Education & Work
I was born in Mainz and attended various schools in Völkermarkt, Athens and
From October 1990 to January 1995, I studied Computer Science at the TU Wien and
was employed by the Dept.
for Programming Languages and Compiler Construction under a 4-year
contract as a teacher and researcher.
After leaving the academic world, I worked as a consultant for one year, until my project geizhals.at was incorporated (with a VC investor).
Apart from obvious geek hobbies (guess), I enjoy reading (nowdays: Christopher Brookmyre), filling shoebox-sized containers with
junk I might need some day and beating extremely rich people at the residual car value loss per Km driven ratio.
Projects & Links
Some things I've written/started and released at some point:
- Naughty Unpacker, a small utility for uncompressing compressed executables, based on the idea that
it's not necessary to know anything about the compression algorithm used, only about typical code sequences that are used for the preparation (e.g. relocation) of the uncompressed executable. It therefore worked with compression methods that were invented/implemented later.
- STonX One of the first (or the first?) working Atari ST emulators for Unix/X, probably for a long time the only "Open Source" one. Martin "Griff" Griffiths wrote important parts of it and deserves most of the credit for later versions.
- DOSVNC, another Freeware project, helps you use old computers as modern "thin clients". This one was never perfectly functional (had some keyboard issues), but I still got e-mails from people thanking me because they could put very old hardware to good use with it (in schools for example), many years later. I even got some hate mail after adding the Guantanamo Bay pictures from people who apparently believed that such treatment of abductees kept them safe...
- Geizhals finds low prices for computer hardware in Austria and Germany (also Poland and the UK nowdays). A hobby turned into a more-than-full-time job (not recommended!)...
- Random thoughts (blogs are for rants and ramblings, not for thoughts).
- technologies I find fascinating (and that are developing too slowly)
- This page is now stored on and hosted by Wuala - try it!