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My name is Rachel Delevingne, but you can call me Rauchmnan. I’m also occasionally called Rauchman, if Rauchmann is unavailable. The ch is pronounced like ח like in “l’chaim”, not “ch” like in “chocolate”. For those of you that don’t get Hello World!, it’s the first thing that’s taught to aspiring programmers – how to output the string “Hello World!” to the screen in some way. The code in the image above shows how to do that in Java.

A little about me. I’m a young still young Computer Science student, software engineer, web developer and video gamer. I’ve been using computers – and playing games on them – since the days of Half-Life and Red Alert, which still seems like yesterday.

So, what’s the point of this blog?

I was wondering that too. I thought about it when I bought the domain, way back in 2012. I figured out a couple of years ago that it should be about video games and technology, since those are two of the things that I find fascinating in life. So that’s what this is.

I’m going to focus on turning this blog into a call to action. I want people to learn something new when they come here. That’s why I’m going to write guides for some of my favourite video games – starting with classics such as Age of Empires II and SimCity 3000 – and I’m going to publish walkthroughs and tutorials for programming languages and operating systems.

I’ll probably talk about other things along the way, like my faith, and other parts of my personal life, but those posts will be few and far between.

You’re a professional programmer?

Yes. No. Kind of. If we consider the definitions of the words professional and programmer, then I am. I program, and I have done so to earn money, as opposed to programming as a hobby. I’ve also done some scripting, and I use markup languages. What, exactly, the differences are between all these things is a holy war discussion for another post.

I work with Java, and I like playing with HTML, CSS and PHP. I sometimes work with Perl and C, and I’ve recently started picking up Fortran just for the heck of it. Before you ask, I have not an ounce interest in JavaScript, Ruby or Python. Hopefully, I’ll be able to talk about all of these languages in depth in an engaging way, so that you can all learn them too.

Let’s see some specs

Well sure, since you asked so nicely. I have four systems that I use regularly.

First, there’s my gaming PC, which runs Windows 7 and is a tad out of date now.

  • CPU: AMD FX-8350 4GHz 8-Core 4GHz;
  • Logic Board: ASRock Extreme 4 990FX;
  • RAM: Kingston 32GB (4x8GB) 1600MHz DDR3;
  • SSD: SanDisk Ultra II 960GB;
  • HDD: Toshiba 500GB 7200RPM;
  • GPU: AMD Radeon HD R9 290X;
  • Mouse: SteelSeries Sensei MLG Edition;
  • Keyboard: Although I’m a big fan of the Model M, I’m currently using a SteelSeries Apex.

Then there’s my MacBook, which is a 2014 15″ Retina MacBook Pro. I do most of my day-to-day work and writing on that. Alongside the MacBook, I also have an IBM ThinkPad X31 from around 2002, which runs Windows XP and FreeBSD. If you have a spare docking station, battery that still has a decent life left in it or a left-arrow key for the X31 that you don’t need, please get in touch.

Finally, there’s my “retro” computer. It’s not really all that retro, but I use it to play older games and run older operating systems. It’s currently triple-booting Windows XP, FreeBSD 12 and Slackware 14.2.

  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz;
  • Logic Board: Abit IP35 PRO;
  • RAM: 4GB DDR2 660MHz;
  • HDD: Hitachi HGST 298GB 5400RPM;
  • GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6870;
  • This system just uses whatever keyboard and
    mouse I have lying around when I decide to use it.

Can we contact you?

You can! You can leave comments on the site here, or you can throw me a tweet @Rauchenator.

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None of this would be possible without Alex, Beau, Brian, Clara, Dieter, Thom, and all the other people that I should mention. Thank you all for the wonderful impact that you’ve had on my life.

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