23 July 2008, 00:51 by mark hoekstra

five years of geek technique!

That’s right… it’s exactly five years ago since I started this page.

You can find the first post waaayyy down in the archive and it’s called… first post. (because I later imported the oldest posts into the current CMS, it doesn’t have number one…)

After that it would almost take two years before I really started to get some visitors (besides spam bots and people who are lost in google and such) and since then this site is doing ok, not that it matters that much to me how many visitors I get, I mean this site is not about page views and such, I just write (and make) what I like and if there are more people that like it, the better. And that’s about it, there’s really not much more to it.

Since it now has been five years, let’s look back just a little bit. This was the megalomaniac setup on which it all started (the VAX at the bottom hasn’t got anything to do with it…). A SGI Challenge S with a Mac Classic II as a terminal… (this was at my previous home)

click to go to the corresponding pic on flickr

Not much later I would colocate this machine… inside a suitcase and on my bike. I still have the tendency to do all site related stuff on my bike (the fact that I don’t own a car has nothing to do with that, honest!)

click to go to the corresponding pic in my pre-flickr gallery

But well, I’m in a little bit of a hurry right now and I don’t have the time to really go sit down and reflect more about all that has happened in the last few years. I can only say one thing, geek technique has been good for me and I truly wish I can continue geeking around here for a long time to come.

nooooooo, this is *not* geek technique’s new webserver
click to go to the corresponding pic on flickr

Why am I in a hurry? Well…. at the bottom of this post I already told you a little bit of the magic that has happened between me and Victoria from Buenos Aires and at this very moment… she’s in a plane! I’m going to leave in a few hours by train to pick her up, in Frankfurt.

Frankfurt? but it says Paris on your shoes!
*ahem* more about that, later (she’s not supposed to know all this!)
click to enlarge

On y va!


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  1. Lypsis @ 23 July 2008, 01:30 :

    Congrats to your 5-year anniversary! You have a fantastic blog with great posts & projects which often helped and / or inspired me.

    Keep up the great work!

  2. Gaurav Patel @ 23 July 2008, 12:48 :

    Congratulations on the five years. I don’t remember how I came across the blog, maybe some random Google/Flickr search, nonetheless, I have been stalking your pictures and blog posts for two months (?). Really enjoyed reading your stuff, unfortunately, I have shied away from posting!

    Anyway, here’s to five more years!

    Oh, and enjoy your time with your lady friend. :)

  3. Jim @ 23 July 2008, 13:16 :

    Congrats on 5 years! I think I picked up on it in the early days (searching for info on SGIs or something ;-) and have been enjoying the updates ever since. Geek Technique is fun, informative and refreshingly ego-free!

  4. Franco Filiberti @ 24 July 2008, 05:37 :

    U R THE MAN!!!

    Im so happy for u Mark… and take care of this Argentinean w00man!! :D

  5. f. @ 25 July 2008, 19:31 :

    Like Franco said, you’re the man ;}
    I’ve been a “passive” reader for about 2 years, great site dude

  6. David @ 27 July 2008, 19:01 :

    Congratulations. It’s a few weeks I read your blog, and I think it’s on of the bests

  7. Brendan @ 28 July 2008, 04:52 :

    Congrats Ive been reading since I dont know when. Keep up the good work and good lick with Victoria.

  8. Brob/Sam @ 4 August 2008, 20:48 :

    Congrats Mark. I’ve been reading pretty much since the beginning. Good job.

  9. Simon @ 5 August 2008, 18:44 :

    Yay on the five years, Mark. This is one of the few blog kind of pages I still enjoy reading after several years.

    Also, way to go with Victoria, I met my girl online many a year ago as well, and we just got engaged this last week, so all the best wishes to both of you. I was sitting here reading up on some posts I hadn’t been able to read on my vacation and I kept wondering what was going on with you two.

    Have an awesome time, man, and keep the geeking to a maximum, as always!

  10. Chris @ 18 August 2008, 10:54 :

    Congrats, dude.

    I think I’ve been reading since the whole let’s-add-the-wifi-card-to-the-iBook thing, as it was linked on Low End Mac. Then I got hooked on this site.

    Very great thing you got going here. Don’t lose focus. _

As mentioned in the Message from Mark's family this site has been made static. This means that it will be no longer possible to comment on his ideas and projects, but that we all can continue to cherish his creativity.

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