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- 2007-04: Moved to Germany
- 2007-08: Finished diploma thesis (see below)
- 2007-10-02: Passed thesis defense (yay!)
- since ~1995: working with Linux
- spring 1997: graduated from high school with computer science project: "Numerical simulation of classical growth models" programmed in turbo pascal.
- since fall 1997: studying computer science at the [Technical University of Vienna]
- summer 1998: eight months mandatory service in the army as programmer; PL/SQL on Oracle on AIX3.2 and windows 3.1.
- 2003-02: passed first state examination (approximately bachelor level)
- 2007-08: finished diploma thesis: "Methods and Tools for object relational Mapping"
- 2007-10-02: Successfully defended thesis. I'm now officially a "Dipl.-Ing." (Master of Engineering)
- Previous Experiences
- winter 1996 until winter 2002: first level support in the [computer pools] at the [IT group] of the Technical University.
- summer 1999: two months java programming for [CoCo Software]
- summer 2000: three months C++ programming for [ACE]; participation in developing a client/server based multiproject management tool on windows
- COM/DCOM, Visual C++ 6.0, creating a simple Java adaptor
- summer 2001/2002: linux administration and installation for [HeureKA]. Also worked for this company on a hour-by-hour basis in between.
- Linux, system administration, automatic installation
- In this time frame I also counseled a company who wanted to provide internet access over their TV cable installation. By the time they had overcome the major difficulties with the last mile, I had coded and installed a small administrative interface for customer, product and domainname management. The server was Debian, the interface via Web done in PHP and mySQL, complemented by perl scripts doing the actual work in the system. Sadly the whole TV cable department was then sold off to the major competitor. In the two years I was involved the company went through four IT responsibles. But that's a longer story.
- Linux, system administration, web interfaces
- 2003-07-18: [presentation of my OpenLDAP deployment at the university of applied arts] at the [OpenLDAP Developers' Day] in Vienna
- 2003-07-22: After almost a year of (part-time) design and implementation, the last major windows 2000 domain at the [University of applied arts, Vienna] is shut down. Since summer 2002 I implemented there a Linux/OpenLDAP? based active directory replacement for web, file, print, mail and logon services. By integrating the system with the central database of the university, we are now able to give out student accounts at the point and time of enrollment. Also by virtue of the database programmer [Franz Podek] people can edit their email address and password via a web interface, which enacts those changes immediatly in the directory.
- Other stuff at the U of applied arts:
- asterisk based VoIP? telephony
- networkmonitoring with [nagios] and [munin]
- technical assistance with the servers
- VPN and WLAN access via [OpenVPN]
- implementing a central backup server
- spring 2005: did a comparison of RAID over [network block devices] against [Red Hat]'s [Global File System] as an internship at the [Department of Automation]
- 2005-06 - 2005-11: Intership at the [Database and Artificial Intelligence Group], implementing a membership and address database with a web interface. The work included reverse engineering the old database and migrating the data. The work was done for a big austrian association. While the academic part was finished successfully in November 2005, receiving a straight A, the commercial part has failed. But that's another (long) story.
- hit WikiWiki first on 2001-01-04
- girlfriend since 2001-04-03
- own flat since 2001-11-01
- born again on 2004-06-19
- married on 2006-10-13
- went abroad on 2006-11-12
- came to Vechta on 2007-04-27
- graduated as Dipl.-Ing. on 2007-10-02
Diagnosis: advanced testicular cancer, metastases in the gastrointestinal area and the lungs. Therapy: four times a week in the ward (nine hours a day on the needle) and two weeks regeneration at home. Current Situation: Finished chemo. Now I will run through several examination stages and labs. By the end of may I should have regenerated enough to be ready for a final operation. Emotional Sitation: Tired. Ward: Kaiser Franz Josef Spital Vienna, 3rd medical department.
Words are never enough. We had two cancer cases in the family recently. Ich drück' dir die Daumen. -- AlexSchroeder
I also wish I had more than words to give. My thoughts go out to you. -- SunirShah
- Everyday that I can be thankful for friends like you is a day well spent. -- David
David, I haven't heard from you in a while and I was getting concerned. How is it going? -- SunirShah
I finished my last stationary visit in the ward yesterday evening. Currently everything goes as planned and I'm scheduled for surgery at the end of may. -- David
- Best of luck for the rest of therapy! -- Alex
Here some RealPhoto as of 2004-03-10:
- 2004-06-10: Holiday. Finally, time and strength to report here what I already know for some time. I am scheduled for surgery on the seventeenth of June. The surgery will take eight to nine hours. I will stay in general anaesthesia for at least 24 hours. There are many things which can go wrong, but the surgeons are prepared. My left kidney could already be permanently damadged, but I can live well with a single kidney too. I fear, but I will prevail!
- 2004-06-20: The surgery has finished without any problems. Also the left kidney is not so badly damaged, so it could be in place. Nevertheless I had to stay a few days under special observation (so my father is writing this on my behalf) until they are sure that everything is ok.
- 2004-07-30: Damn, it feels good to be home again! I'll followup with details as soon as I'm through my mails and stuff.
- Yippieh! David's back! Take your time to sleep a lot though. Immer schön langsam mit die jungen Pferde, sachte, und denn mit'n Ruck! -- MattisManzel
- 2004-08-12: *sigh* Not really, Mattis. I'm still severly handicapped since my complete body is weakened. On the 19th I'm scheduled for another surgery, hopefully repairing the last (big) problem I have left from the big surgery. After that I'll spend three weeks in september at some health resort to regenerate a bit.
- Good luck, ick denk' an dir den 19., wa, and see you later alligator. -- Mattis Manzel
David, I haven't been around lately, but I happy to come and see you're doing well! You're nearing the homestretch. It must be good to be back home again. I wish you the best, although I envy your free time for the next two months. Just don't watch daytime television. I don't know if TV there is anything like TV here, but if it is, I'd be looking strongly at my overflowing bookshelf to reduce my Wiki:ReadingDebt. Soap operas and golf! ugh. ;) -- SunirShah
- 2004-09-11: Finally! I'm home.
- Well done! Thanks David. -- Mattis Manzel
Most glad to hear it! Is your life now getting back to normal? -- SunirShah
- Slowly :) -- DavidSchmitt
For people who can stomach it: [aestethics of life] - pictures from my surgery.
- 2006-03-23: Long time - no hear. But I much better now. The sun is shining again in vienna after a long winter. I am biking again an the world is good.
David, it's great to hear you're doing well! Let summer roll on through! -- SunirShah
Braindump on WikiAesthetics?
Links about the WikiUserInterface?:
- This article has its point. While I agree that polishing the HTML output will not improve collaboration, I think it will at least help the mass of readers to relate to the site. Discussing with my colleagues we brought up the question of correlating and even substituting reputation with design: Why do people believe in hoaxes, just because they're posted on pages that look like CNN? And why is this even intended behaviour? See corporate identity.
- I'd change that even to an especially and have to acknowledge that different people often accept quite different conceptions what "disappears" below the concious perception levels.
- StrikiWiki has a nice implementation of SectionedPages and implements a kind of section editing like proposed on EasySubmission. But I am utterly confused by the Striki interface. Maintaining contex while editing seems now very important. I am missing the ubiquitous navigation controls of other wikis.
1. Comments and Discussion
I believe that with some HTML cleanup and good CSS, wikis can look as nice as you can make them. Finally CSS implementation of (some) current browsers is good enough to really use it. -- AlexSchroeder
I don't dispute that. I just feel that todays websites do (conceptually) the same thing people did with HTML, the first time they could say "Finally HTML implementation of (some) current browsers is good enough to really use it." Nobody in his right mind uses rainbow colored horizontal rulers nowadays or <blink>s text.
Nowadays one has gratitious link-rollovers and 11-pixel-fixed-size-fonts. Where is the difference?
A screenshot from my browser:
I know, it's my own fault to have a 19" screen with more than 800x600 where I cannot read 11px fonts nativly and it's also my own fault that I use Mozilla who cannot cope with enlarging fonts which have a fixed line-height(!!) from a CSS. On the other hand, I have yet to encounter a wiki with a fixed line-height. But probably half of all blogs I visited in the last 24 hours have this. That is FeatureKarma at its worst: "Cool, at last CSS is implemented everywhere" implying that every neat little feature it has has to be used wether it makes sense or not. People would do themselves a favor in realizing that the web is no print medium and attempts to prescribe pixel-by-pixel appearance on the users system brings way less than it costs. -- DavidSchmitt, tired of rehashing it over and over again (especially at 1:30 in the morning)
Until recently I had a 19" monitor with 1600x1200 -- and I cannot agree more. But now I bought a cheapo 15" LCD with 1024x768. The resolution the web is supposed to be best viewed with. Heheheh. -- AlexSchroeder
<declaim>Oh, shoot! And again you come haunt me at 2:00 in the morning.</declaim> Perhaps I should use my laptop for day-to-day work there I too don't need enlarged fonts. Sometimes I think we are just a bunch of lunatics who should stop worrying about such trifles no one else cares about and get on with life. -- DavidSchmitt, who can't believe having written the last sentence.
talks about styling webpages with CSS and links to  which are a bunch of really amazing CSS jobs. Most of them even look good with my big fonts but are still bothced when resizing the window. CSS formatted pages are really fail-open!
Todays wonderful quote (from WikiDefined):
Wikis force us to accept that people really are good; that you don't need guns. In today's fearful tearful world, that's no small shrift. -- SunirShah
Wikis nötigen uns zur Einsicht, dass Menschen gut sind; dass man keine Kanonen braucht. Heute, in einer Welt voll Angst und Tränen ist das kein kleines Bekenntnis. -- SunirShah (Translation MattisManzel)
hello, David! thanks a lot for your help with my german over on CW, it sounds a lot more natural to me now. it was fun to talk with you on IRC, and i am still chuckling at "Fadenzustand saugt". :) my very best wishes for your upcoming surgery. -- AlixPiranha
David, absolute best of luck to you in your forthcoming surgery, and all my good wishes from here in the UK. -- EarleMartin
- Strange trivia: cofounder of the GiftfileProject? maintains a fork of UseModWiki . But please don't judge my abilities by that :-). --JohnBelmonte?
glad to hear the surgery went well! and thanks to your father for keeping us informed. hope you get to go home soon! -- AlixPiranha
Hey that's good news. David, pir, where are you? -- MattisManzel
Group is its own worst enemy: http://www.shirky.com/writings/group_enemy.html
Perhaps that could be categorized somewhere ...
Hi, David ...
Think Fortran some years back - remember the Wageners? We stay in touch with your folks at Christmastime, and your mother sent us the link to this site. We are sending you the very best wishes for your continued recovery. Our son Jeff is here and last night he mentioned Wikis ... and since I had just seen this site, I was able to (weakly) act informed. So - this is my first Wiki entry - it's a neat facility. You may want to check out our [new house construction].
-- Jean Wagener