Yeah Hello, my name is Dennis, and I’m German.

Those who have seen me on stage may have heard this line before, as it’s a common introduction I use. Those who have not seen me (yet 😉 ) may find it interesting to know that I do not actually live in Germany, but currently live in Hong Kong, which happens to be quite far away from my hometown Duisburg (about as far as it gets without leaving the planet, you could say), where I was born and have spent the first 24.5 years of my life.

Over the recent years my work has mostly been putting together websites. Either through customized PHP programming, or by using packages like Drupal, Joomla or ZenCart. And even though I like PHP (preferably custom coding) that’s not what I want to do for the rest of my life.
I actually am much more of a server-, network- and security-guy, than one who puts together a nice website for you.
And after again having been without a job for quite a while I finally managed to get a new job in January, finally something that fits me, as now I work as a Network Administrator, managing servers, doing migrations, writing firewall rules and stuff like that.
It’s not always easy, but I like a good challenge. Keeps things interesting.

Even though work is an important part of life, I always try to balance my life through the hobbies I pursue.
As mentioned above I do sometimes climb upon a stage in order to talk to people. Hopefully those people, the audience, do not think of it as talking, as this would clearly mean I had totally missed the point of stand-up comedy, a hobby I have started in early 2009, with growing enthusiasm and lots of fun. In the same year I managed to make it to the finals of the Hong Kong International Comedy Festival, tying for 1st place in the preliminary round.

Apart from stand-up comedy I do have other hobbies that consume my time to varying degrees. I try to keep fit (and lose a little weight) by swimming. In Hong Kong, due to the high humidity, it is easy enough to break into a sweat without any intention, so going to the gym isn’t really for me. Mind you, I’m not one of those swimmers you see swim a lap, just in order to stop and chat for 20 minutes afterwards. Once I’m in the water all ties to friends and family vanish, and I just swim. If I want to take a rest I’ll watch the TV, and don’t pretend to be working out. 😉

What I used to do a lot back in Germany was DJing. Right, spinning those 11 inch vinyl discs that, for no apparent reason, generate music. This is something I’d like to pick up again here in Hong Kong. Even though I have no equipment here in Hong Kong (and just brought some of my records this summer) I have found during our summer vacation in Germany (where a lot of my old stuff now is collecting dust) that mixing music is kinda like riding a bike, you don’t forget how it works. So, if you have a club and you could use some good Techno beating down on your crowd, give me a shout. 😉

As a computer-guy I, of course, also have hobbies related to computers. What I do on the computer, aside from work, Internet and games, is far too numerous to list here. But through my posts here on my blog you shall learn about those things, as they from time to time give me a reason to write a new post. Just to give you an idea I think it’s worth mentioning that the OS of my choice is Linux. I am working a lot with virtualization, as it gives me the perfect playground to develop and test my own Linux distribution EasyLFS, to test other operating systems like the BSD family or Solaris, or to even test complex installations like clusters, without the need for expensive and space consuming hardware.

Last, but certainly not least, the most important part of my life, my family. I enjoy spending time with my wife and son, teaching my boy to understand the world. It’s a big task, but most of the time it’s fun to see him grow and learn new things.

I think that shall be it at this point. There is a lot more to learn about me, what I do and what I think about, but these things shall be as time passes, and shall be what this blog is all about.

Thank you!
Dennis Wronka