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

A: For HTML, CSS, and JavaScript programming I use a simple ASCII text editor since 1999. I discovered Sublime Text 2 in 2012 and I still use it. A plain text editor allowed me to use my imagination for the design, layout, and graphical theme of my sites.
 

Q: What hosting provider do you use?

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

Q: Have you quit playing the electric guitar?

A: In 2007 I sold the electric guitar, the tube amplifier, and related gear. I have set the Vremuri project on hold. Back in 2013 I bought a Peavey tube amplifier and in 2021 I received an Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro electric guitar as a birthday gift. So I'm still playing.
 

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: 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 only have two computers now. One is an Apple Macbook Pro 17", early 2011 that still works well. The other one is a powerful workstation.
 

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 am not very active 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: That weblog is a reflection of my thoughts as an individual. I 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. I also read scientific publications online. Sometimes I watch documentaries. I like to learn new things.
 

Q: Do you ever do anything else besides work?

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


computer programming
Q: Do you still program software?

A: Yes I do, time permits. I opened a GitHub account to share some of my open-source projects. But most of my software will remain closed-source for now.
 

Q: What is your favorite programming language?

A: Object Pascal, by far. Second to that is x86 assembly language. Sometimes I also use plain C.
 


electronics
Q: Do you continue with microelectronics research?

A: Of course. I designed a whole lot of computer cards for the ISA bus. And I still have some big projects on my radar. Check the Microelectronics site for more details.
 

Q: What are your current projects?

A: I am working on vintage audio restorations. Before you ask, I don't sell the gear that I restore and I don't offer restoration services. Related articles might appear from time to time on the Vintage Audio site. I am not a collector and I always use the units that I restore.
 

Q: Why did you quit working with tubes?

A: I didn't quit. Even though my Vacuum Tubes site is not updated for a long time, I have plans to design and build a new monoblock tube amplifier.
 

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