Hi, I am Jochen Spieker (né Schulz), a former student of the FH Nordakademie in Elmshorn, the town where I was born and raised. I have a degree in "Wirtschaftsinformatik" (a mixture of business and computer science) and am currently employed at a quite young, but well-established software development company in Hamburg, Germany. For the most part, my work consists of Java programming, systems administration and web development.
My fields of interest include Free Software in general, specifically Debian GNU/Linux, programming, systems administration and, of course, good music and books. My programming language of choice is Python. My favourite band is Radiohead (you can find more easily decipherable information about them at atease). My reading is quite diverse. Besides technical books I currently prefer political books, but I read some fiction as well. In my (German language) blog there is a posting about some of the books I have read in 2006 and 2007.
For my diploma thesis (German) I studied the field of fuzzy search. Recently, I reimplemented most of the algorithms I explored in my thesis in Python and released them under a free license. Another publication of mine has been done for my studies as well. It's about Python's type system (again, German only), but it doesn't contain a lot of own work. If you're interested in this topic, I propose to just skip the text and use the bibliography.
Oh, and as previously mentioned, I have a blog which gets updated more often than these rather static pages.