Deaf Dave Den

Who is Deaf Dave and what does he do for a living?
He is a purple phreak! 

  • Who am I - I am a Deaf person and I use Auslan (Australian Sign Language) to communicate. People might wonder how I can communicate effectively at my workplace. Dont forget I work with computers and thus I have access to the Internet, real time messenging tool (Skype and Windows Messenger), emails and finally lipreading and note writing. I am also self managed via the NDIS and I can request for an Auslan interpreter.
  • Background - By training and profession, I'm an electrical engineer but I work as a community manager / technical writer.  I've tried over the years to learn a little about a lot of things. I sometimes envy the great people of the Renaissance especially Leonardo Da Vinci who had a very real possibility of learning a large fraction of all human knowledge. But when I think of all we have achieved since then and I know I have the better deal. 
  • My motto - "Karma: do good to others that others can do good to you" 
  • Favorite quotes- "Imagination is more important than knowledge." -- Albert Einstein. "Science is a way of trying not to fool yourself." -- Richard Feynman  "For my part, I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of stars makes me dream." -- Vincent van Gogh 
  • My main interests - Purple, The Phantom comics, science fiction, science, technology, road cycling, web development, digital systems such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi Prototyping, software engineering, travelling and camping, family tree research, genetics, Auslan, relaxing with quality red wine and a good movie, gardening and especially growing tulips and finally egyptology.
  • My Favourite Movies -   Click to find out
  • My Favourite Books - Click to find out
  • Check out David's work experience and resume at

St Francis Prayer

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.
St Francis of Assisi

"Karma: do good to others that others can do good to you"
"Imagination is more important than knowledge." -- Albert Einstein.
"Science is a way of trying not to fool yourself." -- Richard Feynman
"For my part, I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of stars makes me dream." -- Vincent van Gogh
"To Hygge" - A Danish word for connection, comfort, shelter, safe and warmth.
Stoicism: an ancient philosophy to not let emotions get in the way. Control thinking and boosting mental toughness and emotional intelligence.
Ikigai and wabi sabi: A Japanese concept for imperfection. Go by the flow

David and Jitka's Wedding Highlights 1994

What David's work colleagues say...

"David and I worked together for many years at Altium, with David in a technical writer role. In that time David was a reliable worker, who always took pains to understand technically what he was writing about. Given that we produced electronics CAD software this was no easy task, and is indicative of David's technical skills.

Often David would go above and beyond a pure technical writer role, for example he put together many releases of our SDK package, which involved understanding our product's internal APIs, creating examples using these APIs, as well as documenting the APIs. David's background as a programmer was invaluable for this kind of task. I would recommend David into any technical writer role, particularly where the technical content is challenging." November 30, 2009

Ben Wells , Director, Embedded Intelligence , Altium. Managed David indirectly at Altium 

Ben Wells
Director, Embedded Intelligence , Altium

Having known David for over 12 years at Altium, we've crossed paths and worked alongside each other on numerous occasions. David - exceptional in every way - is dedicated, perservering, sincere, very humourous, alert and approachable, and makes it easy to converse with him. Combined with his discipline, organisation skills and knowledge of specialising in high and low level programming, it's no wonder he's been successful in producing thorough, comprehensible online help and technical manuals for end consumers and programmers."

I absolutely recommend David in wherever and whatever he pursues, since I foresee him mastering his projects/endeavours and taking them to extraordinary levels. December 4, 2009

Josephine Di Costanzo, Application Engineer, Altium Limited. Worked with David at Altium

Josephine Di Costanzo
Application Engineer, Altium.
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