Alexandru Groza - Frequently Asked Questions
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  Ever had a question regarding my work or myself?
  This section covers answers for most of the common questions one might ask. I tried to group the questions into categories.
  I am updating this section from time to time in order to synchronize the information with the reality.

general
Q: What software did you use to build these sites?

A: Since 1999 I use a simple ASCII text editor for HTML, CSS, and JavaScript programming. In 2012 I have discovered Sublime Text 2 and I am still using it. Plain text editors allowed me to use my imagination to design the layout and graphical theme of each page.
 

Q: What hosting provider are you using?

A: All my sites and downloadable content were previously stored on one or more self operated private servers, under the name AGNET Server. Nowadays everything is served from a datacenter. The content is provided for a non-profit clause: education and knowledge sharing.
 

Q: Have you quit playing the electric guitar?

A: In 2007 I sold the electric guitar, the tube amplifier, and all related gear. I have set the Vremuri project on hold. Back in 2013 I bought a Peavey tube amplifier and in 2021 I got an Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro electric guitar. So I haven't quit playing, yet.
 

Q: Are you into music, then?

A: Not exactly. But I like composing simple minimalistic electric guitar riffs. For some time I fooled around with a vintage Yamaha synthesizer. While it was fun, it was not my call so I abandoned the idea.
 

Q: Are you still driving the Passat B4?

A: No, not anymore. I discontinued the project in 2012 and I sold the car in 2013. These days I drive something else. Still fun to drive but less fun to talk about.
 

Q: What about the Home Office?

A: I discontinued the Home Office project in 2015. Most of the hardware was decommissioned and sold. I have only two computers now. One is an Apple Macbook Pro 17", early 2011 that still works well. The other one is a powerful workstation. No need to change or upgrade anytime soon.
 

Q: On social networks?

A: No. I don't have that much time available. I think that social networks distract me from doing meaningful things.
 

Q: What about forums?

A: Yes. From time to time I write on retrocomputing and electronics forums. But I spend very little time so it is not even worth mentioning.
 

Q: Are you married?

A: Yes. Twice at the same time: my wife and engineering.
 

Q: Why there is no comments section in your Personal Weblog?

A: I consider that a comments section is useless in this context. That weblog is a reflection of my thoughts as an individual. Whether you like it or not, comments pollute the articles. If you like what you see, you read. If you find yourself in what you read, even better. Otherwise you dismiss the page. It is that simple. This is the magic of the Internet. One can really chose what to read. I also don't want you to waste your time writing comments that I would never read due to lack of time.
 

Q: What do you do in your spare time?

A: I ride my bicycles and I read computer programming and system architecture literature. From time to time I read scientific publications on-line. Besides electronics, I am also interested in both classic and quantum physics. I am grateful that the Internet exists. I could never be bored with such quantity of information available at one click away. I like to learn new things in my spare time.
 

Q: Do you ever do anything else besides working?

A: Yes I do. More work! Besides that, I've got my life and I am not going to step into details.
 


electronics
Q: What are your current electronic projects?

A: I have been busy with vintage HI-FI gear restorations. I am doing this only for myself and I don't sell the gear that I restore. Neither do I collect it. I simply use it. So the restorations are done to my highest expectations and quality standards. Related articles might appear from time to time on the Vintage Audio related pages.
 

Q: Why did you quit working with tubes?

A: I never said that I quit. My vacuum tube site is not updated for a long time, I know. However I am planning to design and build some new tube gear and bring back Vacuum Tubes to life.
 

Q: Are you continuing with microelectronic research?

A: Of course. Lately I worked on a whole lot of x86 System Design projects. And I still have some big projects on my radar. Be sure to check the Microelectronics section.
 

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