tinman spent a few years mucking around industry before going back to school for a Masters. Currently not enjoying the weather in North England..
He wrote Perl that looked suspiciously like C code in 1998, while working as an intern, and has been trying to cure that bad habit ever since.
The earlier custom for April Fools day was simpler. One (or at most two) stories, carefully researched to sound plausible, inserted inbetween real news. Take a look at Slashdot, in the past few years, April Fools has been story after story that's been obviously fake. Sheesh.
I remember going "whaaaaa" when they posted the "new compression method" story in 2001. Never since have they reached those heights. This year in particular.. yikes. I was one of many that was groaning "oh, please.. make it stop, please please make it stopppp"