[Picture] Thorsten Lockert


I started being interested in computers a very long time ago. I got my first computer when I was 16, and, much to the disappointment of my parents, had maxed out it's capabilities about 4 hour later. From then on it was my challenge to find a big enough computer that I could beg access to. When I got old enough to be taken seriously, I was the principal developer of BBB/cs, a conferencing system run by Bergen By Byte AS, Norway. This was one of the first publicly available Internet mail systems in Norway, and was all custom software. I was completely hooked, and in 1994 decided to move to Silicon Valley, CA to be amongst my own kind. I worked at TAL Wireless Networks, Inc., a company providing Internet access via radio, for a few years, till they went under. While at TAL, I wrote a paper on Multi-processor locking if 4.4BSD Lite2. Jobless and Green Card-less (and worried about being kicked out of my apartment, not to mention deported!), I took a job as a sysadmin at eBay Inc. in San Jose, CA. It was a small company at the time, and I was just happy to get a job with an actual paycheck and a work permit. I was responsible for setting up the original site infrastructure, hands on, starting with the fourth computer. I am currently working on a new venture, Voop AS, a company to provide phone service in Norway based on Linux and Asterisk Open Source software. When I don't have anything else to do (yeah, right!), I try to work on OpenIAX, Asterisk and OpenBSD. I have a resume and a bio you can look at if you want to know more about my professional life.

In my personal life I'm a family man, living in suburbia. In June 2001, I got married to Heather. We had a son on June 16, 2002 and a daughter on September 16, 2003. We currently live in Los Gatos, CA where I spend most of my time behind my desk playing on one of my computers. After eBay we took a break and lived on our boat, the Blue Moon, which has since been sold. My wife chronicled some of our adventures on the boat, if you're interested. Information on the boat can be found here.

If you would like to talk and prefer more secure communication, I have a public key for use with GnuPG or PGP available.