My name is David Klemke and I’m a avid enthusiast of many things, most notably Space, Technology and Finance.

I’m an Australian through and through, living most of my life in a quiet rural area called Wamboin. It was a fantastic place to be able to see the night sky and wonder endlessly about the universe.  About 4 years ago I made the move to the big smoke of Canberra where I currently reside. Although my window to the universe might now be a little more light polluted, I still make the pilgrimage back home once a week to reaffirm my connections there.

Ever since I was a small child I’ve been surrounded with technology. My father is a radio Engineer and still teaches computer networking at the TAFE (think technical college) here in Canberra. As such he would always be tinkering with some of the latest and greatest computer bits, with me firmly stuck to his side gazing on in awe. I still remember getting our first modem and explaining to all the kids at school what the Internet was.

Fast forward 15 years and I myself have become a Computer Engineer; one of the last of my kind to graduate from the University of Canberra. It was during my time there that I developed a keen interest in finance, world economics and business processes. Although only a small part of my university career focused on these aspects it piqued my interest none the less, leaving me to wander off in the wonderful world of investments.

It was only recently that I discovered my deep passion for space exploration and aeronautics. I’ve now lost countless hours staring off into the sky, watching videos of spacecraft (new and old) and getting my friends interested in the wonderful place that is our universe. I feel incredibly lucky to be alive during a time where the common man will soon have the ability to go into space, and experience the world in a whole new way.

So, what was the motivation for this? Well it’s two fold.

As an IT consultant I’m constantly interested in new technology and I was given a copy of Windows Server 2008 for free. I thought this would be a good chance to get familiar with it and to also broaden my horizons a bit. This web page is coming to you from a small machine I built for around $300, sitting behind my entertainment unit at home. There was an immense amount of satisfaction in getting this set up and I’ll continue to experiment with it for many days to come. Eventually I hope to be able to provide interesting applications for everyone to tinker with, and that’s a challenge in itself!

I also found myself writing a lot more on topics that interested me. I’ve never been the creative type (typical engineers!) but after spending many a night talking to my friends about subjects of interest I couldn’t help but start to feel that maybe more people would be interested in what I have to say. It’s also an open invitation for conversation, since I’m likely to talk the ears off anyone who is willing to listen.

So feel free to drop me a line here on the blog or on therefinedgeek@gmail.com.


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  1. You really gotta work on getting this site up in the PageRanks. This page is the 50th search result! Even an old NCentral page is around the 25th result… You gotta get some people with clout to link to you, I think. On a search for “Joe Keenan” I hit first, and am still floating around six, after Jean linked to my site in one of his posts… which is really weird because my name doesn’t even appear on my site anywhere.
    Anyway, awesome. Make it work.
    Mostly because I keep forgetting how to get to this site and trying to google my way here and can’t.

  2. I’ve bought a domain name and I’m just awaiting approval from the registrar so hopefully that will make it a bit easier for everyone to find 🙂 Pretty much every forum I post on has this site in my sig but as of yet I haven’t had any “big names” back link to me. I should probably start commenting on other similar blogs but this takes up an hour of my day as it is, maybe when I get a bit more spare time I’ll start pimping this a lot more.

    I’ve got a whole SEO/sitemaps thing running on this already, now I’ve just got to pimp myself out, as it were.

  3. therefinedgeek is due for a makeover – but dare not change domain names for fear of upsetting the daemons of SEO so here are my thoughts on the subject:

    the refined geek – little dull
    there fined geek – what did you do wrong?
    there find geek – seems suitable for talk like pirate day

  4. Agreed, I comissioned a friend about 2 months ago to redo the site with a completely original theme but it never got off the ground. I’ve been busy with my other exploits and haven’t given it a second though, but I definitely want to do it.

    As for the domain name, well when I first looked for a name for this blog it wasn’t taken and I liked it, but after looking at it day after day I’ve come to see exactly what you point out. I currently remember it with the second phrase you mentioned, even though being the one who owns the damn site you’d think I could remember its name 😉

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