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Linus Åkesson
Hi!

My name is Linus Åkesson, though some of you may know me as lft. I live in Lund, Sweden, and work as a software engineer.

I dabble in many different areas, such as music, poetry, movies, programming, yoga, mathematics, meta-mathematics, Swedish folk dance, books, translation, psychology & sociology, information security, close-up magic, language (Japanese!), discordianism, electronics, type setting, meditation, mechatronics, lucid dreaming, go, cryptic crosswords, interactive fiction etc.

Posted Saturday 23-Dec-2006 11:38

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Anonymous
Wed 9-Apr-2008 18:43
You forgot to mention Hallucinogen. ;)
Anonymous
Wed 9-Apr-2008 18:51
You must be older than 115 to get the knowledge you have and such composition skills?...
Mucho respect!
Anonymous
Wed 30-Jul-2008 04:45
If I didn't like your compositions so much, I'd say that, by your self-description, you are a little bit pretentious...
basafa
Alireza Basafa
Thu 28-Aug-2008 20:34
Hurrah for your ambition (no your pretentious !)
Anonymous
Fri 26-Jun-2009 23:33
ql)))
Anonymous
Thu 25-Feb-2010 22:42
I've spent a lot of time programming a range of computers in a variety of languages since the mid 80's. I was part of the demo scene during many years and since about seven years I work as a professional software engineer. During all these years I've had the opportunity to meet quite a few talented people. Let me say that it takes a lot to impress me nowadays, but you certainly have! What's your source of inspiration?

Keep up the great work!
lft
Linus Åkesson
Thu 18-Mar-2010 19:58
I've spent a lot of time programming a range of computers in a variety of languages since the mid 80's. I was part of the demo scene during many years and since about seven years I work as a professional software engineer. During all these years I've had the opportunity to meet quite a few talented people. Let me say that it takes a lot to impress me nowadays, but you certainly have! What's your source of inspiration?

Keep up the great work!

Thank you! I'm inspired by everything I see. =) But the demoscene is one great source of ideas, and I often read about other people's projects through make magazine etc. It's really hard to not get carried away and do everything that falls into your head, because then you'd never get anything done.
Anonymous
Mon 22-Mar-2010 10:43
lis6502: hi dude. I really admire you. You programing skills, electronics and stuff. But most of them i really admire your chiptracking skills. The 'Hardware chiptune' which i heard on youtube was so unique, unlike other chips, that i had to make an XM remake of it :D http://modarchive.org/index.php?request=view_by_moduleid&query=168134 <-check this out plox and tell me how can i make it better.
XMPP:[mynick]@jid.dug.net.pl
Mail:[mynick]_on_gmail
IRC:[mynick]@irc.upnet.org.pl#autom8 {preferably XMPP}
Keep up good work, greetingz from Poland;)
Anonymous
Fri 23-Jul-2010 21:54
You're awesome!
Anonymous
Sat 24-Jul-2010 10:37
Congrats man! Your video made it on Engadget.
Anonymous
Sat 24-Jul-2010 22:19
I don't understand how you find the time for this.
With a full time job programming?
Anonymous
Sat 24-Jul-2010 22:19
If I didn't like your compositions so much, I'd say that, by your self-description, you are a little bit pretentious...

I smell some jealousy In your writing.
Anonymous
Sat 24-Jul-2010 23:38
Linus you are a source of inspiration. Thank you for existing and having your website in english.

from Puerto Rico, xirbin.
Anonymous
Sun 25-Jul-2010 00:35
Linus you are a source of inspiration. Thank you for existing and having your website in english.

from Puerto Rico, xirbin.

+1
Anonymous
Tue 27-Jul-2010 23:51

lft wrote:

It's really hard to not get carried away and do everything that falls into your head, because then you'd never get anything done.

That's exactly the problem i have, but how to solve it?
ralph
Ralph Corderoy
Wed 28-Jul-2010 11:47
That's exactly the problem i have, but how to solve it?

Good question. I find the Internet is to blame for shortening my attention span and making it harder to concentrate on one thing. Gone are the days of reading a book in one sitting. Still, nothing a bit of self-discipline wouldn't fix, I suppose?
lft
Linus Åkesson
Thu 29-Jul-2010 09:21

ralph wrote:

That's exactly the problem i have, but how to solve it?

Good question. I find the Internet is to blame for shortening my attention span and making it harder to concentrate on one thing. Gone are the days of reading a book in one sitting. Still, nothing a bit of self-discipline wouldn't fix, I suppose?

I try to divide my days into different sections; Mornings are for reading RSS feeds and my list of URLs, at work I can usually find the time to check email and IRC, and when I get home I try to avoid the internet altogether, except when I need to look up something specific. I obviously don't have a TV set. Then, of course, any self-imposed scheme like this can be disregarded as needed on a day to day basis, but it generally pays off to stick to it.
Anonymous
Thu 5-Aug-2010 22:43
Hey Linus, I got acquainted with your work through the Chipophone demonstration video and as if that wasn't impressive enough I browsed through your homepage and other video's a little bit and I'm blown away. I used to be a chiptune (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6f9DqJ4Vl0 - you may or may not have seen my nickname or group come by..) and assembler aficionado myself and I was highly interested in scene productions myself some 10-15 years ago, and I've never or rarely encountered someone with such a diverse and extensive set of skills of you. Anyway, as far as programming goes, have you ever delved into the topic of metamorphic code, ie. code that (fully) reprograms itself? It was (is?) mainly used in (demonstrational) computer viruses so anti-virus couldn't detect it by seeking for fixed binary strings and it's a great brain excercise to program.

I wish I still had the dedication to occupy myself with such pet-projects.

Guido
Anonymous
Sat 7-Aug-2010 04:41
You must be older than 115 to get the knowledge you have and such composition skills?...
Mucho respect!
I wanted to write something, but what is said above is well explanatory. good luck from GBG
lft
Linus Åkesson
Tue 24-Aug-2010 19:48
... Anyway, as far as programming goes, have you ever delved into the topic of metamorphic code, ie. code that (fully) reprograms itself? It was (is?) mainly used in (demonstrational) computer viruses so anti-virus couldn't detect it by seeking for fixed binary strings and it's a great brain excercise to program.

Not yet. =) It's a fascinating subject, but I've only read a basic overview so far.
Anonymous
Sun 2-Jan-2011 09:34
That's really good! Wish I heard this in the 80's... I haven't heard this b4! --- cam at stotz.us

lis6502: hi dude. I really admire you. You programing skills, electronics and stuff. But most of them i really admire your chiptracking skills. The 'Hardware chiptune' which i heard on youtube was so unique, unlike other chips, that i had to make an XM remake of it :D http://modarchive.org/index.php?request=view_by_moduleid&query=168134 <-check this out plox and tell me how can i make it better.
XMPP:[mynick]@jid.dug.net.pl
Mail:[mynick]_on_gmail
IRC:[mynick]@irc.upnet.org.pl#autom8 {preferably XMPP}
Keep up good work, greetingz from Poland;)
Anonymous
Thu 28-Apr-2011 00:01
Hi Linus,

Thank you for your great contribution to 8-bit music and SID-Chip compositions. If you should ever have any need for webdesign or webprograming just ask, and I'll gladly contribute. :-)

Have downloaded all your compositions and they are now site by site with the Lizardking and some of the other old SID-kings. ;-)
Anonymous
Wed 18-May-2011 08:24
What exactly make his description pretentious? That he seem to be interested and enjoy many different things from an array of different fields? Or that he's better than you at most of those stuff?:P
Anonymous
Wed 1-Jun-2011 18:27
awesome site, a lot of knowledge available in all these articles. i especially like the tty stuff, but also the retro stuff ... please keep your site running ...
Anonymous
Sat 10-Mar-2012 01:02
Have you considered creating VST Instruments? I'd love a software version of the Chipophone to play around with :) I'm always searching for great virtual synths that emulate real, classic hardware like C64's SID or Roland Juno (http://www.vintagesynth.com/roland/juno106.php).

I recently found a great VSTi emulating the Juno, TAL (Togu Audio Line) U-No, check that out if you're also into them.

Also, I love this one freeware VSTi called The Pokegy (it's hard to find these days, found one copy through Google - someone had uploaded it into an filehosting-site). It emulates the Moog Prodigy. A great alternative to the software version of Minimoog, if one is on a budget.
Anonymous
Wed 28-Mar-2012 07:56
you can create more Chipophone for the sale? i can get one :c
Anonymous
Thu 29-Nov-2012 07:49
Congrats man! Your video made it on Engadget.
It made it's way to Reddit as well.
Anonymous
Mon 17-Dec-2012 17:39
You're certainly a smart dude, I can only wish I had the drive to do all the stuff that you do.
Keep on keeping on!
Anonymous
Mon 11-Feb-2013 07:37
Linus, I was blown away when I ran Turbulence on my Propeller demo board. If you'd asked me before whether one could cram a piece like that into 32 Kb, I'd have said no way. That's an amazing piece of work.

Ran into your name on the Parallax forums on a Propeller assembler thread. I'll be looking through your source code for neat hacks that might help me out in my project as I'm taking a break from large memory model programming and going back to small address spaces in order to come up with an ambulatory physiologic monitor. Turbulence showed me that the Propeller was more than adequate for the task.

The other thing Turbulence brings up are some interesting speculations on how the brain stores memories as obviously one can use a tiny bit of information as a seed to computationally recreate a far more elaborate structure.

Boris Gimbarzevsky
Anonymous
Tue 12-Feb-2013 14:34
Thanx for your work on the C64, lately. You solved some misteries and got a nice Rasberryproject on the line ;)
Anonymous
Mon 15-Apr-2013 00:29
Everything astonishes as long as it is done by a genius. Still, some occasions I remember more than others, seeing your work will be one of those.
Chebotoid
Fri 9-Aug-2013 04:45
Big respect for you from Belarus, Brest city. I have always admired such people like you are.
Anonymous
Wed 28-Aug-2013 10:57
Linus you are a source of inspiration. Thank you for existing and having your website in english.

from Puerto Rico, xirbin.
nunca pense que fuese a encontrar alguien de puerto rico en esta pagina hehe soy de aguadilla puerto rico tambien

and for you good sir Linus keep up with your awesomeness you keep impressing me everytime amazing work =)
daixtr
dexter aparicio
Thu 19-Dec-2013 00:56
what's your say on computer gaming? And if you are into it, what type of computer games do you play?
daixtr
dexter aparicio
Thu 19-Dec-2013 00:57
also, what's your comment on the dvorak computer keyboard layout. Thanks for any comments. More power to you!
Anonymous
Fri 14-Feb-2014 10:23
Oldtime C64/8-bit scener here. LFT, your knowledge of hardware, low-level programming and music/chip composition is outstanding. I'm suitably impressed, good sir!
Anonymous
Sat 7-Mar-2015 15:19
You seem like an interesting person :).
Anonymous
Mon 4-May-2015 00:27
Hello, Linus! Just wanted to say "hello" and that I'm glad there are some persons out there like you. We pretty have same wide interests and activity. It's hard to find someone like this. Sorry for my not perfect english. Greetings. Long time from Demoscene and found your channel on YouTube... Amazing work! Best wishes and go on the same spirit.
Anonymous
Tue 20-Oct-2015 01:09
Great site - what the web was made for.
Anonymous
Sun 21-Feb-2016 20:35
I like your page. In fact i saved it. I like programming, linux, and meditation among others things. Will we ever know the relation between meditation and knowledge??? With respect and love...
Anonymous
Thu 1-Sep-2016 16:21
Now if you can channel this great programing knowledge to the real world, you would be an millionaire. ever heard of the story of miiliondaollarhomepage-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Million_Dollar_Homepage

or Plenty of fish- http://moneygeek.blogspot.com/2006/08/plentyoffishcom-10000-per-day-and.html
Anonymous
Wed 15-Feb-2017 02:26
you are genius !!!!!