- Amsterdam (The Netherlands, Europe, Planet Earth, Milky Way, etc.)
|Interests / Hobbies
- Computers / Security etc.
- Programming (currently mostly Python. Prolog and Java (yuck!) for uni)
- [mostly English] Literature (also some SciFi, which may or may not be (called) literature)
- Music (metal, some rock or even pop etc.) / movies (mostly serious ones)
- Electronics (fixing things, sometimes making stuff)
- solving problems, personal ones, or the world's. Or dreaming of doing so.
|Disinterests / dislikes
- (most) Electronic music
- Java, and other corporate hypes that have no real benefits over contenders.
- for the rest, the usual: disloyalty, injustice, spite, malice, stupidity, ignorance. (in order of importance).
|Principles / Beliefs
- Vegetarianism (mainly because of the meat industry)
- Free Software / open standards (and openness / transparency in general)
- Privacy (mostly towards strangers, or it would kinda contradict openness...)
- Environmental friendliness
(e.g., low power computers, riding bicycles instead of other means of transportation)
- Laziness: don't re-invent the wheel, rather do something useful -- there's so much to do, heck!
|Favorite books (no particular order)
- Franny & Zooey - J.D. Salinger (more interesting than his most famous, if only because it got less attention!)
- The Savage Detectives - Roberto Bolaño
- War & Peace - Leo Tolstoy
- novels by Franz Kafka
- Walden - Henry David Thoreau
- Journey to the End of the Night - Louis-Ferdinand Céline
- Ascendancy - Trivium
- Symphony Masses Ho Drakon Ho Megas - Therion
- Turn Loose the Swans - My Dying Bride
- Viva Emptiness - Katatonia
- Enthrone Darkness Triumphant - Dimmu Borgir
- Requiem for a Dream / Lile Dit Ca -- both shocking, but simply imperative to watch!
- Un Homme Et Une Femme -- a romantic masterpiece
- Six Degrees Of Seperation -- thought provoking
- Donnie Darko (though mysterious)
- 2001 A Space Odyssey -- see above
|Operating systems I use / used (in chronological order)
- Debian GNU/Linux -- the mother of all distros, has set the example for others (even though not all follow it..).
- Ubuntu -- this one should (and does..) take over the world. (Debian based distro for desktop usage)
- Windows, which I despise -- for technical reasons. Nevertheless I can work with it if necessary (which mostly means working around limitations).
|Favorite software (in order of revolutionary-ness -- to me)
- screen - sort of a window manager for text mode which also allows you to control programs from different locations (in combination with telnet/ssh).
- vim - plain-text editor, many features for efficient editing with the least keystrokes.
- mutt - excellent mail-client for console, with GPG support. Can convert eg. HTML, Word and Powerpoint files to plain text automatically.
- cplay - console mp3/ogg/flac player, very simple yet effective. No fancy features but has a very efficient interface.
- zsh - shell with very nice interactive mode features (eg. different forms of autocompletion, even for Debian package names).
- mc - Norton Commander-like file manager.
- elinks - text mode browser / links2 - graphical browser (fb and X).
- LIRC - remotely control computer with infrared devices.