I am married to my totally awesome and absolutely cute wife Karina. She's a lawyer (but I don't hold that against her!) Her favourite activities include Horse Riding, Skiing, playing her Kawai upright piano and giving me a hard time. She also thinks that I am the epitome of computer geeks. Go figure!?!
Here's a picture of us at the top of Mt. Kosciuszko - the highest peak in Australia - on a mountain-biking weekend in Nov 2000.
We live in a really nice unit together in Allawah.
B.App.Sci.(Computer Science) from UTS (Sydney, Australia)
B.E.(Electrical) Majoring in Telecommunications also from UTS.
My skills include:
Software; ranging from Assembler and C on a wide range of embedded micros (including PIC, 8051, Z80, 68K) to C++ on Windows/Linux, from kernel-level development (including Windows and Linux Device Drivers) to applications programming (including native Win32 API, MFC)
FPGA firmware development in VHDL and Verilog HDL
Hardware development; schematic capture, PCB layout in Protel/Altium DXP
Photography is my latest hobby. I have a Nikon D90 DSLR with 35mm and 18-200mm lenses. I hope to acquire a speedlight (flash) and a tripod in the not-too-distant future.
Weightlifting has been my hobby on-and-off for many years now. I'm doing my best to incorporate it as a permanent part of my lifestyle as the health benefits become more important with age. I have a Powertec Power Rack in the garage which gets used 3 times per week.
Soccer - which I have played competitively since I was 6, with a 12-year break after 17 years to concentrate on other physical pursuits!
Motorcycles which I toyed with briefly (for a few years) until I was relieved of my 1993 model Kawasaki ZZR-600 by a !@#$% taxi making an illegal right-hand turn on an all-but-deserted, well-lit main road at 2am one summer morning. I hope to resume my riding when my finances (and more importantly, wife) allows. :)
Kyokushin-Kai Karate which I practised for 15 years. I do miss it, and try to occasionally dabble in casual martial arts training as time and circumstances allow, but I'm not sure I could ever return to the formalities of a Kyokushin Dojo.
Snow skiing - which I did for the first time in July '00 - what a buzz!!! After 3 years I'm yet to get back to the snowfields... travelling the world has since put paid to any skiiing.
Classic Video Arcade Machines. I own an old cocktail cabinet with an 18-pin harness and a relatively new upright JAMMA cabinet with 26" monitor. Working or almost-working PCBs which I own include 1942, 1943, Frogger, Juno First, Kung Fu Master, Magic Sword, Namco Classics Vol#1, Raiden Fighters, Sand Scorpion, Street Fight, Vulgus, Xevios (sic) and a 1-slot NeoGeo MVS board with a Fatal Fury Cart.. Non-working and/or untested PCBs include Galaga, Galaxians, Space Invaders, Pacman and Q*Bert.
Classic Video Arcade Machine and Microcomputer emulation, which in some form or other probably consumes most of my 'hobby' time. I never dreamed I would be playing the actual Xevious arcade roms on my PC! Some time back I released my second driver for the MAME project. And too many hours misspent in my youth on the TRS-80 to just let it all be forgotten
Classic Nintendo consoles (ie. the NES, SNES & N64). It's all Karina's fault - I can prove it!!! When she bragged one day that she got all the way through Super Mario Bros. 1 & 2, well, that was throwing down the gauntlet, wasn't it? To conspire in events, there was a pretty decent flea market every Sunday near her old place. To cut a long story short, I now own several NES consoles, several SNES consoles, a couple of N64 consoles and a Dreamcast. Add games, guns, power gloves etc to all that and you've got a serious obsession, errr... hobby. Just *one* more cart, I swear...
The guitar has long been forgotten.
Other Sports/Activities in which I have dabbled include Surfing, Cricket, Golf, Rollerblading & Abseiling/Canyoning. I would like to try Rock-Climbing, particularly in Yosemite National Park.
Science Fiction (as opposed to Science Fantasy). Favourite authors include Douglas Adams, Larry Niven & Jerry Pournell, Isaac Asimov, James P. Hogan. I've read some fantasy at the bequest of others including Anne McCaffrey (which I quite liked) and Raymond E. Feist (still deciding).
(Popular?) Science especially Astronomy and Astrophysics, (Quantum) Physics and Mathematics.
Computers. As if you hadn't guessed. In a perfect world I would use Linux - in reality I grudgingly acknowledge that I can't (yet) give up Winblows.