In the following sections, you will find my non-fiction and fiction writing. I hope you enjoy my writing. If you have any feedback, please don't hesitate to contact me. I appreciate your thoughts and suggestions. Thank you for reading!

Non-Fiction Writing

Below you can find my non-fiction writing. I write about web development, media art, comics, the demoscene, computing history and retro computers, and other topics that interest me.

How I Felt Compelled to Find a Hidden Message Without Realizing How Interesting It Would End Up Being

July 2024

Steganography in Python

How I Felt Compelled to Find a Hidden Message Without Realizing How Interesting It Would End Up Being

When a coworker invited me to a feedback call, I found a hidden message in the email. Join me as I go down a rabbit hole to decode a message that turned out to be hidden in an image. I used Python to extract the message and learned a lot about steganography in the process.

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Graffathon 2024. Coding Meets Art At the Introductory Demoparty

June 2024

Graffathon 2024

Where Coding Meets Art

In June 2024, I went to Graffathon in Finland, an interesting intro to demoscene culture. 28 participants met for this uniquely starter-friendly demoparty, enjoying a good helping of creativity and collaboration. On two and a half days, demosceners crafted seventeen impressive demos, showcasing the talents of both beginners and advanced coders. Here are my impressions of Graffathon 2024, exploring the vibrant intersection of art and technology that defines this extraordinary community.

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Distraction-free writing with a Palm m125 and a foldable keyboard

June 2024

Palming Without Distractions

Distraction-free Writing with a Palm Organizer and a Foldable Keyboard

The Palm m125, with the right peripherals, can make a great distraction-free writing tool to sustain the flow state that many writers of prose and long articles seek to achieve. Here is how a decades-old organizer can help, and what to pay attention to for a frictionless experience. This epic article has it all! (Including a hidden section about PalmOS Hacks.)

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The Books Chronicling the Atari ST Demoscene

May 2024

The Books That Chronicle the History of the Atari ST Demoscene

Over the past decade, a number of books were published that chronicle the history of the Atari ST demoscene. These books provide a detailed look at the creative and technical achievements of the demoscene community, exploring the innovative audiovisual presentations created on the Atari ST computer. Here I introduce and discuss the various volumes in this loose collection.

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The State of the Art demo by Spaceballs

January 2024

Demo Beats and MTV Vibes

History and Analysis of State of the Art by Spaceballs

"State of the Art" was a groundbreaking demo for the Commodore Amiga created by the Norwegian demogroup Spaceballs in 1992. It gained widespread acclaim for its innovative use of real-time 2D vector graphics, animation, and sound, becoming an iconic piece in the history of the Amiga demoscene. Let's take a deep dive!

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Exploring the Amiga Demoscene

December 2023

The Commodore Amiga and its Undying Adoration by Anarchist Creatives

Let's investigate the birth of the demoscene, the Amiga platform's revolutionary beginnings, its emotional resonance within a dedicated community, and its broader influence on the field of computer graphics and music. Why is the Amiga still one of the most significant platforms in the demoscene?

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Helsinki Hackathon Horizons: Junction X 2023

November 2023

Helsinki Hackathon Horizons

Junction X 2023

In November 2023 at the Junction X hackathon in Helsinki, our team tackled the challenge by steel maker Outokumpu, focusing on sustainable AI solutions in steel production. The experience was delightful and enriching showcasing the power of diverse collaboration and the spirit of ingenuity, leaving us with invaluable insights and memories.

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Using the MacBook with an eInk Tablet as an External Display

November 2023

Using the MacBook with an eInk Tablet as an External Display

Using an eInk display as an external screen reduces eye strain and is well readable in direct sunlight. How do you connect the Onyx Boox Tab Ultra to a MacBook Air? Let's explore various methods like AirDroid Cast and Duet Display, alongside a more economical and effective solution involving a USB Capture Device. Find out the details in this article and video.

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Header image of the article Authentication Antics

October 2023

Authentication Antics

The Complexity of User Registration and Authentication

Mapping out the process of user registration, user login and password reset let me rediscover the quirks and delights of the process. Here's my unnecessarily detailed description with wireframes and flowcharts of something we take for granted.

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Evoke 2023 Demoparty Report

August 2023

Evoke 2023 Demoparty Report

From July 28th to 30th, I visited the Evoke 2023 demoparty in Cologne. After years of study and admiration of the demoscene, I participated in a demoparty in person for the third time. Here's what I experienced, which graphics I submitted for the competitions, and what I learned. I hope this helps newcomers to the demoscene make the most of their first demoparty.

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The KfW Cloud DevOps Hackathon 2023 in Frankfurt

August 2023

Coding for a Cause

Our Hackathon Adventure at KfW Bank in July 2023

On a warm July weekend in 2023, in the heart of Frankfurt/Main, our team participated at the KfW Bank Cloud DevOps Hackathon. We delved into challenges ranging from Microsoft Azure Cloud to Kubernetes and beyond. Join us as we recap our unforgettable adventure, filled with innovation, camaraderie, and a whole lot of code.

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Unleash the Power of the DevTerm

June 2023

Guide to ClockworkPi's Portable Linux Console

The ClockworkPi DevTerm is a peculiar portable Linux device with numerous delightful features, albeit some frustrating ones as well. This guide will demonstrate how to configure the DevTerm to overcome its limitations, such as the small screen size and the somewhat challenging trackball. Additionally, it will provide instructions on using the DevTerm with an iPad Pro.

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HealthHub Concept at CraftHack 2023

May 2023

Award-Winning CT Scan App Concept

Caffeine, Code, and Collaboration: CraftHack 2023

In May 2023, we participated in the CraftHack 2023 hackathon in Budapest and created the POC for HealthHub, a doctor's AI assisted portal for scheduling CT scans. To our delight and surprise, our team was awarded the grand prize from among forty competing teams. It was an unforgettable experience. This is what happened, these were the mistakes we made, and this is what we learned.

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Portable A500 Mini

May 2023

The Portable A500 Mini and How It Ended Up in a Pub

The A500 Mini is a nifty recreated retro computer that can be made to run any classic Amiga software. Here's how to turn it into a portable device using an Android tablet as a screen to bring it to the pub for field-testing. And I shot a video doing it! Let me show you, it's fun.

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Uni Papers

Here you will find the longer non-fiction works that I wrote during my university studies.

Circuits Ablaze

October 2020

How Technical Limitations Pushed the Early Demoscene to Produce Digital Art

This is my master's thesis about the demo-group The Exceptions during the years 1987 to 1989 in the Atari ST demoscene. These were the formative years of the Atari ST demoscene, and The Exceptions were the first to produce demos on the computer system.

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Telidon Meets Instagram

May 2020

The Telidon Art Collection at Inter/Access

This is the story of the Canadian Telidon system from the early 1980s, the artists who worked with it, the unlikely story of how their work was rediscovered by the Toronto-based Inter/Access gallery in 2015, and how to conserve digital artwork created with Telidon.

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Pixeling in the Retrosphere

December 2019

Creating a Comic Book on 1980s Hardware

In this project I created a five page comic story using 1980s computer hardware. I refurbished a thirty year old Atari computer, upgraded it and then pixel-painted comic using the art package NEOChrome Master and only 16 colors.

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Dots By Any Other Name

May 2018

The Story of the first Digitally Produced Comic Book

This is an essay about Shatter, a comic book created by Mike Saenz, Peter B. Gillis and Charles Athanas in the mid-1980s on an Apple Macintosh (though with traditional, analog coloring). This milestone of the comics industry paved the way for other digital comics like Das Robot Imperium by Michael Götze and other digital comics.

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Fiction Writing

I write fiction stories in German, my native language. They are mostly science fiction and fantasy exploring the human condition and relationships. My stories are character-driven and often feature a touch of humor.

Der Abstand zwischen den Augenblicken

November 2004

Der Abstand zwischen den Augenblicken

In einer Zukunft, in der Menschen, Mutanten und Außerirdische um Macht und Einfluss kämpfen, plant der skrupellose Konrad Klemens Kurischnigg, seine Karriere auf ungewöhnliche Weise voranzutreiben. Als sein Kollege plötzlich erkrankt, sieht Kurischnigg seine Chance gekommen, einen millionenschweren Auftrag an Land zu ziehen. Doch als auf der anderen Seite Wiens ein intergalaktischer Krieg ausbricht, reisen die ungleichen Partner mit einer Zeitmaschine zurück ins Jahr 1492, um die historische Entdeckungsreise von Christoph Kolumbus zu verhindern und die Geschichte zu verändern. Während sie gegen kosmische Mächte und ihre eigenen Vorurteile kämpfen, entdecken sie, dass ihre Mission weitreichende Konsequenzen für die Gegenwart hat.

Gib mir Stoff, Baby!

June 2004

Gib mir Stoff, Baby!

Auch Außerirdische sind suchtgefährdet

Ein Raumschiff voller drogensüchtiger Außerirdischer nähert sich der Erde mit einer besonderen Mission. Ihre Aufgabe? Einen fähigen Behindertenpädagogen zu finden, der ihre wahnsinnig gewordenen Richard-Nixon-Klone betreuen kann. Als die Vignionen ihren Agenten Mr. Foo auf die Erde schicken, nehmen die Ereignisse eine dramatische Wendung, und die unscheinbare Karolin Gerber, eine erschöpfte Pflegekraft, gerät plötzlich in den Mittelpunkt eines intergalaktischen Abenteuers. Inmitten des Chaos und der skurrilen Begegnungen muss Karolin eine Entscheidung treffen: Kehrt sie zu ihrem anstrengenden Alltag auf der Erde zurück, oder hilft sie den Vignionen, ihre verrückten Klone zu bändigen und rettet so möglicherweise zwei Welten?

Zwischen Liebeslügen und Peitschenhieben

January 2004

Zwischen Liebeslügen und Peitschenhieben

Im Wien der 1990er-Jahre kämpft Ernie mit den Tücken der Liebe und den Herausforderungen des Lebens. Überglücklich zieht er bei Edith ein, der bezaubernden Buchhalterin, die sein Herz schneller schlagen lässt. Doch seine Versuche, ihr seine Liebe zu gestehen, führen in ein Netz aus Missverständnissen und Lügen, das ihn schließlich obdachlos macht. Als er sich inmitten von verärgerten Ex-Freunden und gefährlichen Begegnungen wiederfindet, scheint seine Welt aus den Fugen zu geraten.