Me (Japala) and my brother were thinking of registering a domain. This was
in February 2001. We didn't have any special purpose ready for it, just to get
domain for fun. The second part was a lot harder. What should we call it? Finding
a suitable domain name sounds easy but when you start checking if they are available
you get disappointed. Like taking a dictionary and going through it name by
name; taken, taken, taken etc.
Metku is a Finnish synonym to words like gag, joke, trick. We even asked our
Russian co-workers to check that it didn't mean anything "rude" in
This was a easy choice. Here in Finland we can't get .fi -domain because we
are not a registered group of people or a firm. com sounds like too commercial.
By using .net we can expand to include other kinds of pages under our own domain
Aah, my favourite subject. I often find people mistaking and thinking there
is some guy called Metku who is doing these mods. The idea of adding these hardware
modifications to metku.net was founded few months later when we registered the
domain. I had made few mods already but they were hosted on my other account
on another site. When I moved my personal pages to metku.net I moved those mods
at the same time. This is the way MetkuMods were created.
All of the mods there are made by me, Jani
'Japala' Pönkkö. Both of my brothers help me out every now and
then. Thank you Caspar and Melvana. First I tried to make mods that you could
make with stuff that you have there, in your home. Mods that are cheap and easy
to make. Big pictures and not so much text. The idea still works although not
everybody have these integrated circuits, plexis and leds at hand.
I had to translate some of my mods to English after the GlowPad mod. Even with
big pictures and all there is still use for those few words. At this point the
visitor count just went thought the roof. Before that metku.net got like 300-500
visits per day. One day I saw a number over 50000. That is a
lot. Thanks to my wife Stina for proof-reading my writings.
MetkuMods have been on frontpage in many big sites like HardOCP,
and Slashdot. I like to thank these
sites and everybody who like to think that these mod have something in value
and should be linked. I never even hoped that this could grow to be so big thing
but glad to see that there is still room for some creative modding ;)
Where is this all happening
In the Internet of course. Where geographically? In Raahe, Finland.