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Get to know the team: Oldiesmann
« on: January 20, 2006, 01:00:29 PM »
Sorry for all the delays in this. I've been really busy lately and kept forgetting about it :)

Name: Michael "Oldiesmann" Eshom
Age: 23
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Favorite Quote: "The internet is something that connects you with everyone in the world who wants to sell you something" - Red Green
Position: Lead Support Specialist

A little about me: I've been posting on various messageboards for nearly 4 years now, and really got interested in development after joining a board that was powered by YaBB SE. It was the first time I'd ever seen that system, and it seemed a lot cooler than anything else I'd seen. I got a board at Boardnation (after trying several other systems) and had a lot of fun with it, actively following YaBB SE development. After deciding that I wanted to have the thrill of modding my board, I left Boardnation, purchased oldiesmann.us and signed up for webhosting. At the time I had a fan site for my favorite band on Tripod.com, and it was gaining in popularity. My board was the only thing on the domain for months, but I modded it out. Of course, with each mod, it got harder to use Boardmod because the code that it was looking for kept changing. I eventually started manually installing mods, and at one point I think I had close to 20 mods installed...

I finally got around to putting up a website (PHP-based of course), and left it up for about three months. Then I found LSP Enigma and put that up instead. I modified it a bit, and really enjoyed the system. I continued following development of YaBB SE, and even updated a couple of older mods. I also got involved with another project called Supermod, which was originally just that - a mod that combined 20 or 30 other mods into one. This eventually developed into its own system, and I went to help out with them for a while, while still following YaBB SE development, looking forward to the future plans of this system. As the plans got more elaborate, I drooled over features that were planned for YaBB SE 1.6 and then the YaBB SE 2.0 which would come after it, and also wondered what [Unknown] was up to with his "secret project". Shortly thereafter, it was decided to start a new project instead of focusing on fixing up YaBB SE, and [Unknown]'s "secret project" eventually developed into SMF. I followed everyone over here from YaBB SE and started thinking of ways I could get involved. Initially I was going to work on starting an integration team that would focus on getting SMF integrated with various portals and CMS's. In April 2003 though, an open call went out for people interested in being on the support team, so I decided to do that instead. I loved helping people, and Joseph thought I'd be perfect for the role since I had been all over the place helping with other projects and knew a lot about YaBB SE. That eventually lead to me becoming a Lead Support Specialist several months ago.

1. Do you have pets?
      Yes. 1 cat and 1 dog.
2. What is your favorite color?
      Blue
3. What kind of music do you like?
      Lots of stuff - Christian rock/metal/alternative, some Christian hip hop, classic rock, oldies, classic country...
4. What do you do in your free time besides spending time on SMF?
      Working on my websites, learning more about PHP, listening to music, learning new technology (currently Ruby on Rails), lots of other things
5. What are your goals/dreams in life?
      To eventually get out of college and get a job developing websites, possibly doing something in the Christian music industry. I also have a personal goal to get the Christian music industry to stop being so relient on phpBB...
6. What got you involved in SMF?
      See above story...
7. Who do you admire? Why?
      [Unknown]. The fact that I'm 5 years older than him and don't even know half of what he does is pretty amazing. I've never seen anyone with as much knowledge about the internet and computers in general as him.
8. Are you into sports?  If so which ones?
      I watch a lot of sports. My favorites are baseball, football (both pro and college) and college basketball, although I also like hockey and enjoy watching NASCAR.
9. What is your dream job?
      Developing websites and getting paid to run messageboards for people.
10. What was your first screenname?
      My first AIM screen name (believe it or not) was actually Oldiesmann, but I didn't actually have AIM at the time and never have been able to figure out the password or email address I used when I created that account... CincyOldiesFan stems from my first email address (cincyoldiesfan@hotmail.com).
11. Do you have any piercings?
      No.
12. Are you a lefty/righty or ambidextrous?
      Righty
13. Do you have any tattoo's?  If not do you wish/plan to get one?
      No. Never plan to get any either.
14. Do you have any siblings?  If so how many of each.
      I have one sister who's two years younger than me.
15. What is your favorite website?
      Google.com, wikipedia.org and howstuffworks.com
16. Do you play computer games?  If so which ones?
      Nope, at least nothing that would be considered a real "game". I have played Pandora's Box though (an old puzzle game from Microsoft).
17. Do you play video game consoles?  Which ones?
      No. I do have a Game Boy Color though and play my sister's Game Boy Advanced sometimes. Sadly though, one local marketing research firm keeps calling me every now and then to see if I'll qualify for a study on video games (and I never do)
18. Are you married or planing to get married?
      No but planning to.
  a. If so do you have any kids? N/A
  b. How many kids? N/A
19. How many languages do you speak?  If so which ones?
      1 - English (although I do know some German)
20. Do you drink?
      Nope.
21. Do you smoke?
      No, and I don't like it when people do smoke (especially in areas where they're not supposed to...)
22. Did you play hookey from class?
      I didn't in high school (wouldn't have gotten away with it if I had wanted to), although I have skipped classes in college for various reasons...
22. Do you have a license?
      Yep.
  a. Do you own a car? No, but I wish I did
  b. Have you ever been stopped for speeding? No
23. Do you obtain a good amount of sleep daily?
      Not exactly... I rarely get more than 6.5 hours a day...
24. How do you sleep?
      On my side - how people can sleep on their back is beyond me...
25. Have you ever been on an airplane?
      Yes, a few times
26. have you ever broken a bone?
      Yes. I broke my right arm once.
27. Do you wear jewelry?  If so what jewelry do you wear?
      My high school class ring (if you can call that jewelry).
28. How do you dress?
      Just like any other normal person - shorts, sandals and t-shirts in the summer, blue jeans and sneakers in the winter with various long-sleeved shirts depending on the weather. I do like to wear flannel shirts in the fall though :)
29. How many keys are on your keyring?
      5
30. What time do you go to bed?  What time do you wake up?
      It varies. Generally speaking, I go to bed at 12am on nights when I have to get up early and 2am on nights when I don't. I generally get up no earlier than 7:15 (when I have an 8:45 class) and no later than 9. I get up at 8 on Sundays because I have church.
31. What's the freakiest thing you have done?
      Hmmm... Not sure I've ever done anything freaky before... I've done plenty of things to freak my mom out though ;D
32. Do you live alone?
      Still stuck at home for the time being...
33. How many hours a day do you spend in the computer?
      My parents say I spend too much time on the computer, but generally I'm on for at least 8 hours a day (depending on various things, and whether or not my parents force me to get off earlier).
34. How many hours a day do you spend in SMF?
      This depends on what else I have to do while I'm on, but generally I spend at least 6 hours out here.
35. What is your favorite beverage? Coffee, Tea, Soda, Beer, other?
      Soda - especially Vanilla Coke.
36. What do you hate?
      Lots of things - people who hate SMF are high on the list though ;)
37. What do you love?
      Learning new things and convincing people that phpBB isn't all it's cracked up to be
38. What is your religion?
      Christian
39. What is your hair color?
      Brown
40. How tall are you?
      5'10"
41. How much do you weigh?
      Around 142. Sorta on the skinny side...
42. What's the feature on SMF you can't live without?
  a. As an administrator?
     Hmmm... That's a good question...
  b. As an end user?
     Quick reply, inline editing, news feeds and wireless modes...
43. Which team member are you closet with?
     Can't say I'm closer to any one team member than any other, although akabugeyes and I talk quite a bit...

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Re: Get to know the team: Oldiesmann
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2006, 05:26:32 PM »
19. How many languages do you speak?  If so which ones?
      1 - English (although I do know some German)

Did you teach it yourself?

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Re: Get to know the team: Oldiesmann
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2006, 07:14:51 PM »
1. witch operating system do you use?

2.a. do you have a local testing server?
2.b.a. if so you've made it installing by yourself? or use a pre-made one(like xammp)
2.b.b. if no, witch do you use?

3. whats another word for love?

4. do you think hamsters are evil?

5. do you find the comments in the smf code files also that funny(if I'm bored i actually read them)

6. witch part of the smf system you've spend the most time on coding?

so that would keep you busy for a few minutes....

7. whats you haircut like?

8. Do you like Creed?

9. whats the weirdest thing you've ever witnessed?

10.a do you have a picture of yourself?
10.b if so would you show it?

11.a did you had/have any girlfriends?
11.b if so, what what your longest relation?

12.a. Do you know what case-modding is?
12.b.a. if so, do you case-mod?
12.b.b. if so, could you post some pics?

13. Would you answer these questions?
There is only one thing more importend to me then coding:
My Girlfriend

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Re: Get to know the team: Oldiesmann
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2006, 08:53:51 PM »
Been to college?
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Re: Get to know the team: Oldiesmann
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2006, 06:57:56 PM »
19. How many languages do you speak?  If so which ones?
      1 - English (although I do know some German)

Did you teach it yourself?

I took three years of German in high school, but I've forgotten most of it by now...

1. witch operating system do you use?

2.a. do you have a local testing server?
2.b.a. if so you've made it installing by yourself? or use a pre-made one(like xammp)
2.b.b. if no, witch do you use?

3. whats another word for love?

4. do you think hamsters are evil?

5. do you find the comments in the smf code files also that funny(if I'm bored i actually read them)

6. witch part of the smf system you've spend the most time on coding?

so that would keep you busy for a few minutes....

7. whats you haircut like?

8. Do you like Creed?

9. whats the weirdest thing you've ever witnessed?

10.a do you have a picture of yourself?
10.b if so would you show it?

11.a did you had/have any girlfriends?
11.b if so, what what your longest relation?

12.a. Do you know what case-modding is?
12.b.a. if so, do you case-mod?
12.b.b. if so, could you post some pics?

13. Would you answer these questions?

1. Windows XP Pro SP2

2. Yes, on a virtual machine.
a. Yes. I installed everything myself. XAMPP has too much stuff that I don't need and it's more fun to do it yourself :)

3. Not sure what that has to do with anything...

4. No.

5. Yes

6. I haven't actually coded any parts of it. I've made a few mods here and there, but that's it...

7. Just a normal haircut - shorter on the sides, longer on the top, combed straight back

8. Yes, at least what little I've heard.

9. Can't think of anything particularly weird that I've witnessed.

10. Nothing that's really recent...

11. Sadly, not yet.

12. Yes (sort of)
a. No

13. I answered most of them :)

Been to college?

I'm still in college actually. Hopefully I'll be done sometime in the next few years though.

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Re: Get to know the team: Oldiesmann
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2006, 07:13:24 PM »
What college? Major? What level of schooling are you at?
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Re: Get to know the team: Oldiesmann
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2006, 07:27:19 PM »
you a protestant?.. then if you are, what denomination are you

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Re: Get to know the team: Oldiesmann
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2006, 07:30:16 PM »
What college? Major? What level of schooling are you at?

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, currently majoring in Web Design, although I'm planning to transfer to another school and major in Web Programming soon. I'm in my 5th year of college...

you a protestant?.. then if you are, what denomination are you

Yes. Evangelical Presbyterian

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Re: Get to know the team: Oldiesmann
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2006, 07:40:33 PM »
5th year? Don't want to rush in to anything?
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Re: Get to know the team: Oldiesmann
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2006, 07:42:55 PM »
cool.. my deno is AGC.. associtated gospel churches of canada.

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Re: Get to know the team: Oldiesmann
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2006, 03:00:18 PM »
Do you like symphonic rock/metal?

If it you could not be a support member witch other team position would prefer be in?
Polar bear, owl or the llama!?

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Re: Get to know the team: Oldiesmann
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2006, 08:08:25 PM »
The Red Green Show!

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Re: Get to know the team: Oldiesmann
« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2006, 07:05:32 PM »
5th year? Don't want to rush in to anything?

long story...

Do you like symphonic rock/metal?

If it you could not be a support member witch other team position would prefer be in?
Polar bear, owl or the llama!?

Yes.
The mod team.
Llama.

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Re: Get to know the team: Oldiesmann
« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2006, 11:37:22 PM »
Well, hope everyone enjoyed getting to know me better. It's time to hand things over to our beloved chief now  :D