Age: Old enough
Location: Ooshlo, Norgeh
Occupation: Community Manager
Member since: August, 2005
Complete profile: http://my.opera.com/brianj
1. When did you start using Opera?
2. When did you start working for Opera?
3. What do you like about it?
I like working toward something I think is worth fighting for. I appreciate the things Opera does to support a free and open Web as well as push the envelope of innovation. I'm glad I have the opportunity to be here and do my part to help.
4. What is your Job Title and in which Department do you work?
I'm the Community Manager / Ping-pong trainee. I work closely with the Marcom and Web teams.
5. Who do you work with?
Everyone from the Web and Marcom team.
6. What is your favorite part of the community?
My favorite part of the community has nothing to do with the site but with the people. There's a lot of diversity in the My Opera Community and it's great to log in and see people from all over the world engaging on a ton of different topics. That, and I like the monkey icon
7. Do you use Opera on other platforms too?
I've used it on BeOS and Windows, but now only on Linux.
8. What is your favorite skin for Opera?
I like simple. I generally use the default theme or a variant of it. My favorites are Contrasting Tabs by Eddie and mneptok's excellent GTK theme.
9. Name a few blogs you read often on Opera Community?
Well, to keep it brief, I'll name a few (in no particular order). Reed_J, Offspring, longing2belong, jonimueller, Opera Spotlights
10. Which five members would you like to spotlight this time?
11. What hardware do you have there?
At work, I use an IBM X31 laptop. It's really light-weight and surprisingly powerful.
12. Why should someone try Opera?
My favorite part of Opera is it's CSS support. Beyond this, I like having integrated RSS / ATOM feeds, cntrl-alt-v, sane tabs, side-panels, small scree rendering and the new source-viewer in TP2 is great for debugging sites.
13. What do you drink on "Friday Night at the Opera"?
I don't drink, so I guess ?
1. Where are you from?
Born and raised in Washington state.
2. Who do you live with?
I live with two old classmates from college. (Hi Kjetil and Espen!)
3. How many languages do you speak?
Guess which one...
4. Do you smoke or drink?
Definitely not. When your health is all you have, you better do what you can to keep it.
5. Do you like sports? If so which ones?
I grew up skateboarding, but I haven't done it in a few years. That's a sport, right? Ultimate Frisbee is another favorite. I'm also becoming interested in Extreme Ironing (although I have yet to try it).
6. What do you normally wear?
Hardcore / metal t-shirt, jeans and converse...always converse.
7. What is the color of your eyes and hair?
Brown / Brown
8. Have you ever broken a bone?
I've broken my right arm 3 or 4 times and my right collar-bone once.
9. How many keys are on your key ring?
Too many. I think 6, while most are for things in the US. Thanks for reminding me, I'll take those off tonight.
10. What time do you go to bed? What time do you wake up?
I usually get to bed between 1am and 4am. I'm usually "up" at 7:30am on weekdays, but go straight to my computer to see what I missed while I was asleep. Weekends, I'm up by 1pm.
11. What is the craziest thing you've done?
12. What is your favorite food? Drink?
Bean curd stir fry (I'm veg*).
15. Favorite book / writer ?
Etsujin and Hashin
16. Favorite song / group / singer ?
I like either really mellow stuff (Rocky Votolato, Black Heart Procession, Elluvium, Notwist, etc) or really loud stuff (Himsa, Symphony in Peril, Bane, The Red Chord, etc). Not much in-between.
17. Who do you admire? Why?
I admire people that do whatever they want their whole lives, and get away with it. If you can make a living doing only the things you love, you've lived a good life.
18. What is your favorite quote?
"Sleep, those little slices of death, how I loathe them." ~ Edgar Allan Poe
1. How many hours a day do you spend on the computer?
Too many. Maybe 12 - 15 hours each day.
2. Which operating system do you use at home?
3. What hardware do you use at home?
P4 2.66gHz, 1gig RAM, 128mb Nvidia and about 200 gigs.
4. When did you start using computers and which was your first PC?
First computer I remember was a 33mHz with 8 megs of RAM. I never got really into computers till I got my 233mHz with 64megs, 4gig, 2meg Savage video and 33.6 modem. That was in...1997?
5. Do you use instant messengers and if yes, which?
Mostly IRC, but I've been known to be on AIM, GTalk and *shudder* MSN.
6. What computers skills do you have?
Mostly computer hacking skills. You know - heavy iron...Gibsons?
7. What would you like to learn / improve in future?
CSS. Good design isn't something that can be read in a book.
8. What is your favorite computer game?
Uplink and Wesnoth
9. What is your home page?
I have a few pages up, but we'll just say http://my.opera.com/brianj