Posted on 21/09/2006 at 14:32

Who's Sham? Why ShamWerks?

Sham :

My real first name is Jean-Michel (but everybody calls me "Jim"... except the Tax Office though!icone smiley laugh), I'm aged 49 years, 3 month, 14 days, 12 hours and 3 minutes while you're reading it (accurate, isn't it?). I live on the French Riviera, in southern France.

"Sham" is a nickname I created on my own around 1989 to sign my drawings, doodles, graffitis, etc...
Sham is the short for "Shaman", and it sounded like "Sham-One". Anyway, my friends at the university started calling me Sham, and after it kept on during my jobs... There was a time when a lot of people didn't even know my real first name!

Edit 2021 : The succession is assured!

ShamWerks :

ShamWerks is the 4th version of my site.
"Werks", in German, means "Work", or "Factory" ; the VolkswagenWerk, for example, is the VW factory...
As this site presents my works, in different domains, and as my favorite mechanics are German... ShamWerks is Sham's Workshop Journal! icone smiley laugh

I know this site looks like a blog, but I prefer quality to quantity : I'd rather provide an original, useful, homemade content.

Technically, I'm coding this site by hand on a PHP/MySQL platform I have developped ; maybe one day I'll migrate over to WordPress. icone smiley wink

History :

Let's do some online archeology :


My first steps on the Web occur in '96 with a site named "Good Morning Net'naaaaam", hosted by Geocities... Which disappeared a long time ago, which is all but a big loss, believe me. (Edit 2016-05-23 : Actually there's still a trace of it at!)


1998, I give birth to "Da Sham's Webpage", the v1.0 being hosted at Citeweb (hosting site now disappeared), until late 1999 :

January 1st 2001

The v2.0 appears on a new hosting site ; Free (God bless the freebox) :

Juin 2003

The v.3.0 will appear in June 2003, dropping the framed design, but still hosted at the same place :


10 years after my first appearance online (er... I'm getting old!), here is the v4.0, and to celebrate this event, it even has it's own domain name : welcome on! I offer my site a real hosting space, moving to OVH...

Gosh... 28 years online as you're reading this, this blog is now officially an Internet Dinosaur! icone smiley laugh

This site is guaranteed 100% "LOL-free":

I'm getting tired of all those sites/blogs/social networks with spelling errors on every single word, plus some more SMS acronyms , "LOL"s and other teenage nerds stuff... In 2000 ago, "LOL" may have been cool ; today, it's just bothering me... On top of that, people not only use it in a written form any more, then also use it in conversations. My ears are too old for that sh*t. icone smiley laugh

So! ShamWerks is proud to be the first member of the A.L.P.D. : the Anti-LOL Police Department! No more LOLs! icone smiley wink

Edit 2016-06-24 : since I wrote this article, not only LOL became a common term in daily conversations, but it even made it officially into the French and English dictionaries.
I have no words. Keep fighting against the LOLz! icone smiley wink
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