One year ago, 21 years old
I was following the module infotainment in my third year C-MD. We had to communicate very difficult information on a simple and entertaining way. We worked in a team of 7 persons (Johan – Hoi Yan – Daniël – Lev and Frits as freelance consultant). Like always we saw us project very ambitious, maybe a bit too ambitious. Me and Lev were the Flash developers in our team. I think I never flashed that much as last year. Well it ended in an online game with a lot of video. When I look back at it a year later, I’m still pleased with the way we integrated the video and how we bring information to the viewer on the other panels.
5 years ago, 17 years old
I was already into web developing. When I started flash really was “the shizzle”. Long flash intros, the skip intro button. I had to be part of it, I probably had my part. I could make websites in flash, but never heard of html :p . Because I eventually needed to publish the intros I had to learn some HTML.
I had my first community named “forumfun” based on a phpBB RC1 forum. We had a sponsored hosting and the board was actually pretty popular, we almost had like 100 members and like 30 really active members. It shut down because our sponsor cancelled our PHP – Mysql hosting. It was hosted by siteraiders who have a site that is soo old and soo flash that its getting cool again. :p
10 years ago
In 1996 I was almost 12 years old and ready for the big jump to high school. We shared a dial-up internet connection with a friend. Pretty illegal huh ! The company who provided us the lightning fast 33.6 kbps internet connection called Tornado. Tornado later became Ping, where we got an official login and payed around 12.000 BEF (300 EUR) a year + the always-frightning telephone bill, crazy internet times. Ping became Planet Internet and Planet Internet became Scarlet and we’re still customer, we still have the same internet login and password for our internet connection. They should reward faithfull customers.
I remember my sister was a IRC fanatic, #belgium on undernet (not sure of the network). So she actually got me hooked to the net. Back then, almost nobody of my friends had the internet. Some didn’t even knew what it was, so you see how fast it got adopted. I think I can say that I grew up with the internet, for some reason it was always there.
I will pass the stick to my friends and talented collegues Hoi Yan, Lev and Frits. Next year when we’re graduated we’re not going to see each other that much, so I need to stimulate them to seriously start blogging. I want a decent RSS feed to subscribe to.