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[User Picture]From: rmitz Date: January 23rd, 2005 - 04:41 am (Link)
My LJ name is pretty obvious, but I will write a bit here on other online identities and history.

rmitz was the first internet online identity I used when I joined Chester County InterLink back in the day (esr used to be on there, not that I knew him at the time). I consider this my canonical username. I use it whenever it's convienient to do so. I am bitter at minimum 6 character username restrictions.

The first BBS identity I used was "The Programmer". Again, pretty obvious. Descriptive yes, creative, no. Though it was relatively original in the sense I've not seen the identity used elsewhere, even though it is generic. For door games, I'd use "Ford Prefect", the character I guess I identified with most in the Hitchhiker's series. I credit those books with keeping me from sinking too far into depression back in those days. Nicely whimsical, but sometimes too common.

When I came to CMU, I just missed the "pick your own username" phase and got stuck with the hateful "mitz". So close, and yet so far from my ideal username. So my username is mitz in ECE, Qatar and Andrew. Fortunately, I have rmitz@cmu.edu, as well as rmitz email aliases in ECE and Qatar. I'm rmitz basically everywhere else.

When there are minimum lengths in effect, I have been either rwmitz (which I hate unreasonably) or romanmitz.

I feel zero need to hide my identity behind an alias, and since my name is pretty unique, I can get away with that.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: January 24th, 2005 - 05:02 pm (Link)
I'm actually pretty amazed that you were ever able to get "The Programmer" in any geek community with like more than 10 people in it.

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