"There is nothing new except what has been forgotten."
AN INTERVIEW WITH SIETSE POSTMA
(SLIMER OF DISK BUSTERS ASSOCIATION (D.B.A.))
by Richard Karsmakers
In the previous issue of ST NEWS we've had somewhat of an
interesting chat with Chris Holland, CIH of "Maggie" disk
magazine. I reckoned it would be a good idea to try and interview
an editor of a decent disk magazine in every issue, so now it's
Slimer's turn, Sietse Postma, the editor of the most excellent
"D.B.A. Disk Magazine".
I am not sure whether I'll find someone for the next issue, by
the way, what with "ST Enthusiasts Newsletter" having passed into
the Eternal Digital Void and no other really exquisite disk
magazines being around. Maybe I'll have a go at interviewing Dave
Mooney (the chap who used to be the main "STEN" editor) anyway.
But now on to Sietse. Is he really the interesting guy he claims
Can you give us a short biography of your life, education,
computers, work and social status?
Sietse: My dear mommy has dropped me on this earth in 1970. The
weird thing was that I was born under the same constellation as
A. Hitler and my birthday is at the same date as S. Hussein's. To
make things even worse, that Italian dictator in World War II was
killed on that same date... I never checked the birth dates of
Stalin and Castro and I don't intend to either!
I'd rather not speak about my education as I hardly know what
the word means (oooooohhh). At the moment I'm living in a
cardboard box somewhere in a dark and dirty alley all by myself.
It's okay 'coz the rent is low (they even charge rent for
cardboard boxes these days, what is this world coming to?).
As for my work, I'm seriously underpaid for a guy who has to
works with PCs all day! On top of that, I have to work with
people who don't know anything about these things (including the
automation department, which consists of a bunch of morons). My
colleague is a nice guy but thinks he knows everything, even
though he doesn't even know how to create a directory in DOS. All
in all, I lead a pretty exciting life!
Can you give us a short description of the surroundings where
you live? Its nightlife, its people?
Sietse: Okay, okay, the cardboard thing was a bit exaggerated,
it's actually an apartment with two balconies. It's situated at a
big lawn where dogs shit and a street where cars drive too fast.
Beneath me lives an older couple and on top of it all lives a
psycho maniac. As I said before, I lead a very exciting life!
Can you give us a description of your home, most specifically
the room where you do your work or another room that you perhaps
think deserves to be known better?
Sietse: At the moment I'm sitting behind my working 'table' in
my computer room. It's not really a table but a large white plank
fixed against the wall. There is also a small computer-desk with
a big (old) radio on it and a couple of diskette-boxes. The
computer room is equipped with telephone, thermometer in/out, a
heating system that uses NASA technique, tuner/amplifier and a
nuclear driven smoke detector (everything to protect my Falcon).
The rest of my home is just like any other...
What do *you* look like? Or, at least, how would you describe
Sietse: I'm quite tall and have (like all dictators) dark hair.
My eyes are blue for those who are interested (which I seriously
doubt). As for my character, I can be quite difficult to handle
(as they say) but when you really get to know me... That's all I
want to say about this really!
What are your worst habits?
Sietse: No motivation to do important things concerning my
future (like studying). Sometimes being quite unfriendly to
somebody I don't like (pissing somebody off with mean moods).
Do you have any pets and, if so, what kind? What are their
Sietse: I have a cat which lives with my mother. It is quite
If I were ever to visit you, where would you take me for a night
Sietse: I wouldn't take you on a night out (because I know
you'd like it). Well, maybe to a (snooker) cafe or something but
that's really it. I hate discos and the people who go there to
Do you do any other work except for that through which most
people tend to know you?
Sietse: Besides my real work where I tend to do administration,
Database programming, Novell hacking and pissing off the
automation department, I don't do much.
What is your local ST/TT/Falcon scene like?
Sietse: I don't know that many local Atari freaks here!
What is your primary function within your coding group?
Sietse: Editing D.B.A. magazine and doing some graphics.
What are the other members of your coding group?
Sietse: Bonus Software (Coding and Graphics and some articles),
K.G.E. (Coding), O.T.M. (Coding and articles) and Sonic (music).
Can we expect anything from your coding group shortly?
Sietse: Yep, the next D.B.A. magazine and maybe even a dentro of
What programs in your AUTO folder or ACC directory would you
rather not be without, and why?
Sietse: That's a good question (and don't write 'thank you'
behind it)! I'd rather have as few ACC & AUTO folder programs
running as possible. The Falcon boots kinda slow with all these
things in the AUTO folder and I really hate slow (booting)
computers! I think "Desktracker" is a nice ACC thingy for obvious
What is the latest program you've done? What kind of program is
it? What was the first program you ever wrote?
Sietse: I'm not really a coder, although I did some coding on
the good old XL ages ago. The last program I did was written in
DOS and is published in D.B.A. magazine 10. It's a small and
simple batch thingy that steals passwords from people.
What program(s) can we expect from you in the near future?
Sietse: Well, you never know but I think it won't be much...
Which book have you read recently that made most of an
impression on you?
Sietse: To be honest, I haven't read a good book for ages. I
think it's about time that I did...
What's your favourite season, and why?
Sietse: Early autumn and the last month of the summer, as I tend
to get hayfever in other time periods.
What's your favourite music for flipping out (if ever you do)?
Working? Making love?
Sietse: I'm one of those lucky bastards who has a cassetteplayer
in his office. Most of the time I can play loud music because I'm
not often disturbed by morons who come to bother me. Music
stimulates me to work harder on problems, and hell there are
always problems! So, I play all sorts of tapes but I prefer Guns
'n Roses ("Spagetti Incident") Stone Temple Pilots ("Core") and
Alice in Chains ("Jar of Flies") to work with. When/if I make
love, I often play more romantic tunes as women don't always like
heavy music at these moments...
What computer hardware do you have?
Sietse: A Falcon 030 with an old Thompson colour monitor and a
Star LC10 printer. The Falcon is hooked to an amplifier (Kenwood
KA-550) with some lousy Philips plastic speakers.
What computer tools do you use for your work?
Sietse: Do you mean applications or screwdrivers and stuff? I'm
always busy with WP 5.1, Lotus 1.2.3., Perfect View 3.1 and some
more unknown and heavier applications like Homerun. As for utils,
I use everything that is available like Norton utils/commander
and other thingies. I also like to play with the network and
drive our 'experts' totally mad.
What is the computer game you play most at the moment? What's
your all-time fave game?
Sietse: I play a lot of "Civilisation" because there is nothing
decent for the Falcon at the moment. My all time fave games are
"Dungeon Master", "Lotus Turbo" and all sorts of war games
(strange isn't). There are many other good games but I forgot
most of them.
What is the film you've been to recently that made most of an
impression on you?
Sietse: I'm never that quickly impressed but I think that
"Dracula" and "Jurrasic Park" were both pretty exciting. At least
these are the movies that I saw last in the cinema.
Do you remember a film that struck you as being especially crap,
a film you was tempted to get a refund at the cinema for?
Sietse: No, not in the chinema coz' in tend to pick the movies
carefully before I go out and watch them. But I saw a lot of
crappy and dumb movies on video and T.V., I can't remember any
names though (then they really must have been crap!).
Who do you think is the most stunningly beautiful female to roam
Sietse: An ex-girlfriend of mine and Sharon Stone on da
movie screen (cliche). Both are out of my reach (maybe it's all
the better for them). By the way, that blonde girl from
"Baywatch" is also breathtaking - or was it bathtaking!?
Do you play any musical instruments? If so, which one(s) and how
Sietse: Nope, I play no instrument although I scored well in the
music lessons on school. I sing like Gerard Joling in heat (bad
What is to you *the* music release of 1993?
Sietse: Stone Temple Pilots ("Core") in 1993, and Soundgarden
("Superunknown") in 1994.
What is your favourite holiday destination, and why?
Sietse: I go on holidays seldomly because I'd rather buy
expensive equipment for my money or simply stay at home! Yep,
you've read it before, I have an pretty exciting life!
Is there something you see everybody likes but that you loathe
Sietse: Most definitely house parties and stupid discos!
What do you remember as the worst ever moment in your life?
Sietse: Where do I start... There are too many, so I don't
bother mentioning them at all! It's also a too personal question
for my taste.
Most cliche question of the interview (possibly): What's your
favourite food? And favourite drink?
Sietse: Pizza, Chinese, French Fries and more of that foreign
stuff. Orange Juice, with or without something in it!
What is your favourite fantasy?
Sietse: TO RULE THE WORLD!
What is your favourite disk magazine, except for "DBA Magazine"
and ST NEWS of course?
Sietse: Ehhh, eeehhh, aaahhh, hhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmmmmm... "Maggie",
as there are not many other good mags any more these days!
Words to react to now...
Sietse: Retreat all UN personnel and (!)NUKE(!) the lot!
But, seriously spoken, it's a very very difficult mather to
solve. The hate towards each other is too big to solve with just
talking and the Serbs don't want to stop anyway. They want as
much land as they can get their hands on, so they will be strong
at the negotiating table. After the war they give a small piece
back and keep the rest for themselves. They use the free zones in
their tactical plan because the UN will keep these zones war free
for them. Just put some pressure on the zones and the UN will
come marching in, and then simply retreat and go around the
zones! So this way they have another area where they don't have
to expect attacks from their enemies. They can concentrate their
troops between these zones and march on! The only solution is
intervention! All parties must be separated from each other to
let them cool down (and that takes many years). I personaly think
that we must intervene now before it's too late.
The ozone layer.
Sietse: Gets to be rather frightening with all these holes in
Sietse: Software piracy will grow on the Falcon for several
reasons. There are hardly any dealers (at least in my living
area) that support/have software for the Falcon. Many users paid
lots of money for their machine and try to get their hands on
anything that moves. This wouldn't happen if there was enough
software in the shops to pick from. So many 'brave' Atari users
will start to get software for the machine even if it means that
it is illegal stuff.
Sietse: I don't think that foreign people have ever heard of the
guy. For people who don't know him, he is the minister of
education in the Netherlands (at least he pretends to be). The
guy is totally braindead just like the rest of the lot!
Sietse: Very sad for those thousands of people who sit at home
doing nothing. Crime will go up and the Netherlands will even
sink deeper in the Sh!t. All thanks to our lame goverment!
Sietse: I almost never watch MTV because most of the time they
don't play my kind of music. They are also a bit too commercial
for my taste!
Sietse: A good band.
Sietse: Good as an entertainer but a complete failure as a
normal human being.
Sietse: Well, it's a very nice magazine and in our league which
makes it even more interesting. But to cast my true personal
opinion on the subject, I think that CIH has raised "Maggie"
above the glossy status and turned it into a more serious disk
magazine. He certainly has a talent for writing good articles
with well-balanced contents. However "Maggie" tends to clone ST
NEWS a bit now (which doesn't necessarly have to be bad thing)
and loses a bit of the typical "Maggie" style. All in all, I will
get some trouble to keep up with the new standard but I'm not
really grieving about that.
CD & CP (Extreme Right political parties in the Netherlands).
Sietse: A bunch of dumb lamers that want to go back to the Nazi
days. Although I'm a bit right-orientated at the moment, I don't
think that these morons will do us any good. More and more people
see foreigners as *the* cause of our problems. They are
responsible for only a small part of the actual problems but
let's hope that it will stay a small part. I'm *not* against
limiting the flow of people that enter our country. Victims of
war, of course, are *always* welcome here, but not the economical
Sietse: To me it's just a number, like 69!
Sietse: I have no real religion, but I do believe in life after
death. You're pretty sad if you don't, just common sense!
Sietse: Well, good (no egotripping for ya', hahahah)! Okay,
okay, it's quite good!
Thanks for your candid replies, Sietse.
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