Five things you probably didn’t care about

Thanks a million Martin. Martin has caused me to do my first list of five blog.

Anyway on to the list:

  1. I started with basic too. Well what a surprise. It was on a ZX Spectrum. After that I went on to a 286 and sticked with intel from then on until two years ago. Then I finally made the stupid choice to have a go at an Apple. Now I’m an Apple guy in a Microsoft minded company. Hard times, but why do all my collegues come ganging up on me just to touch my PowerBook? Oh yeah, after Basic I went on to C, C++ and then Java.
  2. I have a secret fantasy. I would love to build a full fledged application with a LISP derivative. Scheme would be a good candidate.
  3. As stated I like Apple’s. But I hate them too, unless they’re in a pie.
  4. My nickname The-DDD which I still use quite often is based on my actions in Quake team Capture the Flag. I kinda died a lot covering the flag runner. See, it was my job to head bud incomming boomstick rounds. Some losers started yelling at me, telling me to “Drop dead, you dork.” Well, you guess what my nick was the next time we owned those guys. Yup you guesed it, The Drop Dead Dork. But that was a bit long. So it was abreviated to The-DDD[RedOmega].
  5. Feed me alchohol, you’ll have a laugh.

Next 5 up: Peter, Jasper, Wilfred, Harry and Marieke

Oh, and donate to your local Red Cross while while you’re at it. 😉

Edit: Corrected Harry’s blog link.

Just a few notes…

Had a nice vacation the last three weeks. I’m in the process of picking up the pieces when I dropped everything three weeks ago. It basicly comes down to the familiar pile of e-mail.

I have done some software related updates to my blog. To my knowledge everything should be in working order again. If you do happen to run into a problem with my site, please let me know. I’ve checked that the contact form functionality is in working order. I also made sure to double check my rss feed is working properly for obvious reasons. The rest of the site should be ok, since I did a quick click around.

Next week I will start at a new project with a large Dutch bank. Something involving Maven 2 scripting as a build manager. I’ll be working with a lot of people including a few integrators. So I am hoping I’ll actually get to implement a new Maven 2 build infrastructure and manage the process of introducing my results instead of constantly caressing a build to completion. It’s going to be a big challenge to bring my assigned task to completion. The technical aspects should all work after a couple of problems and hick-ups. But besides the technical aspects I am expecting to do a lot of convincing, talking and reporting to get everybody on the same page concerning the new build mechanisms. Because I was told that I am going to be involved with a pilot scenario. Not to mention the number of people, departments, projects and external suppliers involved. Anyway, exciting stuff.