About me

Joe Wein, Shigeko, 
Shintaro(now 13) and Yukiko(now 11)
I live on the outskirts of Yokohama near Tokyo, Japan. My wife Shigeko is Japanese and we have two children (Shintaro (13), and Yukiko (11). I first visited Japan in 1990 and moved here in 1993.

I come from a large family and have four brothers and no sisters. All my grandparents were farmers and I grew up in a tiny village in the east-central Bavarian region of Oberpfalz in Germany. I love the countryside and could never live in a big city (yes, if Yokohama was a country it would rank 130 out of 238 in the world by population, but I live only a few minutes walk from rice fields and forests).

I am interested in all kinds of subjects, including politics, ecology, technology, languages, history, cultures and many others. My favourite sports are cycling and swimming (and by that I mean doing, not watching!).

I earn my living writing software and have been doing that for about 20 years, working mostly on system software for PCs in assembly, C and C++ (see my Resume). At Digital Research I was one of the guys who wrote DR DOS (later renamed to Novell DOS), its MS-DOS compatible operating system. I originally wrote most of its drivers, file system, 386 memory manager and assorted utilities.

I spent five years in England where DR DOS was developed, then telecommuted there from Bavaria for a few more years. I left some time after DRI was taken over by Novell.

I spent five years developing software in Japan for PGSoft, Inc, a small software company based in Pacific Grove, California founded by former DRI engineers. The acquisition of PGSoft by Novell in early 2000 was the second acquisition of a company I worked for by Novell. Together with my colleagues in California I developed iFolder for Novell, an Internet Filesharing application hosted on Windows 2000, XP, Netware, Linux and Solaris, with clients for Windows 9x/ME/2000/XP and a platform-independent Java-client. Since 2003 I devloped a commercial email spam filtering product which provides blacklist data into SURBL.org, a realtime backlist server system.

Currently I'm helping develop a simple, secure screen sharing application at CrossLoop.

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People I admire:

  • Vaclav Havel (Czech Republic)
  • Nelson Mandela (South Africa)



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