About Me

Who am I?

Name: Thomas Pike
Online alias: Xiven
Description: Human male, 35 years of age

What do I do?

I'm currently working as a Systems Developer for Opera Software ASA in Oslo. Previously I worked as IT & Production Manager for Spartan Press.

Computer programming has been a hobby of mine since I was about 7 years old. Back then I was programming useless things in BASIC on the Commodore 64. Later I progressed to AMOS and then Blitz Basic on the Amiga 500. For my A-Level in Computer Science at Sponne School I learnt Pascal and wrote a game for teaching people the layout of the school for my project. At about the same time I also wrote a couple of games for my Casio CFX-9850G graphics calculator. On my Computer Science course at University I was taught such useful languages as Scheme (a variant of LISP), Prolog and C.

For my final year project at University I wrote a web-based multiplayer strategy game which was pretty successful and as such myself and several other people continued to maintain and improve it for some time.

Nowadays I write web pages and web applications in languages such as PHP (with HTML, XHTML, CSS, SQL and JavaScript). Oh, and I hate Java-based web applications with a passion (being the primary maintainer of a JIRA installation will have that effect).

What do I like?

Music

I'll listen to pretty much anything. This can be confirmed by anyone who has looked upon my Winamp foobar2000 playlist. In particular though, I like dramatic orchestral music (such as movie soundtracks by the likes of John Williams and Hans Zimmer), J-Pop (particularly the works of Kajiura Yuki), some European Pop and various other stuff (anything really, as long as it has a tune).

TV shows

In general I tend to like science fiction shows, but not exclusively. In no particular order, here are some of the shows I watch(ed):

Computer games

Yes, I play computer games (badly). These are a few of my favourite past and present games:

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E-mail

Please send lots and lots of spam to iloverubbish@xiven.com. Many thanks spambots!

Everyone else feel free to send e-mail to tom.pike@xiven.com.