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Haxx gets Linus over to the good side

Linus Nielsen Feltzing and I founded Haxx a long time ago, so therefore it is extra fun to welcome him to join me and Björn to work full-time for our small but already now skill-packed company. Starting December this year, Linus will do all his consultancy and contract work wearing his Haxx hat and no other. Employee number three.

He comes from an employment at the same consultant company I was employed by before (and Björn was too a while ago). With this addition Haxx is now having three full-time consultants with more than 20 years of experience each within software development and embedded systems. We have a long and thorough experience in Linux and networks, in embedded and in larger systems.Haxx

Björn and I originally got to know Linus back in 1988 when we visited a “copy-party” in Alvesta Sweden. There we (the C64 demo group named Horizon) competed against the other teams in the demo competition. We won the competition with our demo “Love This Now” while the fellows in Microsystems Digital Technology (MDT) came at second place with their “Bonanza“.

MDT consisted of two persons, and one of them was Linus.

After Alvesta, Linus and Jörgen (the other MDT member) joined Horizon and we’ve known each other since. We’ve worked on the same companies since the late 90s something until the day last year when I started working full-time for Haxx.

Linus is a hardcore embedded developer, working close to hardware and the OS, writing primarily C and assembler code. He has worked a lot with various RTOSes and Linux.

Linus is also known as one of the founders of the Rockbox project together with me and Björn.

Unexpected C64 reference

Yesterday at the OPTIMERA STHLM conference, Isac Lagerblad, really surprised me when he brought up an image of me and my fellow hackers in the C64 demo group named Horizon from back in the days of 1990. I’m the guy in the middle in the lower row.

You can see it happen at 02:35 into the part 4 clip, where you’ll go if you click on the image (Isac’s talk is in Swedish).

OPTIMERA STHLM sudden tribute to Daniel for cURL with C64 referenceThe original picture is a very old scan and isn’t a lot better:

I was honored and flattered by this unexpected “tribute”. Thanks Isac, it was really fun to see!

And before anyone asks: me and my brother Björn got our first Commodore 64 1985 and that is what got me into computers. I’ve not stopped enjoying them since then. We did a lot of demos, a few games and we had a great time and got similar minded friends all over the world.