A few years ago, when I signed up for Twitter, I had to think about a few short words that describe me. And that's what I came up with: "Electronics enthusiast, hobbyist drummer and geek. ASIC designer by day."
I still think that this captures most of my interest in just a few word. My interest for electronics started pretty early on in my life. I can't remember when, why and how. But I do remember the times at age 5 or 6 when I sat down, opening (more or less) broken devices of my family members and friends, trying to find out what's wrong, how it works and how I could fix it. Most of the time the fixing part didn't work out too well in these days.
Anyway, the path was very clear for me: studying electrical engineering. And that's what I did at the Technical University Berlin. At that time I also started to make a long-time dream come true: playing drums. It intrigued my for quite a long time, but I didn't have the courage to actually try it out before. I'm far from being good, I'm not playing in a band, but it's a lot of fun and an activity far away from electronics and other geeky stuff I usually do.
Today, I'm working at a small company doing digital ASIC design. That interest came up pretty late at university and I'm loving it! Before that I was more into circuit design and medical electronics, which where my major fields of study. But I also had and still have a big interest in writing firmware for embedded systems, which are often part of my free-time projects.
... and my website
My website started early on in 1997. Initially, it was a place I could upload a schematic some people were interested in. It was a relay card connected to the PC's parallel port.
It evolved with my hobby projects around my model railroad and other stuff, but it stayed a (more or less) static page, where I challenged my webdesign and database skills a bit. Over the past few years with less and less free time, it got more and more outdated.
That's the reason why I'm now trying a different approach with a blog. A lot of people are already doing that and I hope it gives me the ability to just write down some little bits and pieces around my current projects. Hopefully, it will also help to polish up my writing skills as well: This is the first time I'm completely writing the site in English! Eventually, I get the time to migrate some old projects over to the blog.