About this website


Welcome to sveinbjorn.org, the personal website of me, Sveinbjorn Thordarson. For more information on who I am and what I do, you can read my curriculum vitae.

This website mostly serves as my personal blog and as a vehicle for my writings on various topics. I also use it to distribute my open-source software.

Web Standards

This website, both HTML and CSS, is fully compliant with W3C standards and was created from scratch using a plain text editor. It is best viewed in any modern, standards-compliant web browser (i.e. !IE). It even looks great in Lynx and other text-only browsers.

W3C Valid CSS

W3C Valid HTML 4.01 Transitional

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This website is also highly optimized when it comes to loading performance, scoring a perfect rating in YSlow. The basic frame of the website -- i.e. HTML, CSS and images -- is less than 12KB, and is served with mod_deflate and inline Data URL CSS images, for a total of 6,820 bytes. This loads in just over a second on an ancient 56k modem, and very fast indeed on a modern broadband connection. [scratch that, now using embedded webfont, which ups the size by another 50k]

Content Management

In this day and age, nobody serves static HTML any more, and I am no exception. This website runs on a dynamic Perl-based content management system designed and programmed by myself many years ago. It is called Mentat and it is used to operate a number of other websites. Mentat is simple, but very fast and bloat-free.

Mentat Website

Powered by Perl


All content on this website is protected by international copyright law, unless otherwise specified. I am often willing to have content republished or reused elsewhere, but you must ask permission beforehand.

Material that I have explicitly placed in the public domain or released under a free license is of course available to all without my approval.

RSS Feeds

The blog entries on this website -- mostly in Icelandic -- are available as an RSS 2.0 newsfeed. The comments on entries are available in a separate feed.

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Please do not hotlink the files contained on this webserver, e.g. by including an image hosted here in any external HTML. Hotlinking is not only a breach of "netiquette": It is bandwidth theft and will be blocked with extreme prejudice.


This website is hosted on arakkis, a private server in Reykjavík, Iceland. The hardware behind the site is a 1.42 Ghz 32-bit PowerPC G4 Apple Mac Mini running the Debian operating system and the excellent Apache webserver. This machine has dutifully and noiselessly served my website since early 2005.

Mac Mini Server Powered by Debian powered by apache


If you wish to contact me, you can use this page or, alternately, send me e-mail at the following address: