During my whole life, I have spent many hours in front of a monitor; I’ve always been interested in technology, computers and gadgets; I’m fascinated with the thought of the amount of knowledge I will have accumulated in ten or twenty years from now.
I spend quite a few hours a week on the internet, looking for answers on various technical questions. I’m always extremely grateful when I find the answer I’m looking for.
My interests are very diverse. For the past 15 years, I have been teaching myself many different languages, from HTML to Ajax and from C++ to php. At work and due to my position, I have been predominantly been working with Microsoft Excel, VBA, AutoHotKey (for various automation tasks) and a bit of MySQL. I’m always happy to pick up a new computer language, if I can see myself using it.
During the past 12 months, I have gradually become aware of a silent revolution: various open-source initiatives are revolutionising the way devices can be built. In my mind, this is the equivalent of the early ages of the PC, when enthusiasts were creating their own programs using Basic and Logo, or the early ages of the internet, when many used to create pages on AngelFire and GeoCities.
The Processing language has basically created an amazing, in my view, abstraction layer, which simplifies the creation of software. As it is based on Java, the created programs can work in a variety of platforms.
The Arduino project, uses the Processing platform to program a microcontroller. What used to be a domain of qualified engineers, is now been discovered by enthusiasts.
These two projects are bringing us closer to the next step: the creation of user-customised, intelligent devices.
With this site, I will try to share with the world whatever I feel is worth sharing. Stay tuned!
6 June 2009