If you never had contact with Eastern European people, then you're probably asking yourself what in the hell is that last character in his surname. It's Serbian latin letter, one of five distinctive ones we have. Most Serbs have it at the end of their family name. In english or any other language, it's replaceable with just c.
Thus, Aleksandar Vacic is fine too.
Александар Вацић? Oh, that's in Serbian Cyrillic - probably the best alphabet in the world.
I was born on Sep 24th 1974, in the town of Pirot in south Serbia (300km from the Belgrade, our capitol). The country was called differently back then, changed its name and size few times. Recently ('06) completed the two-centuries-long circle and once again is called just Serbia, as it always should've been. Its size though, is not finalized yet. I finished primary and high school in Pirot with highest possible grades.
In Sep 1993 I went to School of Electrical Engineering at the Belgrade University. Finished first year in time. Then got my first PC and joined the web revolution at its very beginning.
Up to Sep 1996 I became demoralized by the sorry state of the Faculty, eventually dropped after finishing 2.5 years. I think it's enough to say that at that point I could choose do I want to sign up into 3rd, 4th or 5th year of the studies. Got first full-time job as webmaster, using personal web site filled with supermodels photos as CV.
In Sep 1998 I quit the job, wanted to concentrate entirely on finishing the Faculty. But it was not my faith to fulfill that. Whole University and especially my Faculty reached the lowest moral point in its history. In second term of the third year NATO decided that bombing us is the right way. Went home to Pirot for those three months.
Thus in Sep 1999 I dropped out of University for good, started (continued) professional carrier and never looked back to formal education again.
It seems that all important points in my life are connected to September. If I get married on the same month, that conclusion would be sealed. With that said, its obvious I'm still (officially) single, although not on the market - Ana holds my heart. Well, it's not all September. Since March 10th, 2007, Ana and I are married.
On July 5th 2007, Aleksa was born and enriched our lifes in ways words can't relate.
I was always interested in fine design, far before the web dimension. I have painted and sketched for the better part of my teen years. Haven't drawn anything in 10 years though - business work's a bitch.
I follow every Formula 1 race each year and am strong McLaren fan. I was fortunate enough to be at the Silverstone 2003 Grand Prix, the fabulous experience in every way.
My father planted a new vineyard, in the late 80's. It was his pride and joy for many years and left me a lot of legacy with it. I'm trying to keep it alive and kicking, making the best I can. My mom does a great job back home.
In 1996 landed a job as webmaster of SezamPro, promising local ISP with unique public image. In two years, I built my name in the serbian web community.
Then I faced the first of many cross-roads: continue working or return to the faculty. I had three more years of learning to complete the damn thing and also three years until I would be forced (by law) to go to army service. For reasons far beyond the scope of this page, I quit the job and returned to school. Worked hard, but it was not meant to be, for the same reasons mentioned few lines back.
In 1999, NATO attacked my country. I joined the group of friends in building the FreeSerbia - Other voices from Serbia. It was a project with one aim: show to the world that not all Serbs are like Milošević and report the awful truth (© M. Moore), the way it was.
We started off on April 5th, the same day that regime killed Slavko Ćuruvija, the widely known independent journalist. It was chilling to start anti-regime web site on the same day they killed the editor of the most popular daily newspaper. Throughout the war and for the good 1.5 years afterwards I worked for FS, in the web team. It was an interesting experience in the interesting time. Eventually, after the regime collapsed on October 5th, 2000, I thought that is was enough and went to fully return to normal life, to start creating a life as it should've been.
In the late 1999, I got a job at the local branch of Chicago-based cyberPIXIE, one of many dot-com bubbles that eventually burst. Towards the end of 2000, I could not see any viable perspective there, due to company changes. Another crossroad, another decision. I left in February 2001 (company was later bought by PCTel and the Belgrade division was shut down one year later).
I went to BEG Finsoft, off-shore company for Finsoft Ltd, UK. It is an interesting environment to work in, on challenging projects involving teams of twenty or more people. Apart from 10 month break for the army service, I work in Finsoft ever since.
I'm sort of web standards evangelist here, heavily promoting the use of modern web design technologies. Results can be seen on our flagship product - Margin Maker betting platform - at clients like Stan James, Boyle Sports and many more. Careful eye will notice that my evangelism still has a good way to go.
In 1997. I wrote a book called Web design - creation of quality Internet sites, published in Serbia. Got fixed fee for it, enough to pay me a LaserJet 5L that same year.
These days I'm regular contributor to the popular computer magazine in Serbia, PC. I write about semantic coding, CSS based design, usability and accessibility issues etc. I designed many of their CD and DVD presentations.
Whenever I was not fully employed, I did freelancing job through studio.aplus.
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