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            About me
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            <div class="fotoholder">
                <img class="postpic" alt="Mikael Lofjärd" title="Mikael Lofjärd" src="/img/mikael.jpg" />
                This is what I look like most days.
            </div>
      <p>My name is Mikael Lofjärd, and I'm a <s>29</s> 30 year old software developer/architect working at 
            <a href="http://www.systemvaruhuset.se/" target="_blank">Systemvaruhuset</a>.<br>
            I currently live outside of Stockholm, Sweden with my wife and daughter.
            </p>
            <h4>The past</h4>
            <p>I grew up in the town of Varberg, on the west coast of Sweden.<br>
            Here I got my first taste of programming at the age of 10 (well
            technically I was about to turn eleven in a few months) when I managed
            to get my hands on a copy of the freshly released Visual Basic 3.0. I was
            completely amazed with the fact that I could now create my own Windows
            programs. Without any internet or books at hand I tried to make due with
            trial and error but, suffice to say, my programs never really did anything
            advanced. They where however my own creations and as such I was immensely
            proud of them.</p>
            <p>A few years later, a few of my friends had gotten their first dialup
            internet connections and I started taking an interest in how to make websites,
            even though I had no internet connection of my own yet.</p>
            <p>
            My programming interest really grew into a full time obsession when I
            started high school (school year 10-12 in Sweden) since, for the first time,
            I got to select for myself what I wanted to study and thus ended up hanging out
            with a bunch of like-minded people.<br>
            From there on out its been an amazing journey of discovery and learning.
            </p>
            <h4>The (somewhat) present</h4>
            <p>I had my go at college but it turned out it wasn't for me. I made a lot
            of really great friends and I enjoyed all the programming courses,
            but I somehow felt that all the math and technical engineering courses
            didn't really bring anything to the table that I would have any use for in 
            my future profession. Thus I dropped out after just two years.</p>
            <p>Now I'm not saying that you shouldn't go to college. Education is very
            important when looking for a job these days. What I'm trying to say is
            that I found that most of my required courses didn't interest me, and
            when I'm not interested in what I'm trying to learn it doesn't matter
            how much I study because I'm never going to get it anyway.</p>
            <p>It turns out that it was the right decision for me, because in my
            now 8 years of working as a programmer I have only used ONE thing I
            learned in college and even that wasn't really critical to the task
            I was doing.</p>
            <p>I currently work as a software architect/developer at a small consulting
            business in Solna, Sweden and it's a job that I really enjoy.
            </p>
            <h4>The future</h4>
            <p>I tend not to think about the future to much, and I'm currently very
            happy with where I am in life, but you always need something to aspire to
            and so I shall at least try to explain what I want from life.</p>
            <p>Regarding my personal life; we've been thinking about getting a house
            for a while, but at the moment we're thinking about maybe saving up
            some money and move to the west coast (to be closer to my relatives)
            in 5-10 years. Somehow that plan always seems to change from week to week.</p>
            <p>Professionally, I couldn't be happier about where I work or the people I
            work with, but one can never know what the future holds.</p>
            <p>If I was to work someplace else the most important thing for me would be
            the people I work with. I may aspire to be the best in my field, but if
            I don't work with people who are better than me then I'm not interested.</p>
            <blockquote>
            The moment you think you know something is the moment you stop learning
            <cite>Someone smarter than me</cite>
            </blockquote>
            <p>I'm not sure who said that but I strongly agree with it. I can learn
            a lot from reading blogs and technical articles (and I do) but learning
            something without discussing the meaning of it with people who you
            look up to, doesn't really amount to much in my opinion.</p>
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