Dec 12 2007

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“Kein Operationsplan reicht mit einiger Sicherheit über das erste Zusammentreffen mit der feindlichen Hauptmacht hinaus.”

Often paraphrased as “no plan ever survived first contact with the enemy.”

– Generalfeldmarschall Helmuth Karl Bernhard von Moltke

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Me, myself and I

I was born on March 16, 1970. I am a native German and Europe is my home.

I love my dogs (see the logo picture on top of this page), movies, books, writing, computer games, soundtracks, Heavy Metal, digital photography, driving my GT86, the English language, Italian and Mexican food and the Spanish islands and main land.

I enjoy listening to the voice of Athene noctua.

When it comes to food, I live in Central Europe and have the luxury of choice. I have chosen to become a vegetarian because I can no longer look into the eye of an animal and then later see meat on my plate and not make that association in my mind anymore.

I am a night person, through and through, and I love thunderstorms and heavy rain and snow. Stormy weather inspires me and fills me with energy, and that’s when I can work best.

I make my living in IT – not because I love it so much, but because it is so much easier for me to earn my money in that industry than it is with writing or doing other supposedly unprofitable things, better known as “brotlose Kunst” (literally: breadless art) in the worker class that I was born into.

For many, many resons I have quit my “Head of IT” position at a renowned research facility and went back to the software (development) industry so that I could breathe fresh and free air again and cater to my creative needs instead of dealing with purely legal and administrative tasks. I currently hold a position as a Senior Consultant Engineer for everything involving Inmation and Lua.

My professional background

To get this over with: I don’t have a college or university degree. That means that I’m in the same boat as Burrell Smith, the engineer at Apple who designed the digital board of the first Macintosh computer. When asked in a questionnaire what college he had attended, Burrell wrote: Steve Wozniak College. In case you don’t know who Steve ‘Woz’ Wozniak is, he is the co-founder of Apple and the inventor of the Apple I and Apple II computers.

I am telling you this little anecdote because my response to that question would be that I attended the Steffen Pirsig University during my time at Alaska Software. Steffen was the CTO (and later also the CEO) of that company whose main product was – and still is – the Xbase++ programming language. I can easily say that this was one of my most valuable work experiences ever.

Still, I am as much an IT generalist as it gets and I am not specialized in just one area.

I have a couple of certificates, from MCP over Y2K Software Development and MTCNA to the United Nations Language Proficiency Certificate in English. But much more importantly than that, I have a lot of professional experience in international environments.

I have worked as a Technical Writer (German and English documentation for Software Developers) and Software Developer for a manufacturer of a programming language with an own set of development tools. I have also worked as an Analyst in Systems Development at a company that hosted clinical trials for the pharmaceutical industry. I’ve held positions as System Administrator at a global organization and later at a globally operating satellite communications company. I’ve also worked as the manager of a small IT department with hundreds of virtual machines and a few data center technicians in my responsibility.

I’ve learned several programming languages in my life, including but not limited to various BASIC and Pascal dialects, COBOL, Xbase++ and more recently BlitzMax, then Python, Go and Lua. I have also spent some time with ActionScript, C, and C#.

I can master more than just one brand of operating systems or application software. I have learned how to run jobs on IBM mainframes and used OS/2 a lot and DOS heavily when both were still very much alive. I have spent the beginning of my professional life in the Microsoft world, but for many tasks I now use Ubuntu Linux.  Of course, virtualization platforms like VMware and ProxMox are also in my tool box, as are Cisco IOS, Juniper Junos and Mikrotik RouterOS.

I know a thing or two about system:inmation, acquired by Aspen Technology in 2022 and now rebranded to AspenTech Inmation.

I am not religious about Free Software and I certainly do not believe that all software on this planet ought to be ‘free as in speech’ or ‘free as in beer’. I do not base my design choices on ideological aspects but choose what I think is the best tool for the job at hand and make sure that they all play well with each other.

I am very good at planning and installing heterogeneous system and network environments of respectable sizes, trouble shooting and problem solving.

Although I am very technical, I have also developed sophisticated soft skills and can deal with all kinds of people. My strongest assets here are that I have a lot of patience with my clients and that I am empathetic and sense emotional nuances and react appropriately to them.

I have not only worked in my home country, Germany, but also in the United States of America, Spain and the most international of all organizations: The United Nations.

I like solving technical problems and building things.

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