My name is Artur Sowiński, welcome to my blog.
Here you will find various bits of knowledge which I gathered along my path of dealing with the computers and with everything else.
Ever since I can remember computers were part of my life. When I was a kid I was living on the outskirts of the WSOWŁ military facility, where my dad run lectures for military college of communication technologies. During my child years I had early exposure to the computers and I was deeply impressed with their ability to create something out of nothing only through the human ingenuity, determination, and some elbow grease. I also liked the new way of communications and sharing of ideas that computers were starting to enable back then. The freedom of BBS systems. The early internet, without the ads, but full of real unpretentious people willing to reach out to and share ideas with each other. Many of the younger folks might not remember it, you missed so much of open human interaction when compared to modern abundant yet emotionally closed-in times.
I started my journey with computers with simple zx81 spectrum, and then moved on to more powerful machines. My first Linux distribution was slackware 3.4, and I was immediately captured by its abilities for that time. Throughout the time my passion for technology expanded towards programming languages with which I was able to put ideas in motion.
Apart from the communication aspect of the computer systems, I liked computer games and pursued this goal by learning professionally c++/stl. However at the end of my MSc studies in the software engineering the gamedev industry lost its charm for me. It wasn’t the same as the days of 320×240 resloution games, with a bit lacking graphics, but full of the gameplay and passion from creators.
Strangely I never felt like I was a geek, I never had the urge to surround myself with the technology, quite the opposite. For me the computers are only the tools to achieve certain goals and not something to live in. I always was health conscious, mostly because of the vegetable garden I helped my parents to upkeep. Well, maybe I was a geek after all, since parents taught me to ‘hack’ the nature through the understanding of it to give me the best crop without the use of artificial chemicals :). If you never ate tomato straight from the bush which you cared after to grow over the few years, you never lived :). Recently I realised my early childhood dream and turned all vegetarian. I am also a member of the Taoist Tai Chi Association.