Stephan Beal's home page
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A Brief Autobiography:
Born in 1972 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Spent my growing-up years in
Houston, Texas. Compaq relocated me to Munich, Germany in 1997, and
that is where i live today.
i've worked professionally with computers since 1994 and hobby-wise
since Christmas Day of 1983. i typically spend all of my spare time developing
about it, or tinkering with boardgames, wargames,
and roleplaying games
games, not for the computer). In fact, this domain name (Wandering Horse) was originally conceived
as the name for the gaming company i wanted to create when i was 13 or 14.
My favourite programming language is C++, but i also know my way around
plus a number of quasi-languages like the
bash shell, SQL, XML/XSLT and "make" (truth be told, i've written some
bad-ass Makefile code
in my time ;).
i am proficient in a wide array of computer-related skills, can play a bit of guitar,
and am a fairly prolific writer when the mood strikes, but i can do basically nothing
else of any practical use.
Computing is my life
, and the Free Software and Open Source movement
makes that possible. i have been using Free Software tools
since 1994 (the phrase "open source" didn't exist at the time), and
have been posting code online since about 1998. The Open Source
projects i lead, take active part in, or have contributed significant
amounts of noise to within the past few years include such
niche-market wonders as:
My CV can be found here
(Achtung: it's in German - i don't have an English copy. Since it's all
to do with computing, 90% of the words are English, anyway.)
My business card can be found
Professionally: i develop software and (when i have to) administer/maintain Unix
systems. As of May 2010 am once again a full-time employee, but if you
have small programming projects where you believe my skills might be
useful, please get in touch. In particular i am intersted in C or C++
work on *nix platforms, but we could discuss whatever
computing-related work you might need done. Due to various problems
involving currency exchange rates and the filing of taxes, i cannot
accept further work from American companies unless they can contract
me through a non-U.S. subsidiary (preferably from the Euro Zone) or
they are willing to guaranty a very lucrative contract to make up for
the non-trivial costs (on my end) involved with being paid from the