Welcome to my home page!
Do not expect fancy graphics or similar stuff here. I love pure text - except where images are the message.
For my photos, go to 23hq!
There may be going on more in my MOTD space or my gopherspace than on my website!
If you have a crippled (gopher-incapable) browser, try this, which uses an HTTP<->Gopher Gateway at floodgap.com.
I highly recommend the use of the Firefox browser, together with the Overbite add-on for enhanced Gopher support in Firefox.
I also have an experimental gopherlog, which is accessible via gopher.
I'll try to give you some information about what I'm doing and what I like. Changes will not occur too often, but you can always send me a message if you have questions or comments, and I'll try to respond quickly. :)
Did you know that Yargo is also a department of Burkina Faso ?
Currently I favour the religion of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
You can have a look at one of its incarnations at zefrank.com. (sorry, needs Flash player)
I live in Aarau. If you want to visit me, you may use the timetable of the Swiss Railway System (SBB).
After having finished my Ph.D. thesis in 2000 (just in case you're interested: I was born on August 12, 1970) at the Laboratory for Micro-&Nanotechnology of the Paul Scherrer Institute and a group of the Laboratory for Technical Chemistry of the Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ) in Zürich, I started work as a research and development engineer with Alpes Lasers SA in Neuchâtel (western Switzerland), helping in building semiconductor lasers. I was doing there also some computer system administration (including «webmaster» activities) and electronics.
Later on, I worked at the Optoelectronics group of the University of Neuchâtel and the EPFL in Lausanne, in the domain of nitrides for LEDs in the visible.
Now I am working in the Quantum Optoelectronics Group at the Institute of Quantum Electronics of the ETHZ in Zürich, again in the domain of semiconductor lasers, with additional tasks for computers and electronics.
In 2000, I achieved the 1000nm needed for the Swiss «B-Schein» which qualifies for sailing near coasts, like in the Mediterranean Sea, where one can navigate using terrestrial navigation. Since 1996, I regularly went sailing with friends, so far only on the Mediterranean Sea (and on Swiss lakes, of course).
Unfortunately, I did not have much time lately to go sailing, but I hope this will change not too far in the future again!
My call sign is HB9KNS.
I'm an experimental physicist, and my main interests are with electrodynamics and optics, semiconductors and surfaces. However, I'm not a theoretician, so don't ask me too complicated things. ;)
I prefer systems like UN*X, NetBSD and GNU/Linux (which I use at job and at home, currently Debian "sarge"). I'm no friend of Windoze and the like... In a world without Walls and Fences, who needs Windows and Gates? Nevertheless I'll do my best to help friends and relatives who are using such systems, and now I even have got a laptop with Windoze Eggs-Pee, which I left on the machine for playing various media. Computers are tools, not religious items.
At work and privately, I used a
Handspring Treo600 PDA,
for appointments, notes, calculations, communication (e-mail, ssh
and SMS) and even reports and programming. I was quite happy with
it, but it became worn out, and I decided that I do not want to
depend on it anymore: it was exactly what I wanted, but it would
die once, and I did not want to search for a replacement. So I
switched back to paper for my appointments and notes, and to more
services by SDF for the
electronic stuff, together with simple mobile phones and some Java
applications. It works all fine, and I doubt having lost any
productivity: Paper is still great!
Concerning programming: I know BASIC :), Pascal, C, some C++, some Forth, some machine code (65** and 8088/Z80 families) and script languages like those of shells (ksh, sh, awk) and Perl. Script languages and C/C++ I use quite often, at home and at work.
I like terminals and other text based stuff, and of course command line controlled programs. Therefore I like SDF. Another great place (IMHO) is FIX, a Norwegian BBS which is telnet based. And if you'd like to read some Swiss German, go to swixchat, a telnet chat located in Switzerland.
I love books, especially older ones. Nothing beats the look, feel and smell of a well made real book... well, no thing at least! I like to read and write, also real letters, although I don't often find the time for it.
A lot... from classics (baroque) to jazz, electronic, rock, pop (but not cheap hit-crap), some techno, trance, and even goa. I prefer instrumental in general, and rhythm is important for me.
It seems like I am mainly listening with the left side of my brain, being better in hearing time- than frequency-dependent patterns. If you understand German, have a look at this interesting article of German newspaper DIE ZEIT! Maybe this is in favour of mastering Morse code..?
For business networking, try XING [ex-openBC]!
There are a lot of other things and activities that I like, for example hiking, the sound of silence, apples, Bauhaus style, shoes, violins, mechanical typewriters, cats, radio, newspapers, swimming, spacious appartments, trees and chocolate. But enough of noise - talk to me, if you want to know more!
Say it loud, say it clear!
You can listen as well as you hear.
It's too late when we die,
to admit we don't see eye to eye...
Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
This page is DHMO free!
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