, played around with most languages. Now I get paid for writing Fortran under VMS on VAXes (purely by accident). Play around with SUSE Linux at home, have to keep Windows on there to run stuff like Cubase, Cool Edit Pro, Recycle etc. to handle all the music kit hanging off my PC. There we go!

all-right! (none / 0) (#290)
by mihalis on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 12:46:34 PM EST

First got into computing with my trusty Acorn Electron (BBC Basic

Yeah, me too. I even got one of my programs published - Electron User published in their "ten-liners" section (it was just one of those colored bouncing line programs) and paid me the princely sum of about 9.50 GBP.
-- Chris Morgan <see em at mihalis dot net>
[ Parent ]

Ruidh is Pronounced Roy (3.00 / 3) (#285)
by Ruidh on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 11:55:01 AM EST

Formerly known on the Other Site as Royster and Anomalous Canard and on Dalnet irc as Murph. I am a 40 y/o actuary working in NYC running boring life insurance models in APL. My wife is a priest in the Episcopal Church. My other interests are following Linux and other open source projects. I run Mandrake on most of my home network. I have a Thinkpad which runs windows on those rare events when I have to work from home. My pride and joy is a 2lb Mitsubishi Amity mini-notebook with a cellular modem running Mandrake. I turn it on when I get up in the morning and spend the train ride into NYC reading and replying to emails. I boot it back up for the ride home.
"Laissez-faire is a French term commonly interpreted by Conservatives to mean 'lazy fairy,' which is the belief that if governments are lazy enough, the Good Fairy will come down from heaven and do all their work for them."
Last and who knows maybe the least (2.20 / 5) (#287)
by Aatos_ on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 12:08:53 PM EST

I have my sexual organs outside of my body, hence I am a man. I am 23 years old and live 400km west of St.Petersburg(luckily there is a border included too).

My first machine was C64 in the age of 7 and I happily used C= products till 1995, last one being A3000/040.

I used to work as NT-admin till last january when decided I needed a change(and reduction of responsibility :) and started CS studies fulltime at www.helia.fi.

I've read K5 since the second launch but I haven't posted anything yet because you guys allways post good replies so quickly :-).

Way out here in the sticks... (3.00 / 4) (#292)
by djpotter on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 01:05:43 PM EST

We computer users are looked upon as different. I like that.

My name is Davitt J. Potter, I'm 25, male, and married to a wonderful woman, and live in Rapid City, SD. Where the hell is that, you ask? *Grin* Find Minneapolis, go west 13 hours on I-90.

I started playing with computers when Mom and Dad bought me a C64 - and I still have it. ;) Once in a while I hook it up to the TV and play F19 Stealth Fighter just for kicks.

Currently, I am a LAN Analyst for a local utility company, working mostly with Windows NT/2000 and Linux/BSD (various distros). I'm learning more and more about *nix flavors, but Windows is still my primary support area.

For fun, I play *way too much* EverQuest - a HE Paladin, a DE Necro, and other assorted low-level characters. When EQ pisses me off, I shoot everything in sight in Quake III Arena or Soldier of Fortune.

I came here - like many, I imagine - from Slashdot when K5 had that spot of trouble; I've been a daily (sometimes hourly) visitor since.

"Anyone remotely interesting is somehow mad." - Dr. Who
Ack!! Rapid... (none / 0) (#352)
by analog on Sat Nov 04, 2000 at 03:40:34 PM EST

Heh, spent 3 1/2 years at Ellsworth back in the 80's... spent way too much time out in the field during the winter. Every time I hear a weather report from out there (and of course you only hear them here when they're really bad) I thank my lucky stars I came back home to California. Had enough ice and snow out there to last me two lifetimes...

[ Parent ]
Snow and Ice? (none / 0) (#377)
by djpotter on Mon Nov 06, 2000 at 12:20:08 PM EST

Yeah, it's been trending towards a colder winter this year...Lead got 54" last week, and they're still digging out. Heh. Looks to be a more normal winter this year - the last few have been really mild. I mean, c'mon - what's a SD winter without 8 ft. drifts?

"Anyone remotely interesting is somehow mad." - Dr. Who
[ Parent ]
Zhou Spraints, squid hunter (3.66 / 3) (#294)
by spraints on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 01:08:28 PM EST

This is me. My homeland is Chicago. The land I live in currently is the beautiful mecca of Anderson, IN, USA. Recently was I married to a beautiful, wonderful squid. The wedding was pretty cool, especially the awesome pastor, 2000 Christmas lights, beemer, and 12 cakes (with things like hilbert, a soccer ball, a piano, and the geek cheer ("e to the x, d-y, d-x / e to the x, d-x / tangent secant cosine sine / 3 point 1 4 1 5 9 / phi, pi, square root of 3 / fight 'em, fight 'em, R H I T!") ).

I got introduced to k5 by someone at my college on a newsgroup there. It is a nice break from /., and I still do browse that occasionally. I like to lurk.

Personally I am joyfully Christian, professionally I am a software engineer, and in my imaginary life, I hunt squids. I guess I can give up that last habit and start improving the first two, now that I have landed myself a beautiful, wonderful squid.

mmmmmm.... squid.

especially calimari.... mmmmmm

Squid hunter, eh? (none / 0) (#324)
by Anomalous Squid on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 05:55:54 PM EST

Just how does one hunt for squid anyhow? A la Jules Verne, or with a radar gun?

-Anomalous Squid
-anomalous q. squid-
[ Parent ]

Kimbly (2.75 / 4) (#296)
by kimbly on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 01:15:13 PM EST

The nick: My name is Kim, but that's always taken as a userid, so I use kimbly (short for kimberly, which is also always taken).

The tech: I work as a contract programmer in the Boston area, doing Java and/or C++. I'm a programming language junkie, so not only am I fluent in C++, Java and Perl, I'm also familiar with Prolog, Forth, Befunge, many flavors of Lisp, ML, Pliant, VB, x86 assembler, etc. I usually have some pet project going on my head about better ways to program. My current idea is based on constraint programming, with the compiler being replaced by a constraint solver that knows how to solve various code-related constraints in domains such as parsing, object graph navigation, preconditions and postconditions, runtime efficiency, database schemas, etc.

The sex: I'm transgendered, which is a relatively fringe term, so I'll explain. I was born physically male, but seven years ago when I was 17 (my senior year in high school), I started living as a woman and taking female hormones. So now I'm physically somewhat in-between sexes. I don't really think of myself either a woman or a man. And I don't intend to have any surgery (which is why I'm called trangendered instead of transsexual).

The rest: I have a girlfriend of almost two years. I'm studying Chinese. I like leather and rubber. I'm a bottom. I'm socially libertarian and economically progressive. I'm 24 years old. I've run Debian at home for almost three years. I drive an Audi. I usually wear all black.

I know this is difficult to do ... (3.25 / 4) (#297)
by aphrael on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 01:19:04 PM EST

But it would be a *cool* feature of the site if there were some way to link from someone's post to their 'who-are-you' posting ....

it's not difficult at all (none / 0) (#318)
by royh on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 04:31:46 PM EST

Put it in your user bio (via the user preferences page).

[ Parent ]
Wrong direction ... (none / 0) (#329)
by aphrael on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 07:48:10 PM EST

that lets people read mine ... but it doesn't provide a way to get to random ones belonging to people who haven't thought of that ...

[ Parent ]
how about this (none / 0) (#335)
by Wah on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 09:16:18 PM EST

bookmark this page and use that handy "search" function. And to be honest, I was thinking about doing that very thing while wandering around town today. And I wouldn't mind revising my entry, I hadn't realized this was going to turn into such a love-in. :^)
Fail to Obey?
[ Parent ]
Wait for it... (none / 0) (#345)
by pb on Sat Nov 04, 2000 at 04:06:56 AM EST

Ask and ye shall receive; Rusty says it's in the works, sort of; he's going to implement "User Diaries", which might end up making some Hidden SIDs obsolete...

In this case, you'd want to put info about yourself in your User Bio, or your User Diary, when you get one. Linking to your "who-are-you" post would probably still have to be a personal thing, though. I guess you could search the story, if you're curious. :)
"See what the drooling, ravening, flesh-eating hordes^W^W^W^WKuro5hin.org readers have to say."
-- pwhysall
[ Parent ]

Here we go again (3.00 / 4) (#298)
by ODiV on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 01:19:46 PM EST

Well here's my original comment.

Let's see. I'm no longer in Arts and Computer Science. I just don't want to be a programmer and that's all they teach for the first couple years. I'm taking a straight Atrs degree at UNB and I'm going to major in Multimedia. I'm probably also going to get a film certificate on the side.

I'm obviously no longer working at Diavik Diamond Mines because I'm in school, but I'll probably apply for next summer.

That's it. Your basic canadian 20 year old male webgeek.

[ odiv.net ]
A/S/L Test (2.50 / 6) (#299)
by Breakdown on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 01:38:36 PM EST

Fun. Haven't done one of these surveys in awhile. It's nice to get an idea of who's reading K5. Not to mention getting the dirt on those that hang out on #kuro5hin

I'm a 22 year old self-proclaimed geek. I don't try to deny my geekdom. I left college 3 years ago to pursue a job in the tech industry. I'm satisified with my decision but I am always wondering "What if." I knew this would happen when I left but honestly, I was quite upset with the traditional education I was receiving.

I run Redhat 6.2 at home, WinME for games. Win2k and Mandrake 7.1 at work. I am a Web developer which is as broad as I could get my job title. Mostly doing ASP and System Administration. I am heading up the *nix push in the company.

My tiny claim to fame is knowing Signal 11 personally. ;)

I love web cams. This is evident on my personal weblog: http://www.computerjargon.com.

My true passion is coding and grunge music.

Presentation (2.50 / 4) (#301)
by Misagon on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 01:50:06 PM EST

This custom of presenting oneself on a discussion board was obligatory on almost every one of the dial-up bulletin board systems I used to dial to the good ole days. Nice to see that it has reached web-based board as well. =) I just hope that nobody uses this data for any commercial purposes ...
Ah, well.

My name is Johan Hanson, (pronounced like "Ewan"), I am 25, male, single Linux geek. I have worked with computer graphics and web stuff, but right now I am unemployed.. or rather, may or may not getting a continued employment on a project that is close to go overboard.

My geeky interests include user interface design, computer graphics and systems research, and what rolls up all of these into one - distributed virtual reality. I am currently working on a low-level inter-process communications system intended to host a windowing system intended to succeed X, (like so many people before me.=)) with the intention to add 3D at a later state. (hey, the graphic desktop is a virtual reality!)

I am a vegetarian, caffeine-addict. The music I like includes U2, Björk (spelled that way!), Bob Dylan, classical music and techno. Most of all I like musical scores by John Williams (Star Wars, E.T. etc.), John Barry (James Bond) and Christopher Franke (Babylon 5). I am a fan of the original Star Wars movies, and Babylon 5. (resurrection, please!) In my free time (What is that? Do I have free time?) I like to read science fiction.
Don't Allow Yourself To Be Programmed!

Am I here? (2.50 / 4) (#302)
by RadiantMatrix on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 01:53:05 PM EST

My name is none of your business, but you can call me Toast if RadiantMatrix is too long for you. :) And, yes, that's because I love to eat toast, not because I smoke anything (for the record: I don't smoke anything :P).

I'm 21, male, and the only developer in my company. I do the 'dull' development - making existing apps talk to each other. Blech.

Other interests are:

  1. Skiing & Snowboarding (yes, both)
  2. Biking
  3. Chess / Go / (Othello | Reversi)
  4. Guitar (fingerstyle, I'm a novice though.)
  5. Beer & Wine (the good stuff)
  6. Music (Ogg Vorbis rules!)
  7. Linux / BSD / anything but Windows :)
Guess that makes me your run-of-the-mill geek. The only thing that makes me really stand out in a crowd is that I've developed a knack for public speaking, so I get a chance to speak at colleges and such about Linux and Open Source / Free Software once in a while.

<PLUG type="shameless">
Hey... if anyone wants me, the only thing I ask is that your organization cover travel and a place to stay).
I'm not going out with a "meh". I plan to live, dammit. [ZorbaTHut]

I'll take Cinammon-Raspberry Swirl (none / 0) (#303)
by aphrael on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 01:55:26 PM EST

I do the 'dull' development - making existing apps talk to each other

What flavor of middleware do you use?

[ Parent ]
I'm a chocolate-mocha kind of guy (none / 0) (#388)
by RadiantMatrix on Mon Nov 06, 2000 at 09:39:17 PM EST

What flavor of middleware do you use?
I usually use my own creations in Java or Perl. I have to get some unknown piece of software (whatever the customer uses for accouting and inventory) to talk to what basically amounts to an overgrown Access "application" running on Oracle. Ok, so it's not quite that bad.. :P

Just out of curiosity - what significance is Aphrael... sounds familar (and damned cool! ;)
I'm not going out with a "meh". I plan to live, dammit. [ZorbaTHut]

[ Parent ]

(aphrael)Com_Programmer (none / 0) (#399)
by aphrael on Wed Nov 08, 2000 at 07:17:18 PM EST

I usually use my own creations in Java or Perl. I have to get some unknown piece of software (whatever the customer uses for accouting and inventory) to talk to what basically amounts to an overgrown Access "application" running on Oracle. Ok, so it's not quite that bad.. :P

I am, unfortunately, typecast as a COM guy.

Just out of curiosity - what significance is Aphrael... sounds familar (and damned cool! ;)

It's a name I used for years in RPGs ...

[ Parent ]

Who am i? (2.25 / 4) (#304)
by JediLuke on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 02:27:11 PM EST

my name is scott. i'm 21, not in school anymore, programmer, geek.

i've lived in many places, sacramento, washington dc, rotterdam (holland), and washingtonville ny. right now i live in los angeles. i like to ski, skate and tool on computers.

my latest passion is my '92 VW Corrado SLC. its a fast little car, and i feel its a apealing geek car! did i mention its fast? its a little 15deg inline V-6 that gets a stock 178hp to the crank. when i did a dyno pull i got 181.1hp at the crank. in the future i hope to get some sort of forced induction onto it...

i'm a green party voter, not so much because i don't like the other parties...but i believe that they can no longer do anything for the american public. they've lost touch with reality and live in their own world of political might. i'm a person who believes that if change isn't allowed and the people want it, you have to fight for it.

i think that my privacy is mine, and that it should be allowed to no one except those i release it to, public or not. i believe encryption is what is going to keep big bro off my back, not kill people.

i think i'm done. :)
"You're all clear kid, lets blow this joint and go home." -Han Solo

Ye Gods, there are a lot of posts here (2.33 / 3) (#305)
by Denor on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 02:32:04 PM EST


Wow, there's a lot of posts here. When I get the chance (i.e. not at work with boss wondering what I'm doing with all these people introducing themselves) I'll go through the list and read what everyone has to say. I've already done some.

Until then, here's my intro: I'm Roger Ostrander, 22 year old college student studying (wait for it...) computer science at Michigan State University. I've got a Cyrix 333 (which, I later discovered, is the equivalent of an Intel 233 - false advertising! I knew I should have done my research) with some odd amount of ram that I can't immediately calculate, not enough hard drive space, an ever-decreasing windows partition, and an installation of Mandrake 7.0 that retains all of about three programs from its initial install (once I learned to compile from the source, I never went back :)

I'm interested in working at a games company once I graduate, but I realize exactly how realistic that is, so my second choice would be a Linux company (by which I mean anything from "company that makes linux products" to "company that uses linux", in order of preference). Anyone with experience working at either of these is free to recruit me.

Please, recruit me :)

I have several web sites, one of which is Here - all the others are linked to on the page. My java applet work is up there. (As an aside, it annoys me when people say Java is slow - I got it working on my brother's 133, goddammit, they'd better work on your computer :) Don't laugh too hard at Battler, it was my very first java applet that I wasn't ashamed of enough to shred and burn.

Sometimes, I go by the name "Bymer Klairich". But that's only when I want a fake name that sounds obviously fake, like when I'm filling in registration forms. (Bymer Klairich is single, 47, and CEO of Faceless Corporation. He lives at sqrt(-1) Imaginary Drive.)

I think I'll replace my user info with this, or a link to this.

In conclusion, the end.


No, no that "dude" (2.75 / 4) (#307)
by The_Dude on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 02:38:31 PM EST

SmokeDot's TheDude has already posted here. Just letting everyone know i'm not him. :) Hi, my name is john, and I'm a geek. *Hi John!* I really don't have anything interesting to say about my personality or my interests, so I'll just talk about my life thus far... I guess you could call me a post-apocalyptic k5 reader... but I've been an avid lurker ever since. I rarely have anything interesting to say, but I sure do read a lot. :) I started my foray into geekery quite early in life- my first computer was a Texas Instruments TI99-4a that I got for christmas when I was six. It used cartriges for games, and you could save the programs you spent 8 hours typing in on an audio casette recorder. Fast forward 12 years, I'm finishing high school with a shitty GPA and no desire to go to school. So what did I do? I went to community college! It turned out for the better though, as I got hooked up with an internship at the local NASA research center being a network cable boy and web developer. What a job it was- I split my time between running cables for big cray supercomputers and writing intranet CGI's. I already had a decent ammount of computer knowledge when I started, but I learned just about everything I know about UN*X, perl, web, HTML, (and, well, supercomputers) while I was there. I'm living in southern california, and enjoying my "break" from school. I was going to California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, but their CS department was so f'ed up I quit. 1000 students and 7 teachers is not a good ratio. So what did I do? I got a job! I have my internship to thank for the marvelous job I got working for a dot-com. There I was, 21 years old, with a real job- and they were going to go IPO in november!!! That was a over a year ago, and now the company has gone belly up. Oh well, it was a fun ride while it lasted... There's nothing quite like blowing a couple million of venture capital on parties! I'm now contracting, getting paid way too much money to do web development for a company that will remain nameless. So, that's me.

me (2.66 / 3) (#310)
by maketo on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 02:53:18 PM EST

maket0 is a short for a "Macedonian". Thats my country. I am a student here in Canada (CS) for the past three years. Started out as a C64 geek (after my friend bought a ZX Spectrum 48K and I got jealous), then an 286, 386, 486, shortly jumped to an HP9000/360 (yes Motorola 68030/8 Megs of ram and 120 Mb hdd) running NetBSD 1.4.1, using Ultras at work, at home prefer FreeBSD and the empire.

Speak asm/c/c++/prolog/lisp/java/python and a bunch of others - I am an AI freak, my project at the Uni right now is writing a CORBA based python/tk tool for fipa compliant agent frameworks. I believe Ai is somewhere in between distributed systems, neural networks, evolutionary computing and symbolic approaches (hehe). One day i will win the Turing Award.
agents, bugs, nanites....see the connection?
I am I am. (2.75 / 4) (#311)
by delver on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 02:54:28 PM EST

Intresting concept these who am I posts. I wasn't around for the first round, but the results are certainly worthwhile. Well here's my contribution: I'm a 21 year old college senior. I'm double majoring in philosophy and computer science at the university of Texas at Austin. I only recently found K5 (after the take down and the subsequent /. story). I found here something that I had been missing in my daily trek through the web. The relief from the trolling and flamewars of that other site is really nice. I currently run SuSE linux, FreeBSD, and Windows 98SE (Games ONLY). My computer takes up about half my waking time, and I divide the rest between books and long conversations down at Metro (local coffee shop). Probably going into the high-tech carreer field sometime next year, so if anybody knows any good jobs, drop me a line. One thing I use to judge another person is his or her favorite books, so I thought I'd include my top 5. These aren't in order of prefrence, since I can't say one is better than another. 1)Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien. (Yes I know its 3 books, but its one story, so go away. If you haven't read this you don't count as a human in my book. For definition of Human see book #2) 2)Dune, Frank Herbert. The first book in this series is awesome, and they go down in quality from there. Still a great book though. 3)The Magus, John Folwes. I can't even begin to describe the effect this book had on me. Its the single most powerful story I've ever read. Its also the least sci-fi/fantasy book on this list. Read it with caution, it will change your world view. 4)Diamond Age, Neal Stephenson. Like most of Stephenson's stuff I can't stand his endings, but other than that this book is realy cool. The technical details and vision of a nano-tech world are facinating. BTW, many people would take Cryponomicon rather than Diamond Age here. I loved Crypto too, but Diamond had more intrest to me. Personal prefrence. And Finally, 5)William Gibson. Neuromancer. The father of all cyberpunk, Gibson's writing entrances me. The story and the characters are wonderful, and remain the true focus of the books even when surrounded by technology that would dominate most other authors. Thats it. Oh, btw, if you IRC I hang in #kuro5hin as CheSera. Anyway, later.

Haligonian Hacker (3.00 / 4) (#312)
by jetpack on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 03:02:15 PM EST

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia , Canada, in 1966. Yip, that makes me one of the "olds" around here, I guess. First started programming computers on my dad's TI 99/4A, and a friends Vic-20 (and later a C64) back in the days when they were cool and knowing BASIC was something impressive. Eventually drifted away from computers to do music, although I made wierdo noises on an Amiga for a while.

After High School, I moved to Vancouver, British Columbia to do the music thing, but after a few years of that finally realized that about 95% of aspiring professional musicians are either flakes or incompetant. Hence, I started a Comp Sci degree at the University of British Columbia. Got married midway through my degree, and started working at the Laboratory for Computational Intelligence at UBC.

After graduating, I worked full-time at LCI for a couple years, during which time my wife metamorphosed into a yuppy and subsequently divorced me because I wouldnt play along. Of course, it's rather more complicated than that, but you get the idea.

At LCI I worked for two masters. Part of my time was was writing software to similate physical systems, mostly for robotics, and the rest of my time was working for a GIS group, writing computational geometry algorithms and playing sysadmin.

About 4 years ago, I moved to Houston, Texas, USA to work for these guys (you'll need javascript turned on - don't ask) writing enterprise level plotting/printing software. Most of the programming I do there isn't terribly exciting, but it's good place to work. Lotsa good folks there.

I've been spending alot of the last year sysadmining at work, fighting with solaris, aix, hpux, irix and linux. I leave the NT problems to someone else. In fact, I've managed to convince just about everyone that I just dont *do* NT. If there is a bug in an NT port of our software, my name doesn't even come up anymore :)

Over the summer I spent 3 weeks in Paris, France working. Interesting trip, but I'll leave the details for some other time. No work related trips earmaked for the near future, however, I really should get out to some conferences and do this "networking/schmoozing" thing everyone keeps talking about.

I've been asked about moving into a more managerial position a few times, but so far I've successfully dodged that bullet. Whew!

I don't currently own a bed because the bedroom in my one bedroom appartment is filled with bikes and music gear. Yes, I sleep on a very big couch in the living room. Despite the fact that I can afford otherwise, I still live like a college student, for better or worse.

My "dining room" is host to my computers: a PPro running an OpenBSD firewall/router, a PII running debian, and a Vaio laptop also running debian (which is actually more often than not in the living room). I've got cable modem service which I'm pretty happy with, except for the fact that Roadrunner in Houston won't give me a static IP. *grumble*

I'm currently an op in #linuxhelp on undernet. Join us sometime. I think we're a pretty good bunch, particularly if you are new to linux. There's some bright cookies over there. Most of us are nice to newbies, but watch out for D-Side. He can be a bit ornery ;)

I don't own a car. Which has nothing to do with the fact that I look like a longhaired hippy freak. I just can't be bothered.

Since I'm finished lunch, that should be just about enough. Time to get back to bug hunting.

/* The beatings will continue until morale improves */

YAH (none / 0) (#314)
by Matrix on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 03:09:28 PM EST

I'm Yet Another Haligonian.

Much younger than the above poster, I'm starting first year computer science at Dalhousie University. I'm running Debian Linux on this machine, and I'm working on two or three software projects in my (quickly diminishing) spare time. I enjoy MUCKs and other multi-user text-based RPGs that focus mainly on roleplaying instead of roll-playing. I'm a semi-active member of NSLUG, the Nova Scotia Linux Users Group, and fairly active on the Linuxnewbie.org BBS as "Sterling." I'm also a major anime otaku.

Did I mention that I'm a disguised YF-19 experimental Valkyrie transformable fightercraft? ;-)

And I'm posting this as a reply in an attempt to organize things a bit.

"...Pulling together is the aim of despotism and tyranny. Free men pull in all kinds of directions. It's the only way to make progress."
- Lord Vetinari, pg 312 of the Truth, a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett
[ Parent ]

Nice topic! :) (2.25 / 4) (#313)
by jeremya on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 03:03:59 PM EST

Well, here goes nothing. I am a person, my skin color does not matter, just that I am an american. I am a application developer with ElliptIQ Inc. I started out programming in C and Linux roughly six years ago and since then my life has invariably been changed forever. My line of work involves writing software that provides Applications as a Serivce. My primary intrests in life are programming, and finding someone I can be happy with. Programming langauges are tools, and I can use a whole lot of different languages ;) Java, C, C++, CF, php, perl, etc. etc. etc. :) I just like to write software be it C hacking or Java, I am an easy going person who rarely tries to make waves... Jeremy

I am a little gnome (2.00 / 3) (#315)
by 3than on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 03:22:45 PM EST

I am a little dwark and I live in a big glass bong...it's dark and blue...I have everything I need in the bong...shelves with clothes and honey and abaci...ancient tomes...a little screen that tells me things...sometimes I hear voices that say I should leave the bong, but usually it's just my own screaming and shouting. I'm not sure that you're interested in why I am, or where I am, and I don't know who I am, but I know what I am and that's a dwark...a little, dark, elfin dwark that feeds on smoke and mirrors...that loves hate and self-destruction and shrivels when touched...you might think that it's bad to be a dwark, but it's not...I feel warm and safe in my bong, and that's where I'd like to stay, alone in the deep blue mist.

here goes... (2.16 / 6) (#316)
by shellac on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 04:10:00 PM EST

allright, here is my info...

the name is ali. i grew up in new orleans and i'm now attending med school in manhattan. can't decide which city is cooler, but both are pretty awesome for partying. nyc is better for working though, and orleans is better for chilling out. :)

i'm really into music.. any type of music actually but in particular indie rock, idm, and electronic music in general. i like stuff on warp records, matador, kiff sm especially... i dig autechre, pole, modest mouse, built to spill, boards of canada, natacha atlas, the roots, i-f, ween, too many to name... i did college radio back in the day at tulane univ. i still manage to hit lots of shows in manhattan... not as many as i used to unfortunately.

i run linux. i am cool with tcpip programming... not that i do too much of it in my current occupation... :)

i read k5 though i haven't posted anything. yet. i would if i were less busy. :)

if you are at lennox hill hospital stop by and say hi, cause i'll be doing my clerkship there for the next three months.


EvilNed (2.00 / 5) (#317)
by EvilNed on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 04:26:11 PM EST

I'm evilned, currently a computer science student at Oklahoma State, however I grew up in Montana. I also work as a webmaster for OSU. i'm mainly a Linux user, however I have played with Free and Open BSD. Other than that, I like to drink fine beer (Especially Moose Drool, if you're not from Montana, you wont understand), and listen to all sorts of music from Jimmy Buffett to Orbital.

"My head hurts, my feet stink and I dont love Jesus." -- Jimmy Buffett

Moose Drool (none / 0) (#328)
by MTDilbert on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 07:28:35 PM EST

That reminded me that I finished my last Moose Drool last night, so I gotta stop off on the way home! Mmmm Mmmm.

Don't mod me down because you disagree. Show me the error of my ways.
[ Parent ]

man whoami (2.00 / 5) (#320)
by Aldebaran on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 05:03:44 PM EST

I am 26, french, living in Montreal, working in a part time job as unix and network system administrator for one of the largest .com in Canada (6 millions of unique users and they are using linux _around 100 servers in load balancing_ ) and as full time job as network engineer for an electronics component suppliers . Main interest is life are my girl friend (first baby for next february ) and flying. I have my first XT when I was 8 and work for computers related firm since I'm 16 (first as developper, after as administrator or system architect)

et toi! (3.40 / 10) (#323)
by iGrrrl on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 05:53:16 PM EST

38. Basic biomedical scientist. Ex PLATO author. Lead singer in a rock band. Fiction writer. Member of the yacht club. Esotericist. (= Buckaroo Banzai complex) Two X chromosomes, but bi-gendered in my head.

You cannot have a reasonable conversation with someone who regards other people as toys to be played with. localroger
remove apostrophe for email.

Who I Am (2.25 / 4) (#327)
by Requiem on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 07:22:53 PM EST

Nineteen year old boy studying computer science at the University of Saskatchewan, working part-time, and doing a fair amount of music on the side. Plays the flute and french horn; favourite computer languages are Java and MIPS Assembly, favourite book is 1984, etcetc. Used to be a part of the Saskatoon BBS scene, and can remember dialing up Games Garden BBS many a year ago. ;)

I am Who? (2.25 / 4) (#330)
by inpHilltr8r on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 08:01:45 PM EST

31, male, caucasian, english, agnostic. Born in south east London, grew up in Suffolk, educated in Coventry, employed in north London, moved to LA six months ago. ZX Spectrum -> Unix -> DOS -> Macintosh -> BRender -> DirectX -> PSX -> PS2. Primarily obsessed with music (Jeff Mills, Terry Riley), videogames (Deus X, Tempest), comics (Transmetropolitan, Cerebus), films (Akira, Koyanisqatsi), and the net (NTK, UKD). Three published titles, two cats, one girlfriend, no spare time.

errata (none / 0) (#331)
by inpHilltr8r on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 08:05:21 PM EST

+ books (Collapse of Chaos, Excession)
+ food (sushi, burritos)

[ Parent ]
Moi (3.00 / 3) (#332)
by cme on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 08:10:33 PM EST

I'm 21, I live in the Cambridge that's near Boston and was raised not five miles from here. I am *not* named Courtney like Courtney Love. As a toddler I had a toy from a tiny company that I think was British that took thick plastic records with programs on them; each record had a matching illustrated card that you slid over the soft button panel to play the game on the record. After that came a Trash 80, and I can count the number of times the tape deck on that piece of crap worked on one hand with mittens on. I learned DOS better than anyone I know from wanting to play computer games that my father didn't have time to install (and remove and reinstall- there's only so many games you can fit in 40mb, even in those days), learned some BASIC in seventh grade which I unfortunately forgot very quickly, and discovered the One True Way (Unix) my sophmore year in college.

I can write Perl and bash, though not more advanced things yet. I like being a sysadmin, and I hate being tech support (particularly for an incompetent company with a badly-written product who shall remain nameless). I am reimplementing mh in Perl. I am a nearly obsessive documentor. I am firmly opinionated (and there's nothing wrong with that! :), particularly about software, and I have a deep appreciation for the concept of Free software. Remember, it's the Evil Empire that's the enemy, not the other guys writing different Free software.

I'm currently unemployed (gah) , and I'll leave the associated shameless plug to your imaginations. :P

My next hostname will be not-a-secretary, or possibly tir-asleen, depending on my employer, my mood, and the number of desktop machines I have. I fancy myself to be several sorts of artist. I love reading, especially science fiction and fantasy. I love classical and new age music (I can't bear to not have music running), tabletop and computer roleplaying games, good coffee, and expensive semisweet dark chocolate. Caffeine has no effect on me except in amounts great enough to screw with your heartbeat (I did that once, and it wasn't fun). I'm new to kuro5hin (since the calamity), and I like it here partly because there are fewer people and it's practical to be able to read all of the comments on a story and actually have conversations with other posters.

scriptkiddie (2.00 / 3) (#334)
by scriptkiddie on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 08:22:52 PM EST

I'm a 16-year-old male attending Garfield High School in Seattle. I love Python (I've written about 7,000 lines since I discovered it last winter) and FreeBSD (though I'm not an expert at all).

My greatest non-computer interest is in languages. I study Mandarin at school and take Spanish classes at night. I speak Spanish pretty well, though I really don't have enough time to properly study Chinese.

My current project is creating a Web-based groupware system for my high school, which is more or less done (the other person working on the project decided to jump ship, and coding alone is no fun...) Thus I am gradually shifting my attention to writing a Web-based API for interactive programs, in Python of course. It's hard to think of much to do in this field that hasn't been done already....

I love to make Web pages, which is a shame because I'm not all that great at Web design. The two everyone looks at are The Messenger, a student-run newspaper, and the page for Garfield High School (this is just a CGI interface to the underlying groupware software, designed to look like a normal Web page.)

In an effort to be cool by association, I might as well mention a few people I know. I've met Lion Kimbro, who is also a k5er, and I go to school with Peter Davis, the guy who caused quite a stir on That Other Site with a voice-controlled MP3 player. One of my mentors was Robert Valiant, a Linux uberhacker who's done a lot to get minorities and women involved in computing here in Seattle. And I'm friends with Alex Harris, another young k5er and security guy, and John Hanson, who spends a lot of time answering Linux questions on IRC and bulletin boards and is the one who really deserves my nick....

Oh yes, my name is Dan. It's so easy to forget to mention that sometimes.

Me, mysellf and that other person (2.50 / 4) (#338)
by Mr. Excitement on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 09:42:45 PM EST

Hrm... where to begin.

Okay, first off, this is my first K5 post ever. I've read a few things here pre-DoS, mostly linked to by the site-that-for-some-reason-must-not-be-named-according-to-the-gneral-consensus. I've been lurking here for a month or two, but just set up this account now. I also set up a matching account on the aforementioned Site, to prevent impersonation. (My old account there was a Karma-whore extrordinaire, currently sitting dormant, well above the kap.)

I'm currently 18, a freshman at UC Santa Cruz, studying CS-type stuff. I've been a geek all my life, I'm afraid, although I didn't quite realize that it could be a Good Thing until a friend and I started playing with the ever-classic QBasic in the 6th grade. (The lure of being able to make actual video games seemed too good to be true!). Since then, I've learned C, x86-asm, "C/C++" (the worst of both worlds), actual C++, and finally, proper ANSI/ISO C++, which I adore. My Data Structures class operates in Java, but once you know proper C++, Java's fairly trivial to learn.

I've dabbled in Perl and Python, and I wish I had more time to fully explore them. I'm also interested (when I get some discretionary free time) in learning PHP, Apache, OpenGL, and various other tidbits of Wholesome Natural Goodness.

GNU+Linux has been the only OS on my computer for nearly a year now. I'm currently running Potato, after being dissatisfied with RH6.2's security (at home, I'm on a DSL connection, finding that your system has been partially compromised is reason enough to cause some degree of panic). Next weekend, when I visit home, I'll burn an ISO of Mandrake 7.2, since I'm getting sick of the whole package management thing, and prefer compiling stuff on my own. :)

Incidentally, the friend who introduced me to programming in general is also the one who introduced me to Linux (back in RH5.1), so I owe him a debt of gratitude on both counts.

I've undergone something of a personal and political metamorphosis over the past few months. Only a year ago, I was a somewhat vocal leftist (granted, I didn't approve of things like quotas, Affirmative Action over personal merit, or the cult of Political Correctness, but I did believe in the whole Welfare State thing, because "no one should starve"...). For months, I had been a gung-ho Naderite. He lost my vote when I read his rant on how the youth of America are being corrupted by South Park and Marilyn Manson... Since then, I've immersed myself in lots of political material, and I've come out a strong Libertarian, both in the personal and economic freedom sense (the very tip-top of the Diamond). I just mailed in my absentee ballot today, and it very much reflects this.

People give me weird looks for watching C-SPAN in my building's lounge. Maybe I should switch to C-SPAN 2, instead.

To digress momentarily from this semi-coherent paragraphical format:

Stuff I like:

  • Movies:
    • Army of Darkness - quite possibly the funniest horror flick ever made
    • South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut - anxiously awaiting the Broadway Musical :)
    • Monty Python and the Holy Grail - need I say more?
    • The Three Amigos - classic
    • The Matrix
    • Night of the Living Dead - the original, B&W, cheesy zombie version
    • X-Men - amazingly, they didn't screw this one up!
    • There's Something About Mary - obligatory :)
    • Mystery Men - Ben Stiller consistently plays the downtrodden geek type so naturally! (Also, the movie's a hillarious farce of comic books)
    • Anything by Mel Brooks
    • Starship Troopers - sure, scientifically bogus, but lots of fun! (Then again, most sci-fi is completely bogus according to known science :)
    • All the star wars movies - even the one with the ever annoying tyke-Anakin and Jar Jar Binks...
    • And countless others that would take up pages to mention...
  • Video Games:
    • Yes.
  • Females:
    • Definitely, despite the fact that these mysterious creatures are quite elusive!
  • Books:
    • Classic Sci-fi (Aasimov, Heinlien, Herbert, H. Beam Piper, etc.)
    • Modern, Military Sci-fi (John Dalmas, Ender's Game, and that one series where they fight those Fish aliens... :-)
    • Cyberpunk/Steampunk/anything-by-William-Gibson-and/or-Bruce-Sterling
    • Classic Dystopias (Orwell, Huxley, Bradbury...)
    • All sorts of Fantasy genres
  • Teevee:
    • Simpsons
    • South Park
    • Futurama
    • King of the Hill
    • The Daily Show
    • X-Files
    • 3rd Rock
    • Sci-Fi Channel stuff (esp. MST[23]K... is that still on?)
    • C-SPAN (what can I say? I'm a political junkie :)
  • RPGs
    • D&D 3e (I'm starting my first 3e campaign next weekend)
    • Shadowrun (although it's a tad rules-heavy)
    • SkyRealms of Jorune (I wish they'd come out with a new edition!!!!)
    • Alternity - (fun, fun, fun...)
  • Food:
    • Chinese
    • Pizza
    • Chevy's Fresh Mex
    • BBQ
    • Chili's
    • Chez Clement (in Paris :)
    • Botín (in Madrid... try their Chipurones en su tinta [{roasted?} baby squids in their own ink]...mmmm... and the Sangría there is good stuff!)
    • Various Junk food, and caffinaceous beverages
    • Etc...

Et cetera. Hopefully this gives a fairly good glimpse of who I am, from a geekish perspective. :)

1 141900 Mr. Excitement-Bar-Hum-Mal-Cha died in The Gnomish Mines on level 10 [max 12]. Killed by a bolt of lightning - [129]

Santa Cruz ... (none / 0) (#364)
by aphrael on Sun Nov 05, 2000 at 03:36:57 PM EST

Hey dude, send me e-mail: we live in the same town. :_)

[ Parent ]
Bleh (none / 0) (#382)
by Mr. Excitement on Mon Nov 06, 2000 at 02:28:21 PM EST

Assuming I've de-spamified your address correctly:

"you have reached a wrong number. no 'aphrael' at misanthrope.com."

So, I'm not being a jerk or anything; yer just unreachable, apparently.

1 141900 Mr. Excitement-Bar-Hum-Mal-Cha died in The Gnomish Mines on level 10 [max 12]. Killed by a bolt of lightning - [129]
[ Parent ]

Unreachable (none / 0) (#387)
by aphrael on Mon Nov 06, 2000 at 09:13:58 PM EST

misanthrope.discontent.com, not misanthrope.com :) (discontent is run by a friend of mine in SF ...)

[ Parent ]
me. (2.33 / 3) (#340)
by steven on Sat Nov 04, 2000 at 02:20:27 AM EST

hi. i'm a sixteen year old guy from adelaide, australia. my parents run a business heavily reliant on computers, so i've been brought up a geek. :) we had a DEC VAX, which we still used until around 3 years ago when we bought an sgi o2 and an alpha and another alpha and stuff. the vax was fun, but it was loud. the business is based in the house, so we had to put up with it all the time, heh. im in eleventh grade at "an exclusive private school" as the media calls it. i call it a pretty crap school that charges too much for what they provide. =\ i like lowercase typing, and i sometimes punctuate and spell correcly. i also like 'smileys' a bit too much, something that has stuck with me since my bbs days =] i started using the internet with my first bbs account, i used a total of maybe 50 hours in a year. now i use about 50 hours a week. my nick 'steven' has been kept from the first time i used irc, around 6 years ago. i've been dabbling in linux/solaris/irix/vms for a while, but since my boxes died and i've 'obtained' this laptop with it's silly winmodem, i've been a '98 kiddie. there's no cable or dsl in my area (and there isn't likely to be for a while) so we use a 64k isdn line for our business. it's slow, but it beats the hell out of the dialup im on (dad doesnt like the idea of me using the isdn line=[). im teaching myself perl, haven't done a computing class in 4 years, i want to leave home so i can set up my dream apartment using money from a job i don't have (wireless networked laptops, wireless networked pda's, wireless networked appliances) and i think i would enjoy shift work, so i can whore software at 3am when noone else is online. :D enough from me, i probably wrote too much already. check my homepage with excessive frames for more (or less) information) -steven

Who Am I? (2.50 / 4) (#341)
by willie on Sat Nov 04, 2000 at 03:03:41 AM EST

So, finally I get to talk about that one subject I can say with 100% confidence that I know more than anyone else about: me :)

I'm a 19yr old guy studying Network Computing, at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. I consider myself a geek, but reading most other people's stuff I'm feeling a lot more 'normal'.

history: normal school for 12 years, graduated, took a year off went overseas to japan(it's a great place, but anime sucks), got myself a shitload of money then came back to uni.

I love sailing, and spend as much time as possible out on the open waters... I don't take my computer with me, because technology sucks sometimes.

My next passion is music. I've got a couple of guitars, and spend as much time as possible playing or listening to *real* music: blues, jazz, rock & anything else that is worth listening to.

Next comes the most fun: alcohol :) Sure I love drinking the shit, but I also like making drinks. I've done a bit of work as a bartender and that's what I'll probably spend my holidays doing to earn a bit of money. Jim Beam, Jack Daniels, Johnny Walker & Bundaberg Rum while not the best drinks available, provide the best value/money IMHO.

Then there's the other boring stuff that I only do when I've got time: photography... haven't picked up a camera in a few months now, and in no way good at it, but during free time I like to take a photo or two. astronomy... blah blah, looking at the stars is fun. :)

After that, whenever I've got any free time I spend it at the gym, the pool, or riding/running somewhere. I never have enough time do as much as I like but sunlight is good for you.

Then there's computers. I believe that there's more to life than computers. I use them as little as possible, which contradicts the fact that I spend time reading k5, but who gives a shit? I know a little Java, perl, BASIC (from the 'good ol days'), and VB from a few years ago when I was young and naive. I'm now teaching myself C and then I'll move onto C++ hopefully.

I use Linux only because I'm pissed off at Bill, and because it does the best job for what I want it to do. I'm still waiting for a *real* operating system to come and surprise me one of these days. And I still use W2k when I have to.

I've worked as an admin of a small network running NT/Netware but I *know* that I still don't know shit about much in the grand scheme of things. I just happened to pretend better that I know more than everyone else who wanted the job.

I read K5 because /. sucks, and it's one of the best places for *good* discussion on the web. I came across k5 via slashdot a few months before the DoS by curiosity when having a look at the different slashboxes.

Being an Australian I dislike the US for it's arrogance and lack of global understanding, but that does not mean I dislike Americans(but don't get me started).

I watch almost no tv. Red Dwarf is almost all that's interesting these days, but occasionally a good show like The Games (aussie tv show) comes along and surprises me.

Finally there's my girlfriend, but whatever I say about her wouldn't do her credit, so I'll just she's fantastic and leave it at that.

[jwg] i worry about my future. (2.00 / 3) (#347)
by greentea on Sat Nov 04, 2000 at 08:14:32 AM EST

uhm. i'm greentea. born a boy in 1979. i'm sort of vegetarian (only on Sundays. really!). this nickname isn't really indicative of any particular aspect of my life, but it has stuck. In real life, i've got countless aliases as well. I've lived in Houston all of my life, and like to travel when i can (just got off of probation). I tend to get into crazy situations alot. hijinx if you will. maybe one day i'll write a book or a play or a movie bout them.
I play pool, guitar, and openbsd I like tool. I'm a retired druggie, but don't necessarily have any problems with them (drugs, that is. there are _plenty_ of lame druggies). I dislike Network Solutions, drama, much of the 80's "culture", disrespect, and wearing shoes.
I'm trying to learn programming again. Going to UofHouston sucked the will to program right out of me, but I've been on vacation for the past year or so, and think I'll be able to tackle whatever comes my way this time (I have to. I'm on familial mandate to graduate). I'd like to learn to program at least so that I could give something back to the free software community. that would be k-rad.
I spend most of my waking time working nights. I work for Insync (no relation to lame boy band), with a bunch of fearsome badasses. I really feel privelaged to be working with these people. I'd like to somebody be a cisco certified network ninja.
I've been into computers on and off my whole life, but never understood much more than windows until fairly recently. When I discovered unix, i understood how people could be *immersed* in computers. When you can dig around that level in a computer, it becomes almost alive. Like you're tending a little garden.
hrm. what a disgustingly cute metaphor, err simile.
I had a pseudo-religious experience a while back, and figured that the world was lacking in (for lack of a better term) "good vibes". I decided from then on to love everything. But it's difficult. I'm definitely no buddha. but I'm trying, and I know I'm doing much better than I was before. i practice tolerance and harmony, man.
/me == hippy, eh?
I don't remember exactly how or when I found kuro5hin. i think it was alink off of a slashdot comment or something.
You can probably find me on the shattered remains of efnet under the nick cell, cerr, cell[jwg], or cerr[jwg].
Gardens (none / 0) (#369)
by cme on Mon Nov 06, 2000 at 03:15:40 AM EST

When I discovered unix, i understood how people could be *immersed* in computers. When you can dig around that level in a computer, it becomes almost alive. Like you're tending a little garden. hrm. what a disgustingly cute metaphor, err simile.

A year or so ago, I might have agreed that your similie was disgustingly cute. But as I sit now, I would beg to differ. I think it was moving from the suburbs, where there were lots of trees and plants (though it was still a pretty built-up suburb), into the city, where there aren't, that changed my mind. At first, I enjoyed the city- before the move, I had wanted to be around more people, I felt stifled and out-of-place in a snooty, nosy, poser "small town". After the move, I didn't realize how much I missed places where there were gardens or plants or just woods that no one was trying to mold or sculpt or control until recently, about 2.5 years after I moved here.

The reason that I feel plants and gardens and particularly woods (or whatever untouched land is in your area) are so important is that everyone needs some time to be alone... and sometimes you need to be more alone than others, and there are different types of aloneness. Sometimes being alone in the middle of a mall or the Esplanade or a public plaza is fine- sometimes you want to be in *your* room, where no one but you has affected your surroundings- and sometimes even *that's* not alone enough, and you want to be someplace where no one's been molding your surroundings into any shape at all, where you aren't constantly subjected to the imprints of other peoples' minds and wills and dreams... at least, that's the way it is for me, and I know other people who feel that way too. It's as if the evidence of other peoples' effects on your environment becomes a type of pollution, when you're in a certain mood, and you have to get away from it. And some people are more tolerant of this "pollution" than others.

How does any of this relate to my origional point? Remember I referred above to wanting to be in *your* room, a place that you had control over that didn't have signatures of other people's brains? If you designed a garden all by yourself, wouldn't it be similar? And at least to me, it would be all the more comfortable and beautiful for being filled with other non-human organisms.

I customize my computers all to hell. I have standard aliases and dotfiles and a windowmanager with custom config files and stock set of maybe 200 background images to choose from with my transparent terminals and every time I learn something new about my operating system I decide just how I want that set, too. My computer is always the most customized of any around me. I have Opinions, damnit, and I get cranky if I'm not allowed to exercise them. I've even gotten official reprimands from a boss about just how much customization I've done.

Part of this comes from the concept that a good UI shouldn't get in your way- a philosophy I heartily endorse. One of the biggest reasons I switched to Free OS's from winblowz is that with a Free OS you can choose or even design your own UI. And not everyone wants the same UI- which is why there's room for both KDE and Gnome and those of us who prefer not to use either. But if a good UI doesn't get in your way, a great UI is a joy to behold and use. Every time I finish customizing a new computer to my standards, I take a few minutes to just enjoy the smooth, effortless way I can cause it to do what I wish. I don't have to think about what commands to type or what control keys to use- it all just *works*. And because I designed the configuration myself, there was no learning curve- it was beautifully, elegantly, effortlessly easy from the beginning. That perfection is a thing of beauty in and of itself, and I sometimes pause in my work just to appreciate it.

And, of course, this customization goes beyond the shell or windowmanager (hopefully) to the inner workings of the OS itself- knowing everything that is running on your computer and just what it's doing and why it's there makes *your* computer as comfortable as your room or your favorite pair of shoes (pardon, greentea :). This can make your computer as pleasant a place to work as a garden that you created with your own hands. And if you use terms of appreciation like "elegance" and "beauty" to apply to software, how can you not appreciate a computer that you can use with an effortless ease the way you would appreciate a prefectly laid out garden?

[ Parent ]
If you _really_ want to know... (2.40 / 5) (#348)
by BPrice on Sat Nov 04, 2000 at 11:02:12 AM EST

I'm Price, a 19 year old student of biology at CMU. Still live at home, though. Im also insane enough to try and dual major in mathematics. I run OBSD, and bike a helluvalot (both road and mountain). Cryptography is fun, and so is raving. I adore electronic music (especially Orbital), and am constantly trying to produce stuff worth listening to. I love ANSI art, and think Perl is the greatest thing since the Moog. I generally subscribe to extropian principles, and hope to someday work on nanotechnology.

My Contribution (2.33 / 3) (#350)
by matt_t on Sat Nov 04, 2000 at 01:33:26 PM EST

Dear All,

My name is Matthew Trump (aged 27) and I work as an NT Systems Administrator for an ethical ISP called Poptel in Manchester, in the North West of the United Kingdom.

I have recently returned from working in Slovenia, where I spent two years teaching English and two years as Sys Admin for the British Council

I am married to my beautiful wife, who is a Bosniak from Sarajevo and was studying in Slovenia. She is a graphic designer.

In may spare time, I enjoy helping others at Protonic and hope to serve in the Territoral Army.

Of course, I also enjoy reading K5 and /. and I am studying for my MCSE in Win2K.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for having the patience to read my contribution at the end of the list, and hope that you have enjoyed reading the other comments as much as I have.

Finally, I do have a small web presence at http://www.trump-net.com although it is in serious need of updating.


Me? (2.33 / 3) (#351)
by ragabr on Sat Nov 04, 2000 at 03:04:46 PM EST

My name is Cole T. I'm 17 years old and a military brat. Right now I'm living in Bedford, MA. I moved here about 2 months ago from Okinawa, Japan, which is the greatest place I've ever lived in my life. My first computer was the C-64, from which I moved to the Apple II and then my family got a Mac in the late 80's ('89, when we were in Germany if I recall). I saw the movie "Sneakers" and got obsessed with security, though I doubt now I could even handle a script kiddies job. Since my Uncle was a computer god (to my fledging eyes at least) I went up and asked How To Hack... he told me first get a real OS, such as Unix or Linux... and I was enlightened.

I get all my news from Slashdot and K5... I don't like politics, even though I would vote Browne... my Political Science class bores the hell out of me, just because we have the same conversation (with new specifics, granted) everyday.

According the the AP Board, I'm a proficient C++ programmer, even though I've never worked on a large project in my life. I love programming, but I can never find the... mission to point myself towards, so I tend to write things like "for (x=0;x<MAXINT;x++) cout << "Poop" << endl;"...

I love ska and swing music, have a tendency to listen to punk in my free time, but anything by Trent Reznor owns my ass.

I started using drugs in 7th grade, first used opium when I was 12. I've succesfully avoided any addictions, though I do drink a large amount of Arizona Green Tea... people ask me if I own Arizona stock. I enjoy drugs, but do no think they hold any spiritual answers.

Onto religion... I suppose I'm a monotheist, but I just don't know. I do happen to believe in magic, and the Church of the Subgenius got my 20 bucks.

I'm in love with this wonderful fantastic girl named Kate. I don't know what to say about her beyond she's the greatest thing ever to happen to me.

That's basically me...

thanks K5

And my tongue would be made of chocolate. Mmmmm. Chocolate.
about me (2.50 / 4) (#353)
by klamath on Sat Nov 04, 2000 at 03:40:45 PM EST

My name's Neil, I'm a 16 year old Canadian (living in Toronto, Ontario).

I got interested in computers at about 10, and I was heavily into online gaming by about 12. I set up my own gaming server, and decided to switch to Linux. About 3 months later, I finally got it working, and I switched my desktop PC for good. Linux lead to FreeBSD, and programming - I know Perl, Python, Java, and a fair bit of C. I lost interest in gaming and learned more about programming - I'm now doing some Java/Swing stuff, as well as mod_perl + SQL web development. I got my first computer job over the summer - doing web design for cbc.ca. It was kinda boring (they hired me to cut and paste from Word -> HTML, basically, but I spent as little time as possible doing that, and as much time as possible hanging out with the UNIX admins, programmers, + DBAs). Hopefully this summer I'll be able to get a job doing some Java stuff (hint: hire me please!)

I tend to be a bit one-dimensional - between school, computers, and typical teenager social stuff, I don't find much time for anything else -- I don't have a girlfriend, which is somewhat depressing. My school (The University of Toronto Schools - uts.oise.utoronto.ca) is pretty neat, but the workload is annoying. At the moment I'm planning to take CS at the University of Waterloo, and then off to the States for a typical high-tech job.

My nick is the codename of the first revision of the Pentium II. I thought it sounded neat, and it's stuck. Apparently it's also a river in upstate New York...

I am... (2.50 / 4) (#356)
by Lance on Sat Nov 04, 2000 at 08:14:33 PM EST

I'm a 16 year old geek from Australia and I've grown up around computers all my life. The first computer I owned was a 386 DX/40 I got as a birthday present when I was 10.

Now I own 2 computers. One of them is a Pentium 3 running Windows 2000. The other is a Pentium running Slackware Linux.

I started learning Visual Basic a few years ago, but then decided to learn C++. I have recently started learning Perl. I have started playing with OpenBSD, which I like, because I am paranoid and like security.

I have been reading Slashdot for about 18 months, and K5 since the DOS. I now devote more of my time to K5 and less to Slashdot. I sometimes hang out on usenet, and less frequently on IRC. Other than that, my life is rather boring.

Back once again (2.50 / 4) (#359)
by Zarniwoop on Sun Nov 05, 2000 at 02:16:27 AM EST

Well, I better post before this story gets over 400.

I'm Erik. I've been here for a while now (I have a post in the original Who Are You story), and went through a severe bout of depression when K5 went down the first time... well, it was more like muttering "Damn script kiddies" every few minutes, but hey. I'm now twenty years old, and living in Littleton, CO, which is where I grew up. Don't let JonKatz fool you- it's just suburbia, where some shit happened to go down nearly two years ago. It's actually pretty dull, and has been for as long as I can remember.

I'm currently taking a semester off from school. I was going to University of Colorado at Boulder, and I'll be going back to University of Colorado at Denver come springtime. I started out as an Aerospace major, but now I'm Computer Science. I'm just better at it.

Hopefully, I'll finally be able to move out around springtime. What can I say, even though it's free rent, living with my parents really is getting to me. In the meantime, I'm working part time, and trying to get my instrument rating for my Pilot's Licence. Thats probably the most interesting thing I've done lately- many long trips in a little plane, like Denver, CO to Amerillo, TX and back in a Cessna 172. I'm also currently saving up for a Vespa. I'll probably get a cheap one and restore it to working (safe) condition.

My current favorite musical groups are The Juliana Theory, Starflyer 59, Poor Old Lu, Roger Clyne, Five Iron Frenzy, Dizzy Gillespie, and whatever else catches my ear at the moment. My musical tastes usually lean towards more offbeat bands, but not always- sometimes I'll just listen to whatever is on the radio. Sometimes.

Personally, I'm a Christian, but I tend to think that people should be allowed to make up their own minds about religion and stuff like that. If it comes up in a discussion or something, sometimes I'll discuss it if it interests me, but I feel no need to push people in some certain direction. People have their own brains, and should make up their minds for theirselves.

Many nights, you'll be able to find me in Denver at one of a few coffee houses, in specific, St. Mark's, Paris on the Platte or Stella's. All highly recommended.

And that's really about it!

indeed (2.20 / 5) (#360)
by sergent on Sun Nov 05, 2000 at 02:38:42 AM EST

  • 23 years old
  • a software engineer at a very large computer company
  • a denizen of the SF Bay area since 1998
  • from West Lafayette, Indiana (think Purdue)
  • allergic to milk, eggs, beef, dog and cat fur, feathers, aspirin, dust, and every kind of pollen they could test for in El Dorado, Arkansas
  • culturally and socially challenged (maybe even paranoid or phobic)
  • not sure who I am most days
Jonathan Sergent / sergent@io.com

This thread is awesome! (2.80 / 5) (#361)
by yuri on Sun Nov 05, 2000 at 02:59:18 AM EST

This is K5 at it's greatest! Everyone reading this now has some appreciation for all the others posting and reading this site and thus less likely to have an anon (/.) reaction to future comments. Further, we now have a (somewhat skewed) glimpse of the true K5 audience and know who our (international) audience is for future comments. Whoami you ask? Hmmm 2000-1966=34 years old yea I stopped counting after I lost most of my hair. I am a Canadian currently living in the Midwest US. Born in Scotland, raised in Canada, Educated in Canada (Waterloo) and the US. I am currently a Professor at a major US university. I have always loved computers (starting with an Apple IIe in '79) and I currently run Mac OSXPB (unix meets desktop publishing....let see how this turns out, should be interesting..either way). I like to play guitar (I suck) I like golf (used to be good, not enough time now) I bang on drums (I suck..ask my neighbors) I like to read SciFi/Fantasy (Herbert, Dick, Gibson too many to list) and history/historical fiction (Massey, White etc.) but I haven't read much lately...busy with research/teaching. My favorite video games are Stargate (arcade version) missile command (mame/arcade) and tempest (mame/arcade). Side note: I am very dissapointed with console and arcade games in the last 10 years, they all suck IMNSHO. Anyhoo, this thread has been a very interesting read. Cheers to all, Y

The one, the only... me :-) (3.00 / 4) (#362)
by Rand al'Thor on Sun Nov 05, 2000 at 11:53:44 AM EST

Where to begin? My first experience with computers was way back in the mid-80s when I took Logo as part of a gifted and talented program in elementary school. From there my only interaction with computers were at school -- playing educational classics like Number Munchers and Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego. In ninth grade my family finally bought a [sarcasm]top-of-the-line[/sarcasm] computer (Packard Bell 486sx/25mhz/4mb RAM) to get into the digital age. I learned to program in GWBasic, followed by QBasic, Pascal, and C. Currently I do contract programming for my money... it offers me greater flexibility. :-) My interests include next-gen tech, biometrics, and above all -- people. I also enjoy watching movies and listening to music of all kinds. Oh yeah, my vitals need to be here. :-) Name is Steven Edwards, I am 21 years old and I live in Charleston, SC.

What better way to describe yourself. (2.40 / 5) (#363)
by IoaPetraka on Sun Nov 05, 2000 at 11:54:48 AM EST

Sure, I could run down statists. That works for most people. I respect that, I really wish I could do the same. I find that I loathe statistical representations of myself, so I thought I would write a little story to explain myself to you all.
Thank goodness for latex2html

To Break Into Many Pieces

I stooped one more time and lowered my head to better see the flaking skin around the risidual wounds that one aquires while walking. Slowly, as the day progressed the ritual sandals that I so seldom wore, cut deeper and deeper into my ankles and calves. Curse myself for never breaking in these sandals! Curse my blindness on this matter

"Rub a little sand in it, brother!" came an irritated cry from afar.

I looked up and squinted heavily against the sheer white light of the sun. My travelling companion - who is most certainly not my friend, let me reassure you on that point emphatically - was rough against the collection of my vision. Rather squirmy, as if being viewed through several miraculous sheets of water.

"Rub some sand into the wound! It will keep it from getting worse."

The shape which defied shape got a little larger. I did not wish for my companion to get any closer to me at this point in time. I did not care for him to see the wounds. I had been stealing small glances at his ankles earlier, as they flurried in and out amongst the folds of his desert robe. He had obviously taken the time to break in his shoes. I could not appear to be so foolish as to have rarely worn my sandals before. My companion had relented to taking me on the supposition that I had made desert journies before.

Was it wrong of me to lie about this though? I have come to believe it was the right thing to do. This journey is the beginning of a new life for me. I must take this journey! Submitting oneself to miniture lies along the way towards such improvement could hardly be worthy of scathing review, my dear friend.

I quickly manipulated the straps down with one finger and took a healthy pinch of sand in the other hand. I place the pinch of sand into the wound and winced at the hotness of it all. The shape is getting larger, I must finish before he arrives and sees just how bad off I am. I hastily rubbed the hot sand into my left wound and stood up quicky, dusting off my hands.

He has arrived.

"You are doing okay?"

"Yes, thank you friend. Let us go, shall we? Time is wasting."

"Are you sure, I think I saw you limping-"

"You are confused, sir!"

"Very well, then."

He turned and strode off towards the break in the mountains ahead. The break in the mountains! Try as I might, the brightness was a bit much for me. I could scarcely see my companion as his form quivered in the heat in front of me. How was I to see the break in a mountains that he kept pointing to with vague recall, as if it were such an obvious affair to find the mountains. I cursed him and his little finger as he walked off.

Making a strident effort to appear vigilant I strode off after him with great haste. I bit my tongue hard enough to bring blood for the sand was doing anything but helping! I felt every raw nerve rubbing against the many surfaces of the sand with every step. With every pretense of a step! I must not cry out, he must not hear my pain. I masked my face with expert glaze and glanced arrogantly around the scenery.

Where was I going. To the break in the mountains. Yes, there my dreams will be revealed as truths; the book said this plainly. What is beyond those mountains, they which I cannot even fully see? I quickened my pace to keep up with the wobbling, frightingly scarce image of my companion. The air here was so thick with heat, I do not believe I have seen anything quite like it.

I reflexively reached for my back pocket, noticing too late that this dusty desert robe was in the way. Where was that book. I felt in the various pouches and luggables that were strapped to me like a coatrack. My hands did not find purchase! Where was my book?

I must have stopped walking in my search, for when I looked up the swaying image of my travelling companion had utterly disappeared beyond the walls of heat. Cold like ice gripped my neck. Look, look you fool he must be here. I swung my head around in a circle, everything here is the same. It is all this white sand of the most peculiar fineness and the shimmering wall of heat just 40 feet away yet always unreachable. Beyond the wall, who knows.

Have I really lost my book?

Ignoring the pain I set out in the direction I thought I had been going. Indeed, there were footprints in the sand, or where they only my footprints, recently just tread in the opposite direction? No that couldn't be, there was only one set. I would be on my companion's set if there was only one.

Above me, the most singular arrangement began to assemble itself. At first glance I thought it was a stray cloud, but looking again I see it seems to cast its own light. It was moving, yes, too fast to be the sun. The sun was over yonder anyway, this was a different source of light.

I looked back down to the horizon and those footsteps. Ignore the wracking pain from my wounds. There is a faint disturbance in the glimmer ahead. I blink and it disappears. Shall I pick up the pace? I stride forward and the apparition unfolds with more strength.

Soon I am upon the shape before me, my travelling companion. I must squelch the urge to run up and punch him him in the back. That pious man, leaving me in the desert all alone! I think he has neither noticed my departure nor arrival. How aloof he is, how unconcerned for my wellfare!

I crash into the back of my companion, I did not mean to! He had stopped quickly and I was forced to plow into him. We fell to the ground with exhaustion. I looked to the sky and saw that second source of light growing far to the east again. It must have gone across the sky and come around again without me noticing. It moves so fast.

I look to see if my companion has noticed this freak of nature, but he is looking behind me, at the ground.

"What are you looking at?" I demanded, "Why are you looking at the ground?"

He wiped his hand across the bottom of his nose in a crude way and then raised that little finger of his to point.

"You are bleeding."

"I am not!"

"But, my friend, you are, there is blood upon the ground and it leads to you."

I look down and what a horror! My wounds have grown worse. I turned my back to him and lifted the edge of my robe to apply more of the sand into my wounds. The grit caught the blood and held it in place, but oh how it hurt! I did not let him see my face, and my tears of pain. Meanwhile the shadows were shifting.

I turned and looked as the brilliant light soared across the sky and slowly faded to the west.

"What was that light? What has caused that brilliant light?"

"What light?"

"The light that soared across the sky so quickly, like that!" I snapped for emphasis.

He blinked in reflex and looked at me in a confused manner. "I saw no light. Are you thirsty? Has the sun got to you already?"

"That was most definately not the sun that I saw moving across the sky."

He propped me up on the desert floor and held my shoulders steady while he opened my canteen. My book! That is what I was looking for. I must find my book. Cold water runs down my throat and I choke. Why is he putting water in my throat while I am looking for my book.

I opened my eyes, why I do not know. I did not close my eyes at all. I do not understand why it is so dark, have I gone blind, is that it? No, there are shapes now, small little shapes that suggest bigger shapes. One of these is my travelling companion who is asleep. I stood up and slowly mopped the sand off of my face and neck. My sandy hands seemed to place more sand there than they removed. It was probably a good thing, my head has obviously been wounded and needs sand, why else would I have fallen asleep so sudden like that. Was I being forbidden to continue?

With my companion asleep, I took this time to search diligently for my little book. I can not fathom why I would not bring it. It must be another sign! I should not be here. I looked around the darkened landscape with no better luck than in the day. I could not see more than a few feet. Why was this place invisable to me.

Oh, things were getting brighter though! I could see much clearer, I turned towards the source of light, the moon must be rising, but no, it was that strange light to the east, growing again. I could not look directly at it, but it appeared to have texture within it, like a cloud, but moving far faster than a cloud ever could. With that thought it lept from the horizon as if it has been a frog and raced across the sky almost faster than my eye could follow.

The next time I opened my eyes I was flailing against a moist and incredibly hot torture that had been wrapped around me. When I looked around, I saw no such torture, only the air crisping in the rising sun. I looked over to see that my travelling companion was sitting on the ground. His shoulders were heaving slightly. Could it be? It couldn't be that he was crying.

"What is the matter with you?" I attempted to say, though it crackled out of my throat like a dying animal.

He breathed in sharply and let himself steady before leaping around and grabbing me by the shoulders. His eyes were wide and red, staring into mine with such a blaze of intensity that it caused me to wonder if I had been in the company of a murderer all along.

Sweat dripped from his nose as his eyes flickered back and forth across my face.

"Where is your book!" He looked at me searchingly. "We need to read the book."

So that is what this was about! He had discovered that I forgot my book and he had grown angry at me! Well, what was he going to do, leave me in the desert to die again? I do notdoubt that. I had nothing else to say, so I spoke slowly, "I did not bring my book, did you bring yours?"

His face recoiled as if he had been slapped by a thousand hands. His fingers tightened around my shoulders and we stood up together, staring in to each other's eyes.

"I cannot go on this trip with you! I am not worthy to break the mountains with you!" He shouted at me with shame in his voice.

"What on earth has ever lead you to believe this?" I queried in a shocked manner.

"You are pious and I am weak. I have spent my life preparing for this journy. I have walked many days into the desert learning how to live with the death that exists here. I have worn my sandals thin, I have worn my robe thin, until they had to be replaced and then worn down again. I read from my book daily, I read it until there is no light and then I think about it until I fall asleep.

"Then I set my date to make my journey. I posted a notice in the paper so that all who were ready could come with me, but no replies came. Then you showed up at my door, pale and with shifty eyes. I asked if you feared the desert, if you had travelled the desert, and you said you had. I knew you were a liar then, just as you are a liar now. I thought to myself, why should I bring a liar. Not on this journey, on any other maybe, but not on this journey. "

He paused for a moment, his eyes still had failed to blink, they stared directly into mine, but past me, as if he was looking at me 10 feet away. He continued, "Then I knew, I knew you were great for you did not fear the desert, you knew your journey would be aided by the book. You were greater than I, for I fear the desert and approach it like a lamb. You stride into it like a lion with meat on the horizon. So I read my book, and I found something I have never seen before, the book said: 'Journey only where you are bold, until you lack fear you will not find your fate. Only when you can see beyond the fear and find the mountains can you emerge.'

"So I walked to the edge of the desert that day and looked as far as I could see. In the distance I could see the mountains! I knew they were there, I could see the break in the mountains. I thought I was not afraid. I was, and you were not.

"Then you scorn me by bleeding all over the desert. You take your pain and you relish it for it is part of the journey. I have no pain for I have grown calluses over my ankles."

He speach was growing halted and he slurred now as he spoke, "You have not brought you book because you do not need it. You have it all up here, here." He removed his hand from my shoulder and I had half a thought to turn and run from this maddened person. He rapped on the side of his head, "Here!"

With that he broke free from me and strode off from whence we came, his shape slowly becoming distant. I stood in wonder and in desperation I cried out to him, "You cannot leave me here like this! I cannot see the mountain, I can not see where we came from!"

His shape stopped and turned around, pondering. He walked back towards me slowly. When he had once again returned to my full vision he raised his finger over my shoulder and pointed. I turned to look into the haze of nothing.

"You cannot see what is so plainly there?"

"No, I cannot, for my lack of fear is ignorance. You are the one who is greater than I."

"But I fear."

"I can't see."

He stopped and thought, his eyes still alarmingly wide.

"We shall travel together than, as we did before. It seems the book has spoke to us both, you do not have fear, but I can see the way. We should continue." He turned and walked off in the direction he had been pointing. I picked up my pouches and bags and followed.

Thus we travelled through the harsh day. My body cried out for water, but I was too great to drink of the canteen strapped around my neck. Water is for the weak, fear of thirst is not a virtue. I did know the book, and even though I could not see the break in the mountains, I knew the book. I was ready. We walked through the day in silence. The lights came and went several times that day at even intervals, but I do not think he saw them. He never once turned his head.

By the middle of the third day a dark line appeared on the horizon. I marvelled at how I could see the line, even though it was clearly beyond the barrier I could normally see in this sun. My travelling companion was growing excited as we neared the dark line.

"The break in the mountains!" He kept saying over and over. Try as I might, when I scanned the horizon I could see no mountains, nor could I see a break in them. As we approached the line I noticed that it was broken, as if made up of many dots. The closer we came, the wider the dots spread out. It was not a line as it first appeared, but an inconceivably long row of little black dots on the ground.

It was nearing the end of the day when we reached the row of dots. Despite the fact that I still could see no further than 40 feet, I could see this row of dots went further than any other object. Perhaps they went around the world completely. What an astounding thought!

I bent down to examine one of them and found that it was a small dome, not completely black, but a dark enough shade of brown to be confused as such against the white sand. I took a scoop of the light sand in my hands and scattered it over the dome. The sand parted and sifted to the sides leaving the domes completely untouched.

"Drink." I heard him say. "You are thirsty and you need water to live."

We unwrapped the canteens from around our necks and raised them high, careful to only drink as much as we needed to stay alive. After we were filled of water, my companion sat down on one side of the domes. I sat down on the other. He produced his book and flipped through a few pages for a minute or two until he found what he was looking for.

"I will read from the book now."

That seemed to be a wise thing to do, so I nodded my head at him and closed my eyes.

He took up a lyrical voice while reading, my, what a good orater he was when he wanted to be: "`They who travelled into the break in the mountains and found the unnatural miracles there shall drink freely of the wisdom that is found around them. Let them not grow sceptical as they wait for the sun to fall upon them, let them be silent and just amongst one another. Let there not be a thought of anger, or shame, for all who arrive here are great and ready to receive their gift."' He paused. I knew that he was finished, so we took the council of the book and remained silent, watching one another.

My robe flapped lightly against my right arm and I looked up. A wind was stirring the sand around us. Though we did not speak, the dance of light in my companion's eyes betrayed his anticipation. I know that I must have looked much the same to him. We had come. Now we will receive what is ours to claim!

He looked up sharply to the east and cocked his head as if listening for something. I looked up towards the east, where the row of dots disapeared on the horizon. My throat swallowed in anticipation, it was the light! I am afraid to say, I forgot my unsaid oath and broke the silence, "Do you see the light?" I asked with excitement and emotion breaking across my words.

"Light, what light? I heard music, though, unlike any other music I have ever heard before." He seemed unconcerned with the breaking of silence, as if these words did not matter now, in our heightened awareness.

"I hear no music!"

"Listen close, it sounds like countless metal trees scraping amongst each other in some horrendous stormy wind. It sounds like..."

"Like what! I hear nothing, but I see a light."

"There is not light, there is music. Music like metal beings restless with energy, awakening."

"How can you not see this light, it is like the beauty of a thousand gods wrapped amongst each other. Horrible in their splendour."

It was evident to me that the light was coming from the domes. The domes were great and powerful lights. For the sun shall fall upon them. The book spoke of the sun, my light. It did not speak of noise. The man who was sitting across from me was not a follower of the book! He was a vagrant. He did not see the sun, even as it was about to fall. He heard the demonic noise of the light that any foul mind would hear if it could not see it. I rose to my feet and leaped across the line of domes.

"You traitor! There is no music! There is no music! There is light, and the sun shall fall upon them! You do not see the sun! You are going to destroy all that is good. You have journeyed here with a fouled mind and impure desires."

He grabbed me and threw me to the ground. I jammed my elbow into his throat so that he may not speak. I must not hear his heretic words! He grabbed his throat and cried. The light was growing brighter and brighter. I could feel the heat of it as it approached, warming my soul to the very core. I could not allow my destiny to be fouled by this man. I stood up and turned my back on him, walking towards the sun.

He must have found his voice again for I heard a wail behind me, he screamed, "The music the noise it must stop it is hurting my ears!" I did not turn to look at him. I won't spoil my vision with his sinful face at this moment of my redemption. Now the light was all I could see, it pierced my eyes and drove them back into my skull. I clapped my hands over my eyes even has he clapped his hands over his ears and we screamed.

The row of domes became bright and searing heat emited from them. The sand blew feircely away from the domes. I fell down with my feet towards the approaching light and watched as my feet, then legs disintigrated before my eyes, burned to a crisp and turned to ash in a moment of recognition, then all was Black.

The domes dimmed and the light they created slowly dissapeared beyond the horizon. Behind them, the fine, white ashes from the bodies of the two men who had journeyed there spun lightly in the tortured wind until they finally came to rest upon the sand. Oh! It is not sand, you see. For their ashes merely added to a desert of what was not sand, but ash.

Ioa Aqualine Petra'ka

who i am at the moment (2.80 / 5) (#366)
by b1nd0x on Sun Nov 05, 2000 at 08:47:00 PM EST

well i don't think i can really give anything approaching who i am in a time independant manner, so, who i am at this one moment in time:

i am 18 years old, sitting in my dorm room at scenic and historic harvard university. i'm a freshman, and currently trying to avoid my math miderm. 7 questions in 7 days; i'm currently curious how i am going to prove that a bounded non-convergant sequence has a subsequence that is constant. my roommate behind me is doing something similar. i think i may be going out with a girl in some far off dorm (but every dorm is far off from mine). but maybe not. you know how it is (channelling tom robbins). i think i'm a math/cs major. maybe not. i grew up on east egg of great gatsby fame.

oh wait, computer stuff eh? i haven't been reading k5 for too long, but i am now, and we are discussing the present only are we not (the royal we). i've done a lot of web development type stuff and the college board claims i extremely well qualified in CS/c++, but I have never run a compiler.

I listen to Godspeed You Black Emperor!, aphex twin/autechre/etc., spiritualized, and even a jamband here or there.

i'm currently working on juggling 7 balls (i can almost certify), play ultimate, and enjoy the power trip that is being a radio dj.

and now i'm done procrastinating. --arthur

I am that I am. (3.60 / 5) (#367)
by puzzlingevidence on Mon Nov 06, 2000 at 01:14:00 AM EST

I'm 31, male, heterosexual, Caucasian, and Canadian. My current anonymous e-mail address is puzzlingevidence@my-deja.com. I'm more than happy to be anonymous here, for reasons that will be apparent if you keep reading.

It's likely that I have the distinction of being the lowest-paid "professional" of any of us posting here. I make about $31K Cdn (that's about $21K US) working for the government of British Columbia. I do help-desk stuff, rapid application development in VB, design VBA macros for Word, Excel, Outlook and Access, desktop publishing, web work out the wazoo, systems analysis, project management and planning analysis, document management, proofreading, editing and so forth. I'm studying Perl and XML on "company time" with their blessing. My job title is "production assistant". That means I get to do everything that isn't on anyone else's job description.

This is my first "real job". I'm a slacker. I've worked so many different jobs it isn't funny, and only recently decided it was time for a career, since my first love (writing fiction) doesn't pay well -- that is to say, I've only sold two stories in the last eleven years.

I have degrees in Writing and Linguistics. Why Linguistics? Because I thought that maybe I'd like to teach English as a Second Language. Wrong. Why Writing? Because I thought that maybe I'd be able to make a living at it. Wrong. Meanwhile, one of my classmates from my fiction workshops has a Hugo nomination, and another has both nominations for the Giller Prize and the Governor-General's award. For her first novel, yet. (FYI, they're the two big Canadian prizes, much like the Pulitzer or the American Booksellers Award).

I'm an entirely self-taught techie, which plays well in the sticks but won't do much for me if I want a private sector job. Except: I've got the experience and qualifications necessary for a Real Job as a technical writer. I like to write docs. Nobody else does, so that's one point for me. Within a couple of years, I hope to leverage the love everyone in the office feels for me into good references for a Big Money Job.

I've been on the Net since 1988. Under my real name, I'm a notorious poster to Usenet. I moderated a newsgroup for a number of years. I've written a number of FAQs. As of about a month ago, I no longer post to Usenet, and I'm trying to wean myself away from reading it. Usenet is no longer a "community" in any sense of the word. Very few people try to be useful to others, or to debate rationally; it's an eternal flamewar and pissing contest. And, sure, I enjoy a good flamewar, but there aren't any good ones anymore. Between the change in overall Usenet culture and a couple of experiences being stalked (ex: followed from newsgroup to newsgroup by sociopaths. ex-2: having another sociopath harass me in her X-headers in perpetuity) I've had it.

K5 still has that "community" feel. I like it here.

Controversy time: I like Windows. Linux is of no use to me, because it can't run my software. If I wanted to use StarOffice, I would. I don't. I want to run Word. I want to play Baldur's Gate II.

I don't own a car and have never had a driver's license. I never use illegal drugs (I hate the smell of pot). I used to drink a lot when I was going to school, but nowadays I might go out for beers once a month. I eat a lot of dead animal flesh, and I like it. I'm a little overweight, but seeing as how I bike instead of driving, I guarantee I'm in better cardiovascular shape than most of you skinny, vegetarian drivers. :)

I've recently realized that I'm socially phobic. I'm eloquent and witty, and if in a social situation I'm suave, and can make anyone laugh and feel at ease. However, I never, ever, ever seek out new social situations. I get asked by coworkers to go for lunch, but I will never ask a coworker to lunch. I get asked on dates, but I never ask people out on dates. My last girlfriend was disappointed that I wouldn't ask people over for dinner, and that I rarely asked her to bed (but was always up for it when she asked).

Last Friday, a co-worker asked if I wanted to go hiking with him and some buddies of his. I said "no." Saturday evening, I was walking home from the bookstore alone, when I met a co-worker, his wife and their infant son; they were going to a pub to meet some friends and asked me along. I came up with a lame excuse.

This is probably why I'm 31 with my first real job, low-paying as it is.

I suspect that Paxil is in my near future.

What are my passions? Writing. Going to the theatre. Picking up my bike and taking off for the entire day, turning around and heading home and thinking "Shit, it's 90 km back."

And that's me.

A man may build a throne of bayonets, but he can not sit on it. --Inge

pope nihil the first (3.00 / 5) (#368)
by pope nihil on Mon Nov 06, 2000 at 01:46:14 AM EST

I'm 20, and almost 21. I am a third year CS major. My first computer was an Apple IIc. I have mainly programmed in C++ and foxpro. I love OpenBSD (although I've only been using it since 2.6) and am currently involved in a beowulf project (on donated hardware) with the local LUG at my school.

I'm a bit of a student of the arcane. My religion varies between atheist/agnostic/pagan/discordian. It really depends on who is asking.

I've been reading K5 for quite a while, but I don't really post too much either here or on slashdot. Mainly I lurk.

For entertainment, I enjoy games. I play Counter-Strike quite a bit and am usually quite proud of my scores there. Even though I don't cheat, or even know where I would start, I'm accused of cheating about 1 in 5 times I play.

I also run a table-top RPG of my own creation. I was sick of all the other systems not being quite what I wanted, so I wrote my own. Eventually, I might even publish it.

I voted.

First Danish post? (2.00 / 4) (#370)
by NKJensen on Mon Nov 06, 2000 at 05:37:01 AM EST

No danes so far? Strange.

36/M/Denmark - embedded programming in C++, Linux wannabe, scouting-freak and my girlfriend is a physician. Follow links if you're into scouting. Best regards from Ęnkå
From Denmark. I like it, I live there. France is another great place.

The Magic 400? (2.66 / 3) (#372)
by darrenAd on Mon Nov 06, 2000 at 06:23:19 AM EST

Well, let's see if this gets in before post 400. Possibly...

Right then, My name's Darren and yes, I work with computers. I'm a K5 lurker and, according to my mate's girlfriend, the most inoffensive person you will ever meet (should you be that unlucky).

I'm 29 and I'm from London, England. Exactly one year today I moved here to Dundee, Scotland to work at at its smaller university as a programmer hoping to work with these people. However, someone lied to me, or I misunderstood totally, and I now work in a Technical Support capacity for those same people. A classic case or being careful what you ask for, it seems. Anyway, I thought to myself that while I'm here, I should do that Masters degree I've been putting off for a while now.

What else? Well, I like programming and have done for almost fifteen years now. Part of my reason for coming here was so that I can make the break from all that corporate programming and do get involved in something more interesting. I'm a C programmer by choice (??), but have recently been looking into PHP, Perl, and the like. Unfortunately my short attention span will most likely prevent me from being any good at it.

Away from work I like not thinking about work (easy), programming, reading, playing that surreal Vib Ribbon game, and more programming on my slower-by-the-day Linux box. I also like football (or soccer to some of you people) and have been an armchair Liverpool supporter for over twenty years. I also like doing the pub and club thing and listening to Rap Music (though will happily tolerate - and, most of the time, enjoy - other types of music when it comes my way). From time to time, I become deeply obsessed about things and people. At the moment it's one of the women on a show called Bits. I think I need help.

*sigh* I wish I were working someplace like here. But I'm not, so I should get back to the work thing and finish off this Masters degree.

bye all,

- darren

Another naive something ... (3.25 / 4) (#373)
by ejf on Mon Nov 06, 2000 at 08:16:10 AM EST

Hey there.

Although I haven't finished reading all the other bio's (sometimes there's some really interesting stuff to find in these posts -- not interesting as in demography, but as in fascinating), I'll put in my $.02 here as well :)

I'm a 19-year-old computer fanatic. Actually not only that, but for the most part, it is true, so I'll start with that aspect : I got my first computer when I was 7 (trusty old "Brotkasten" C64), which, although a great system, grew too small for me in just under a year (yes, Basic was fun, no, I don't speak 6502, yes, I still listen to SIDs, and no, I do not play on it as much as I did back then), so I sold it for $400 (that was including the monitor and 1541) and got my first IBM PC Compatible (an 386 SX 16 / 1mb RAM / 50mb HDD / VGA 256kbyte / 14" monitor / epson printer), which I blew just a week after by trying out what this hideous switch 110/220 meant (I had not had any physics classes by then). Good thing the merchant didn't have much of a clue either and replaced the whole thing on warranty :-)
I think I spent about $1500 on that, something which I could not afford at the age of 8. My parents paid the rest (it was my birthday+christmas present) ... The first thing I got, naturally, was a game. It was called
Lemmings, and I still play it sometimes. The first programming language I explored on that system was QBasic (it rocks, BTW). I later got into Turbo Pascal (6 at that time) and went on to BP7, which was the last Pascal compiler I ever touched (My last library hit just about every limitation that compiler had in terms of data size, so I quit using it :) During that time I also investigated x86 assembler a bit, yielding some nice little utilities I still use today. It was all exploring, and all on my own since our school did not even have a computer back then, and by the time I got to 9th grade I realized that the teacher who was supposed to teach me just didn't know a word processor from a programming language. Very weird.
Anyway, I got a 4mb RAM upgrade ($200 then), a Mitsumi CD-Rom Drive (Single Speed, $200 as well), and was basically on the edge of technology compared to my peers. I later upgraded to a Pentium 90/32meg/2gbyte, then 233/64meg/4.8gbyte, then K6-II 300/64meg/8gbyte, now K6-III 400/192meg/15gbyte+K6-II 166/64meg/20gbyte ... I picked up C++ and formal computer science in the US, and learned Perl, which is still my favourite programming language.
What I do with computers ? Code, Play, Communicate, etc. I'm your average Linux Freak (although I use Windows every day --> play), have some experience in BeOS, OSX, BSD, and QNX, and generally am open to new things. I hate M$, although not only for the usual reasons (mind you, I used it since DOS 3.3 on a friend's laptop). I spent lots of time on emulation (you know, emulating gaming consoles, handhelds, old computer systems, arcade machines, etc.) and still do so -- although to a lesser extent.
I've been on the net for 4 years now, online for about 6 to 7 ... (Yes, I still have a Fido Netmail address. And a few other nets as well. I just don't really check them anymore).

Ok, away from computers : As said, I'm 19 now, live in Northern Germany, still go to school (13th grade), will not have to go to the military (yes! :-), and intend to pursue a Master's Degree in Computer Science at the least (big dream is MIT, btw). (darn, back to computers already ;-) I've spent one year in the US (1998/1999 in Texas) as an exchange student, so I got to see both sides of the big blue sea. I graduated over there (junior candidate) but still have to graduate in here, which I will do majoring in Math, English, Chemistry, and Geology. Anyway, the year in the US was for sure not a waste, as a matter of fact, it probably was the greatest year I had so far. The only problem I'm facing now is the vast distances between me and some of my best friends, but I guess that's a pretty small price to pay for what I experienced. Not just because of the US itself (I think I would have gottena similar experience going to Japan or Thailand, for example).
Currently, I speak three languages (English, German, French), and I intend to better my Japanese (which will take some time yet, the only things I mastered so far are Hiragana and Katakana and a _very_ limited vocabulary).

If you need _even_ more information, you can check my homepage (when it is up, I need to find somebody who'll pay for some serious hosting :) which is linked in my profile on k5.

How I got to k5 ? I think I went through a link from "The Other Site" early on, and found it to be a very pleasant place to be. Very interesting comments, lots of nice stories, etc. When it went down I checked every few days whether it was back up, and thankfully, it is now.

I usually think about things I say, write, and do. But since I'm merely human, that doesn't always apply.

Oh, yeah. My name is Eike.

Hmm ... In retrospect, this is probably more than just $.02 ... more something like $.0pi ...

--- men are reasoning, not reasonable animals.
sid (none / 0) (#374)
by fantastic-cat on Mon Nov 06, 2000 at 10:46:41 AM EST

if you're interested in c64 music you should check out micromusic and getsome retro digital soundz.

[ Parent ]
sid (none / 0) (#375)
by fantastic-cat on Mon Nov 06, 2000 at 10:47:21 AM EST

if you're interested in c64 music you should check out micromusic and getsome retro digital soundz.

[ Parent ]
Hmm ... Thanks, seems interesting (none / 0) (#401)
by ejf on Fri Nov 10, 2000 at 09:39:45 AM EST

Hi ...

Thanks, I'll check that site out in all its completeness later tonight. Got to patch together another Linux Box first -- maybe it'll hold another few Sid's by then ... The HV-Sid collection (High Voltage) contains almost every SID known today, though ... I don't know how far beyond 10.000 (or even 20.000) tunes it is, but definitely more than you can ever listen to ;-)

Google should find you their current homepage rather quickly I suppose. It sometimes changes, so pointing it out here is probably not the best thing to do ;)
--- men are reasoning, not reasonable animals.
[ Parent ]
Re: (2.66 / 3) (#381)
by MrSmithers on Mon Nov 06, 2000 at 02:18:10 PM EST

Well, I feel a little weird since I'm pretty new to k5 (moved from the other site, too many trolls :), but here goes:

I'm 19, male. I graduated from high school a year ago and have been working at a medium sized company since. I started out doing web design work, but eventually moved up and am now the senior Network Administrator.

I live and work in Fort Worth, Texas (just west of Dallas, they feature our city on the TV show COPS a lot :-). At work I maintain the network itself, Cisco Catalyst 100MB switches, routers, etc. Just got my CCNA. I also have a large role in the upkeep of our NT servers, Exchange server, and web server. Although we're primarily an NT shop (fortunately we're sane enough to run NT workstation and Win2k on all the machines rather than 9x which has been banned from the network :), I've helped to introduce Open Source software here and we now have a Linux box which provides DNS for our domain, another Linux box which is our primary Certificate Authority for PKI, a Linux cluster running MOSIX (currently 3 members, 2 are dual so 5 CPUs) that we use for miscellaneous CPU-intensive tasks, a FreeBSD server running backup DNS and Postfix for mail relay, and a second FreeBSD server that's a mail server for a domain we're hosting (Apache and Neomail).

One of my primary interests is network security; we have not only a firewall that I maintain, but access lists on many routers that connect us to the outside world and other companies on our WAN, with central syslogging that e-mails me important events.

Anyway, enough about work. At home I dual boot between Linux and Win2k; working on building a Linux server to handle MP3 storage (FYI most of my MP3s are ripped from my own CDs, I just like being able to random play them at home and at work), voice mail/answering machine, and other miscellaneous stuff. Hobbies include C and C++ programming -- yes I really do know both, I'm not just lumping them together like some people do. I'm getting started in basic electronics; I've been building computers for a long time out of components but I'd like to be able to make simple circuits completely from scratch.

Interests in the real world include music, creative writing, billiards. My girlfriend goes to school at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, is on the drill team, and is majoring in Dance and English. I'm not in school right now, but am planning to take business classes somewhere nearby.

BTW, my name is Craig, thanks for listening. :) Looking forward to seeing what everyone else posted!

My name is slycer.. (3.00 / 3) (#383)
by slycer on Mon Nov 06, 2000 at 03:40:12 PM EST

Hello, my name is slycer (actually Sheldon) and I am a recovering MCSE. I am 26 years old, married, with one child (just over 2 years old) and another on the way (due Mayish).

I have recently realized that I am a bitter helpdesk employee. 3 years in the same job, no recognition, no oppurtunities in this company. Desperately seeking something in Western Canada (Calgary) that involves perl and creativity.

I am a scribe on perlmonks, and an infrequent kuro5hin poster. I used to do slashdot, but finally kicked the habit. It seems that perlmonks has taken it's place. I have been visiting kuro5hin since before the DOS, wandered my way here by virtue of a sig on slashdot.

I own 3 PC's at home, and could classify myself as a geek. My crowning achievment is a childrens paint program written in perl, using Tk, that my child likes to play with. I have not posted that anywhere yet, but may in the future.

I like Linux, use Windows 2000 at work, and grudgingly admit that 2000 is a pretty darned good OS (though slow), rock solid stable (6 months no reboot). I ramble frequently, with no orginization to it (as is quite obvious from this post).

Those who wish to can email me if they would like to know more.

Mua? (4.00 / 5) (#384)
by cfish on Mon Nov 06, 2000 at 04:43:22 PM EST

I'm a graphics designer turned unix geek/CS major. Right now I am in Purdue University, IN. I double major in Computer Science, Pure Math; minor in Economics and Art and Design. I'm applying for a good CS PhD program. If you are a professor in one of the top schools, please email me and let me in, thanks.

I'm a single lesbian looking for a girlfriend. I'm handsome, homerous, happy, urban, libral, extremely passionate. People say that I act like a little boy. I'm looking for a quiet, introverted, shy, non-political, Chinese-cooking, extremely smart, low-maintainance super model. Here's a picture of handsome me. Like most geeks, I don't have any skill to ask girls out. If interested please write to my spammed account: cfish@hawk-c-061.resnet.purdue.edu.

I am a new convert from /. since the downtime. I hope this site live a bit longer than /. I have 15 machines, have been a Linux/UNIX geek for 3 years. I am a keyboard/font/monitor/gadget freak.

I'm also planning to start a software bussiness. Anyone interested can also send me an email.

Like most programmers, I hate repetitive stuffs and have this impulse to fix things. I don't do games. I use both vi and emacs on diff tasks. I am a person of vast number of interests. I find new interests all the time. To me, life is a game. Life is an adventurous journey. If life is a rollercoaster ride, I'd be the one who enjoys the ride and gets back in line. The most important thing is to have a lot of fun and enjoy the ride.

I am me (2.50 / 2) (#385)
by dyskordus on Mon Nov 06, 2000 at 04:48:38 PM EST

I am a 20 year old college dropout. I live in Portland, Oregon.

As far as work is concerned, I work for an outsourced tech support firm that has been hired out by a telco/isp to do DSL support. Not going to name any names, don't want to blow my NDA.

I don't take that many customer calls. Mainly I update our documentation, and provide the client with statistical data. When I'm not doing that, I support one of our DSL products and handle customer escalations.

This job doesn't pay anywhere near the standard wage scale for a support job, but before this I have no experience in tech jobs, and I am getting tons of it here, so I guess I'll stick it out for a while longer.

As for personal-ish things, I got married back in June, and bought a house back in September.

I've always been into computers, as far as I can remember anyway. May parents bought a Commodore Vic 20 in 1982. It had a cassette drive and hooked up to a tv. That was our computer until 1986.

Then we got a Tandy 100HX (oh boy). It was a funky IBM compatible with a builtin keyboard, 256k of ram (upgraded to 640k later). It had some funky graphics adapter of it's own, (16 colors, 320x200) that was also CGA compatible. It had a 3.5" floppy drive, and no hard drive.

Then in 1992 I moved up to a 386SX/25MHZ w/ 1 mb ram, 40 mb hard disk, and svga. It later wound up w/ 4mb ram and a 120 mb hard disk

That computer was the major contributor to my interest in Linux. The reason for that is I was using it at about the time that Windows began to replace DOS. I found windows to be very cumbesome. For a few years I just dealt with it

A few years and a better computer later, I started to play with Linux. I've been messing with it ever since, in fact it is my primary OS at this point.

One of my other main interests is cars, especially the Datsun/Nissan Z series.

I wrecked my 280ZX in June. Right now it's in the garage being stripped down. I'm going to keep the engine and drivetrain (a few other things too), sell what I can, and have the hulk hauler take the rest. The pieces I keep will be transplanted into a 240 or 260z.

I'm not too talented when it comes to playing music, but I do enjoy listening to it. Mainly metal (not that hair-band shit, blackmetal, deathmetal, etc) punk (old school, Blink 182 can go fuck themselves) and Hardcore.

I also like to read, particularly Lovecraft and Gibson.
"Reality is less than television."-Brian Oblivion.

echo $MY_LIFE > /dev/null (3.00 / 2) (#386)
by santeri on Mon Nov 06, 2000 at 05:03:05 PM EST

Uh, this is difficult. Let's try simple listing.

Finnish, male, 26, lanky and mildly tattooed, married to a fellow scientist, vegetarian, straight-edge, hardcore green (yeah, yeah), somewhat of a socialist/eco fascist hypocrite, feminist, pacifist, misanthrope, geek since '86 and C-64, musician (ok, drummer), former high school art student, 8 long years trying to get MSc. from the University of Helsinki while teaching at the Department of Computer Science and working full time, nowadays doing project management and coding bleeding edge mobile software for a cool company in Java, play home with GNU/Linux, *BSD and real hardware (SPARC, Alpha, PPC), besides Java, adequate with C and good with relational database and software engineering theory and structured documents (uhm, for utter bullshit, check out my CV), paint, read (Vonnegut, Kafka, Adams, Singer), enjoy music with a very selective (some say bad) taste, roleplaying (although less and less as of today), love hairy animals, own two cats, have studied in the UK, too, will move to Scotland in a few years (or wherever wife ends up researching computer science and musicology), enjoy travelling, tend to flame totalitarian bull on unsuspecting audience in Usenet and K5, ...

Not enough? Do I sound too good to be true? See more crap here.


Who Me? (4.00 / 1) (#389)
by pangmaster on Mon Nov 06, 2000 at 10:20:12 PM EST

This post is a bit late but oh well...

I'm a 26 year old male computer geek currently working as a UNIX sysadmin for a community college in Las Vegas, Nevada USA. The majority of the boxes I maintain are running Solaris, but I dabble with Linux a bit as well. I'm no programmer, although I have written Perl scripts for administration as well as some simple CGIs. If I ever find more free time, I'd like to delve deeper into the programming world.

I am happily Windows-free; I use a G4 at work and at home and I love both machines. I was a long time Wintel user, but recently I realized that Microsoft's OS(s) aren't going anywhere. (What's this Me stuff anyway?) I have been playing around with MacOS X PB and I like it so far, but Apple has it's work cut out for them; lots of bugs to fix. I'm keeping my fingers crossed, however.

I grew up in fabulous southern Michigan (for those of you who don't know, it's the US state shaped like a mitten... very flat and very boring). My first computer was a TI-99/4A. I spent many long nights playing Parsec or copying the code from the 99'er magazine so that I could I could play free games such as Taco Man. Inadvertently, I learned some very basic BASIC. :-)

When I'm not staring into the monitors, (and even sometimes when I am) I enjoy music; listening, playing and composing. Techno is my mainstay, but my collection and tastes are indeed varied. I started spinning last year but I'm trying to focus more on playing/composition than on mixing, so I don't spend as much time as I used to on the decks. (Plus, my neighbors are much happier... oops!)

For the past five years, the winter months have been spent on the slopes of nearby mountains with my snowboard. I see that Mammoth is open already, but I haven't made it up yet. I hope that the snow gods bless us this year! I'm ready to ride...

I've been a regular reader of k5 since my good friend, Driph, showed it to me soon after its inception. I was very disappointed when I first saw the BSOD (Black Screen of DoS), because I didn't want to read /. anymore and I enjoy the quality and caliber of the k5 community. ;-) Kudos to Rusty and Inoshiro et al. for a stronger and better kuro5hin!
I don't do Windows...

Can I be a geek without being a programmer? (3.00 / 1) (#392)
by red on Tue Nov 07, 2000 at 09:51:57 AM EST

I am not a programmer. I sleep, breathe, and eat in the tech community - but I myself do not program (beyond the minimal HTML I know). But I'm learning...

I'm a 24 year old Human Resources Administrator (with a degree in Psychology) at a small, privately held, international software development company. I am the "techie" of the HR Team, which makes me a feel a little strange as my minimal knowledge seems dwarfed by my boyfriend's (a tried and true programmer-geek)

I spend a lot of time surfing, gaming, writing, and reading.

I collect comic books (read Transmetropolitan, by Warren Ellis!!!), like anime and sci-fi (yes, I am a Trekkie), and have a variety of fixations which tend to come and go:

I do consider myself to be fairly well rounded and well read, which I think is important. I am trying to expand my horizons and learn more technical skills.


I am not here. (3.00 / 1) (#393)
by no carrier on Tue Nov 07, 2000 at 02:13:18 PM EST

I am here. I am a lazy bastard, I posted a really long detailed description last week, but BSOD killed it. I'm just now geting back to it. I finally got bored with spades and left the bar (I live above a bar, so ha ha to all the other alchaholics out there).

I use whatever tool someone pays me to use. I master it. I move on to the next tool. I currently work for a company that makes "nutritional supplements for equine" or as all my friends say "you make horse feed", don't laugh, the whole thing is automated and we sell worldwide. I'm network admin, system admin, programmer, tech bitch, customer service and all around lackey

I dual boot mandrake 7.1 and win98 se. I like *unix but have no clue what i'm doing. i was hooked on programming when i got my apple IIc back in the day. I didn't like playing games, I liked hacking them so my name showed up somewhere during gameplay. I have a degree but never learned anything. I prefer to look at code and learn it on my on, makes more sense to me that way. I prefer c++, but perl looks promising.

My spare time is spent either at the bar staring at a flickering tv screen and drinking rum & coke or sitting in my room staring at a monitor drinking rum & coke. I like all sorts of things, like playing spades and drinking bacardi or watching football and drinking bacardi or reading oldmanmurry and drinking bacardi, but mostly i like drinking bacardi. mumble mumble mumble rum & coke.

I am sorta buddhist, I read biographies, history books. I also read issac asimov, francois marie arouet and douglass adams. Favorite movies include Alice in Wonderland, Shawshank Redemption and The Meaning of Life.

I can no longer check the 25 and under box on surveys

"You cannnot perceive beauty but with a serene mind." HDT

I stab people.
who, me? (3.00 / 1) (#395)
by janra on Tue Nov 07, 2000 at 04:55:43 PM EST

I was going to post in the old 'who are you' story just before the DoS. I had started reading about a month before that. I screamed when I saw the black screen for the first time, checked for updates almost every day, and almost started dancing when the update said when they were coming back.

I don't work with computers, they're just a hobby, but I use Slackware and I'm learning perl, and maybe one day I'll start actively trying to learn C or something. I'm a chemical engineering student at UBC (Vancouver, BC, Canada) who's currently in limbo (finished 3rd year, not going to school right this minute, can't start 4th year properly until next September because there are some full-year courses) because I got back from a work term in mid-October, which is in the middle of midterms. I seem to like writing long sentences.

I like to write, period, mostly fantasy or science fictional-type stuff. Better yet, the stuff that I can't figure out if it should be called fantasy or science fiction. I'm working on a novel that was supposed to be a short story; I just can't write short. I'm a critter (unfortunately not a critter in good standing - I need to catch up) and have been for over a year now. (www.critters.org in case you're wondering).

I like to play saxophone with a band, don't really like doing solos, but really enjoyed playing in the high-school jazz band. Once our teacher was late for a competition, so we just told the drummer to count us in and we played without a conductor (and won!). Who needs a conductor in a jazz band anyways. I don't know which is my favourite music genre, or my favourite band, because I decide on a song basis whether I like it or not. Some groups make songs I really like and really hate, on the same album. My very favourite songs tend to be the ones that take a lot of skill to play - intricate and fast melody lines, wierd time signatures and rhythms, tongue-twister lyrics, stuff like that. One band I was in tried to play 'Mars' (from Gustav Holst: The Planets) - 5/4 time, extremely difficult. We never got it to performance quality. I loved it. Playing fast music makes me hyper. Sugar doesn't.

I can't stand cigarette smoke, pot smoke is even worse, alcohol smells awful and tastes worse, and I won't start drinking coffee until they can make it taste at *least* half as good as it smells. I'm not a health nut, I just think apples taste better than potato chips and salad tastes better than french fries. I like dark bittersweet chocolate and lemonade with no sugar. I can suck a lemon without making a face, and like to eat the parsley garnish when I'm in restaurants.

I'm one of those people who gets totally focussed on something and doesn't notice time passing. I did all the exercises in all the chapters in ORA's 'learning Perl' book over about 2 1/2 days. I would have done it in less but when it got dark out and I had to go turn on the light my stomach told me that I hadn't eaten at all that day since I got up at 9 or so and it was 10PM and I had to feed it *now*. I did pretty much the same thing when I installed POVRay, but there are more exercises in the tutorial so it's taking a lot longer. I will read or write for hours on end and not hear someone talking to me, then jump out of my skin when they tap me on the shoulder to get my attention. I'm also easily bored by tv and parties. The louder the music is at a party, the more likely I am to fall asleep. I never turn on the tv of my own accord, but if someone else is watching it *and* it's interesting *and* I'm not doing anything I might watch it.

I'm a space nut. I want to be an astronaut when I grow up (if I grow up?) or failing that then just work for CSA (or even NASA, maybe).

I usually hate having my picture taken, but I made an exception for the infrared video camera (I should be getting that picture soon).

I am owned by two cats that act very un-cat-like (they come when they're called, sit when they're being fed, will walk on a leash (slowly) and like to play in the sprinkler).

Oh yeah, and I'm 22 and female.
Discuss the art and craft of writing
That's the problem with world domination... Nobody is willing to wait for it anymore, work slowly towards it, drink more and enjoy the ride more.
i'm just another lurker (3.00 / 1) (#396)
by phoenyx on Tue Nov 07, 2000 at 05:33:22 PM EST

Always nice to have your very first post on a site you've been following for quite some time being on one of these threads.

Since the "who am I?" works on all sorts of levels, here goes.

base stats: a young man ..... tall, skinny, and balding in his early twenties (I blame tech support stress) ..... left college after two years (financial reasons) ..... wears glasses

computers (occupational): a network admin for an industrial plant running 150+ NT boxes, a few NT servers, a couple of proprietary boxes to control robots, and an AS/400 ..... an occasional freelance web designer (though those skills mostly being used for intranet consulting now) ..... used to work as a phone support tech for a non-profit making software for local government use, also handled most beta testing there

computers (systems etc.): supporting/tweaking/hacking Linux (first used back in '94 in a lab environment at a and assorted Unix flavours as well as the usual Microsoft OS crowd ..... all levels of hardware ..... coding in various languages ..... HTML, CSS, Flash ..... blah, blah, blah

interests (non computer): literature ..... history ..... architecture.....politics ..... philosophy ..... theology and spirituality ..... camping, rapelling, kayaking, and hiking

music (a section all it's own): David Bowie, Tori Amos, Radiohead, and Peter Murphy, after that ..... techno/electronic (Future Sound of London, Orbital, Aphex Twin, etc.) ..... industrial (Skinny Puppy, KMFDM, Thrill Kill Kult, etc.) ..... classical (Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Copland, etc.) ..... 80's goth/new wave (Bauhaus, Joy Division, Depeche Mode, etc.) ..... the old punk classics (the Ramones, Sex Pistols, Clash, etc.) typical newer rock stuff that isn't just flat out crap (Vast, Eve 6, Incubus, etc.) ..... and all sorts of others that sort of defy categorization

enough for now I think

My life as a geek (2.00 / 1) (#397)
by Scrag on Tue Nov 07, 2000 at 09:01:56 PM EST

My real name is Blake Shaw, I am a computer geek in about every way.

Vital stats:
sex: Male
age: 16
location: Northwest United States

I first got into computers when i was about 8. The computer I had at that time was an Atari 520ST. At first, I just played games, but by 3rd grade I was writing simple BASIC programs. I am extremely thankful for the box of programming books, and Atari ST manuals that somehow found its way to me. I couldn't put the manuals down once I started reading them. It sounds funny, but like I said, I am a geek ;)

I am now interested in learning C/C++, and just about anything else that has to do with computers. I use both Linux and Windows 98. I do not believe that Windows is inferior to Linux; both OSes have their advantages and disadvantages. I use windows mostly for programming,and games; Linux for... lots of miscelanious stuff. I am currently working on getting an arcade cabinet built, and running Linux.

In other areas of geekiness, I played Magic: The Gathering for about 2 years in DCI sanctioned tournaments, and made my way into the top 300 players in the state. I tried playing RPG's (not video game), but I couldn't find anyone who had played before, or was willing to take the time to learn. Generally, if something is geeky, I have probably done it.

List of favorite stuff:

The Lord of the Rings

Princess Mononoke

They Might Be Giants

Can't decide ;)

Quake III

Thats a brief summary of my life, hope you enjoyed reading it.

"I'm... responsible for... many atrocities" - rusty
The Naasking... :-) (4.00 / 1) (#398)
by naasking on Tue Nov 07, 2000 at 09:10:15 PM EST

I am the naasking... And no, I won't explain what the hell that's supposed to mean...

I'm 21, I live in Toronto, Canada and I'm currently pursuing an Electrical Engineering degree at the University of Toronto. After that's done in a year, I was thinking about doing a quantum physics degree since I always loved that stuff and that's where serious limitations in current technology lie.

I first started with computers when I was in grade 6 or so. It was an Apple Macintosh LC II. It was my dad's computer which he wouldn't let me touch very often because I would just 'play around' as he called it. I started hardcore computing when I bought my own G3 about 7 years later when I graduated High School. I didn't know much about computers, but I was about to learn.

I learned MacOS inside out and within 3 months everyone was asking me about problems they were having. That's when I got a job working for a computer place. I did tech and sales for awhile... it sucked. :-)

Fortunately, MacOS was too limiting for what I wanted to do, so I started looking for something else. "Linux? A free Unix-like OS? Whoa... Unix is cool, and SO powerful but I don't even know where to start I've heard it's so hard... but it's hacking... hehehe... I wanna be a hacker..." was what I thought when I first saw a mention of Linux. At the time, I had NO clue what I was talking about. :-) But the thought of having such a powerful thing running on MY computer was exciting. I was hooked.

Played with linux on and off on the G3. Had headaches like you wouldn't believe and wiped the partition andreverted to MacOS too many times to count. But I always ended up installing it again a few weeks later because the thought of surmounting that (seemingly) impossible challenge of becoming a Unix guy from a MacOS guy was too enticing. Plus, there was so much I could DO with Linux. And it was free... hehehe... Good for poor university students. :-)

At the time I was working with LinxPPC. I also tried YellowDog Linux, MkLinux and Debian. I got the RedHat install down so well I could install it with my eyes closed(LinuxPPC, YellowDog and MkLinux are all RedHat derivatives). As kernel support for PPC matured I started using Linux more and relying on MacOS less. All the while I started building up more computers in my house. Then I got HighSpeed. hehehe.

Note: MacOS absolutely sucks as a router for highspeed! Fortunately, linux is good router. :-) This was my first encounter with x86 Linux. Since then I've gotten an Athlon 700 and at least 10 computers in my house for all house members connected to a server running Mandrake with web, ftp, routing and appletalk services running at http://naasking.homeip.net. Nothing special on the site right now, but it's getting major overhaul soon. :-)

So 3-4 years after MY first computer (and one I could ACTUALLY USE), here I am. Since I got the Athlon I've tried almost every OS I could. I've tried 3 linux distro's and settled on Mandrake for now. I also have Win2000, BeOS and QNX RTP. I'll probably try FreeBSD soon. I've also installed and played with OpenBSD and NetBSD on 68k macs, but there isn't much support there(for hardware I had anyway). Linux on 68k was ok though. ;-) I would also have EROS installed on the Athlon system, but I haven't had time to get it to compile properly. Win 98 is next on my list when I get a good graphics card... hehehe... games... Parsec... :-)

I am currently familiar with 3 programming languages(C, Java, Ruby), 68k assembler, and I have ambitions to learn Perl and Objective C next. I also plan on checking out more interesting languages like Lisp, Scheme and Eiffel down the road. I would also love to contribute to projects like Eros and the Linux kernel, but unfortunately I don't have time(and it would take me time just to learn enough to get started).

I got to Kuro5hin through Slashdot. It was linked in someone's sig. I love Kuro5hin because discussion is SO much more interesting than /.

Besides hardware hacking, software hacking and learning, I also love poetry, skiing, movies, archery, martial arts, knives and swords, music, sports, motorcycles, skiing, travelling, reading, skiing, writing and outdoor activities, and of course, skiing!! I do all of them and there's never enough time for them all. I also collect quotes(lots on my site and more that I'll add soon). Not just any ones, but ones that I feel are important and convey a powerful message... or ones that just make you smile. Those are important too. :-)

I don't belong to any wing in terms of opinions nor do I adhere to any religion though I'm still technically Christian. I follow my sense and experience which have led me to my own moral code. It's very simple yet so complex... it is the Tao of... let's not start or I won't stop... :-)

There's so much more I could say, but this is too long already... :-(

Cool links:
Eros OS -  Very Cool. :-)
Skiing!!  -  My PASSION and BC is COOL... :-)
Vorbis  -  Next Gen audio Compression
WorldForge  -   Very cool game project
Aikido or try Aikido World
Iaido   -   Mmmm... swords AND martial arts. :-)

Whew... ok that's enough... :-)

Who is Maniac? (4.00 / 1) (#402)
by Maniac on Fri Nov 10, 2000 at 01:14:32 PM EST

Demographic Data
White male, 43, recently divorced, two kids 8 & 12 - both boys, currently living in Houston TX. A project manager for a large company - selling products and services to NASA.

Why Maniac?
From an old George Carlin comedy routine. You are driving down the highway and you come up behind an idiot driving slowly. You attempt to pass, but a maniac zooms up from behind and passes both of you before you have a chance. With all those idiots and maniacs on the road, its amazing you get anywhere safely! I'm one of those fast driving maniacs. Plus I like the way it sounds.

Some History
Born in Portland Oregon, grew up in Milwaukie and Corvallis. Varisty football, wrestling, chess team, and an Eagle Scout. Bachelors of Science in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College with Honors and Distinction. Married after graduation to long time sweetheart. Masters of Science in Computer Science from the University of Southern California (part time while employed). Worked for Honeywell, Hughes, and Raytheon without ever quitting jobs (companies buying other companies). Moved to Texas from Southern California as part of plant relocation and a subsequent transfer. Have always lived about an hour from the coast (Pacific or Gulf).

Personal Interests
Skiing - both snow and water, sailing small boats, laser tag, and computer based games - especially strategy or simulations. Read a lot - mostly science fiction and technical books but other good writing as well. Like to do cycling and hiking but have little opportunity recently [too hot, no mountains].

Other Information
Have a patent, applied for another but was rejected. Have two major awards (>$1K) from my employers, working on a third. Recently proposed to a clustered PC solution for a real time application to our NASA customer. Should save them lots of $$'s. About to lead that effort for the next 6-9 months.

Languages I've learned and used include Basic, FORTRAN, Algol, Assembly - several machines, SNOBOL, LISP, PL/I, C, C++, Java, Perl, Ada 83 and 95, and HTML. Can understand JOVIAL and a few other languages. Machines used include CDC 3300, DEC PDP-10, DEC VAX, Honeywell 716, Multics, and DPS 6, bare machine Motorola 68000's, Sun-3 and servers, Macintosh SE thru IMac, PC's from 386 to Pentium III. Installed and operated one of the first 1000 VAXen. Primary background is real time simulations for training people but understand a lot of other areas as well.

Submitted "dumper" on the VAX DECUS tapes for reading TOPS-10 and 20 backup/dumper tapes - don't know if I could find a copy of the source anymore - don't ask. I have a couple boxes of old 9 track tapes that I'd like read - anyone with a drive [800, 1600, 6250 bpi] that I could use in Houston?

Places I've been include Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Nevada, Hawaii, British Columbia, New York, US Northeast, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Missouri, Louisiana, Great Britain (twice), Bermuda, Mexico, and now Texas. Been to three World's Fair (Seattle, Spokane, and Vancouver) - would like to go again. Been to the Olympics in Los Angeles (3rd row at Soccer Final!), want to go to Salt Lake - go Houston 2012!

Came to Kuro5hin from a link at Linux Weekly News. Find the discussions quite interesting. Hope to be able to spend time keeping up - the new job might limit that somewhat.

And Empty_One is..... (3.00 / 1) (#403)
by Empty_One on Fri Nov 10, 2000 at 03:42:11 PM EST

Well, let's get this out of the way. I am 27, and currently unemployed, due to a backstabbing, lying, doublecrossing boss. (i'm not bitter, i swear). After hearing everyone say "you work with computers, it should be easy for you to get a job", and then trying unsucessfully for two months, i decided to get myself edumicated. I just started at Devry in the Chicagoland area, and feel very strange being a 27 year old college freshman. Most of my computer knowledge is hardware based, and troubleshooting problems. I live figuring out how things work, and building working machines from the garbage i find around my apartment. I can't get myself to leave my crappy little apartment because it offers me both a kickass cable modem, and a perfect view for directv. Started playing around with computers when the Apple ][ came out. Learned how to program some simple stuff, and how to hack Lemonaide Stand. Fell in love with the thing because of the text based game Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, my favorite book. Don't know how long I've been hanging around here, but i know i got here because of a sig on /. Also, since i tend to ramble (no, really, i do) i almost never post, but think i'm going to do it more often now for some reason. Music tastes range from old school country, to hard core rap, and everything inbetween. I love hair bands, am pissed at the pompus attitudes of bands like Pearl Jam, U2, Metallica, and any other band that got really huge, and forgot where they came from. Tha't about it for now. Oh, by the way, Empty_one came to me after high school, 'cause that's what poeple called me when i acted a little 'scatterbrained'. Thank you for your time.
"Barney sucks! Best Buy sucks! Sony Sucks! Microsoft sucks, Bill Gates is the anti-Christ and John Ashcroft can kiss my ass!" Wil Wheaton
Who am I? (3.00 / 1) (#404)
by Tharanor on Fri Nov 10, 2000 at 08:32:52 PM EST

Well, as this is my fist post on kuro5hin, i might as well introduce myself.

I'm a 21yr old CompSci student at Demontfort in Leicester,Uk. Currently I'm doing a placement year for a telecoms company in Hull.

If i wasn't doing Computers i'd probably be doing microbiology or something like that.

I do a lot of Java stuff at work, but you probably don't want to know about that.....

I spendmost of my time in some form of intoxicated state
(well i'm a student!).

I listen to a lot of music (mostly because i bought a large HD last year, and i can leach Mp3's of people i know). Its mostly metal/rock but there is quite a lot of other stuff on there as well.

I do some charity work when i get chance.

Anyway, I can't think of anythign else because i'm too drunk, and i'm writing this at 1:40am.

Thx. Gotta set up my sig sometime.........
--- To read computermanuals without the hardware, is as frustrating as to read sexmanuals without the software"-Clarke“s 69th law magic.
Anyone Else a Historian? (3.00 / 1) (#405)
by Belteshazzar on Sat Nov 11, 2000 at 03:08:54 PM EST

I am a nearly-graduated History major from a small school in Arkansas (yes, they have education there). Originally I'm from Portland, OR, which is about the same scenery as AR but bigger (bigger city, bigger trees, bigger mountains, etc.). I'm still here since I've added too many CS classes . . . er, and I've not fulfilled the PE requirements. Take a look at my friends if you want.

My dad's an engineer. We got a C-64 when I was in 1st grade, a 8088 sometime in elementary school, and finally a 386 when I was in high school. It was cool, you could play games in 256 colors. We ran GeoWorks, a GUI that someone ported from Commodore to x86. It unfortunately died quickly from the MS-Windows onslaught. My first real computer was a CTX 772 laptop I bought before I went to Japan for a year with an exchange program. (It runs Linux beautifully, also BeOS, QNX RtP, and of course win95 if anyone's interested.) This week I bought an IBM PC350 (P100, 32MB) so that I can run Linux full-time on my laptop but my roommate will still be able to type papers.

I've read /. for maybe three years, K5 since the outage was reported on /. Mostly lurking. To me, these discussion boards are history in action. One day, someone (me?) will write a book or two on the development these communities on the web: Voices from the Hellmouth, the Signal 11 saga, maybe even the K5 Constitution.

I'm in the process of applying to MIT's Ph.D program in History of Science, Techonology, and Society (STS). Oh yeah, I'm also 22, male, and engaged.

Typical geek, but not typical 4 k5 (2.00 / 1) (#406)
by Razzoo on Sun Nov 12, 2000 at 09:13:13 PM EST

I enjoy: computers (admining, some programming) electronics (but don't have time to get good at it) ham radio (adv class, but again no time)` I read constantly & enjoy camping, biking, family Now for the strange part: I am old (41, with 18 yr old son and 13 yr old daugther) I am a Christian I admin a Fortune 500 firm's servers & network using a combo of Win & unix tools, (many of these written by me) The home network consists of : Sparc 10 runng Solaris,AMD 200 running Linux (mine) Pentium 200 running Winnt (son's machine) Pentium 166 running 98 (wife and daughter's machine) Sparc 5 running Linux as Firewall / web server How did I find k5? through Slashdot (am a longtime slash reader)

Well, here goes... (3.00 / 1) (#407)
by whatnotever on Sun Nov 12, 2000 at 09:46:04 PM EST

The threads still going, so why not... I just read through half of the current posts... Phew!

Me? Oh, so much to say, but one can't write forever... So I'll pick and choose.

19 years old, 'officially,' but still claiming 16. High school dropout, but only to enter college two years early, but only to dropout after three years, but only to be fighting to return to that sweet, blissful life of friends and education right now... Working a job and getting massively overpaid to do nothing (seriously, I have to hunt down my boss if I want something to do) is all well and good, but without a Life... let's just say Mr. Depression has been going easy on me, but I don't want to push it, so back to college it is for me! (quickly, QUICKLY, preciousss)

Found K5 by a link to one Inoshiro's security articles on /. Been reading for a while, posting just recently.

Been hacking ever since I was 6. Been doing the linux thing for a year or two now - loving it, loving the power/choices/control... I code in various languages. I love to learn.

Ah yes, a brief, horribly incomplete glimpse of *me*. More available on request. :-P

To be polite... (3.00 / 1) (#408)
by Lir on Mon Nov 13, 2000 at 11:20:57 AM EST

As a first post I thought it would be polite to say hello and tell anyone who's interested a little about myself. I've recently escaped from the corporate prison that was Dell Tech Support for the UK & Ireland and I'm now sitting happily in a fairly new company learning lots and not having to clock in every morning.

Become a techie kinda happened by accident. My degree is in Medieval and Modern History, but I hung around with the wrong people and was lured away from academia by the flashing lights of servers and the promises of caffine. This mixed heritage has left me with a far, far better knowledge of windows products than anything Open Source, but that doesn't worry me too much. My users use Windows, so that's what I need to know.

However history and computers (and most other things in life, with the exception of friends and family) come a poor second to my main obsession, roleplaying games. I tend to read and play a lot of these, genre matters little, the quality of the game matters a lot. I also run two or three conventions a year, depending on how you want to count them. An obvious companion to this er... hobby is a love of both sci-fi and fantasy writing, films, tv etc. etc.

I'm sure there are many more things I could say about myself (and often do, a very bad habit of mine), but the rest can be worked out as I go along.

Oh, and the plain facts of the matter, I'm 23, I live in Dublin, Ireland and I wear more jewelery than airport security are happy with.

hm, a bit late, but I don't think I care (3.00 / 1) (#409)
by rxmd on Mon Nov 13, 2000 at 05:21:01 PM EST

I probably fit in best with the academic group in here, I think.

I'm a student (male) of Islamic Studies and of Computer Science, specializing in neural networks. As far as I know at the moment, I am the only person in the world who studies these two subjects at the same time. (That's not why I'm doing it, however). That way I get to spend quite an amount of time at the university. I often find that I'm a bit more techie than most of the people in Islamic Studies, while at the same time being a bit more sociable than those doing Computer Science. I'm quite happy with the combination, I must say, because it allows for nice possibilities in both directions.

Out of university... well, some people claim that for me, out of university is an undefined expression, but that isn't quite true. I have been an active role player for the last six years or so, and I used to do some martial arts (iaido, mainly) until a knee injury forced me to pause that for a while. (The injury had nothing to do with me doing martial arts; it was quite frustrating nevertheless, as you can imagine). This combination, on the other hand, is quite archetypical, I think, especially among computer people.

From a mindset point of view, I value freedom of thought very highly. This is because I have always regarded myself as an individual who likes to consider things, so I came to value my own ability of thought quite early. Partly, this embracing of the concept of freedom of thought led me to be a bit non-conformistic. For example, when people started to jump on the Linux hype back with the kernel versions in the 1.2xx numbers, I jumped off Linux and started to use FreeBSD, back then mainly for the reason of it not being Linux; however, by now, I have got to like the system and continue to use and recommend it, in spite of its rising popularity, so maybe I am not quite deterministic there. Still, I think that this is the key value of society that we should strive to keep. Not that others weren't important as well, of course. In the last two years, I find myself more of a collective moralist than I used to be, and I think I like it that way.

I love reading and literature in general. I am very much a book person; that's why I feel so at home in Islamic Studies where our institute's library is two hundred years old (in Germany where I live, that's a lot for a library because most of them suffered heavy destruction during the War), and there's a general atmosphere of dust and shabbiness and wisdom hidden in ancient tomes that appeals to me very much. I tend to collect books myself; not systematically, for that I don't have the money, but every now and then I find that I've just bought another couple of them at a second-hand bookseller, and in those moments I tend to smile a bit and put them on some bookshelf and enjoy the thought of the growing pool of knowledge in which I live. In music, I like rock and metal, because of the rhythm (I am very much a rhythm person), gothic rock because the gloom appeals to me, and experimental jazz and baroque music in general because it is simple yet intelligent and very elaborate (listen to Bach's sixth Brandenburg concerto if you want to know what I mean). I also like languages. That's probably related to the love of freedom of thought and of literature, I think. Well, I'm trying to learn a couple of them. Up to now, I know English, some French and Arabic, and I'm starting into Persian and Finnish. I have gentleman's knowledge of Italian and Spanish (I can read an article in the two and understand some of it, but I'm far from being able to communicate). In the ancient language field, I know Latin and Greek quite well, and I've had some exposure to Classical Arabic. Apart from these, I've taken a few glances at Irish, Akkadian, Sumerian and Nabatean; and the next one I want to start is probably going to be Russian.

Well, and as for the usual externals, I'm twenty-three years old and quite tall; I've got long hair of a dark blond kind of hue (long means that it's about twenty-five inches at the moment). To fit into the archetype perfectly, let me add that I used to wear black a lot, but that's gradually diminishing at the moment for reasons that I don't know myself.

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Me (none / 0) (#411)
by kraant on Fri Nov 24, 2000 at 01:28:34 AM EST


I'm kraant other wise known as Daniel Thomas

I've been on k5 for far too long now as you can see by my UID but I haven't had much time to post anything recently :(

Hopefully this will be fixed as soon as It gets deep into the Xmas break and all the students and staff dissapear leaving me only having to support infrastructure.

I have far too many machines in my office and I'm an OpenBSD buff.

As far as music goes I like stuff like The Sisters Of Mercy and The Church and stuff like that...

Well that's it I guess :)
"kraant, open source guru" -- tumeric
Never In Our Names...

Hello, My Name is Chiron.. (none / 0) (#412)
by Chiron on Fri Nov 24, 2000 at 05:55:07 PM EST

I was named after the elderly centaur who bucked the tradition of boozing, carousing and skirt chasing, instead devoting himself to medicine, music and astronomy, educating many of the classic Greek heroes.

I'm 24, and I live somewhere in the wilds of Texas. I work as a Security Consultant for some company that would really be better off left nameless, and if I told you which town, you'd know what company. It's that small.

I recieved my education while in the military, beating on whatever ancient scraps of hardware I could afford with my meager salary and every kernel I could get my hands on. I took the Chiron moniker since I didn't waste those four years getting drunk or chasing strippers.

My hobbies are mostly indoors, since I've had my fill of fresh air, and include MUDs (call me old fashioned), various computer strategy games, depending on what's the newest, and traditional tabletop wargaming and roleplaying games.

Occasionally I let my friends and coworkers coax me out of my cave to go biking, or to go for a walk.

Hello, my name is Ozone and I'm a K5'er (none / 0) (#413)
by ozone on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 05:49:04 AM EST

I live in the UK, but originally from such amazing places as Canada and South Africa... it's a long story.

Well, I'm a bit of a geek, but I do go outside sometimes, when the weather is good (yeah, right) or I get sick of these padded walls. I like to surf (waves), climb (rock) and I've been called an ok cyclist.

Otherwise, I work for a Internet Sports Media company, which is cool. I have a large plasma tv right behind me that's always showing some sort of sport and I get to spend my days walking around in my socks, talking about Perl to the other geeks on my team. We also spend an incredible amount of time playing Half-life CounterStrike...

I've got a girlfriend, and we're soon to be married (yay!). She's cool. I like her. :-)

That's all folks

Who is Carnage? (none / 0) (#414)
by Carnage4Life on Wed Nov 29, 2000 at 11:52:05 PM EST

I am a 22 year old Nigerian student currently striving to obtain his B.S. in computer science from GeorgiaTech.

I am an avid reader of both Kuro5hin and Slashdot although I have begun to post most of my comments to Kuro5hin while simply scanning the headlines on Slashdot. I am seriously considering brushing up on my Perl and contributing significantly to Scoop(the Kuro5hin engine) either over the winter break or first thing in the spring.

I am a programming junkie who is familiar with a bunch of languages (Perl, Java, C++, Javascript, C, VB, e-lisp, etc) but my main love is distributed computing (CORBA & RMI). The thought of objects remotely accessing each other and invoking methods across the network just makes me feel wobbly and knock-kneed. :)

I played AD&D as well as Marvel Super Heroes as a teen. I owned several Amigas while growing up and loved every incarnation of Commodore's machine. I've collected comics off and on over the past couple of years but the only ones I still buy regularly are Spawn and Batman. I have eclectic tastes in music, which range from Heavy Metal to Pop to Hardcore Rap. I also have a fondness for Legos, Transformers and Spawn action figures.

Who is Carnage? The only one to ever give Venom and Spiderman a run for their money. :)

Mad Hughagi (none / 0) (#415)
by Mad Hughagi on Fri Dec 01, 2000 at 01:34:51 PM EST

I'm currently In my 3rd year of an Honours Physics Degree at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

I enjoy studying various topics in the sciences as well as mathematics and computer related items. I hope to eventually do my masters and my PHD in theoretical/computational physics to further my understanding of the universe (kind of my wishy washy purpose to living).

As well as all the academics, I like to Skateboard, Snowboard, Spin Records and Play Games.

That's about the just of it.


We don't make the products you like, we make you like the products we make.

Better late than never ... (4.00 / 1) (#418)
by wesmills on Fri Dec 15, 2000 at 09:47:46 AM EST

Having not contributed to the first "Who Are You" thread, here's my bio:

I'm a 20-year-old living in mostly-beautiful North Texas with my wonderful girlfriend (soon to be fiancee) and her/our adorable son. My hobbies include computers, of course; ham radio (cq de k5icq); baseball and driving about in my Lizmo Breeze.

All in all, I lead a rather quiet life, hanging out with family and friends (more). I'd post where I work and so forth, but that's better found on my webpage, as it's probably subject to change very soon.

ObTechnical: Programming languages of choice include Visual Basic (yes, you read that right), PHP and Python. However, I am not a programmer, I just happen to be stuck in that position since I needed the job and $$$ quickly. Getting back into networking ASAP, 'cause programming sucks. You can read more about my computer stuff if you like. :)

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Me, myself, and I (4.00 / 1) (#419)
by WispFox on Thu Dec 21, 2000 at 04:04:39 PM EST

Let's throw more stuff into the mix! Maybe I can make the 'average' K5 reader even less average... ;)

CS major, graduating in the spring. Female. 23 years old, last check. Going to go into naturopathic medicine eventually. Probably ~4 years from graduation, 'cause the pre-reques will expire around then.

Interned at Mission Critical Linux last summer, and thouroughly enjoyed myself. You certainly couldn't have convinced me that I might actually like Computer Science when I started in it ~5 years ago - it was originally intended as a way to help pay for the aforementioned naturopathy.

When I have time, I go to Greater New Hampshire Linux User's Group (GNHLUG) meetings.

Did I mention that I didn't expect to like computer science? Well, I also didn't ever expect to be able to read/understand man pages when I first started trying to read them ~7 years ago in the attempt to actually be able to use that freaky internet thing. :P Now, I recommend them. (Hmm - does putting a four word sentence after a really long run-on make up for the run-on?)

Can anyone tell that I just finished my finals for the semester, and there's no one left in my dorm to talk to? I need to go hunt down my ride.

BTW - great site.

I (none / 0) (#420)
by anonymous cowerd on Sun Apr 01, 2001 at 12:58:38 PM EST

I am male, white, forty-six years old. I suppose I shall get yet older. I live in Florida, U.S.A. I used to be the company's network admin but I got so disgusted with it all last year that I threw it up and went back to surveying land. All in all, weighing this against that, I have to conclude that in every significant way I am a failure.

Jesus Christ, am I ever depressed! It's chronic, though; when I was ten years old I was depressed all day long every day, and I had myself pegged even back then as a failure. Which, of course, doesn't make any sense at all; how can you have failed already at ten? In partial compensation, I am also a physical coward, which explains why I haven't killed myself decades ago, as I should have done.

I like poems, beer with hops in it, the sound of sea waves, some other stuff.

Sincerely yours WDK - WKiernan@concentric.net

"This calm way of flying will suit Japan well," said Zeppelin's granddaughter, Elisabeth Veil.

Spatula. Count Spatula if you're nasty. (none / 0) (#421)
by Spatula on Thu Apr 12, 2001 at 04:38:27 PM EST

I'm a white, male programmer/hacker/gamer attending school right now majoring in Philosophy and Astrophysics, minoring in Women's Studies and Computer Science.

Not bad, for a 26 year old, eh?

Anyhow, I play guitar, study foreign languages (Russian, Croatian (Ja uchim Hravotskj!), Hmong), participate in student senate, do activism regarding environmental issues, and generally spend far too much time away from my fiancee and her children.

I got the nick from a time when I was joking about how my cooking sucks. Then it hit me. There's Count Chocula and Count Dracula. Why not a Count Spatula? My .sig on /. reads "...because my cooking sucks.", and that pretty much sums it up. I plan to actually have a website all about the culinary vampire, and what he uses to cook with, as well as good recipes, such as a customized kupusta recipe.

That's about it. I ended up here on K5 because /. was really getting to be annoying. Once I read for a week on K5, I signed up. This site 0wnZ. ;)

someday I'll find something to put here.

ana speaks... (none / 0) (#422)
by ana on Thu Apr 19, 2001 at 11:59:09 AM EST

Just me...


  • Age: 40+.
  • Gender: um, that's complicated.
  • Day job: astrophysics.
  • Interests:
    • writing,
    • vocal music (the older the better),
    • postmodern philosophy (ick!, but they've got interesting things to say),
    • liturgics,
    • literature.
  • Homeowner (gardening, painting, pulling weeds, etc.)
  • etc: Christian, Anglo-catholic.

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

Hello all (none / 0) (#423)
by khallow on Sat May 19, 2001 at 12:33:26 AM EST

Guess one of my err... traits is that I'm an opinion compiler. You give me a bunch of random independent statements, and I can come up with a plausible reason why they should all be true.

I'm a programmer at a big Silicon Valley company doing web-related stuff. Trying to reduce my hobbies to a workable level so I can have time for projects that I want to do. Current activities include hiking, book collecting, geology, the Foresight Exchange, economics, and other things as the whim hits me. Things that I consider at a professional level are mathematics, physics, and programming. Pretty much in that order too.

Anyway, I discovered /. first and then heard about K5. Came in right after the great remake (even had the site bookmarked for when it came back up :-).

It's a pleasure reading this site. Good day!

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