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About the Author: Walter Phippeny


Curriculum Vitae, Reference Letters, Diplomas, and Certificates:

Curriculum Vitae/Resume  Lebenslauf auf Deutsch    Collected Reference Letters     Collected Diplomas and Certificates


Welcome to my little corner of the Internet!


A Little About Me:

Since 2004, I’ve been building a career in Computer Engineering. It started very humbly with entry level support positions and progressed to a senior position at a nation wide mobile provider.

In 2012 I decided to embark on a new linguistic adventure, moving to Berlin, Germany. People often asked me why I decided to learn German and live in a German speaking country; well, as a native English speaker, there are two languages that are very interesting: French and German. English is really a combo, off-shoot of these two languages; we take 72% of our vocabulary from French, and the basic grammatical structures from German. I lived and worked in France for two years and felt very comfortable in the language. Starting with German at the age of 30, I’m still learning this fascinating language and don’t regret my decision to move here at 35.

I am fascinated with interesting systems; whether those systems govern technical solutions, languages, music or any aspect of the human condition. My first computer was the good ol’ Commodore 64. Through the late eighties and early nineties, I read over VAX manuals and played with BBS’s. After finishing my degree at Whitman College, I faced the question that all recent graduates from a liberal arts education have to tackle sooner or later: what kind of career do I want for myself. So, I decided to go back to some of my first loves: computers and the systems that support them. My resume reflects my passion for learning as well as my ability to dive into any challenge: from networks to VoIP applications, open-source solutions and increasingly writing software. There isn’t much that doesn’t spark my curiosity.

You may have noticed my motto at the top of screen, “creating interesting systems that empower the people who use them.” In the past few years, I’ve become a big devotee of the open-source movement and its tenets. I love the idea of people across the planet working together to make these complicated solutions that put so much power into the hands of the user. Today, you can be your own telephone company(Asterisk), content provider(Apache), or publisher(gimp and open-office) with a collection of tools that are freely available, and I think that’s incredible. I want to make systems that do that too: make the user feel empowered and better off for using them. I think we already have more than enough technical solutions that make our lives worse.

You can find me on Linkedin.

On Xing.

And on Github too.

If you didn’t recognize the shape that looks like this, ” glider ” ,at the top of the page and would like to learn more about it, you can do so here and here.

Do you like classical guitar music? Go check out my collection of guitar videos