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Who am I?

Hi,

I'm born in Belgium and I've lived most of the time just outside Brussels. Recently, I moved to the town-center of Brugge, yet another beautiful place in Belgium.

My first go on computers was with the Commodore Vic-20. Later, like so many others, I migrated to the Commodore 64. I've played hours and hours with Basic. Writing my own apps...wondering in how many lines I could accomplish something (anyone still remember the peeks and pokes?). Later on, I bought a Commodore 128 and kept on programming in the good-old Commodore-Basic.

About 10 years ago (I think begin 90's), I bought an Atari ST. The first in a very long row of Atari-machines. After the first Atari ST there came an Atari STF...another one...and finally two beautiful Atari Mega ST2. Only 2MB RAM...but so much space compared to the old Vic-20.

In 1992 I bought my first PC. Running only DOS and mostly using GW-Basic. That machine really gave me some headaches. Where was that nice GUI like I've used before with the Atari? I could use my Atari for days without rebooting (mmm...I remember it that way...but my opinion could be a bit 'colored'). I started fooling around with Windows for Workgroups and when Windows 95 was released I ran to the store and installed it on a brand new pc. I can't remember it quite well but I think it was a Pentium-60 with only 16 MB RAM. Humm...after 3 days there was already a nice 'blue screen of death'. At first I thought it was my fault but as it seems, there were other people around the globe who had the same problem.

What else was there to do with this 'tool' than playing games? I've spent hours and hours shooting those bastards in Wolfenstein.
Finally, I deciced to take up Visual Basic. Wrong choice. I started with version 4 but what a loser! Never thought that a programming environment could be so full of s**t.

n 1998 I started working for a company that used both Foxpro for DOS and Visual Foxpro. Allthough Visual Foxpro had many things in common with Visual Basic it is robust and quite a pleasant environment to work with. I was very charmed with the built-in-database-structure. In 2000 I changed jobs and started working for a part of the Flanders Government. They were using Visual Basic and MS Access. Arrrgghhh. Fortunately, my job wasn't only programming in Visual Basic. I also maintained (together with my collegues off-course) the network (a bunch of Windows NT4 and Windows 2000 servers with NT4 Workstations, some Linux-servers and some OpenBSD-servers), doing some help-desk support (hum...not to my delight I must say) and caring about everything that has to do with the 'internet' (including building web-applications with Visual Interdev and the 'beloved' ASP) and the 'security' of our perimeters.

After a while I've started to get in touch with GNU/Linux. In october 2000 I've installed my first Red Hat 6.2 and kept on installing until now.

Mid 2004 I swithed jobs and I'm now working for the Belgian Research and Education Network (BELNET) as a member of the Computer Emergency Response Team.

Take a look in the museum at http://www.obsoletecomputermuseum.org/.

Oh yeah...I do accept donations. When you're feeling very brave you can send me some money (contact me through mail to get the details). On the other hand....if you have any 'old' computer-material that you would wish to give a good home, I'll be happy to receive it.

Humm...I know my English isn't perfect so if you find any errors, feel free to contact me.
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