Below I will try to summerize the many hobbies
I have, including but not limited to:
- Reading all the SciFi books I can lay my hands on. My favourite
writers are Jack Vance, Larry Niven, Isaac Asimov, Harry Harrison,
Terry Pratchet and many many more.
- Perry Rhodan fan
- In Holland this is a SF pulp magazine, which exists for
ages. I collect the magazines, of which i have about 2000
pieces. Don't underestimate the series, they have about
2400 parts written! The serie is translated from German
by a team of dedicated people. BTW, you easily notice when
a new translator enters the team: s/he does not know all the
terms created in the 10+ years!
- Internet Access Foundation
- In my work at the Internet Access Foundation we saw the
amount of traffic to our news-server rise and rise... Since
we pay for used traffic, it seemed wise to limit
the amount of news we were getting. We decided to cut all
alt.* groups since that amounts to 70% of our internet
traffic. At the same time we installed
so interactive users could enjoy reading alt.* groups
at our backbone provider and the other groups at our local
newsserver, while presenting them with one 'virtual'
newsserver. There was only one big problem, we still have
a lot of UUCP connected users, who now no longer had access
to the alt.* groups. For these users I wrote a small Perl
utility that transfers news
from one NNTP machine to another by means of the XHDR/IHAVE
protocol. It only transfers the articles the local
machine did not receive, greatly aiding our goal of diminising
- Nagging Peter
- Last, but not least. This is one of my all time favorities!