Hi there. I'm a forty something year old sort of computer geek. I am married (to Maureen Gell) since 1998 with no children. We live in Perth, Western Australia. Below and on the other pages, in no special order, are some snippets about various aspects of my life.

Steveg

I have been using this as a nickname since about 1979 when it was created as a response to having four Steves in the gaming group I was involved with. I will answer to Steveg, Steve, Stephen, Stefan, and probably Hey You. Just don't call me late for dinner.

By the way ... Steveg is pronounced ste-veg ... ste as in step ... veg rhymes with leg.


Steveg on his recumbent trike.

Cycling

I ride a Greenspeed GTR 20/20 recumbent trike. I think I bought the trike in 1995 during a period when my back was playing up. At the beginning of 2004 I started to ride regularly again after about a three year hiatus. I am riding to work 3-4 days per week (about 10Km each way) and I am currently plotting to resume cycle touring.

Bikefix UK have an interesting history of the 1934 UCI decision to ban recumbent bicycles from official races.

For Perth cyclists there is a hazard report page maintained by DPI.


Configuration Management

This is what I do for a living. CM is a widely misunderstood discipline. On one side we have companies who call anyone who uses a version management tool a configuration manager. On another you have some ITIL training companies describing CM as "Asset Management with inter object relationship information". Yecch! For the record, the full description of ITIL CM looks like it was cribbed straight from the IEEE CM standard. But you do have to read the detail sections of the ITIL blue book. Everywhere you have people who think that their specialist view of CM is the big picture.

Just one Configuration Management text?

If your company only has one Configuration Management text make it "Antipatterns and Patterns in Software Configuration Management". Give it to the managers to read. It won't tell you how to do Configuration Management but it will tell you how to know if your Configuration Manager knows Configuration Management and how not to stuff them up with well intentioned but obstructive policies.

My favourite quote from my ADI days whas when a project manager told me "I dont know what you do down there but every time I send the auditors to see you they come back happy".


Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (or Apnoea) is a breathing disorder that happens when the throat muscles relax during sleep and block the airway. Progressively since my early 20's I have been snoring louder and louder. Somewhat to my mystification, as I seem to completely tune out my own snoring, my friends and my wife were complaining about the noise. So in 2000 I went to the Sleep Disorders Clinic at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. They confirmed that I snored loudly and also that I was just beginning to move into full sleep apnea. After some tests they fitted me out with a Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) machine. This means that I have to wear a mask over my nose every night, which is occasionally annoying (mainly because the air hose won't behave). However I do get to sleep all night and Maureen no longer has to wear the heavy-duty earplugs. All in all this is a large win but it does mean I have to be in reach of a power point every night. Not exactly camping friendly although Terry Collins has some neat ideas on this web page.


Corewars

Core War was first described in the Core War Guidelines of March, 1984 by D. G. Jones and A. K. Dewdney of the Department of Computer Science at The University of Western Ontario (Canada). Dewdney wrote several "Computer Recreations" articles in Scientific American which discussed Core War, starting with the May 1984 article. Koth.org has scans of the original articles on line.

I play corewars. This is light recreation for old assembly language hacks. I'm not very good at it really but I can write some mean optimisation programs. I tend to be a scanner specialist. You can find out a lot more about corewars at the koth site. There are also lots of fine people on rec.games.corewar who can help you learn the game.


Gaming

As far back as I can remember I have enjoyed board games or (more recently) computer games. I was also a participant in possibly the first fantasy role-play session in Perth. Andrew Harvey imported a copy of Empire of the Petal Throne and I was his test subject. Some months later the first copies of Dungeons and Dragons arrived. Much more recently I have been very impressed with the stream of excellent board games coming out of Germany. Particular favourites are 'Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers', 'Medici', 'Entdeckker', 'Vinci', and 'Princes of Florence'.

One of my longtime gaming friends put up this history page which mentions me a couple of times.


Society for Creative Anachronism

The local SCA group is the Barony of Aneala. I was one of the founding members (of Aneala) in 1982. Also the first baron when the group moved from a shire to a barony. Someone put up this nice bio page where I look a bit younger than I am now. The SCA is a fun pastime and I wish that I had more time to play. Just ignore the people who say the SCA is primarily about fighting. While tourneys are central to the fabric of the society there is a lot more to be gained from the non-combative pursuits.


Science Fiction

I started reading books labelled science fiction in my mid teens only to discover that I had already been reading SF for several years without knowing what it was. In 1976 I attended Swancon 1 and discovered the world of SF Fandom. I have attended nearly every Swancon since and have been on or active in the organising committees of several. Currently I am treasurer for Swancon Thirty to be held in Perth at Easter 2005.

I have an emotional attachment to my budget too, you know.
So, your budget will have some tragic elements in it too, just like the story.

Megatokyo #232 by Fred Gallagher.