About Wittenburg.co.uk

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About the site

This is my personal web site. It's been around since 1995, when the site was hosted by ICON (the dial-up part of the Internet Solution, now Internet Solutions) in Rosebank, South Africa.

In September 2000 I registered wittenburg.co.uk and hosted the site in the UK.

In 2003 the site moved to DiscountASP.net in California, who offered cheap (wait for it) ASP.NET hosting. Cavalier attitudes to civil rights and personal data in the US eventually prompted me to move my site back to Europe in May 2019.

The technical stuff

Wittenburg.co.uk started out as flat HTML. In 2003 the move to DiscountAsp.net let me progressively convert the site into a multi-layered and multi-tiered CMS that I eventually finished in 2012. The move to a European-based host provided an opportunity to modernise the site and make it responsive.

About the name

Wittenburg is my surname. It identifies bearers as originating from the German town called Wittenburg. Wittenburg is low German for the high German Weiße Burg, which means white castle. The village Wittenburg had a castle but there was nothing white about it, the man-made mound the castle was built on, or its surrounds. And so that takes us to another castle called Wittenburg, about 30km south of Hanover.

This Wittenburg was made of shell-bearing limestone (Muschelkalkstein in German). Muschelkalkstein is white and so "Wittenburg". The nobelman who owned it had interests in Meckelenburg. Travelling to Meckelenburg took him past the castle in the village we know today as Wittenburg. It is assumed that he simply named it after his castle down south.

You can read the full the story in English here or in the original German here.

About me

I am:

Cape Town, January 2017

Cape Town, January 2017

The personal stuff

I've lived on three continents, and have been to 29 countries (30 if you count Scotland). I'm fluent in three languages, have jumped out of aeroplanes, and experienced the tail-end of the border war. There's titanium in my shoulder.

Personal interests include this web site, writing software, and building radio controlled trucks.

The professional stuff

I’ve been programming computers since 1986. I've worked for companies like EDS, Microsoft, and Nokia. I also speak at events about making software, being an IT architect, and IT consulting. Went independent in 2018 making software I hope will further human rights.


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