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From a remote corner on the first floor of the Kaospilot-building streams a mix of seventies jazz-fusion, psychedelic rock or german electronica. If you follow the sounds you will eventually stumble into the cozy office of what is quite likely the most well-dressed tech-supporter in Denmark: Anders Krøyer. He is by no means hidden away, he just prefers to be close to the students lounge since, as he puts it himself: “As far as I am concerned, I am primarily here to help the students with everything I can help them with”. That is a whole lot more than computers these days. Anything that can be plugged-in eventually ends up at Krøyer’s desk, sooner or later, in the Kaospilot house, and Anders gladly accepts the challenge.

 

As a true “lifehacker” he goes to great lengths to keep himself up-to-date with gadgets that make life a bit more practical or colorful. Ask him about the great selection of highly customized vaporizers on his desk, and you will get an in-depth explanation about the finer details and unique possibilities in each one of them. You will never again leave wondering if four smoking-gadgets is three too many.

 

Krøyer is a keeper of much of the Kaospilot history. He was a part of the Frontrunner – the predecessor to Kaospilot – back in the 80’s and had the honor of performing on the Red Square, in Moscow, weeks before the Berlin wall came down during the “Next Stop Soviet” -project. Later followed a career as a bass-player in many of Aarhus’ progressive funk and rock-bands – he is still to this day very active in the music-scene – but a bit of trouble with the back led him into IT and a certification as Microsoft Professional. During his studies he interned at Kaospilot and helped fix what he recalls as ”an IT-system in a very poor condition”. This led to a contract and since January 2001, he has tag-teamed with another Kaospilot IT-notability: Dr. Jones – the designer behind the Kaospilot server-system.

 

The two of them share a vision that is not always understood by newcomers to the house. Often people are longing for popular solutions like “Dropbox”, but the two gentlemen want to keep the server-solution, at Kaospilot, as free of multinational cooperations and closed, gated solutions, as possible. That means they see a great honor in making everything run smoothly on as simple hardware as possible, and they always base their solutions on code that is “open-source” and easy to replicate.

 

And the Kaospilot server-system known as “Homebase” – originally envisioned by a student from Team 2 and build by Dr. Jones – was ahead of its time: “Time has shown that what you can do today with “Dropbox” we could almost do ten years ago. We always had server-sharing and personal archives. It is of course not as slick as “Dropbox” but the functionalities are there”. The system has been a little inactive, lately, but that has more to do with the fact that not all people are aware of all the possibilities in the eyes of Krøyer, and there are brighter days ahead: “We are starting to get a good structure on it and we hope the Linux’ world will keep up, so we can add some more features. Development goes a little slower when there is no money involved, but we would love to keep it running in the what we see as the most sustainable way possible.”

 

A similar level of idealism is to be found in Anders‘ approach to the Kaospilot community: “I got a sort of philosophy that I have learned from Dr. Jones; as long as we are in charge of the server-system, we never delete an account. We might need to put it on hold if its inactive more than a year because of hard-disc-space, but you can always get it back. We are happy to help. Even after people have left the school, they can just call me or Dr. Jones – or drop by the office if their Mac is having a hard time. We think it’s only fair: once a Kaospilot, always a Kaospilot”.

 

 

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