About jalu.ch

An introduction to the website and its author

Domain Purpose

This website is my personal "corner" of the internet, where I host some of the things I've done — mainly PHP scripts, alongside some language-related lists and projects, as well as the occasional picture.

About Me

You can contact me through the contact form; I'm always happy to receive mail.

I live in Switzerland and have a Bachelor's degree in Software Systems from the University of Zürich. I love programming in PHP and also like to create things in Java, JavaScript, SQL and Scala.

I speak German, French and English natively; English is the language I speak the worst of the three. Languages interest me a lot: I've been learning Dutch off and on for a handful of years and did a year of Russian at university. A rather uncommon interest I have is knowing how languages are written and how they sound, and being able to identify them.

While I'm not much of a gamer, I played through some games such as Tomb Raider III, Mirror's Edge, TrackMania and Minecraft. In particular, I ran a small 11-slot Minecraft server from 2011 to 2012, which turned out to be a very fun and educational experience.

Music is something I enjoy a lot. I like bands such as Placebo, Tegan & Sara, Grimes, The Drums, The Cure, Sigur Rós, and Bring Me The Horizon, to name a few. I played the piano for 5 years but was never particularly good or passionate about it.

From 2007 through 2013, I was part of the support team for CuteNews (a content management system in PHP) and also maintained my own fork, UTF-8 CuteNews, which fixed security holes, ensured compatibility with newer browsers and offered more internationalization features (such as UTF-8 support and translatable fields). Official development of CuteNews has since been continued and my fork is therefore no longer maintained.

Design Info & Credits

This site uses SmoothScrolling (for browsers with JavaScript support) from Kryogenix.

The design is an adaption of Arcana by HTML5 UP, which uses the excellent Skel framework and the iconic Font Awesome toolkit.

This website is hosted by Switzerland-based cyon.

Other Links

Here are some resources or projects I appreciate.

Digital: UTF-8 Everywhere, Two Factor Auth List, TypeIt, Can I use

Languages: Duolingo, American Dialects Map, Comparing Bible versions, [English] Dialect Blog

Comics/fun: xkcd, tastefully offensive, communitychannel, Horsey Surprise