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Who Are You?

By rusty in Meta
Fri Mar 03, 2000 at 02:09:55 AM EST
Tags: Culture (all tags)

Our friend Anonymous Hero brought this question up in a comment attached to the email encryption story, and it's been tickling my brain ever since. The question is, "Who are you?" Someone made reference to "the average K5 reader," and A.H. pointed out that none of us has any idea what that "average" reader is like. So, 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!


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Who Are You? | 137 comments (137 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
Heh. I'm curious. Could be intere... (1.00 / 1) (#6)
by Serf on Thu Mar 02, 2000 at 10:07:33 PM EST

Serf voted 1 on this story.

Heh. I'm curious. Could be interesting, if people have more initiative to talk about themselves when prompted than I do. I only have the desire to talk about myself at length when it would be totally off-topic. Sure, all the major trends and little details that matter would probably come out over time anyway, but this would be an interesting experiment nonetheless.

it's not really technology or cultu... (1.00 / 1) (#4)
by rajivvarma on Thu Mar 02, 2000 at 10:16:40 PM EST

rajivvarma voted 1 on this story.

it's not really technology or culture, but what the hell...

Rajiv Varma
Mirror of DeCSS.

I'm Zer0. I code therefore i am. ... (none / 0) (#1)
by Zer0 on Thu Mar 02, 2000 at 10:37:41 PM EST

Zer0 voted 1 on this story.

I'm Zer0. I code therefore i am. Delphi, C, C++, Python, VisualBasic(i was FORCED to lern it at collague:( ) and a little Tcl. I currently develop windows apps (c/s mostly). As much as id like to develop for linux.. i dont like the idea of non-visual development environments (even tho half the stuff i code is non-visual).

No offense, but I don't care who th... (1.00 / 2) (#8)
by skim123 on Thu Mar 02, 2000 at 11:22:08 PM EST

skim123 voted -1 on this story.

No offense, but I don't care who the typical kuro5hin reader is...

Money is in some respects like fire; it is a very excellent servant but a terrible master.
PT Barnum

So when this site gets big does thi... (5.00 / 1) (#9)
by emjay on Thu Mar 02, 2000 at 11:36:41 PM EST

emjay voted 1 on this story.

So when this site gets big does this become a monthly thing? Or better yet, can we take people's accounts away if we don't like their description? :P
We can't stop here, this is bat country!

Re: So when this site gets big does thi... (none / 0) (#44)
by Skippy on Sat Mar 04, 2000 at 12:20:40 PM EST

Ooooohhh! Ooooohhh! I know! I'll bet it doesn't become monthly thing and no we can't take accounts away. But think about how cool you'll be when K5 is as big as /. and you can point to this comment!
# I am now finished talking out my ass about things that I am not qualified to discuss. #
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Hi, my name is Robert, and I'm addi... (5.00 / 1) (#3)
by ramses0 on Thu Mar 02, 2000 at 11:52:33 PM EST

ramses0 voted 1 on this story.

Hi, my name is Robert, and I'm addicted to Kuro5hin. At first it was tough to spell, but now I don't even have to look at my keyboard. Somtimes I wish I could just be another anonymous hero, but I've decided to face up to my addiction and come clean. All kidding aside, here's my website.
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Oh, man, I was so hoping this would get posted... (5.00 / 1) (#10)
by rusty on Fri Mar 03, 2000 at 02:24:03 AM EST

... just so I could say this:

Gee! I wish I had a little Sex and Sentimentality every Monday and Wednesday from 11 to 12:30!

[rimshot] :-)

Not the real rusty
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Re: Oh, man, I was so hoping this would get posted (none / 0) (#21)
by ramses0 on Fri Mar 03, 2000 at 11:01:46 AM EST

Actually, the class kindof sucks. We have 13 books to read, including old dogs like "Moll Flanders" and "Tom Jones", but also some new stuff like "Tropic of Venus", and "The Great Gatsby". Most of the books we're reading have been banned, so that's kindof neat. :^)=

...when I was first making my schedule, I was looking at adding a class on Tuesdays and Thursdays called "Argumentation and Debate", which would have made it:

[sex], [argue], [sex], [argue] ...

[rimshot] ;^)=

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Re: Oh, man, I was so hoping this would get posted (3.00 / 1) (#24)
by rusty on Fri Mar 03, 2000 at 12:56:07 PM EST

Yeah, the classes with the good names always did suck. I guess that's why they needed the good names.

Not the real rusty
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Hi, I am joeyo. I am an undergradu... (5.00 / 1) (#2)
by joeyo on Thu Mar 02, 2000 at 11:54:03 PM EST

joeyo voted 1 on this story.

Hi, I am joeyo. I am an undergraduate physics major with a minor in math and biology (and some would say, insanity). After ugrad I want to get a masters in biomedical enigneering and if all goes according to plan, a PhD in cybernetics.

I've been running in the open-source/slashdot/programming/geek community for about the past two years but I'm not really much of a programmer- I'm really a hardware junky.

Er, I guess thats it. I want to see what other are going to say now. Oh, I also play the oboe.

"Give me enough variables to work with, and I can probably do away with the notion of human free will." -- demi

I'm a 19 year old computer science ... (none / 0) (#7)
by kraant on Fri Mar 03, 2000 at 12:33:07 AM EST

kraant voted 1 on this story.

I'm a 19 year old computer science student at RMIT University in Melbourne. Australia... I'm here because someone mentioned this on slashdot. And I found it severely nifty I own far too much music and I work as a barman and will soon be DJing. I will soon be installing mulinux on an old shitbawxen so I can use it as a firewall for my cable connection In my spare time I spambust and I encourage all of you to do the same (http://spam.abuse.net/) I still read UseNet as much as possible and have for a long time... I guess that makes me an anachronism... Currently I am looking into whether I could make a open source voxel engine in java... daniel who hopes the format for this doesn't go to hell
"kraant, open source guru" -- tumeric
Never In Our Names...

"Who are you?" ... (3.80 / 5) (#5)
by Perpetual Newbie on Fri Mar 03, 2000 at 02:09:55 AM EST

Perpetual Newbie voted 1 on this story.

"Who are you?"
"I do not know."
And that's how you beat the guard in STTNG:A Final Unity. =)

Neat idea, to get a little sense of community going here.

I'm a 20yr old Windows-using wannabe hacker from California. I've spent more of my life playing video games than actually learning how computers work, though in the past couple years (since about '97) I've become interested in finding this stuff out, and I've been taking CS courses at the community college. I don't have a job(yet), my skills are a little bit of C, and rudimentary knowledge of Perl, HTML, and TCP/IP networking. Around mid last year, I got to thinking "I've been a newbie for a hell of a long time now.", and from that thought came the name Perpetual Newbie.

People consider me a "Windows expert" because I can use the command line and I know how to do such things as delete AIM. I learned how to use the Windows 95 interface by using someone else's Macintosh a couple times one summer, and I had a little dos experience, but my dos knowledge before '97 consited of little more than "cd games\doom" and pkunzip.

I've spent some time on bulletin boards, and was ignored whenever I would ask newbie questions like "How do you get those symbols that aren't on the keyboard?"(high ASCII). The sysops of most of my favourite boards went off to college or otherwise vanished about the same time I got onto the Internet. I think Zeus(?) still owes me a pizza for that LORD contest. =) I still dream about setting up my own bulletin board.

Shortly after getting on the Internet, I found a group of friends and settled down into their IRC channel, where I've pretty much stayed. My first ISP cut off Usenet access, so I'm in the habit of not realizing it exists.

I tried Linux a couple times. To anyone who hasn't seen my post about this, let's just say I couldn't quite get it working. I do very much like the Unix way of doing things, and I've installed the GNU tools on my Windows, so I tell everyone I'm running GNU/Win95. Despite the fact that I don't run Unix, I've been accused of being a zealot; Shortly after I first heard about Linux, I asked one of my dad's NT-using friends "I've heard some good things about this thing called Linux, what do you know about it?" and got back "Oh. You're one of those Unix nuts."(end of conversation).

People are astonished that I tend to pick up computer stuff quickly when the program has a bloody obvious user interface. There can be a big flashing red button filling half the screen saying "Click here to Foo", and I would click it, and the person sitting next to me would say "Whoa! How'd you get it to Foo?" So I'd show them. Part of it comes from not being afraid to try every option and see what it does. I shocked some guys in my Networking class when on the first day, we were seated in front of NT boxes and given the admistrator password. I had created and logged in as a new regular user account for myself within minutes, and I was plugged as an expert by the guys around me until I explained that it was the first time I'd ever used NT.

I try to keep up with what's hot in current technology, though I never seem to use any of it, I like to know what's out there. There's a list of about 8 techiewebsites I visit daily, and I have a stack of about thirty computer books taking up space in my room, most of which I've read but not been able to glean all the knowledge from.

Past history.. I got expelled from junior high for getting into too many fights(on the recieving end of most) and for generally telling the assistant principal what I thought of the way she ran the place. My favourite suspension in junior high was when I was suspended for sitting in the office waiting for an appointment I had to see the counselor. You see, I had taken to hiding out in the office during lunch and before school, and the asst. principal told me that if I did it again I'd be suspended. So, we argued until the time for my appointment came, when I just walked past her over to the counselor who greeted me and was, to her surprise, actually expecting me! More fun in junior high: In 7th grade I got kicked out of math class, where I was doing well, for getting into a fight in arts and crafts class. Also, I flunked regular English horribly in 7th grade, so in 8th grade I was placed in Advanced English, despite the objections of my parents. After that, the high school didn't want to take me, and wouldn't let me attend for three years. Then after the one year they did let me attend(Yeah, I was a HS freshman at 17), they didn't want to let me go! They actually wanted me to stay the extra years and graduate normally instead of going off to college. All my friends had graduated, and I had passed the high school equivalency test a year before attending(It was surprisingly easy, I was the second person out the door), so I just said "I'm outta here". I still like to say I have a sixth grade education.

As for a social life, I don't have much of one and never have. School takes up most of my day, and my webbrowsing regimen takes up the rest minus an hour for dinner. On non-school days I spend all my time doing homework. When I have free time at school, I slack in the student lounge and play cards with the other slackers.

Music is something that I actually never listened to until mid '96. I was under the impression that it was just people whining about wanting to use drugs, rape women, and commit senseless acts of violence. Yes, I believed what I read in the newspapers, and the only music that I had was Weird Al and the Capitol Steps, and I was shirking at the offensive lyrics in their songs. I was also turned off by the fact that my sister would play her music so loud that I could walk to the park two blocks away and still hear it. Then I hit VH1 while flipping through the TV channels, actually listened to some normal music, and it was Good. I was first turned on by Dave Matthews Band, Tonic, Jewel, the Offspring, and Collective Soul. My IRC friends then got me into Metallica and Rammstien, and then I discovered mp3.com and am now a fan of Abney Park, Conquest, Madelyniris, the Blackwells, the Projectiles, and Koind. I describe my musical tastes as "Mainstream music, you know, Green Day, Don Henley, Guns 'n Roses, U2, that sort of thing" About the only music I don't listen to is rap and country.

Lessee, what more.. I've come up with a good oatmeal recipie. chopped apples(gold or fuji work best), chopped walnuts or pecans, cinnamon, vanilla flavouring, molasses, maple syrup(the real stuff, not the crap), and use half milk/half water where the instructions say to use water. All ingredients are optional, the apples, cinnamon, and vanilla seeming to be the most important(besides the oatmeal). When it comes out right, you don't even need to put brown sugar on it =9 When it comes out wrong, you put too much molasses in it =6 I found this site through a mention on slashdot a couple weeks back, and I am eternally grateful to whoever made the mention. I think I'll shut up now.

- Perpetual Newbie

On the Internet nobody knows you're a dog except for Doubleclick, Real, Microsoft, the NSA, the FBI, that kid next door, and your grandmother.

Re: Who Are You? (3.00 / 2) (#11)
by rusty on Fri Mar 03, 2000 at 02:46:11 AM EST

Since you were kind enough to vote for this, I should probably contribute too.

My name's rusty, I'm 23, I live in DC and I'm a programmer. I work for a really cool little web company who are kind enough to let me host this site on their bandwidth. I spend most of my time writing perl or reading websites. But all this, you already knew. :-)

I grew up in Massachusetts. Plymouth, to be exact. And yes, I have ancestors from the Mayflower. And believe me when I tell you that it was not fun when all through college I had to answer this ubiquitous wiseass question "Well, umm, yeah, actually." But the great advantage of having Mayflower relatives is that whenever some idiot starts ranting about all the "damn immigrants" I can tell them "Get the hell out of my country, immigrant!" :-)

Interesting story, I actually had one ancestor who was in America in 1615, guy by the name of Ed Hawes. He was a mason employed by the East India Tea Co. to come build it's office in New Amsterdam, with his partner. Well, the building got built, the partner left, but Ed stayed on, and headed up into what's now upstate NY and traded with the Native Americans. Everybody called him "Mohawk Ed Hawes" because supposedly he made toys for the N.A. children, and they all liked him.

My family's all from New England, pretty much as long as they've been Americans, so most people think I'm grumpy. But that's just the way we come off to the rest of you idiots who went and ruined our nice country. ;-)

I went to a tiny private high school called Falmouth Academy for grades 7 through 12 and it permanently warped my worldview, and, I believe, made me both a better person and unfit to exist in modern times. I have a lot of trouble complying with things like "rules" because FA doesn't really have them. This is where my whole expectations fetish came from, BTW. We didn't particularly need rules because we had people who were in charge, and those people had expectations of you. If you didn't live up to them, you got pulled aside and told "You're not living up to our expectations of you." And that was pretty much that as far as discipline went. I guess if you totally went out of your way to thumb your nose at their expectations, they'd kick you out. I only saw it happen once, I think.

After FA, I went off to The College of William and Mary, and hated nearly every minute of the three and a half years I spent there. W&M is in southeastern virginia, which, if you've never been there, don't go. And it's creepily full of those really *normal* people, who turn out to be the absolute worst freaks you've ever met, when they finally show their true colors. All in all, not a pleasant time.

But I finally got out (yes, I dropped out) and it wasn't a total loss. I met my wonderful perfect girlfriend who keeps me sane and permits me to ignore most of the silly rules you're supposed to be aware of to function as an adult American (She pays the bills. I get an allowance. I *highly* recommend this arrangement!) I also met several really cool people at W&M, many of whom now live nearby.

So after leaving school, I went home and made furniture for 3 or 4 months (went back to a summer job I'd had) while I got my life together. Then I moved to Arlington VA, where my sister lived, to "be a web developer." At this point I knew HTML pretty well, and a little javascript. And I actually managed to get a job with this! :-)

Ok, it was as a temp, formatting HTML tables for a HUD contractor. But it was a job. After that I worked for a nonprofit DOE contractor (learned more JS, and a little perl), and a for-profit DOD contractor (learned a lot more perl, finally got to use linux full-time), before finally getting my current job.

Now I work in maryland, write a lot of perl, and scheme about how best to conquor the world. Oh yeah, and I run kuro5hin.org too. :-)

Not the real rusty

Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#29)
by lachoy on Fri Mar 03, 2000 at 03:29:05 PM EST

Rusty forgot to mention that he drinks coffee out of the largest mug you'll ever see. So large, in fact, that rival companies sometimes resort to drastic measures to wrest it from him.
M-x auto-bs-mode
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Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#30)
by rusty on Fri Mar 03, 2000 at 04:43:08 PM EST

This is my big ass coffee cup. And no, it's not actually bigger than my head, that's just a trick of perspective. :-)

Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]
Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#12)
by derick on Fri Mar 03, 2000 at 02:50:31 AM EST

I'll keep this short...

I'm 23
I graduated from Caltech.
I live in Eugene, OR
I run linux.
I brew my own beer.
I heard about this site from /.

Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#13)
by TomG on Fri Mar 03, 2000 at 04:47:35 AM EST

I am TomG. If you guys get to know me, you'll learn that I'm stubborn, self righteous, egotistical, idignant, smart and very often right. :-) I run Debian frozen. I use WindowMaker in X, but I prefer console for most things.

Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#15)
by Anonymous Hero on Fri Mar 03, 2000 at 07:15:02 AM EST

Hi, I'm the anonymous hero that rusty referred to (fame!)

I graduated from Cambridge University, UK, in computer science. Now I am a network security researcher. I'm 21 and married. My other half, Hattig, posts independently on this site. I like FreeBSD, and coding Perl. I think traffic cones are evil. Nothing I say ever has anything to do with my employer.

Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#16)
by Markee on Fri Mar 03, 2000 at 07:54:00 AM EST

I'm Markee, I came here from slashdot, I am 30 years old, living in Germany;
I graduated in Computer Science and Linguistics,
now I am earning my living as a software developer at the research facilitiy of a big computer company (hint: it's an international one :);
and I'm on Kuro5hin for maybe the 3th day now, because I want to see what is becoming of it.

Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#18)
by Matthew Guenther on Fri Mar 03, 2000 at 09:15:57 AM EST

<kosh>"Who are you..."</kosh>


Hmmm, let's see: I'm a 22 year old mechanical engineering student in my fourth year. I'm currently living in Ottawa, Ontario (Cana-duh), but I'm from Calgary, Alberta, and going to university in Victoria, B.C.. I'm in Ottawa doing a four-month coop at the NRC, more specifically the Fire Risk Management laboratory. If you've at all got a pyromaniac within you (even a little one), this place is the place to be. :)

As I mentioned above, I'm originally from Calgary, and grew up there for 18 years, originally going to school at Elbow Park elementary, then Rideau junior high, before moving out of the city, and finishing up at high school in Springbank Community High School. I think I've been blessed with a lot of good people in my education, it wasn't nearly as traumatic most other's I've heard (even though I was a geek there was very little teasing... but that's Canada for you).

When I went to university I knew I wanted to go somewhere else, so I chose the warmest place in Canada in the winter, where I could sail and mountain bike to my heart's content. Then I went and chose engineering, which left me with very little time to actually enjoy the climate. Oops.

As for computers and stuff, I've been using computers since about '87, starting with my friend's Apple. Our family didn't get a computer until several years later, when we were blessed with a MacPlus, with a load of pirated software and not a manual to be found. After learning that computer inside-out, I got on the net in '92 shortly after purchasing my own computer (486SX 25 baby!), and haven't looked back. I've been using linux for a little more than a year, and I haven't had this much fun with my computer since that original Mac Plus. No more MS for me thanks.

As you might have guessed, I'm a bit of a Babylon 5 fan (gotta love koshisms), but mostly spend time on my various hobbies... TV's just too dumb these days. I competitively do several sports, depending on the season and region: mountain biking, sailing, speed skating, and snowboarding. Also, I like to read a lot; mostly sci-fi (Adams, RAH, Niven, Card, Gibson, Stephenson), but anything will do in a pinch. As well, I do some programming on open-source projects, currently Balsa is sucking a lot of my time.

I stumbled upon kur5hin via a /. post, and immediately liked the cleaner style, smaller discussions, and an admin that actually responds to his site's readers. Let's just hope it stays that way. ;)


Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#19)
by Strider on Fri Mar 03, 2000 at 09:17:15 AM EST

Im a 19yr. old EE major at the University of Louisville. I am currently on CO-OP with an engineering firm here in Louisville, KY. I am an avid gamaholic (not so much lately though - too much work) - Q2 baby! I am also a follower of Jesus Christ, which earns me more disrespect in an online community than being a 3133t h4x0r. I run a linux box -Mandrake 7.0- at home (possibly a dual boot soon - for the games) and I do a little web design (see my webpage). I am intensly interested in technology, technological issues, and video game news.

thank you. drive thru.
"it's like having gravity suddenly replaced by cheez-whiz" - rusty
Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#20)
by Skippy on Fri Mar 03, 2000 at 10:50:44 AM EST

Hmmm. Gonna take the easy way out. Laundry list :-)
Name: Mark DuPrey
Nick: Skippy, recieved due to physical resemblance to tv character on "Family Ties"
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Age: 28
Occupation: Don't know what to call it. From the office I fix all the problems for about 80 telecommuters. Everthing from computer breakdowns to ordering their phone and network lines.
Formal education: Some college (Major was Japanese) but formal education and I don't get along well.
Informal education: Almost every graphic design program known to man.
Computers run: Win9x, Debian, BeOS, MacOS, NT and wanting to run but afraid of *BSD

I used to work for a corporate "adventure training" company ala Dilbert cartoons. Great fun and climbing the rock wall kept me in shape. I miss it.

# I am now finished talking out my ass about things that I am not qualified to discuss. #
Re: Who Are You? (3.20 / 5) (#22)
by Dast on Fri Mar 03, 2000 at 11:45:09 AM EST

My name is Chester, and I was born on craps table in Las Vegas. I was raised by a tribe of tap dancers, who also taught me how to dance. I work as a midevil dancer, and remodel vans in my spare time. I like the ladies, and bubbles. My air hockey table moon-walk is pretty mean. I only eat cereal.

Am I still the president?
I gotta go, I'm late.

Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#23)
by fluffy grue on Fri Mar 03, 2000 at 12:40:17 PM EST

Well, my homepages (given on my user info) tell pretty much everything, but to sum up, I'm 21, am a graduate student in computer science, have been using computers since I was 5, weigh less (in pounds) than my IQ, have an odd sense of self (putting it mildly), and hate gender. I came here after getting a major Slashdot burnout after reading it for two years or so (my UID on there is 4452, my karma is 125, and I just got sick of all the poseurness and inanity and so I went out with a bang). I try to compose music, but lately most of my inspiration is going towards both the virtual reality system I'm working on and the research project which currently pays my living expenses. I tend to be open about myself, which often gets me in trouble, and I also tend to be way too trusting, which gets me in even more trouble (some day I'll write about my 6 months in the DC area caused by my eagerness and overzealous trust, and how I got royally screwed by my "friends" thanks to other circumstances of this time period).

I try to be cutely sarcastic, but then people often don't understand whether I'm joking or not, and usually take me seriously. I use a lot of smilies and winkies, but it seems nobody ever notices them. I guess they've been overused to the point that peoples' brains just filter them out nowadays.

I try to talk about things which I know about, and I try to learn about as much as I can. I oftentimes forget to qualify my statements with "IIRC" or "AFAIK", though, but when a factual error is pointed out to me, I graciously accept where I was wrong, even if the other person was hostile about it. Unfortunately, in my experience (at least on Slashdot, anyway), even accepting an error isn't enough, since then you continue to be quoted and lambasted on the incorrect statement, no matter how many times you apologize and retract the statement. I think that's more of an indication of the kind of mentality you find on Slashdot, though. Which is, of course, probably the biggest reason I came here - to get away from that crap. I've already gotten mired in a mild flamewar on here from someone with that same sort of attitude, and I sincerely hope not to have a repeat occurrence.

I'm a liberal, pro-science pro-thinking pro-choice anti-sheeple. I value thinking for yourself and using evidence to form opinions, rather than taking what others say as gospel or buying into unfounded, outlandish statements. I believe that people shouldn't have to be protected from themselves, as long as their actions don't harm others innocently. I also believe that "grave injustices" which are inconsequential after the passing of a week's time really aren't injustices at all (which is why I still don't feel bad about the way I publically burnt out on Slashdot).

I like anime and other mentally-challenging forms of entertainment. Yesterday I had a midterm in CS470, Analysis of Algorithms. It was a tough midterm, and I was also sick and sore all over from lifting weights the previous day (I'm trying to get my wrist pain under control), and yet I found it to be a quite enjoyable activity; I guess I'm just a masochist in that regard. I was also the only one to finish it within the alloted time, with five minutes to spare (which means it really was a difficult exam - most exams I finish in half an hour, counting the 15 minutes it takes me to double- and triple-check all my work).

I also tend to be very disorganized and scatterbrained.
"Is not a quine" is not a quine.
I have a master's degree in science!

[ Hug Your Trikuare ]

Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#40)
by Inoshiro on Sat Mar 04, 2000 at 02:16:29 AM EST

That transgender stuff is interesting to learn about. Never thought of that kinda stuff (am happy as am, heterosexual XYer)..

As for slashdot, I've been reading it for about 9 or 10 months, and have a karma of 98 :-)

I'd still like an explanation of the sig, as I've not figured it out yet.

[ イノシロ ]
[ Parent ]
Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#41)
by rusty on Sat Mar 04, 2000 at 02:32:28 AM EST

The sig refers to Douglas Hofstadter's book Godel, Escher, Bach an Eternal Golden Braid. This is the Hofstadter who formulated Hofstadter's Law: "It always takes longer than you think it will, even if you factor in Hofstadter's Law."

An absolutely fantastic book, IMO. I read it one weekend in a little cabin in West Virginia with a gun on the wall and a deer skull nailed to the door (the "Honeymoon Cabin". I'm not making this up!), and it just blew my mind. I highly recommend you read it.

Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]

Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#45)
by fluffy grue on Sat Mar 04, 2000 at 05:01:24 PM EST

I've actually read GEB:EGB probably a half dozen times now. I first got it when I was 9, and reread it once every couple years, always learning more about it, which explains a lot about me. I still have the original copy, though its binding hasn't held up very well and a large chunk of it is now a separate entity (with the last page of this separated chunk being the end of Crab Canon, of all the places).

Some day I should get around to making a page explaining the .signature, since I get asked about it a lot, but your answer was a lot more fun: it makes them figure it out for themselves. :)
"Is not a quine" is not a quine.
I have a master's degree in science!

[ Hug Your Trikuare ]
[ Parent ]

Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#25)
by Strange Charmed One on Fri Mar 03, 2000 at 01:02:25 PM EST

My nick- Strange Charmed One is a lengthy joke. Suffice to say it involves particle physics (and knowing more than my physics teacher), a character in an RPG who outlasted two parties of other players (if the GM is fond of dragons, you fireproof yourself and do not attack them directly...), a tendency never to get into trouble despite various things such as calling one teacher nasty brutish and short, and threatening the school bully with a table.

I have found that education gets better the higher up you go, as the idiots all disappear (although so do a few nice people). I am currently having a great time at Oxford University.

I am known by my friends to be good with computers because, like Perpetual Newbie, I can read instructions on a screen and also like to experiment. I probably hold some sort of record for accidentally crashing computers (but only my computers...).

My hobbies include RPG's, messing about with computers, too much web surfing, debating at the Oxford Union, semi-competitive balroom dancing, reading fiction, quizzes, martial arts and a few other minor ones. I firmly believe in doing the minimum amiunt of work possible except round exam times... Like most other people, I wandered in from slashdot.

Will this thread be kept permenantly open on the front page like the security ones?

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Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#27)
by ramses0 on Fri Mar 03, 2000 at 01:39:30 PM EST

That's a good idea to keep this thread open on the main page. It's neat ;^)=

I'm interested in some of the activities you're involved in... we used to have a ballroom dancing club here at my uni, but everyone running it got too busy. What kind of dances do you learn (in England, right?), and what's your favorite?

Also, what sort of martial arts do you take? I've taken some basic karate, but my roommate prefers the kung-fu that he learned. It's interesting to look at the different styles available to learn.

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Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#55)
by Strange Charmed One on Mon Mar 06, 2000 at 08:08:35 PM EST

I'm glad that it has been kept!

Dances: Waltz, Quickstep, Jive and Cha-Cha officially and competitively. Rock'n'Roll classes are currently Lindy-hop and West Coast Swing. My dance partner is also teaching me to Samba, and I am picking up some Salsa and a little Argentine Tango. I also know how to Vienese Waltz and Tango socially- although the Vienese can be disasterous after a couple of drinks (I speak from experience) My best competitive dance is the Waltz, although the ones I enjoy most are the Vienese Waltz when sober and the Argentine and Samba when drunk (the Vienese is fun when drunk, but this should not be attempted unless you have good balance- it is the fastest, and you are continually circling).

Martial arts: currently capoeria and broadsword practice. (I'm not joking- some of my friends are trying to recruit me for the SCA). I used to practice Judo, but my old club closed, and I occasionally fence to keep in practice. My opinion on martial arts are that the teacher and group matter more than the individual art concerned.

(For your information, Oxford is in England)

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Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#26)
by asad on Fri Mar 03, 2000 at 01:18:06 PM EST

Well I guess since I read the site I should post. I am a 23 year old Solaris administrator who moved from NJ to CA (SV) about 8 months ago. I graduated from Rutgers U. with a BS in CS and BA in Biology (don't ask). I am originally from Iran and lived in Belgium for about 5 years then lived in NJ for about 8. Can't really live in one place for more than a few years and I am thinking of moving to either Texas or Australia in a few years. Computers are sort of a hobby I prefer running them as opposed to writing programs for them but when I have the need to I'll whip out a perl script with a man page to make my life easier. I too moved from /. to here I was asad on there as well. I don't really get that attached to online communites like /. I used to post on the well http://www.well.com which I think is the oldest online community out there but depending on what's happening at work and my life I may just disappear ;-)

Re: Who Are You? (3.00 / 2) (#28)
by lachoy on Fri Mar 03, 2000 at 02:59:17 PM EST

Now 30; grew up a navy brat (USA, not international) with public schooling all the way; father aeronautical engineer (picked up computers early); graduated with degree in History from Pitt; getting married to the most amazing woman in five weeks; currently living in Pittsburgh.

Lots of perl, database admin (mysql, sybase); lots of unix (linux, branching out to bsd and maybe solaris variants with some tuits); lots of pc hardware; fair amount of network setup and troubleshooting.

Oh yeah, I work with Rusty at a cool company I helped start.

More details at my website
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Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#32)
by ralsina on Fri Mar 03, 2000 at 05:43:48 PM EST

Sorry about the duplicate, I clicked the wrong button :-P

However, the HTML formatted posting is broken, you can't have a <a> that spawns over a line, and lines are SHORT :-)

This is going to be random, but I'm too tired to be organized.

I am Roberto Alsina, I keep a diary at advogato (http://advogato.org/people/ralsina)

My nickname has no history whatsoever, it's just what the form I filled when I got my first internet account suggested.

I have been frequenting community sites since about the dawn of time (when www.linux.org had no graphics), and my /. account is 1777, which I am sure by some careful manipulation could be turned into proof that I am actually the devil.

As of late, I am starting to believe that if there is a free software community, I must belong to some small sect of it, or am just weird, because most of the people in the usually accepted community just don't resonate with me a t all.

My background is mathematics. Or was, since I have forgotten most of it. Someday I will go and take the two exams I need to get my degree (and I should have taken them in 1995), but life is too short.

My various talents include the ability to score nearly perfect scores in any psychological test, due to having read most of them while doing some research. And (the other talent) I can learn enough of any procedural programming language to code (badly) in it in a day.

I am a programmer, and I write free software, lately, a lot of it.

I have a short fuse, and I tend to speak my mind in unambiguous terms, which makes people think I am agressive (but I am not). I just dislike bullshit intensely, have a long memory, and honestly don't care at all about what others think of me.

I have used Linux since I got a imported copy of Yggdrasil fall. I was probably the first person in 500Km to install it, but that's not saying much.

I have worked in a university for several years, as a teacher, as a netadmin, as a sysadmin, as a researcher, and a few other chores.

I have never been offered stock for a Linux IPO, but Corel sent me a netwinder before they sold them to rebel, and SuSE regularly sends a copy of their packages (6.3 is quite nice), as does Caldera, so don't trust me if I tell you they sell better product than Red hat does (but they do). Hopefully with Preston as head of the labs, Red Hat will stop sucking so much, though, and I will be able to stop saying that.

KDE developer (MFCH)
note about html formatted mode (4.00 / 1) (#34)
by rusty on Fri Mar 03, 2000 at 07:24:39 PM EST

However, the HTML formatted posting is broken, you can't have a <a> that spawns over a line, and lines are SHORT :-)

The textboxes are set WRAP="soft", so line breaks that happen automatically are not carried through in the post. If you hit return, obviously, that line break will be saved. So go ahead and make your href tags as long as you want. And if you're ever unsure of what will happen, hit preview. The way it shows in preview is the way it'll show when saved, AFAIK.

There have been many requests to make the text box bigger, and I'm going to do that too. But it'll still work the same way (i.e. in a non-broken way).

Not the real rusty
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Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#33)
by Paul Dunne on Fri Mar 03, 2000 at 06:06:45 PM EST

You already know my name. I'm a 32 year old Irishman. Being Irish, I of course don't live in Ireland -- I'm writing this in Hamburg. After previous incarnations as a programmer (RPG, SQLWindows) and consultant (Linux!), I now write for a living, mainly about Linux, Unix und so weiter. What else? Oh, I don't know. Go read the home page. Not that that's very informative either. I must be just naturally reticent -- as long as I'm sober, anyway.
Who am I? (none / 0) (#35)
by stimuli on Fri Mar 03, 2000 at 08:36:15 PM EST

I'm a thirty-something programmer/engineer/math-geek type working for an eCommerce startup doing web programming (*sigh*). I've have formed a love-hate relationship with Java. Today a found some odd ball memory corruption going on in some C code I wrote. Some buffer gets clobbered and ends up shitting out to the log file, which has a structured format that just goes all wonky when this happens. I like Eiffel, Haskell and stuff like that, but the professional world has conspired to make crappy languages the standard. That's about it -- if you're overburdened by curiosity about me check out my website.

Oh, and I frequently talk about things other than programming :)

And I'm not really this pretentious -- it's just today :)

Oh yeah, and I'm happier since I shed the Slashdot habit.
-- Jeffrey Straszheim

Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#36)
by perplexed on Sat Mar 04, 2000 at 12:41:59 AM EST

27 year old programmer (Perl and C++ mostly) for a startup in Marina Del Rey, California. I'm a very casual Linux user-- I'm just not that attached to any OS. I'm a huge Reggae fan and I play a '62 Fender Bass.

Me! (none / 0) (#38)
by Novalis on Sat Mar 04, 2000 at 01:10:12 AM EST

I'm a sophomore at Reed College in Portland, OR

I'm working with the Worldforge project.

And a procedural texture generator.

And an entry for the IOCCC.

And a Beowulf cluster.

And 1000000 other little projects.

I have a life outside the net, but I'm not too social :)

Politically, I'm left of center. I believe in gun control, starting with the military and the cops. I believe in free speech, freedom of religion, etc. I agree with RMS on matters of copyright, and anything else I've ever heard him say :).

I'm a Unitarian Universalist.

I think that wings are really sexy.

One of the sentences in this post is false.

-Dave Turner
Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#39)
by del on Sat Mar 04, 2000 at 01:42:17 AM EST

howdy, i'm david, 36, been programming for the web since 1994, lead for the HTDB project, "VP Technology" for garageband.com.

my computer preference is the SGI Indy, my music the Jazz Butcher Conspiracy, and my drink vodka.

i have a few stupid domains i play with: adjective.com, inconvenient.com, sideswipe.com, ediotic.com, etc. i am *not* an addict.

watch out. here comes my sig..
how perfectly goddamned delightful it all is, to be sure

worms.open(can); (none / 0) (#42)
by Inoshiro on Sat Mar 04, 2000 at 02:45:31 AM EST


Well, I'm Dylan (as you can plainly tell from my homepage URL). I generally don't like my last name, as it's from my mother's side, which she changed on my behalf when I was young (and thus could not protest). Also because of my frequent moves as a child, I seem a bit strange if I don't know you (or you me), although my social skills are now quite well developed -- and I am actually entertaining to be around (or so say my friends) ;-)

Age? 19. That age feels wrong, though. Too old :-) Altough judging by other responses here, methinks I am a bit young..

Age 8: "If you're quiet, they go fasert" (myself, grade 3, playing with an Apple 2)
(Fast forward to the next time I used a computer)
Age 12: Did Applesoft basic on Apple 2s in school.
(Fast forward to the next time I used a computer)
Age 14: Started to use IBM PCs/IA32. Was confused by ".vir" extensions. Asked teacher about them, mostly to reasure myself they weren't viruses, which the media had mentioned a few times.
Age 15: Bought first IBM PC (a Compaq -- the first and last PC I was to own that was not homebuilt). Played with HTML, Usenet, Doom. Forced to illegally copy Win95 when Compaq never sent my Win95 upgrade.
Age 16: Learned C..Used OS/2 a lot. Tried Linux. Continued to use OS/2. Learned x86 assembler (a little)..
Age 17: Switched back to Win98 (OS/2 for the web was pathetic). Continued work on an ANSI editor, just as BBSes were dieing. Sigh. However, I did have almost all the functionality of Acid Draw in a 21kb (vs their 200+kb Pascal bloat).. Played with Linux
Age 18: Built a second computer; made firewall. Installed Linux. Struggled, learned.
Age 19: Sysadmin, HTML 4/CSS, PHP/Python dabbling, C/C++ :-).. The usual repotoire of things you pick up when using machines.

So there's a history of how I learned. Everyone makes newbie mistakes, as ye can see from my quiet and .vir comments ;) I reccomend IBM keyboards for any kind of serious computer work (go to dansdata to find out where to buy them, and read a review).. I'm a lot more experienced now with Unices in general, and have an OpenBSD buddy whom I play with. We found a convergent miniframe on a recent "junk" shuffle, which will be played with.. He also managed to get an HP diskless workstation (HP 9000/300, 16Mhz 68020) to boot OpenBSD, which is interesting because it cost 25$ Cdn, and comes with a (fixed frequency) 19" monitor. I'm still using the monitor that came with my Compaq with my current workstation (Shadowgate).

Books: Yes, I have shelves of them. Currently, I'm working on finish the Night's Dawn trilogy by Peter F. Hamilton. I am ~300 pages into the final book, "The Naked God," which is about 1/3rd of the nicely bound hardcover volume. It's a very, very good read. I'd even put it above my Deathlands addiction :-0

Social: I'm a bit judgemental about people, but only with a decent cause. Unless I'm in a bad mood, in which case it's open season >:-) I prefer to watch movies at home, or do cross country skiing, etc, vs activities that might be considered more social (like going to an expensive theatre, or going to a public pool).

Misc: I have an SO, I keep a daily changelog on my homepage, I'm working on a new design for thock.com, I'm taking a calculus course at a local high school before heading to university (as well as a physics course, to see if I can raise the mark), I work at a local computer company servicing various things, and I'm currently 45 minutes past when I wanted to be asleep. Sigh.


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Wouldn't you like to know? :-) (none / 0) (#43)
by static on Sat Mar 04, 2000 at 03:57:32 AM EST

I found out about kuro5shin from a post from Karsten on IWETHEY (URL up above - come say hi). I help administer IWETHEY, too, including an article a week (more or less :-) in The Static Page.

I'm 29, trained as a computer programmer mostly by experience the rest via a traineeship. I'm a good general purpose PC technical knowledge resource, which may explain my distate for The Microsoft Way. I'm still terrible at Quake et al, though.

I spend more time than I really should on the Internet so I'm about to get a dedicated line at home. I also work in IT Security so I tend to be a bit paranoid about telling too much about myself on the 'net.


Re: Who Are You? (3.00 / 2) (#46)
by bryce on Sat Mar 04, 2000 at 05:58:28 PM EST

Um, I'm Yet Another WorldForge Developer... Somehow ran across Kuro5hin from a Slashdot comment somewheres...

As a kid I always wanted to design spaceships, so went to school to do that and now I do that professionally some of the time but mostly recreate Dilbert comic strips. :-\ I program too, but my co-workers still think HP calculators are a big improvement over slide rules and punch cards so, well, erf... I stick to my guns about C++ being better than FORTRAN and am pretty sure C++ isn't "just a fad", but I think Perl's cool and encourage people to check out Python too. Don't ask me about Visual Basic.

I believe it's better to lend a hand than to point out that someone has fallen. I believe in using carrots not sticks. I think we could do with less advertising and more freedom. I think the government's okay but could be a lot better if we threw some scripting at it; I also think it belongs to us and that it's our duty to fix it (and no, I don't mean Go Vote). I think Tom Jefferson and the lot were hackers like us, and would have coded the constitution differently if they'd known about CGI's and GPL's. I'd like it if my computer was better at filtering and sorting data. I believe in believing, but not half as much as I believe in thinking.

Oh, and I think games are vastly underrated, and are much more important than we give credit for. Check out www.worldforge.org to see the ring I threw my hat into.

Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#47)
by moonboy on Sat Mar 04, 2000 at 08:15:59 PM EST

My name is Jason. I am 31. I use Linux exclusively at home and Win2000 at work. I'm looking to get a new job (UNIX oriented, so glad :-) and move out to California (if all goes well, wish me luck.) Got my degree in Liberal Arts (I prefer to think of it as a "get out" degree.) took some cool classes, not that many but a few. I recommend college to anyone considering it or not. I actually got more from all of the ancillary stuff going on and my Sociology classes than anything else. Got the nick moonboy from a really cool hacker (and I mean this in the truest sense of the word, not the cheesey, commonly confused way people use the word "hacker" to mistakenly refer to a "cracker" or whatever else you want to call them.) I like Linux a lot. I'm trying to learn Python (it is a very cool and powerful (relatively simple too) language.) I came over from Slashdot. I still check it out, but think of kuro5hin as the way Slashdot used to be, when it was cooler. I like the "no trolling" stance (way to go Rusty!) That's about it. Later.


"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." - Albert Einstein

Who I am. (5.00 / 1) (#49)
by Anonymous Hero on Sun Mar 05, 2000 at 12:40:19 AM EST

I'm a normal All-American Linux user who happens to like the idea of cute girls being transformed into statues.

Because of this, my posts get deleted, and I get ridiculed.

With that kind of behavior, this site will NEVER get even 1% of the readership that Slashdot does. Maybe when you wake up from the Dark Ages of excluding people who are different, you might be able to join the rest of the Internet in the 20th century.

Re: Who I am. (3.00 / 1) (#50)
by rusty on Sun Mar 05, 2000 at 12:52:22 AM EST

I left this one because I wanted to reply. (OK, OK, I know that's what trolls do! but still..).

All I have to say is this: If leaving stupid, repetitive posts about petrified teenagers up for all the world to see in the comments on my site will make me part of "the rest of the Internet in the 20th Century," then I'll gladly stay right here in the 21st century, where we've left all that slashdot foolishness behind. :-)

Oh yeah, and I already have 1% of the readership of /. Nyaa nyaa. :-P

See? I have a sense of humor too.

Not the real rusty
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Re: Who I am. (none / 0) (#56)
by Inoshiro on Mon Mar 06, 2000 at 09:32:24 PM EST

That's why we post ;-)

Nothing like ridicule at the hands of the site's creator..

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I'm a lurker (none / 0) (#51)
by Anonymous Hero on Sun Mar 05, 2000 at 04:03:33 AM EST

My name is Tim, and I am a lurker. I have never posted a

kuro5hin comment before, and have posted perhaps two to

slashdot in the past couple of years. I am a 16 year old

last-year-of-high-school geek. I know some C, and have

written one useful piece of free software. I'm going to be

the best programmer the world has ever seen, as soon as we

do some theory in Calc class so I can understand that

ruddy SICP book. I'm probably going to do a BSc, BTech or

BE ("Bachelor of Software Engineering") for computing next


I'm new to kuro5hin, but I admire the way Rusty reads and

responds to user comments.

Yeah :)

Re: I'm a lurker (none / 0) (#54)
by Anonymous Hero on Sun Mar 05, 2000 at 04:10:04 AM EST

I apologise for this post being repeated twice. I was using the links browser (not lynx) and it asked me if I wanted to post the form and whatnot, so I said yes. Oops. BTW, after I'd previewed, there was one blank line between every two lines. Obviously when I posted it came out okay.

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Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#57)
by henrik on Thu Mar 09, 2000 at 07:00:09 PM EST

Well - it's probably safe to post here now, with a bit of luck noone should be reading this by now. :)

Alright, my name is Henrik Abelsson, i'm 18 years of age and live in Sweden. (small country in northern europe, not switzerland. (and acctually, we're the IT #1 country in the world. Whee.)).

I got involved with computers at the age of 10, when my parents got me an Atari ST (512kb ram, 68000 processor). I started out by playing games, but found 'em boring after a while. So i tried out this disc named "basic", and started reading the manuals (in english - no small feat for a 10 year old who had only studied it for a couple of years). One thing led to another and eventually i moved to my parents i386. I started programming on a pirated copy of Turbo pascal and it felt like a dream compared to basic, and that's where i really started coding. (we had one game on the 386 - commander keen). Then eventually, we got a pentium with win95 (first time i ever used windows). That about killed my interest in programming for a year or so, and i started using the computer less and less..

Then i discovered djgpp - the dos port of gcc and started coding for dos. Not as much - i never really got anything accomplised with djgpp. But it got me interested in linux, and i downloaded slackware and tried it. (the only reference to unix i had was a two page article, it basicly said ls == dir, mv == move, cp == copy, cat == type and showed a pretty screenshot of X. ) Gave up and wiped it a couple of times, but eventually, as i learned more and more, i started using it more and more. Together with linux, i started coding again. And now i've grown into a competent C programmer, I know c++, pascal and perl also, but i'm most comfortable with C. I've written about 30000 lines of C in the last year and maybe 3000 lines C++, 1000 lines of pascal and maybe 500 of perl (though perl is so compact, so those 500 lines probably accomplishes as much as 5000 lines of c).
random note #1: Keeping track of lines is a stupid way to do it anyways. random note #2: Me and a friend even won $2500 in a programming contest with our program (written in C). Whee again.

Anyone want to give me a job? *grin*

Akademiska Intresseklubben antecknar!
Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#58)
by deuteron on Thu Mar 09, 2000 at 09:38:12 PM EST

Hi. My name is Dan Peterson, and I work for EarthLink, Inc. in Phoenix, AZ as mainly a PHP developer. I also do some FreeBSD system administration. I really like FreeBSD. I'm originally from Yuma, AZ (growing city (~65k residents) in the southwesternmost corner of the state), where I was a network engineer/admin for a small startup ISP.

I find Kuro5hin to be extremely informative and just plain nice to look at. While I hope it becomes extremely popular, I also hope it doesn't become too popular, like some other sites. :P

That's about all for now. Cheers!


Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#73)
by Inoshiro on Tue Mar 21, 2000 at 02:18:14 AM EST

Hehe.. I hear you on that one. It's kinda nifty to have something like 30 comments being a "large" discussion of things. Then again, I'd like to have more feedback from articles I post. You win some, you lose some :-/

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Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#59)
by mr. creep on Fri Mar 10, 2000 at 09:15:24 PM EST

I'm 23. I run the Geeknik.net website. I have nothing more to share right now. :) Scoop rules btw, I've been playing with it for like a month now.
brian - geeknik.net
Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#60)
by mr. creep on Sun Mar 12, 2000 at 09:34:06 AM EST

oh yeah, i ran across this website via a posting on freshmeat.net about scoop. :)
brian - geeknik.net
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Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#61)
by Meerkat on Mon Mar 20, 2000 at 05:03:38 AM EST

Yes, this thread has been dormant for about ten days.  What better way to make
my Kuro5hin debut than to hide out in an old thread that nobody will be looking
at? :-)

Hello, I'm often known as Meerkat.  The story behind which is far too long and
far too uninteresting to bother going into.  And besides, I'm tired.

I program.  My RealWork(tm) currently consists of Data Warehousing in an Oracle
/ HP-UX environment.  

I once won $10 in a Haiku competition.

I live in Australia.

I heard about Kro5hin from IWETHEY, the URL of which has already been
mentioned, I believe.

On occasion I dabble with HTML at work.  I love the very 'clean' design of this

I can string proper sentences together when I'm suitably caffeinated, I

I'll go away now.  Nice to meet you all.

Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#62)
by rusty on Mon Mar 20, 2000 at 10:59:35 AM EST

Hee hee. Works every time. New users show up, and they never notice the "Add to Hotlist" link until it's too late. I naturally have this thread hotlisted, so even in old threads, you're never safe!

Another handy trick is, go to the search page, select "comments" and don't enter any search criteria. Hit "Search". You'll get a list of the last 30 comments posted, from whatever thread, newest to oldest. I do this constantly to keep up with new comments. :-)


Not the real rusty
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Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#66)
by driph on Mon Mar 20, 2000 at 01:29:24 PM EST

Another handy trick is, go to the search page, select "comments" and don't enter any search criteria. Hit "Search". You'll get a list of the last 30 comments posted, from whatever thread, newest to oldest. I do this constantly to keep up with new comments. :-)

Ah ha! New trick!

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 ]
Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#74)
by Meerkat on Tue Mar 21, 2000 at 04:52:31 AM EST

"A cunning plan, my Lord" :-)

I'll be sure to try that myself.  For 'permanent' threads like this, it's a
jolly good idea.

Oh, and thanks for the welcome :)

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Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#63)
by pwhysall on Mon Mar 20, 2000 at 11:07:12 AM EST

I'm Peter Whysall, wandering over here from IWETHEY at Karsten Self's

I'm 27, and do NT and VMS admin for money. I do Linux and UNIX for fun.

I believe firmly that VMS is the One True OS and have recently taken the time
to get xmame and am playing Gyruss a lot these days...

Hobbies include reading Dawkins and baiting Americans about their poor excuse
for beer.

I'm based in the UK.

K5 Editors
I'm going to wager that the story keeps getting dumped because it is a steaming pile of badly formatted fool-meme.
Sex in a Canoe (none / 0) (#64)
by rusty on Mon Mar 20, 2000 at 12:00:13 PM EST

About the vast majority of american beer, I totally agree (see subject line). I must say, though, that Saranac Golden Pilsner is a damn fine pils.

There were a lot of new users over the weekend. Did Karsten do some aggressive promoting recently? And if so, can you point me to a link? I find the EZBoard kinda hard to search, considering you need to pick a forum, and there's a godawful lot of them! :-)

Not the real rusty
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Re: Sex in a Canoe (none / 0) (#65)
by pwhysall on Mon Mar 20, 2000 at 12:21:56 PM EST

Visit the discussions at IWETHEY.

K5 Editors
I'm going to wager that the story keeps getting dumped because it is a steaming pile of badly formatted fool-meme.
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Re: Sex in a Canoe (none / 0) (#72)
by Inoshiro on Tue Mar 21, 2000 at 02:14:53 AM EST

Reminds me of that one chapter in "Why I Hate Canadians" by Will Ferguson -- "Sex in a Canoe and other Canadian myths" .. If you like laughing, try to read that book. ;-)

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[ Parent ]
Fine Miller Products (none / 0) (#85)
by Teneo on Thu Apr 13, 2000 at 12:11:52 PM EST

I like being baited with American beer.


[ Parent ]
Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#67)
by deacon on Mon Mar 20, 2000 at 02:37:18 PM EST

david, 24, geologist and punk fucking rocker. HA! i don't own a computer. by most of your standards i'm computer illiterate. i don't program. i wasn't referred here by slashdot. i have known rusty (i thought of using his real name, but he probably wouldn't like that...) since we were...geez...5 years old? can that be right? it was all about drag chutes on bikes and worlds built of LEGO. fun. now its all about rocks and computers. boring. anyway, i graduated from union college with a bs in geology and now i only work to afford being in a band...hopewell, to be specific. hopewell_music@hotmail.com...keeping it rock and roll......
"How do men act on a sinking ship? Do they hold each other? Do they pass around the whiskey? Do they cry?"
Re: You aren't Rusty?? (none / 0) (#68)
by driph on Mon Mar 20, 2000 at 08:23:45 PM EST

What?! Rusty aint his real name? Ah geez.. Okay, so where do I change my handle to something fake?

Thats interesting, using a regular sounding name for a handle.. Fools em every time.

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 ]
Re: You aren't Rusty?? (none / 0) (#69)
by rusty on Mon Mar 20, 2000 at 08:57:34 PM EST

Ha! No, Dave was confused or something. Maybe he just didn't want to use my last name. I dunno. Rusty.. wait. Now that I think of it, Rusty actually isn't my real name. But I forget that a lot. It's technically a nickname my parents gave me before I was born (what can I say? My parents are a little wierd). My *real* real name's Lawrence, but no one ever has actually used that as my name. It's like this secret other me that only the bureaucracy knows about. So for all effective purposes, Rusty is my real name.

Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]
Re: You aren't Rusty?? (none / 0) (#70)
by teach1 on Mon Mar 20, 2000 at 09:40:11 PM EST

You forgot to mention that your REAL real name is Lawrence Calvin Foster, III

[ Parent ]
Re: You aren't Rusty?? (none / 0) (#75)
by Anonymous Hero on Wed Mar 22, 2000 at 05:00:35 PM EST

yeah, what she said! is that beth?

[ Parent ]
Re: You aren't Rusty?? (none / 0) (#76)
by deacon on Wed Mar 22, 2000 at 05:03:12 PM EST

ooops...sorry, that anon. was me...told you i was computer illiterate.
"How do men act on a sinking ship? Do they hold each other? Do they pass around the whiskey? Do they cry?"
[ Parent ]
Re: You aren't Rusty?? (none / 0) (#78)
by rusty on Wed Mar 22, 2000 at 05:41:38 PM EST


Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]
Re: You aren't Rusty?? (none / 0) (#79)
by deacon on Wed Mar 22, 2000 at 05:48:36 PM EST

don't you patronize me.
"How do men act on a sinking ship? Do they hold each other? Do they pass around the whiskey? Do they cry?"
[ Parent ]
Re: You aren't Rusty?? (none / 0) (#71)
by Inoshiro on Tue Mar 21, 2000 at 02:11:51 AM EST

Lawrence is really better as a last name :-)

Of course, we could all start calling your Lawry, sounds like "Laurie" .. Calvin seems more apropos. What with the hair and all, and the penchant for causing havoc among the kuro5hin posts by "fixing" bugs .. (oops, time to turn off my evil mode ;-)

[ イノシロ ]
[ Parent ]
actually... (none / 0) (#77)
by deacon on Wed Mar 22, 2000 at 05:05:56 PM EST

he prefers Larry...really. and don't let him fool you - i call him Lawrence Calvin Foster III all the time...just not to his face.
"How do men act on a sinking ship? Do they hold each other? Do they pass around the whiskey? Do they cry?"
[ Parent ]
Re: Who Are You? (4.50 / 2) (#80)
by BDF on Wed Mar 22, 2000 at 09:50:38 PM EST

BDF means Big Daddy Phil, i.e. pjr@gnu.org's old man (pjr works for FSF-GNU/Hurd-Debian, etc., and has taught me all I know, although he tells me I taught him all he knows. It's like that. I began in high school in the 50s, making charts of the binary equivalents of decimal numbers, using * for one and o for zero, wasting study-hall time. Learned programming beginning with a Burroughs "Programmed Accounting Machine" on which one told it what to do with plug-in wires lead- ing from one step to the next (a la the IBM 702 tabulator (anyone remember them?)). Graduated to the Royal McBee LGP-30, a drum-memory machine, programming assembly lan- guage, although I never got to meet Mel (look him up in the new Hacker's Jargon Dictionary). Upward and onward to the IBM 650 (it read cards, it punched cards), the first machine that implemented any version (however neanderthal) of FORTRAN. 1952 - 1955 in the Army (Signal Corps), which taught me a smattering of Mandarin Chinese and little else. Back out, joined a consulting engineering group that wrote documentation -- for Sylvania's DoD dinosaur the MobyDic, then for DEC's PDP-1, then for some Lincoln-Lab projects. Finally graduated from BU in Math (having aced under- graduate seminaar (prove that e is transcendental) and having utterly failed Complex Variables with a straight F). Got hired by Bolt Beranek & Newman as an EE. BBN had this neat dial-it-up-from-home-on-a-300-baud- modem time-sharing service called Telcomp. Taught my kids about computers. Spread "little yellow dots" (paper-tape chad) all around all the rugs and floors of our home -- a Bad Thing. Kids thought it was moby-kewl. Conographic Corp. Display H/W. Definitely avant-garde for its time -- couple of great patents -- but went south; bulk-transfer to Hughes Aircraft, which scuttled it. Baird-Atomic (now the Baird Corp.). Medical imaging (scanning gamma camera) on a huge box that was essentially a substantial I/O platform for its embedded DG Nova com- puter. More assembly language! Hired a super consultant to help specify, then wrote a complete mulitasking OS for the Nova whose kernel took only 4K 16-bit words -- now THAT was FUN! -- But the product didn't sell. Off to Charles Stark Draper Lab. MVS/TSO on your basic massive muthas, 3-phase power and A/C and all. Worked in Div 10 on Space Shuttle Orbit Backup S/W until they dis- covered consultants were contractually illegal on that -- out! Moved to Div 10 (Air Force programs) and worked on BLK5 Surveillance Satellite S/W verification and valida- tion. Decent! -- Interdata machines, and more assembly- language programming. By now I'm fairly good at inter- rupt-service routines, and I'm still delightfully close to the machine (as opposed to just programming someone else's S/W). But Draper couldn't renew that contract, so some of us (me, too) had to go. Southeastern Mass University (now University of Mass Dartmouth) in 1954. They'd bought a VAX-780 last year, with 8 megs of memory and a whole Gig of disk. Never mind it'd occupy the whole first floor of anyone's home -- it was more machine than I'd ever seen before, and I was sup- posed to make it work... Well, more next time. Liz (my wife) is feeding me... Comments welcome, and all that... Regards, - BDF
A megabyte once cost $.25meg and you could build a plant to make it for $10meg. Today a megabyte's around $2, but it's $4gigs for the plant that makes it...
Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#81)
by rusty on Wed Mar 22, 2000 at 10:10:11 PM EST

Wow. With a bio like that, someone's angling for an interview! All I can say is... [Wayne's World voice] "We're not worthy!" You, sir, are an ubergeek. You are the Cronos to my lowly Oddyseus, geek-wise. :-)

By the way, you might recognize these guys (Misters Bolt, Newman and Beranek, founders of BBN). Hell, you might be in that picture! I keep that on the bulletin board over my desk, as reminder of the True Engineers.

Welcome to kuro5hin. :-)

Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]

Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#83)
by BDF on Thu Mar 23, 2000 at 06:38:05 PM EST

> Wow. With a bio like that, ... Aw, and I wasn't even done -- there's more... > someone's angling for an interview ... Oh heavens, with whom? At my crusty old age I'm alto- gether unemployable! Univ of Mass Dartmouth hired me in 1984 about 5 months after I left Draper Lab, and I've been there ever since: they can't get rid of me 'cause I've got tenure -- to terminate me they'd have to catch me buck-ass nekkid chasin' a coed (who'd easily escape!) across the quad in broad daylight. Interesting and perhaps even de- sirable, but highly unlikely. > You, sir, are an ubergeek. Oh wow, huh? I think I'm complimented -- Am I in the GHOST (Geek Hall Of Serious Teamplayers) maybe? > You are the Cronos to my lowly Oddyseus, geek-wise. :-) (Uh, that's Odysseus, I think, if it matters.) Well yes I've been seen in a long black cape with a hood carrying a scythe, but I'm really harmless, mostly ;-) Yes, I actually met Dr. Bolt (1970). Hell of a nice guy. Told me how in college he won all the rope-climbing championships (he did seem to have something of a physique even though he was (de rigueur) in a suit). We'd met to talk about the future of Telcomp. Never met Beranek or Newman. Beranek had already taken off to fund and manage Boston's Channel-5 TV (WCVB, isn't it?), and Newman was a business & money type, completely opaque to compulsive techies like me. > Welcome to kuro5hin. :-) Thank you thank you thank you! I was afraid my bio would be too long and too boring (too many beers?). But at least you've read it. Thanx again! Regards, - BDF
A megabyte once cost $.25meg and you could build a plant to make it for $10meg. Today a megabyte's around $2, but it's $4gigs for the plant that makes it...
[ Parent ]
Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#82)
by Lenny on Thu Mar 23, 2000 at 12:25:43 PM EST

I am Lenny to my friends that I relate to, Ivy to others, Erik to some, Ivarson to few. My name is Erik Ivarson. My real name can be revealed to the internet because I have no real fear of people knowing my name. It is a matter of public record in so many places. Seeing all of the Who are You posts made me wonder what the question really was. Was it what can you program? If thats what the readers want to know, great! The question was answered by most. If the question was what do you do for a living, fine. Some answered it. Here's me in the capacity that I am comfortable with: Programming capabilities - alarm clocks, lawn irrigation systems, and dogs. Thats about it. My computer is just a big video game that allows me on the internet once in a while. Education - Received every punishment available in junior high below expulsion including 7 day suspension(vacation). Dropped out of high school when i found out that IUSB(Indiana University South Bend) would accept the GED. Attended IUSB for a few years and was a founding father of a fraternity. Dropped out of college when i could no longer afford it. sidenote - I recently applied for my high school transcripts and got a copy of my diploma? Yeah, thats what i said. Oh well, their screw up, my graduation. Activities - martial arts, cars, PC GAMES, RPGS p.s. I am 25 and live in Scottsdale, AZ. I work for a private label(store brand stuff) broker. Thats Me Lots of these posts seem to proceed a cool quote so heres mine: The drill and mechanical ways of school are detrimental to a necessary education. -Albert Einstein
"Hate the USA? Boycott everything American. Particularly its websites..."
Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#84)
by SPLurge on Sat Apr 08, 2000 at 09:46:00 PM EST

I'm like, this guy who lives in that place where those other people live. Im like, old enough to get drunk where I live. Some other guy that is older than that and smarter (most likely) said this was a cooler place than that other place. So I went to this place. This place is good.
"Think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize that half of them are stupider than that" George Carlin
Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#86)
by el_vez on Sun Apr 16, 2000 at 11:35:33 AM EST

my name is el_vez, and i  live on a island off the swedish coast.
i am a slashdot convert and like the "friendly feel" of k5 and lack of
english is not my native language, as you probably can tell by the strange
grammar and spelling,but i sometimes write poetry and generally try to get my
sentences in correct order.
i also type in lowercase conpulsivly (hows that for a

i really enjoy playing or listening to music, all types, but with a spotlight
LoFi / alt rock (pumkins, ride, rhp) , and lately industrial/goth type. I own
two guitarrs, but always wanted to be a drummer and i took drumming classes
when i lived in australia.

i used to be quite shy and depressed in my teenage years, but ive developed
the ability
to be a nice and, dare i say, intresting person to be around. i like alcohol,
but i dont like to be unproductive (read:  have a hangover (such is the case
now:)) so it conflicts with many of other intrests. my [real] friends are all
either geeks or depressed.

i used to work as an infrastructure developer for a major swedish company and
became a  network-junkie. enter BSD and linux.	then i decided to take two
steps back and went back to school because i wanted a deeper and real
understanding of the stuff i was doing.

i started playing with computers about 15 years ago, but i somehow never learnt
how to write code properly, and that is one of my biggest regrets. i understand
enough to be able to work with developers and do beta testing (hopefully, when
go to university this fall, i will be forced to learn). lately i have realizied
that im probably more of a hardware-type, because i really enjoyed the "wave
theory" and quantum theory  ( however breif ) in my physics class. 

i am a bit of a lurker, so dont expect too much, but wanting to write this
made me create an account, so who knows...
enough with the self-censoring and proof-reading ...[send] 

Old Thread (none / 0) (#87)
by Tr3534 on Thu Apr 20, 2000 at 01:10:09 AM EST

Hey, this thread is kinda old.... but it's about 12:55 and i should be doing my
math homework right now but i don't really feel like it... great thread.
Anyway, it looks like im one of the younger people here,  somewhere around 16.
Self-taught novice c programmer who's been messing with linux for serveral
years now... I first tried it out long before the "wave" of mainstream came in.

Anyway, i run my own http/ftp/irc(usually!)/smtp server with the occasional
freenet node off my cable modem, blackstar.myip.org.  For the not quite so
faint of heart, http://blackstar.myip.org/trip/babylon.html... heh... im

slashdot converts may remembe seeing me as "karmatrip"	a few times. (Remeber,
the first guy to post a cp4hack mirror?)
Anyway, i have a year or so expirence doing day-to-day administration on linux
machines.... anyone hiring? Please?

Sigmentation Fault: Post Dumped.
Re: Old Thread (none / 0) (#89)
by rusty on Sat Apr 22, 2000 at 02:57:25 PM EST

16? And looking for a job already? Man, enjoy your teenage years of slack, cause if you plan on going into "The Industry", they're all the rest you're gonna get till you're 30 something (when you'll either be a burned out shell of bitterness, or fantastically rich). That's advice from an aging-by-the-day 23-year old, for what it's worth. :-)

Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]
Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#88)
by FFFish on Thu Apr 20, 2000 at 10:55:58 PM EST

On the off chance that anyone reads this, I'll pipe up:

I'm David, age thirty-some. Live in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada. The
psuedo is from olde Citadel BBS days. It leapt unbidden into my brain at around
midnight when I was prowling for snacks in the refrigerator some twelve or
thirteen years ago, and has stuck with me ever since.

University of Edmonton, Alberta, several years of sciences and a B.Ed. Met my
wife there, been together for thirteen or fourteen years. That scares me a
little. If we'd hustled, we'd have a teenager now. My gods.

Computers have been an intensive hobby since about 1980 or 81. Model I, TRS-80
Colour Computer, Apple II, VAX, a few mainframes at UofA, several Macs, various
Intel machines. TRS-80 Basic, OS/9, MacOS4 through 7, MSDOS 3 through whatever
is current, Windows 3.1 through 98 and NT, a bit of dabbling with Linux and
OS/2.  TRS-80 Basic, AppleBasic, 6809 Assembly, Basic-09, Pascal, APL, Forth,
Hypercard, Authorware Professional, Oberon, Modula-2, Delphi, Python. I've
managed to avoid and resist torturing myself with C and C++, which are so
poorly designed that I can't bear to play with them.

I'm now firmly convinced that Python kicks all ass.

Been using the Internet since the days when alt.sex had only a couple dozen
posts a day. And they were all on-topic. My reckoning is that I've had 'net
access since about 1988.

I do the occasional web page, graphic or other design-style work. It's a hobby.
Maybe some day I'll ask for money for it.

My occupation is Technical Writing. Using a methodology I've developed through
a couple of years of business project management training, and a lot of reading
on the subject, I can handle any challenge. Typically, I walk into a business
and hold a few very focused meetings with the management to clearly define what
they want accomplished. I then hold meetings with the front-line workers, to
identify what they do, what they want to accomplish and learn how to speak the
language. From there, I can develop manuals and procedures; document work
activities; hunt down experts who can provide solutions; or work with an
in-house team to develop a solution.

It's very cool, and I'm damned good.

Hiking. My wife and I do a lot of hiking.

And that's probably enough. Live well!

Guerrilla Techno-fetishist (none / 0) (#90)
by b!X on Sat Apr 22, 2000 at 09:09:45 PM EST

You can already see that I'm b!X (pronounced "bix"). Long story, but it's a nickname that's stuck to become to the only thing people call me.

I am the founder of the Global Effort to Eradicate Know-nothings (GEEK Force), headquartered in Portland, OR.

Although I've been reading Kuro5hin for a couple months now, I only just started participating because I'm looking at using Scoop for an upcoming project.

Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#91)
by nunchy on Sun Apr 23, 2000 at 05:39:54 AM EST

My name is Matthew, I have a homepage at holloway.co.nz (although you won't find anything unless you check 'ere.

I like Everything2.net as Holloway.

I have a cat named Raymond.

Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#92)
by LatteBoy on Wed Apr 26, 2000 at 07:50:16 AM EST

Who: 31 year old programmer living/working in Raleigh, NC, USA. Coding since
age 11 on an Apple II+ (which I still own and operate).

Likes to use: Java, C++, Unix (Linux or BSD if possible), KDE, Mozilla, CORBA,
SlickEdit, good dark beer, and Irish food

Has to use: Windows (urgh), VB (not very often...)

Reading: Pragmatic Programmer, GoF(again), Java Style

Researching: Distributed software for online communities (kind of like kuro5hin

Who I Am (none / 0) (#93)
by mahlen on Thu Apr 27, 2000 at 11:21:08 AM EST

My name is Mahlen Morris. I turn 36 in less than two weeks.

Like Rusty, I also have relatives who arrived in America a long time ago. A great^N grandfather on my father's side was born in Pennsylvania in 1620; his parents came here on the William Penn expedition, which was largely a big group of Quakers escaping religious persecution in England. However, since there were 3 million people living here at the time, i still consider myself a descendant of immigrants :)

I was born in Berkeley, California in 1964, and I've lived in the Bay Area all my life. Went to UC Berkeley in 1982, and after taking a rather scenic trip to graduation (in part because i was living at the then infamous Barrington Hall), I graduated with a BA in Computer Science in 1989. Almost immediately afterward, I moved to San Francisco, a city I completely fell in love with, warts and all.

I've worked as a programmer at several different companies in S.F.; the poorly run and now defunct Datalex, the very successful Advent Software, and then Perspecta, a startup that was bought by Excite@Home last October. I promised to stay on for while, so i doing a delightfully long commute to Redwood City. I'm currently doing Java development there.

I'm been married since July 4th, 1998 to Diane LeVan. It's pretty great; being married is sort of a constant series of adjustments, but I also couldn't imagine living without her. We're not having kids, but we do have three cats, Pooky, Lucy, and Wanfu. We live in a teeny apartment in San Francisco's foggy Outer Richmond, and I can hear fog horns and see the Marin Headlands right now.

I play a lot of Team Fortress Classic online on my 1.5 Mbit ADSL line. I usually play as a Soldier or Medic under the name 'SpeldRong'. I used to be a loony road-riding cyclist (I did California AIDS Ride 3, a 7 day ride from S.F. to L.A.), but with the rotten commute and being married and all, the bikes have been gathering dust for a while now. I own a Palm IIIx and a Rocket eBook. Unlike what Jon Katz says in _Geeks_, I am not a libertarian and couldn't care less about pop culture; I haven't watched TV on any kind of regular basis sine 1986. But i do read a lot, and I love the radio show This American Life, which, if you've never heard, you must click that link and listen to it, yes, you must.

Pictures of and news about all these things and more can be found on my frequently updated web site.


When politicians complain that TV turns the proceedings [of Congress] into a circus, it should be made clear that the circus was already there, and that TV has merely demonstrated that not all the performers are well trained. --Edward R. Murrow (1908-1965)

Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#94)
by toddmilburn on Fri Apr 28, 2000 at 06:16:45 AM EST

I am not toddmilburn... he's just a guy from my high school whose name I use whenever I don't want to give away my true identity online... so Microsoft, Slashdot, etc. don't know who I am...

boring stats: 6 foot blond 21 yr old male

I triple boot my computer... Windows for games, Linux (Slackware) for serving guff, and Be for fun (it's so incredibly cute) but I'm thinking to install netBSD for fun once finals get out... my theology of windows is reinstall every 3 months because after 3 months it always gets cranky...

I'm a college bum... whoever said college is real life, or even preperation for real life was a liar... This is not real life, but I must say that it's far more fun...

I use "vi" way too much, I keep hitting escape whenever I want to go back and change something, which always does unpredictable things in windows (I'm only in windows because I'm making a flash presentation for class comparing pop music stars to Christianity)

if it were up to me, I'd just play with alternative operating systems and languages... (favorite OS is Be - favorite language is php) but I think I'll have to sell my soul eventually to get some money...

I have a poor relationship with my mother...

I think that's about it,

Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#95)
by mihalis on Fri Apr 28, 2000 at 11:21:39 PM EST

I didn't realise this thread was still sort of alive until I scrolled way down...

Anyway, I'm a programmer by trade, I do graphics on Solaris and on Windows in C and C++. I also do a little bit of sysadmin work installing stuff on my workstation to twist and pollute the minds of my fellow programmers. Subversive stuff like Perl, CVS, Apache and my most recent triumph was persuading them to let me keep my old PC that PC support would no longer install stuff so I could wipe it and stick Slackware on it and actually be allowed to connect it to the network at work. Whoo-hoo!

At home I have two linux boxes, a NeXT cube that I put away, then feel sorry for and play with again, and have joint custody of my girlfriends Windows PC.

I'm 31 and live in Brooklyn but I used to live in England for many years.

I also take photos and write compulsive emails and other stuff like the very occasional bit of actual attempted creative writing. Luckily none of that has leaked onto the web yet.

I used to work in the defence industry in Ada and C++ and once got on board a nuclear missile submarine in Barrow-inFurness in northern england and told them "yes, we have a bug" when my boss said to tell them it was their fault in how they were abusing the system. They made me learn stuff about quality assurance, project management and so on which I hated but now makes a lot of sense to me although I must seem like a wizened old blow-hard to the young hacker studs I meet.

mihalis is the name of the first track on the first solo album by David Gilmour. I thought it must mean something like "my house" in some cool foreign language when I first got a dial-up internet account so I chose it. It turns out it's just a Greek male christian name. I prefer my theory.
-- Chris Morgan <see em at mihalis dot net>

Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#96)
by MadDreamer on Thu May 04, 2000 at 02:40:18 PM EST

Wow, it almost makes me feel like the site cares about its users or something. Eerie.

Anyway, I'm Adam, and I'm one of the many refugees from that other place. After waiting five minutes for pages to load, and watching intelligent (or so I thought) comments moderated into oblivion by people with a vendetta, and submitting stories only to have them denied simply because the coverage I linked to was on MSNBC (no one ELSE had the story until someone else resubmitted it the next day [of course then it was posted]), and just getting tired of filtering through all the noise to get to the few small gems of good comments, and... AHEM, anyway. After all that I found out about Kuro5hin, and realized that it totally rocks. Cheers to rusty for putting together a great site.

By day I'm a lame phone tech from Oklahoma (land of 1,000 cows), and by night I'm a writer attending OU with a professional writing major. Look for my books on a shelf near you soon! (he says with his fingers crossed)

I'm also a confessed geek, reared on ancient Ataris and much BASIC programming. ; )

Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#109)
by MrEd on Fri Jun 16, 2000 at 11:28:43 AM EST

It seems that about 75% of the membership of this site (including me) are Slashfugees... How long until k5 starts seeing trolls and flamebait? Anyone care to take out bets?

Watch out for the k5 superiority complex!

[ Parent ]
I'm either here or there... (none / 0) (#97)
by Rasputin on Wed May 17, 2000 at 01:54:38 PM EST

My real name is Colin, and I'm definately old enough to know better...;)

I started in computers in the very early 80's, although from the hardware-side. Micro-controllers, industrial control systems, etc. Also spent some time back then as a Roady (don't ask, I won't admit to most of the bands I worked with). College didn't work out , university worked even less well, so I joined the Cdn Air Force. Spent a lot of time everywhere but home, seeing a lot of unpleasant things (Somalia, Rwanda, Bosnia, etc), so left the AF and got a real job.

Having worked on MVS/TSO (so there are at least 2 of us who have nightmares ;), VMS, a wide variety of Unixes, an occasional Windows and even OS/2 (I ran an OS/2 board in the fight-o-net days, Maximus, Binkley and Squish were my only true friends) along with more programming than I want to remember I guess it's only natural I would find someplace like this.

These days I'm a senior support specialist for Nortel Networks, Network management and NetID (Formerly Bay Networks), an occassional hacker on things FreeBSD and a (Cdn) member of ISO Sub-Committee 32, Standards for Information Management and Interchange. I will probably drift back to programming for fun and profit in the next year or two now that I'm starting to recover from stress and other indoor hobbies.

For those who want to know, put together the story of Rasputin with the kind of trouble a person can get into in a war zone in eastern Africa...
Even if you win the rat race, you're still a rat.

Re: Who are you? (none / 0) (#98)
by rob on Fri Jun 02, 2000 at 04:59:25 PM EST

As my username says, my name is Rob. I am not a programmer or a hard core computer enthusiast, I use them and know a little about them as a mechanical engineer, but actually I don't even own one at home. The only programming I've done is Numerical Control, Pascal, and FORTRAN, all ancient stuff. I admit sometimes I don't even know what people are talking about and have only seen linux a couple of times. So probably you wonder why I read this site? Well, first I read it to see what Rusty was up to, since we grew up together in New England and went different directions (him DC, me Chicago). But I got hooked and now I'm always reading it. Its refreshing to see so many intelligent and thoughtful conversations on a number of subjects, many of which are on the cutting edge. And Rusty, great job at being such a non-biased and positive host.

Re: Who are you? (none / 0) (#99)
by rusty on Fri Jun 02, 2000 at 05:24:14 PM EST

Hey, thanks. Bet you didn't think I had it in me, did you? See, I'm not such an asshole as I seem in person. :-)

PS-- Inoshiro is very covetous of your UID (25). I told him he can't have it, cause you and I go way back.

Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]

UID? How do I rate? (none / 0) (#100)
by mahlen on Sun Jun 04, 2000 at 01:13:29 AM EST

We have UID's? How can we see them? Are they in joining order? I want to be able to lord over newcomers about how long I've been on the site, shunning all those how joined after me, and dismissing those before me as fuzzy-brained old-timers.


Limericks are art forms complex,
Their topics run chiefly to sex.
They usually have virgins,
And masculine urgin's,
And other erotic effects.

[ Parent ]
Re: UID? How do I rate? (none / 0) (#101)
by rusty on Sun Jun 04, 2000 at 02:09:56 AM EST

Mouseover your (User Info) link on one of your comments. Look at the URL. Your UID is in it. I don't make them too easy to find, but you can if you keep your eyes open. You're 1112, which isn't all that impressive now, but it will be in 9 months or so. :-)

Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]
Re: UID? How do I rate? (none / 0) (#105)
by SgtPepper on Tue Jun 13, 2000 at 04:20:45 PM EST

UID #719 Baby! *LOL* Man...i get on these weblogs way to soon...

[ Parent ]
dutchie (3.00 / 1) (#102)
by noek on Mon Jun 05, 2000 at 07:18:48 PM EST

My name is Koen. I am from the Netherlands. I work as a volunteer for that open content index. I bought my first computer with money I had earned with delivering the newspaper. It was an old 386 and I have been stuck with him until recently.

I moved houses a few weeks ago because this house has cable internet. That's why i bought a new computer, finally a pentium. Thought I should upgrade because the pages will render faster...

I am not much of a hardcore code cracker. Back in school we learned some basic. Now I mostly write HTML and CSS. I maintain my own website and an other one for the popstage where i work. I work there as a lighting technician.
Half of me is a Alfa man, I study residential social work at a school for higher proffesional education.

I like to read K5 because it gives me a look on the technical side of the internet without to much newbie expaining like C|net does.
Rusty keep up the good work.

Re: who are you? (none / 0) (#103)
by HiQ on Fri Jun 09, 2000 at 09:04:26 AM EST


my name == Arco, and I'm from the Netherlands. Started with computers way, way back on an old C64 & ZX spectrum, then started to work as a programmer using Turbo Pascal (version 2.x). After five years switched to a softwarehouse which was working with Unix, NT and an obscure 4GL language. Now Unix didn't scare me, but the 4GL frightened the sh*t out of me; it's been 10 years now, and I'm still dazed & confused ;)

After that I became a sysadmin on primairily Unix boxen (HP-UX), and later NT, Win etc... So as far as programming is concerned I started out in the wrong camp (OS wise that is, not the language - I'm a great Delphi fan). Later I turned back to programming, then designing, and now I'm a full time system architect & designer. Programming is something I do in my spare time; I'm working on an operating system simulator (with my very own virtual chip), and I'm trying to design a new & exciting GUI for operating systems, because I'm sick and tired of all the WIMP interfaces.
I try to do that as much as possible in Linux (I run Suse 6.3), although programming in C is not my strongest point (I'm desperately waiting for Kylix!).

The only problem with my programming at home is that I haven't got much time for it, because I also read an awful lot of books (mainly science, science fiction and history), practice targetshooting (rifle) and make music (guitar & synthesizer).
How to make a sig
without having an idea
just made a HiQ

Who am I? (none / 0) (#104)
by inspire on Mon Jun 12, 2000 at 01:22:06 PM EST

After extensive soul-searching and scientific testing, I have come to the following conclusion.

I am a human.
What is the helix?

More padding to the list (none / 0) (#106)
by MrEd on Wed Jun 14, 2000 at 04:49:05 PM EST

I can't believe I'm actually posting this... there's more than enough posts on this thread already, and nobody's going to give a damn about this. Oh well. I guess I'm just an egotist.

I'm a 2nd year Mech.Eng. student from Canada, but I don't really care about Engineering as a career. I have no idea what I want to do, except that I'd like to make a difference and I'd like to be outdoors. Coin would be good too, but not essential.

I stand behind Noam Chomsky, David Suzuki, and all those others who realize what a world we live in and are trying to do something about it. I wouldn't be that sad (in principle) if the Ebola virus finally got it right and killed off a good chunk of the world population. At the same time, I haven't exactly done very much to help any of this.

I listen to political punk rock, African stuff, and have a weakness for shitty techno.

And I'm very surprised nobody's tried to be funny and post a Molson Canadian Beer ad parody. If you don't know what I'm talking about, good for you.

Watch out for the k5 superiority complex!

Re: More padding to the list (none / 0) (#107)
by rusty on Wed Jun 14, 2000 at 08:23:19 PM EST

I care. :-)

Not the real rusty
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Re: More padding to the list (none / 0) (#108)
by MrEd on Fri Jun 16, 2000 at 11:22:43 AM EST

Hehe - you're like our surrogate dad or something.... :)

Watch out for the k5 superiority complex!

[ Parent ]
Might as well add a bit! (none / 0) (#110)
by Zarniwoop on Sun Jun 18, 2000 at 07:44:28 PM EST

Hmm... where to start.

Well, started reading slashdot in the summer of 1998, after graduation from High School. Grew up in Littleton, Colorado. Don't let JonKatz fool you- it's not nearly that bad, though kinda dull. Came to Kuro5hin as a refugee this May or so, and I just discovered this thread :)

Went to CU for the past two years, don't think I'm going back. Got screwed over by professors that seem to think that writing all of their knowledge on the chalkboard is teaching. Taking a year off from college right now to get my instrument and commercial ratings in flight training, and get some real-world computer experience. I was an aerospace major, am now a computer science major.

I dig some strange music, or at least many of my friends think so. Some of my favorite bands are Poor Old Lu, Starflyer 59, Blindside, various punk bands, and the occasional token accoustic or pop band. Oh yeah, I'm a Christian. No, I don't think it's all that important in this context- It's a personal thing.

I actually think I found kuro5hin in a (not so) "secret" troll sid on slashdot. Something to do with kelvin measurements and inches and a big fan. I Dunno. I'm not a troll, though, I just appreciate their art :)

I'm also a co-contributer at Ask A Ninja!, if we ever get any questions... I'm a programmer as a hobby, and my current thing is OpenGL. Cool stuff, but I still don't know much about it.

And that's it. I'm going back to bed.

Me(well, duh) (none / 0) (#111)
by Davidicus on Fri Jun 30, 2000 at 02:10:46 PM EST

So lets see. Much of my story is the same as rusty's,
I'm going to avoid the temptation to steal his words, and just replace his information with mine.

I grew up in in Plymouth, MA - I also have relitives from the mayflower.
hey, rusty, did you also get the "They have that rock there, right?" everytime you mentioned growing up in plymouth?

I went to highschool in Falmouth, MA, and a place called .... Falmouth Academy. (for more information about the school, see rusty's description, i basically agree with him about it.

After FA i went to college at Brandeis University. a fine school, who only wanted me there for 3 semesteres, then asked me to investigate other options for a year or so.

I got a job at Advalue, a small company owned by Reuters News Service. I was hired as a Product Support Specialist, but 6 months down the line i became seriously overqualified for it.

last semester, i was back at Brandeis, but working part time at Advalue. untill 2 weeks before the end of the semester, when they found someone who could work full time and wasnt overqualified/bored. so they let me go

Now (this summer) i work for MGH (Massachusetts General Hosiptal) , as the System Adminstrator for the Biostatistics Department. I'm gonna have to go looking for a new job come the fall tho, because i cant stay here

When i'm not at work, I LARP. (Live Action Role Playing). my group is boffer based, so we hit each other with foam wrapped pvc. (more information at http://people.ne.mediaone.net/alarpa )

thats about it.
oh, and hi rusty, nice site.
--Dave Kapell

Re: Me(well, duh) (none / 0) (#115)
by rob on Fri Jul 07, 2000 at 04:51:19 PM EST

Good thing you decided to go into computers and not cranberries. -another FA alum

[ Parent ]
Hello, all (none / 0) (#112)
by zavyman on Fri Jun 30, 2000 at 03:25:50 PM EST

Yeah, hello, my name is Mark. Like many of the users here, I also was interested in slashdot for a while, but after visiting slashnet I found kuro5hin only a few days ago, and I am completely hooked.

Anyway, I am one of the younger members (17), but I am sure no less important. I am entering my senior year of high school at St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago. I am still vacillating on my choice of college, whether it be MIT, CIT or Stanford, but maybe some of you could help me decide.

I love computers, am not as focused as a lot people are these days. I have picked up very many things rather quickly, but tend not to use them. I don't know if this is a good thing or not, but I have never finished a decent programming project. I am interested though, and I'll need some guidance.

I love Kuro5hin because it allows me to really express clearly my thoughts on any matter, with the confidence that they will get read and will hopefully spark some insight into someone. I stopped reading slashdot now because karma was too big of a factor, and I would post only rarely because I knew my voice would get drowned out anyway.

I am certainly looking for a computer job, as I know I could accomplish a lot. Around here, I just don't know where to start, and I don't want to get any regular job that is characterized by people my age.

So here I am, on my mac, with an ssh session running in the background. Yeah, there, I said it. I am holding out for MacOS X to come around in the not too distant future, so I could really get around to do some hacking (in the good sense of the word).

And of course, thank goodness for computers. If I had been born a few years earlier, I don't know what I would have done. Although I spend a lot of time working on school stuff, the internet has always been a source of growing knowledge and community.

This user forum is excellent for getting to know the users around here. This community is slowly growing, and I already trust Rusty to keep Kuro5hin with the same atmosphere even as the traffic goes up.

Any, I know my rambling sounds like I am speaking to a support group for computer-holics anonymous, but this is the first time I could really tell total strangers who I am and how I feel... good work Rusty!


Me, Myself, I, and Modesty (none / 0) (#113)
by dannyboy on Mon Jul 03, 2000 at 12:38:36 AM EST

I was born (severely premature) in Lubbock, TX on 29 June, 1985, putting me (as usual) on the young end. After staring at a large, yellow light for a couple months I was moved to Ada, OK, county seat of Pontotoc County and home of a Wal-Mart, center of local culture. In 1989 I moved to my current location, the draining-population-like-crazy Charleston, WV. It also has a Wal-Mart which happens to be the main tourist attraction for Southern West Virginia. The more things change...

I was introduced to computers at an early age of two or three -- on a Zenith 8 mhz 8088, retrofitted with a Seagate 30 MB "Winchester." The BIOS on that thing had (has -- system is stilll fully operational) extensive diagnostics, including a screen test. Press a key and the screen fills with that character... Apparently I amused myself for hours. I haven't really changed much since then <g>

Back in the, er, mid-90s, I finally got a chance to move up from running rings around DOS on computers at school, and writing AppleBasic for the myriad ][e's, IIRC:

10 print "I'm bored."
20 goto 10

Got a 486 DX2/50 from my uncle, bearing MS WfW 3.11 and only 8MB RAM. This got "upgraded" to Windows 95 in a fit of blindingly stupid masochism. The machine itself soon demanded (and got) an extra 8 MB RAM and an upgrade to a DX4/120, which continued growing until I finally got a new _case_ and such two years ago. I currently run a PII 266 with 128 MB RAM. Thanks to the generosity of friends with spare parts, the only remnant of the original 486 is the old SB16.

I got involved with the internet on 3.11, via Twinsock and my dad's dialup account at the university which happens to be his employer. He had a shell on a VAX and on an AIX box which he accessed via Procomm on the Zenith, but I wasn't up to the challenge that early in life. The university is not in the local calling area, but my dad is a cheapskate (comes of being an English professor? -- he didn't get touch-tone for 0.25 a month, thank god Bell Atlantic freed it in 1998) and I was on Windows 95 and crucifying the phone lines before he broke down and bought access. Around then I discovered a flyer containing basic HTML tags, and created a blinking and flashing webpage (extinct) with SimCiy 2000 cheats. It landed around 15K hits before Geocities implemented their under-13 policy. By that time, I hadn't touched it for a while, and I let it go extinct. It is still dead, amazingly.

In 1997, I attended a Johns Hopkins CTY programming course at George Washington College of Chestertown MD. I left Chestertown with deadly text Pascal skills and a great admiration for Macs (relative to Windows boxen).

Eventually, I learned about Linux and did something about my growing hate for windows. I installed Slackware 3.5, because it offered an UMSDOS installation. Never thought much of it, the boot-time was horrid due to UMSDOS syncing and the performance wasn't that hot (again, UMSDOS).

I wiped that a few times. Eventually, I partitioned and installed Slack 4, which was quite neat. I've kept it fairly upgraded -- it's more or less synced with 7.1. I've tried Debian, Redhat, etc, but always gone back to Slack.

Early this year, I discovered FreeBSD, which (IMHO) blew Slack out of the water. I installed 3.4-RELEASE, and shortly thereafter was forced to do something I'd been meaning to do -- learn vi. A couple months from then I started tracking 3-STABLE, and a week or so after 4.0-RELEASE I moved to 4-STABLE, which I type from now. I'm a horrible pedant, and have been messing around with the docs quite a lot, and will be a FreeBSD committer as soon as a couple people get around to doing a couple things. I'm "dannyboy" on advogato, although I really haven't done anything with it (advogato) yet.

In a recently passed life, I was meta-editor dannyboy at the Open Directory Project. I resigned as meta recently due to apathy and disillusionment, but AOL'll do that to you.

In Real Life (gasp), I'm tall and don't play basketball, to the great confusion of most all I meet. I do play the trumpet and as a consequence have really started liking ska music lately. I've been cursed with _lovely_ eyesight -- my correction is around -6.5. If it weren't for an experimental treatment (constant dilation) started in second grade, my correction would have been doubling every few months. Maybe that's why I don't play basketball...

I'm half-Texan, half-Brazilian, and I dream of taking over the world with a butter knife. Or at least learning Perl.

Cripes. That's long. It's not my ego, it's just late and I'm shot full of Dr. Pepper (the Texan side coming through).

Cowboy (none / 0) (#114)
by current on Fri Jul 07, 2000 at 03:22:43 AM EST

When i got my first comuputer (C-64) I knew for sure what id become when i'd grow up. I'd become a cowboy. Like all those cowboys in Gibsons books. Yeah, Cowboy of the first generation... I got a modem I learned something big: there is no matrix. I learned something dissapointing: there are no cowboys I learned something else. Now im here. Is this... ...home/ here im with equal citizens/ All refugeees/ lost/ /to void/ /null/ /temp /for/ /stars/ within/ This is the fourth day. .Tomorrow raimbows die. .hope NOT. .FEAR not. I never became a cowboy.

The Eternal Meta-Discussion

Re: Who Are You? (none / 0) (#116)
by bigdogs on Sun Jul 09, 2000 at 10:14:19 AM EST

Who Who, Who Who...... ;-)

Wow, this thread is still alive.......

My name is Sean. I'm 33, and I live outside Denver. I grew up in Southern California, but I got sick of the place several years ago and bailed. I graduated from San Diego State University in '90. I work for Sun, but I do not speak for them in my postings.

My nickname has nothing to do with the line of clothing; I have an Irish Wolfhound, which is the tallest dog breed.

I've been farting around on computers since '77 or '78, when I wrote a very simple basic program on a Univac 1108 mainframe connected by an acoustic coupler, and the "terminal" was one of those things that looks like a fax machine with a keyboard. It's a long story, but I had a keypunch machine in my house around '71, and the first few times I used it, I couldn't figure out why the backspace key didn't work. (Hey, cut me some slack! I was only 6.) I got exposed to Suns and Unix in '91, and I've been getting paid for it ever since, primarily as a sysadmin.

My other hobbies include reading sci-fi and fantasy, and volunteering with a local group to place retired racing greyhounds.

I found this site from a link on slashdot. I have to admit that I still read it from time to time, but the trolling and flame wars have really gotten me disgusted. The atmosphere on K5 is way better.

Only Nine days.... (none / 0) (#117)
by ryry on Tue Jul 18, 2000 at 05:02:56 PM EST

Since the last post? well since i'm here i might as well share ...

Nothing special really. Born 'n raised in columbia, MD. I'm a second-year computer science major (I'm switching though - to Management Science & Information Technology) at good old Virginia Tech which is a wonderful school by the way. Whatever's listed in my bio, I enjoy, plus more that I didn't have time to think of. I'm a computer dork and most pertinent information about me can be found in this post I made to another thread earlier this morning. :-)

Oh, I also write for Gamespy ... (3dActionPlanet to be exact) under the nick 'Vitreous'. I think it's pretty damned spiffy. :-)

I came to K5 via Slashdot like half the other kids on here, I've been interested in computers ever since February of 1995 (when that brand-spanking new 486 DX2/66 landed in my house :-) and last week i bought an awesome in-dash cd deck for my car (so proud of it :-)

Wanna know more? Tough! :-P

--too lazy for a .sig--
(One of) K5's most northern participant(s)? (none / 0) (#118)
by ODiV on Thu Jul 20, 2000 at 12:08:49 PM EST

Hey. I was born and raised in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. I'm 20 and male. I've been interested in computers since childhood. I tried doing a double degree in Arts and Computer Science at UNB, but CS and I don't really mix (programming's just not my thing). So I plan to go back in the fall for my third year and just do multimedia and film.

Currently, I'm working for Diavik Diamond Mines doing Intranet development. In case anyone's interested there's been a big diamond rush going on here in northern Canada.

I found out about K5 just recently, and only signed up today. A friend pointed me to this site because we are starting up a news site for our hometown and he suggested using Scoop. The site (when it's up) will be at theknife.org.

I also have a couple other web projects on the go:
Normative Media
My personal site (moving to odiv.net soon).
Pedro & Steve (my online comic, moving to pedroandsteve.com soon).
Turpitude (a site I post to occasionally).

I'm a movie freak. I hope to make at least one good film. I'd even be happy with a short one.

I think that about covers it. If you want to help with or join Normative Media we'd be more than happy to have you.

[ odiv.net ]
Sand in My Shoes.. (none / 0) (#119)
by the coose on Sat Jul 22, 2000 at 12:18:22 AM EST

Neat idea, this getting to know you thing, so here goes.

The name's Mark, I'm 32(?) and I live in Wilmington, NC - at the beach :-) What do I do at the beach? I like watching the surfers surf and girls walk by. Playing in the surf is not out of the question as well exploring the weird, wild life that exists in the marsh. Winter is great when all the turons (that is, tourists) have packed and gone home.

And yes, I'm a geek. Got a Comp Sci degree in '92 from ECU. Worked at IBM for 4 1/2 years until I got fed up with the cooperate thing. I now work for small company (C-Phone) doing embedded systems programming on video conferencing appliances. You wanna know about H.320, H.323, H.324, T.120, etc..., I'm your source of info (boring eh?)

The nic comes from college (long story). I found this site via the other site. A lot of noise over there nowadays; it's refreshing to find K5 where things are a bit more...in order? I don't post much that would rate as anything useful. I'm more of a background dweller who reads and digests the info. Sometimes I come out of the wood work to say something - especially if a nerve is struck - but most of the time I'll sit quietly in the background.

Speaking of which, what am I doing here? Later....

Who Am I? I'll tell you... (none / 0) (#120)
by darrenAd on Mon Jul 24, 2000 at 09:36:41 AM EST

Well, seeing that somebody has posted here as recently as Saturday, I guess this is still going on. My turn now...

I'm Darren, and I'm 29 years old. I'm originally from London, but have recently moved to Scotland. I work as a support guy at the University of Abertay Dundee, setting up 'this' bit of equipment, making sure 'that' installation works, and keeping all the 'other' parts working well. I'd say that I was a programmer, but my job doesn't really involve me doing any programming as such.

I first became interested in computers (and later, programming) when I first saw Space Invaders in my local chip shop, then more so when the Sinclair ZX81 was released in the UK waaaaaaaaaaaaay back. That's when I first started writing such BASIC marvels as:
10 Print "Hello"
20 GoTo 10
My coding hasn't improved that much in almost 20 years :-) In my past lives, I have worked as a UNIX programmer (C programming, which I enjoyed), and a Windows (Visual Basic) programmer. I soon decided that enough was enough, and I left the corporate world to come and work here so that I can get to work in the Games and Entertainment research facility that the university is setting up (I'd like to [help] write something worthwhile in the that field one day), while acquiring that Masters Degree I'd wanted for so long. I like programming. No, actually, I love programming. Some people may call that geeky but I don't care. Unfortunately, I'm also a tad lazy, which stops me from actually writing any productive code, which is something I should learn to control.

I found out about K5 completely by accident when I was checking out some guys Linux site looking for the latest version of some software he had written, and now come here pretty much every day, and have found it a welcome change from some of the other stuff I've seen on the web.

So, that's me. Not that interesting, but there you are. Big shouts to Rusty by the way, for producing some place other than themes.org to go and visit on the web every day!

- darren

hrm.. (none / 0) (#121)
by mezzo on Tue Jul 25, 2000 at 04:16:45 PM EST

a post as recent as yesterdays! ok, i guess i'll share a little bit of myself as well.

in various times of my life, i was in indonesia, singapore, australia, france and recently i found myself in ithaca, a place nestled in upstate new york. however, for this summer, i am working in wall street, and i really miss the gorges in ithaca.

i'm still a student, the ultra geeks still intimidate me somewhat, and right now i am hiding behind someone else's post ;) i like to code in java and perl, my friends are trying to convert me to python and i think orange juice is too expensive.

i code for a mud, i also mush, the music in the sca is cool, and i am looking forward to pennsic. i enjoy medieval dancing and try to go to church on sundays.

erm.. i think thats all for now. oh, and i heard about kuro5hin on /. but i didn't visit it until a friend of mind mentioned it on email. i used to think the site looked raw but now i find it a rather nice soothing blue, especially after repeated server errors.

"The avalanche has started, it is too late for the pebbles to vote."-- Kosh
[ Parent ]
I am a student (none / 0) (#122)
by rainbowfyre on Tue Sep 19, 2000 at 04:43:58 PM EST

I'm from South Texas, and I'm 18 years old. I grew up in Massachusetts, though, went to boarding school in Massachusetss, and am now going to Harvard University (in Massachusetts). I'm not really sure how much I qualify as a Texan!
I am thinking of studying CS, because I love programming, but there are so many things around me that are fascinating that I don't know where I'll end up. I am a User Assistant at school, so I'm learning (slowly!!) how to keep a system running. Maybe everything will take off from there!
Vericon is coming!
who ... (none / 0) (#123)
by aphrael on Tue Sep 19, 2000 at 10:28:26 PM EST

This story should be reposted to rope all the newbies (like me, although i picked up K5 before it went down and was really bummed when it did) in ...

I'm a 26-year old computer programmer (in C++ and Delphi), working on development tools, emphasis in the ActiveX area. In my spare time, I skateboard and ride motorcycles, and travel to foreign lands. I'd like to be a science fiction writer, but don't really have the patience to carry through with writing more than a couple hundred words. Before getting a job, I was a student; I got a degree in political science, with an emphasis on transitions in eastern europe, and international foreign policies.

Late night posters (none / 0) (#124)
by kerb on Fri Oct 13, 2000 at 08:15:34 PM EST

im kerb. im a 23 yr old.. computer geek.. just like most of slashdot/k5 crowd. im from philippines. i have a bachelor degree in computer science and currently taking up my masters. im working as a software developer in a IT multi-national firm here in manila. my nick is short for kerberos. why am i in k5? i registered so that in the future i can also place my sid on eBay for bidding. hehe jk!. smaller crowd indeed has its own advantages... for one, ur post actually gets read by humans and not trolls and doesnt get buried under a haystack of digital noise.

so ive heard signal 11 transferred on k5 as well as other immigrant "karMojos" (as segfault.org calls it) ;}. the ruckus actually elated me to look at the posts and the posters (ive heard about k5 long ago but theres not much traffic yet). so k5 has now its own culture. whats happens when it hits 1,000,000th registrant? :). more power to rusty and the gang!

I am... (none / 0) (#125)
by tayknight on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 09:57:17 AM EST

Hi all. My handle is Tayknight, but my real name is Will. I was a political science major in College, but now I do databases. Go figure. I'm 24, happily married, with no kids. I live in West Texas, not the most techie oriented place in America, but not to bad if you can get used to really hot summers.

I do (lots of Microsoft in this paragraph, but you take what you can get right?) Microsoft SQL 7 everthing. DBA, DBD, DBC, stored procs, connectivity. ASP, IIS, Access.

The good news is I'm moving to a company where I'll be the database guy on IBM DB2 UDB, which we'll run on linux and/or AIX. Exciting.

If anyone is ever reading this in college and they feel like they won't be able to make it in computers after they graduate because of their major, remember ol tayknight. A degree is just to show that you have the stick-to-it-ness to finish. My political science degree didn't teach me anything about databases. Get a job doing somthing with computer for a big company with a small IT dept. Do anything the tell you to, desktop support, server support, run cable, anything. Then tell them you want to learn some new stuff. Don't ask for training, just the software, then learn. Give it 12-18 months and you will have learned enough to leave. Worked for me.
Pair up in threes - Yogi Berra

Moi. (none / 0) (#126)
by bscanl on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 10:04:12 AM EST


I'm Brian, from Dublin, Ireland. 21 years of age, college dropout and Unix admin extrordinare. ;)

After a coupla' years piddling about in Dublin City University, helping out the DCU Networking Society, who run a few Unix machines for students (FreeBSD, Solaris...), I worked doing Sun Technical Support and am now currently running various Unix machines for an Irish Mobile Phone outfit which do VoiceMail and SMS Messaging.

I like The Beach Boys, my girlfriend and Dublin. My only real intrest in computing is the Unix operating system, I got to know Solaris very well, and I enjoy using Linux and FreeBSD, at the moment I'm learning the ins and outs of HPUX 10.20 and 11, Digital Unix and a few embedded Unixes (Motorola/Intel...). I'm most definitely simply a Unix admin, who's getting experience with GSM, I'd like to be doing more development than I am right now, there's only so much you can automate. I can hack together some C that works and some awful looking PERL.

This thread is getting a little long, so I'll leave it there. No doubt in a few years I'll find out that some marketing folk snarfed my details from this webpage, and will be spamming me with details of Unix/Beach Boys/Irish products, but hey, I trust K5 because of the people who post to it.

Hello... (none / 0) (#127)
by mattx on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 12:06:43 PM EST

My name is Matt King, I do (mainly) web development work. I'm 22.

I guess I'm your typical American stereotype computer guy, I skipped college and started in building computers for some small company, working way too much and getting paid a bit over minimum wage. I tried getting into something else so I could stop cutting my hands on a daily basis (now I am starting to get carpal tunnel instead). I liked designing the high school newspaper, so I decided to start teaching myself HTML and web stuff...all the while working for a company doing on-site tech support, building systems, designing their web page (along with all the graphics) and putting up with idiot customers! I snapped one day and left, went to work for a friend who was trying to start up a web design firm. After 6 months it failed miserably, but I learned a lot more web development (it's where I learned my first steps into server-side coding)...I went back to the company I worked for before that, and did web design and internet related support exclusively.
Now, being on a Windows platform most of my career, when I started diving into PHP/MySQL/Apache/Linux development, they freaked and tried to steer me away from it. So I left ONCE AGAIN.
After 2 months of their site running PHP/Apache on Linux, they finally found out why they didn't have to restart their NT Box every few days. So now they're contracting me to do all of their sites and "teach" them Linux, which I selectively teach them (job security!) ; )
Anyway, I'm still learning everyday, working a day job (which is pretty boring, just doing coding and database junk) and nights working with my former company from home. And still try to make time fo rmy girlfriend, and my daughter (whom I have every other week for the whole week), and myself (mostly just to sleep!).
Some days I want to be a college kid, doing some homework and spend my time partying, but most days I like having a busy life and a career that is going somewhere. Now that most of my friends are graduated from college, I see that they work flunkee jobs they would have started with after high school, so I know going into debt for a college education wasn't a good option for me : )


-- i fear that i am ordinary, just like everyone

anonymous schmonimous (none / 0) (#128)
by aeil on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 01:25:03 PM EST

Hi my name is Craig, I am a consultant with a very cool company(tm). Probably like many of you I have worked my way up through the ranks.
   I am a linuxhead and have been ever since I was introduced to the OS way back in the 1.0.x days. I used to run slackware, but switched to RedHat back when their package manager killed all else. Their setup also helps with the Slowlaris to Linux transition throughout the day.
   I like beer (non american) and have brewed some of my own, quick tip, If you home brew, try mead, the sugary sweetness and ultra fruity flavor that YOU get to pick makes it far better than any other drink in the world.
   You'll get not a bit more outta me you bloody wankers, Later.

A grand missive of tumult and explanation (none / 0) (#129)
by oleandrin on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 03:17:57 PM EST

1. Oleandrin is a chemical in the nerium oleander plant.
2. By day I code neural net development environments for credit card fraud.
3. That's fraud detection, mind you.
4. By night I code random GPLed stuff. And if I'm not in the grips of insomnia, I sleep.
5. Up to and including my first year of college, I wrote in nothing but GWBASIC.
6. Four years ago, my brother told me I should check out something called "Linux".
7. I live in San Diego, CA, USA.
8. Nihon no anime ga suki desu yo. Mou, Legos ya Rolemaster ya .. koibito ga suki ...

Rank depends on stiuation. (none / 0) (#130)
by Devil Ducky on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 03:57:16 PM EST

Name: Greg
Rank: 6th Semester (accordig to PSU) 9th Semester (accoriding to me)
Serial Number: /dev/ttyS0 <- My Palm Device :-)

I work for most of the time for a company that makes me do grueling work on Linux machines, much better than my previous work with windows machines.

I'm engaged to be married, and my fiance realizes she will never tear me away from my computer that she has hate^H^H^H^Hlovingly named Bertha. I personally named her (the computer not my fiance) Vegeta. This would be an obvious choice if you ever saw it run for more than an hour.

In case you were wondering, and I know you weren't, I am an EE major, and my expected graduation time is sometime after hell freezes over (much like most EE majors I know).

Things I am currently taking pride in:
Beating the buerocracy at PSU in under 3 weeks,
Writing tear @ tear.sourceforge.net,
Learning VIM in under half an hour,
getting enough food to eat for a week to not spoil in the fridge,
getting the entire Lewis Black comedy special in MP3,
getting GnuPG to work with Pine (I read the directions on PGP4Pine, amazing how that helped),
Possibly the largest collection of distinct version of All Along the Watchtower in MP3 (thank you gNapster and IRC),
getting mp3s to stream through my stereo,
I'm sure there are other things I am proud of too.

Things that currently anger me:
Boring election,
broken turntable needles,
the changing toonami schedule,
the new E2 batteries from energizer (they died in less than a week in my Palm IIIx!!!)

Devil Ducky

Immune to the Forces of Duct Tape
Day trading at it's Funnest
the fun has just started (none / 0) (#131)
by siculars on Thu Nov 02, 2000 at 11:40:24 PM EST

hi all. i am 21 and have been in the slashdot/k5 crowd now for the last couple of yrs. man i cant wait till 802.11 is everywhere and you can code anywhere. well, i left school to get a great job at columbia university. ironic huh? so now i run the whole shooting match (networks/sytems/database/security) for one of the departments. life is good. ill go back to school one day probably for a major in anthropology or something. i have found that anything usefull in computing is learned outside of institutionalized education.

so professionally im trying to get away from admin stuff and into hard programming in coldfusion/php/(t)(pl)sql/perl/java and the sort. ya i do love the whole web magic thing.

peace to all and never stop reading.

Who am I? (none / 0) (#132)
by cable on Fri Nov 03, 2000 at 12:03:19 PM EST

I am Norman King, I run a small business on the side named Normad Solutions with a friend of mine. My main job is as a Programmer/Analyst for a law firm developing in Visual BASIC, Active Server Pages using Access and SQL Server databases.

Ever since I was a young boy, I had an interest in computers. First for game playing and I hoped to learn to program them. Then I saw that I could make a career out of computer programming and support. My first computer was a Timex/Sinclair 1000 and then a C64 and then a C128 and then a Commodore Amiga 1000 and then I went over to the PC-Side with a 386 AT clone I built myself. I worked at small computer stores as a PC Technician and went to college and worked in a computer lab. I learned to service computers and build them, network computers and write computer programs. Then I got hired at a fortune 500 company, laid off due to budget cuts and then got hired as a contractor within less than a month. From there I got my current job. Yes I still play video games from time to time. I own a N64 and have my eye on a Playstation (maybe Playstation 2 when the prices go down?) and just ordered Bleem for the PC. I also read Comic Books, mostly Marvel Comics and play Role Playing Games like Marc Miller's Traveller. I have programmed in Assembly, Ada, C, Pascal, BASIC, Quick BASIC, COBOL, FORTRAN, Visual BASIC, Active Server Pages and am learning C++ and PHP.

Only you, can help prevent Neb Rage!

me (none / 0) (#133)
by steven on Sat Nov 04, 2000 at 02:27:40 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

Toojays (none / 0) (#134)
by Toojays on Sat Nov 04, 2000 at 04:39:13 AM EST

I'm an eighteen year old guy from Adelaide, Australia. I'm justing finishing off my first year of Computer Systems Engineering at Adelaide University. I'm actually aiming to get an Arts degree as well, probably majoring in Philosophy.

I've been using the internet since about 1994, I would've been about twelve when I first started sending emails at a cost of $5 an hour, on a 2400 baud modem. These days my internet access is about 25 times cheaper, and almost 25 times faster. I'm an ICQ junkie, which is probably the only reason why Windows is my main OS. That, and my Palm Vx, which is always in one of my pockets, along with my wallet, keys and pocket knife. I will admit to being a bit of an OS slut: this computer boots Win95, Linux, and BeOS, and I'm itching to mess around with OpenBSD once I get another hard drive.

I like to read kuro5hin (was here before the great DOS of 2000) and Slashdot. I vote fairly often here but have never actually written an article. I also hang out in the forums at SubDimension occasionally, and even less frequently I get around to updating the Tooj'nation, which is really not much more than a place to store poems written by myself and friends.

My main interests technology wise are security and intellectual property issues. I'm currently trying to grapple with the moral issues surrounding free software, mainly about whether it's immoral for me, as someone who believes in maintaining as much of my freedom as possible, to use proprietry formats which restrict how much control I have over my data.

I'm a cat. (none / 0) (#135)
by Mija Cat on Sat Nov 04, 2000 at 10:50:35 PM EST

No, really. I'm a cat. Meow. El Gato, get it? Okay, I'm not your average house-feline. I learned to read, for one thing, and I've gotten pretty good at typing too. One of my humans left lots of technical books where I could get at 'em, so in my kittenhood, I was coding in BASIC on an IBM PC. One of the others left some college-level psych books, so I got myself an understanding of how you critters think. Then, when I turned 1, I found K&R's book on C programming. Wow, what a language! It was hard, but I learned enough between that and a copy of Turbo C to get a job as a coder. From there, I learned Unix, and did some time administering a firewall, and half a dozen small-scale Unix boxes. (mostly small stuff, but interesting) Finally, I landed a job admining the big toys, multiple HP V-class servers, with rack after rack of K-class, L-class, and N-class as support boxes. Nice! My hobbies include shredding fine footwear, biting small children, and sleeping by the clothes dryer.
A/S/L (none / 0) (#136)
by Duketor on Sun Nov 05, 2000 at 12:14:51 AM EST

28. Male. Toronto.

First shell account in '91. Spent far too much time in university without getting much done partly because of it. Played around with computers for years without any formal training. Mostly self-taught, and currently doing a networking course at a private IT college to fill in the gaps (and there are many...)

Started off on standalone BBSes, then Fido, then ones with UUCP access so I could get music mailing lists. Eventually graduated to USENET, where I still post to the odd group now and then. These days, mostly involved in a few quality mailing lists, aside from reading Slashdot. Came over here tonight to check this place out. I like.

Love reading about technology, and the implications on culture. Committed free speech and drug law reform advocate. Anarchist sympathizer. Chain rattler. Writer. Huge fan of geek girls with librarian glasses.

Never play leapfrog with a unicorn.

*not* Mrs. Edna Graustein (none / 0) (#137)
by Kyrrin on Mon Nov 06, 2000 at 04:13:06 AM EST

Kyrrin, aka Alanna, aka a whole lot of things, but the name on my birth certificate and the name that's on my employee ID badge is Denise. Right about now in the discussions is when I have to insert "Yes, I'm a girl", or some other such phrase. I know why people automatically assume that posters to weblogs etc. are male, but that doesn't mean I have to like it. :)

I'm 23, and work for an insurance company as a Distributed Server Monitoring operator. Fancy way of saying that I sit here all night, post to weblogs, and poke around the 'net for hours looking for decent and interesting wastes of time. Oh, and I occasionally check the backups to make sure that they're okay and the webserver to make sure that it hasn't fallen over or something. I've been into geek stuff and the like since I was about six, when I first got put in front of a computer -- a TI/994A, to be exact. I think I knew I was doomed when at age 11 I programmed -- in BASIC, for which I hope I will eventually be forgiven -- a program to play craps with the user, and cheat horribly, but in a way that was so subtle it took my parents about three weeks of playing with me to detect it.

Interests? Whole lots. Video games, particularly RPGs -- I work as fan fiction editor at RPGamer when I'm not at work. Anime. Music -- I listen to just about anything, though my favorite band is Moxy Fruvous -- and if you haven't heard of them, you need to. Writing. Working on any one of the they-feel-like-ten-thousand sub-sites to technomancy, my little corner of the web.

For someone who just lurks and votes on stories here on K5, this is getting ridiculously long, so I'll stop babbling about myself now. ^_^

"I'm the screen, the blinding light; I'm the screen, I work at night. I see today with a newsprint fray, my night is colored headache grey, don't wake me with so much..." -- REM
he bravely ran away... (none / 0) (#138)
by SirRobin on Mon Nov 06, 2000 at 07:49:47 PM EST

I am 18 years old Computer Science major at a medium sized Christian college. America. Pennsylvania. but I dont live in PA i just attend college here. i don't care about using correct sentences etc here because this isn't a paper :~).

I started off on a Packard Bell (I am so glad they are not around any more) 386 with Win 3.11 just screwing around. I deleted alot of stuf I shouldn't have but it sure was fun. taught myself BASIC and then Visual Basic (for Win 3.1) too. Screwed around with computers and my dad taught me stuff. Soon I surpassed him with computer knowledge. taught myself DOS. I love DOS. Learned C and html and a bit of C++ in high school. know computer hardware very well and windows very well. worked for a year for my public school system fixing all sorts of problems from formatting to broken printers to installing shiny new PIIIs. lots of fun. most of the stuff I know is self-taught. hmm.

In college now learning JScript. I am theresident computer guy and fix many many friend's computers from installing NIC cards to fixing printers (printers are the biggest pain ever invented) etc etc etc. It's fun stuff.

I frequent Penny Arcade, Slashdot, and Thresh's Firing Squad. If you care to visit my main website (one of six) it's here.

I stumbled across this place a bit ago and am quite impressed and as you can see i've stayed.
Where is God you say? ask Him. or ask me.

Me (none / 0) (#139)
by darkwolf on Fri Nov 10, 2000 at 07:49:36 PM EST

Also known as Greg in person. I'm 26 and have been into computers since back in my high school days on the C64's, TRS-80's and Tandy 1000's (yuck). I started reading and commenting on discussion groups way back in the BBS days in Ohio (216). Seeing the Internet grow up has been both exciting and disappointing at the same time. I dont enjoy seeing something I like taken away and run by the big corps and government.

I started professionally right out of high school working for one of the first ISP's in Ohio. From there I moved on to college and found out it really was not my thing.

After college I figured I would head out west to Silicon Valley and see how it would go. Well 5+ years later I'm very happy with that choice. I'm now a systems engineer who works on Unix and networks. I have been contracting and full-time employeed out here both in the big corporate world, Cisco , and in the smaller .com and other little start-up companies. Start-ups are not for everyone. Long hours and worrying if your next paycheck will clear are typical.

I'm happy I have stayed with the *ix side of the world, and very fortunate to be able to implement Linux and *BSD in the networks I take care of. I also work with Sun's quite a bit on the large-scale and Database side and enjoy it even though Solaris can be a headache at times.

I hope to take the time to pick up enough C, Perl, and Jave to give something back to the Open Source community and provide more mirror sites for those projects.

I have been a long time Slashdot reader and in the last few months found K5.

I can be reached at blackwolf on the domain blackwolf.com

Who are you ? (4.00 / 1) (#140)
by mami on Sun Nov 26, 2000 at 06:18:22 PM EST

Wow, I could be the mom of almost any of you. So, I am here to lurk and train myself to take advice from all you geeky kids with grace. :-) Hey, don't be smart, wait til you are my age and then we'll see if you can take it as well as I can. I am just not young enough to know everything you do. So, I need a site like kuro5hin. Take care.

Whowhatme? (none / 0) (#141)
by Vainamoinen on Fri Feb 16, 2001 at 02:11:55 AM EST

eh? k.... Absolute wannabee hacker (not cracker) with far to much brain power, so i decided to waste some of it. That done, and rehab paid for i'm back. hmmmmm. Still large chunks missing and i keep on remembering stuff i forgot i did, which is really cool 'cos i just get to remember it again. hmmmm. Still large chunks [oh. hold on. lets start this again]

Ahhhh! a wonderful freudian like opportunity for all to stand up and go "Hi, I'm me and I'm a kuro5hin reader". k. Me = Matthew aka Vai. Vai = Vainamoinen. Vainmoinen = really cool wizard from days before they knew about things like ummm, well anything really. Also aka Fionn Sionniach an 'tEilean Sgitheanach. (No I'm not kidding, self appointed gaelic name, reference to a white fox of legend and the place of my ancestors - Scotland (Surname is McLeod....))


Of all the interesting things I can claim, where i live (South Africa), ppl find the fact that i develop backends for webapps the most fascinating. The ppl online however, tend to find things like the fact that i've been mugged 3 times, once with a brick (That hurt!), once by two guys with knives (Both of whom summarily ended up in front of a speeding BMW...), and once by three guys all of whom had guns. When told this South Africans however tend to reply - "That's nothing! when I ..... [etc]".

Otherwise i develop in ASP/CFML/VBscript/etc. (Look there's virtually no software companies here, or anyboddy else that employs anybody for anything else, and i'm not going to have this arguement all over again....) ppl here claim to be web developers because they can export HTML from Word, and are considered really '1337 if they know some 'high end app' like NOFusion Me? I can code with a pen.</ramble>
br> uh... anyways, what was i doing again?

**** Windows has detected a mouse movement. Please restart your computer so changes can take effect ****
i'm satan (none / 0) (#142)
by alprazolam on Mon Mar 19, 2001 at 05:42:25 PM EST

well not really. i'm brian. twenty ummm two year old electrical engineer. pessimistic. don't know what i want out of life in particular, just fun for now. i hope to someday work on some cool ee thing. like the space station, but i missed that chance. i am terrible with women. it's worse to regret something you have done than something you haven't. i graduated from washington university in st. louis, live in dallas now. i make computers that fire missles so i could someday be responsible for the death of thousands. i hope its bad guys dyin, instead of good. i don't believe in god.

Orion Blastar (none / 0) (#143)
by Orion Blastar on Tue Dec 18, 2001 at 12:36:08 PM EST

Space Pirate from over 4000 years in the far future. I have come back in time to prevent things from happening that made the future an awful place to live in.

Even though I was a space pirate, I am trying to reform. Before I came to this time I studied up on later 20th century technology and early 21st century technology. So your computer systems in use are known to me.
*** Anonymized by intolerant editors at K5 and also IWETHEY who are biased against the mentally ill ***

I am me (none / 0) (#144)
by MisterQueue on Mon Jan 07, 2002 at 03:12:57 PM EST

From a place I like to call..here. An energetic enigmatic being who's really rather friendly and less-acerbic than you might think once known. A silly jester's madman, playing pale-faced pompous before a crowd of none. A harmless simpleton with knowledge beyond measure. Or just Mister Q. Queue for lines, and lines for Queue. Q for Question, Q for Quixotic.

Why should you care? You shouldn't, unless German Expressionistic Dadaism is your thing, then by all means you're as insane as I am and you are welcome to care. So care away, just don't get carried away. (Be it in straight jacket form or not).


"I have learned that if you lose something you shouldn't try to find it, because when you do find it, it has rabies."

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