Who is Deems?

Deems
Deems
My name is Demitri Baroutsos but my friends and colleagues know me as Deems. I live in Cape Town, South Africa with my wife and two daughters and I’m a software developer by trade. I have been programming and playing with computers (hardware and software) since 1985 when I got my first computer, a Commodore 64, with a tape (yes, cassette) and floppy drive too!

The purpose of my blog is purely for me to air some ideas and thoughts and share them with others, and if I find something useful/interesting I’ll be sure to share it with you here.

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15 Responses to “Who is Deems?”

  1. How cool! I love that you started a blog site. I look forward to reading about all the upcoming brilliant ideas you always have.

    Hugs,
    .. Connie

  2. Thanks sweetie! πŸ™‚

  3. DEAR Demitri,
    The Internet has transformed how we communicate with the public, but there are still many challenges in making information easy to find. Since you cover user interface in Your Blog, I thought you might be interested in a study that my nonprofit published this summer about how people find information online. The study covers three groups: non-profit organizations and cities; web designers and firms; and the general public.
    The study was fascinating on a number of levels, and I invite you to read the executive summary or download a PDF of the findings at http://www.idea.org/find-information.html .
    The survey results sparked ideas about tools we could provide that might make finding information online easier. This fall, we will start beta testing a cool new new navigational tool. I don’t have your email, so if you are interested, you can sign up for our beta here: http://www.spicynodes.org/ or to stay abreast of our (very) occasional new projects, you can get our newsletter here: http://www.idea.org/newsletter.html
    Thanks,
    Michael

  4. you have a very cool blog!

  5. Thanks S πŸ™‚

  6. Hey there, Demitri.

    So…You probably know that Google recently brought out their old indexes of 2001, to celebrate their 10th birthday and whatnot.

    Being the kind of person that I am, I decided to look myself up. My name is Demitri too, if you hadn’t guessed.

    What I found -instead- was a lengthy dedication from your wife, Dina, to you, Demitri, before you two got married. Before you two had kids.

    http://web.archive.org/web/20010422192821/www.afrikaner.co.za/dina/love.htm

    I’m a sucker for people pasting romantic feelings over the internet, so I decided to check out your dedication to her. Naturally the links were dead, which is where the web archive came in handy again…

    http://web.archive.org/web/20010428203943/www.ilink.co.za/~dbarout/dedication.htm

    Now at this point I had to know. Curiosity was killing me- I had to know whether you two made it or not.

    Well, I think you guys know the answer to that, unless this is a massive coincidence. It’d be kind of embarrassing if it was. Either way, though:

    I just want to say- Congratulations guys! It’s ten years after you wrote those poems to each other, and it looks like you’re still solid, and with two kids as well. Looks like you guys have a real romantic attachment to each other.

    Hope you look on these old archives and get that cool nostalgia-ish feeling!

    ~
    Demi

  7. @Demi – firstly thanks for stopping by and posting your comments. Secondly, yes I do know about Google’s old indexes being re-activated and it’s often fun to look back at how things looked many years ago.

    You’re correct, unfortunately, we moved hosts a couple times and between moving from the UK to SA and back again ended up losing some of those original pages online. I will one day resurrect them and put them up again. Thanks to sites like Web Archive, they’ll live on πŸ™‚

    To confirm the answer to your question, yes, 10 years on, still together – we celebrated our 9th anniversary last month, in fact.

  8. fecknusername Says:

    Aww..I had a look at your dedications and all I could think was ‘OMG that sounds like me and the Feeyaad!’ Then I thought…’Maybe that IS me and the Feeyaad, but in an alternate universe, and we’re now in our 10th year instead of 6th, and have two girls instead of two boys, and OMG this is so weird’…then I put the cap back on the bottle of meths and came to my senses.

    Anyway, you guys sound awesome…and this is a really cool site! πŸ™‚

  9. @fecknusername – thanks – nice to know there are others out there that share the same experiences. Maybe we are each other in alternate universes and we’ve found a way (through blogging) to communicate with each other πŸ™‚

  10. Hi Demitri,

    Imagine stumbling over this website as I was searching the net (favourite pastime at work ;-)) and seeing your picture. I thought to myself: “This guy looks familiar” and then I remember my 2 years in London and sharing a house with you and your wife. You remember Lourens and me?

    Anyway, shoot me a mail when you get this. Either I can give you more hints to who I am, or if you already remember we can catch up.

    Later,

    Deon

    • @Deon – dude, of course I remember, we all lived in the same house together, seems like a lifetime ago! Will catch up via email – what a small world!

  11. @Deems May I ask you how I reached so SO many hits? And also how you’ve managed to post StumbleUpon, Technocrati, bookmarks, share it etc etc buttons on your profile?

    • @Awais, thanks for stopping by my blog.

      With regard to getting a lot of hits it’s all about posting relevant content (trending topics) and posting with the right keywords/tags matching your content so that it gets picked up by the WordPress search when users search for certain keywords. Word-of-mouth helps, as does posting your articles/links to articles on other platforms like Twitter and Facebook. Get your friends and their friends to subscribe to your blog posts with a feed reader like Google Reader. Also important is to post regularly to keep your readers. I’ve managed to, over the past (almost) year to move my monthly hits from under 1000 to up to 5000 hits in a month. Nowhere near the popular blogs but not bad, I don’t think, for a personal blog.

      As for the Technorati/StumbleUpon bookmarks – you need to go to those sites, register and get an HTML widget that you can then add as a widget to your own blog by going to Appearance -> Widgets in your WordPress dashboard. Then just add a TEXT widget to your widget panel and paste the HTML code you got from Technorati/StumbleUpon and save it – voila!

      Hope that helps – and good luck with your blog.

  12. Deems πŸ™‚

    Never knew you had a blog. awesome stuff man.
    I visiting often πŸ™‚

    • Hey Aslam, thanks for stopping by. Yeah I’ve been running it for a little over a year now. Mmm, I’ll be adding your blog to my feed reader to see what you’re up to πŸ™‚

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