Alexandru Groza - Frequently Asked Questions
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  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 - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What software did you use to build these sites?

A: All these sites were built from scratch using a plain ASCII text editor. Then I discovered Sublime Text 2. I have been using it ever since as my editor of choice. A plain text editor allowed me to use my imagination while building the graphical theme and the layout of the various pages of my sites. I have always preferred building things from scratch, even though this is often the hard way.

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. Everything is provided for a non-profit clause: knowledge sharing.

Q: Have you quit playing the electric guitar?

A: It's been a while since I touched an electric guitar for the last time. In 2007 I have set the Vremuri project on hold. I also sold the electric guitar and the old amplifier and all related gear. Twelve years later I am still missing this hobby so I have decided to save money for a new electric guitar. Back in 2013 I did a first step into rebooting this hobby. I bought a Peavey tube amplifier. But still no guitar up to this moment...

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. I am a hobbyist by all means.

Q: Are you still driving the Passat B4?

A: No, not any more. The project was discontinued in 2012 due to changing of priorities. The car has been sold in 2013. I drive something else now. Still fun to drive but less fun to talk about.

Q: What about the Home Office?

A: Things slowly progressed into minimalism because in the meantime I have figured out that I can perfectly do my work with the stuff that I already have. So no more chasing wild goose. One of my main computers is still a 2011 Apple Macbook that works well. The other one is a powerful workstation. No need to change or upgrade anytime soon. In fact, as of late 2015, I have discontinued the whole Home Office project. Most of the hardware was decommissioned and sold.

Q: Can I find you on social networks?

A: No. I don't have that much time available on my side. I have a lot to do and my belief is that social networks distract me from doing meaningful things.

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 a lot of computer programming literature and scientific stuff on-line. Besides electronics, I am also interested in both classic and quantum physics and chemistry. Particularly radioactive elements, especially radioisotopes and other radiation sources that can be converted into electricity. Great that we have the Internet these days. I could never be bored with such quantity of information available 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! Also a lot of household related projects. Besides that, I've got *my* life and I am not going to step into details.

Electronics - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are your current electronic projects?

A: For the moment, I am busy with a lot of vintage HI-FI gear restorations. I am doing this only for myself. 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. I know that my vacuum tube site is not updated for a long time in this direction. From time to time you could check Lumea Tuburilor for new projects. I know that lately the major bulk of the projects are related to microelectronics but I am also planning to build some tube gear.

Q: Are you continuing with microelectronic research?

A: Of course. But on a slower pace than ever due to other priorities. I have some very big projects on my map and I hope I will materialize them somewhere in the future. Be sure to check Microelectronics from time to time.

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