On the morning of January 2, 1997, I stepped off the train at Lillestrøm railway station, just outside Oslo, Norway, and was met by Geir Ivarsøy, one of my new bosses at my new job as a software developer at a small company called Opera Software.
After first driving out to the location of the small basement apartment I was going to rent, a bit further out from Oslo, we drove to the Opera offices at Kjeller, where 4 of the 5 people at Opera (including myself) worked; the fifth employee worked remotely from Lillehammer. I then started to work on my first task: Implement SSL support in Opera, which was released in Opera 3.0 a year later.
That was the beginning of a 16-year personal era as a developer at Opera, an era that, regrettably, ends today, as I am leaving Opera.
For now, I plan to still post occasional articles here on My Opera.