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If I had to define myself somehow, I'd say I'm a technology fanatic and terribly curious person.

The first programming steps I've moved were on the C64, but my first "serious" productions came out later on the Amiga. I was mostly active as a Demo-coder, and in fact joined several of the groups in the scene during the early 90s.

After the Amiga, I've moved to the PC where the demo scene was somewhat smaller (but growing) and kept producing demos but eventually moved on with other PC-related programming in several areas.

The lightning fast evolution of PC's software over the last years meant a full-time dedication for me to keep the pace, and I really couldn't afford it. So I've left behind most of my "professional" graphical programming and leant more on "alternative" platforms. I've been mostly active in the Atari 2600 scene, an activity which unfortunately I've had very little time to keep on going lately. I've worked on some Palm stuff and GP32 too. Started doing some J2ME for Nokia phones but that wasn't much fun, unlike the Gameboy coding which was my first console experience!

I'm also a pretty avid old computers/videogames collector, in fact I've got a growing collection of systems and I'll probably put up a page for it someday, once I'll be able to actually organize it! (for now, check my friend and fellow collector Farenka's home, in italian).

Unfortunately I also do spend quite too much money on consumer electronics, which mostly lay around since I don't have any time to play with.

My current occupation is "Head Documentation" for a Company operating in the Music and Entertainment industry, which drains most of my time as expected.


Other interests:

Below you can find some FAQs:

  • Why "Rasty"?
    • Using nicknames dates back to times when, in order to maintain some degree of privacy online, it was sufficient to go by another name.
      Today, it's obviously quite useless to use handles since we "disseminate" our digital fingerprints with every actions we take, but you know, old habits die hard...
      Rasty is actually short for the more pretentious "Raster Master". What's raster, you say?

  • I'm still not sure about that "Demo" thing...
    • Wikipedia, once again, is your friend:
      "A demo is a non-interactive multimedia presentation made within the computer subculture known as the demoscene. Demogroups create demos to demonstrate their abilities in programming, music, drawing, and 3D modeling. The key difference between a classical animation and a demo is that the display of a demo is computed in real time, making computing power considerations the biggest challenge. Demos are mostly composed of 3D animations mixed with 2D effects and full screen effects."

      ...or just search for demoscene, demo and trackers on Wikipedia, or search for demoscene on YouTube!

      You can also check my last (yes, last) demo here.