Hello, fellow being! Below is my old ~/.plan from grex - slightly updated.
* 1 SGI Octane
* 1 SGI Indigo2
* 1 Sun E450
* 1 Sun E250
* 1 Sun Ultra10
* 1 Sun Ultra1
* 1 Panasonic Sr. Partner (an 8088 luggable)
* several amd64 pcs
* several amd64 laptops (intel)
* several ancient x86 laptops.
* several ancient x86 pcs
* Radio (especially digital stuff)
* Electronics (soldering random circuitry), play with microcontrollers, etc.
* TV series I like : Star-Trek, Stargate, lexx, x-files, outer limits.
* HPC, Mainframes, Big Iron
I was born in Belgium, and lived there for most of my life.
About 10 years ago I moved to the US, which is where I reside now.
I started programming on c64's (basic and assembler), then moved to
pc (turbo pascal and assembler), then first started with GNU+Linux around
when RedHat 5 came out (The original one, not fedora or rhel), which is when
I started playing with perl, C, C++ and all that fun stuff.
My focus was mainly on developing cross-platform Free Software
(a small selection of it is still available on http://www.linkerror.com),
but in the last couple of years I have been doing more and more sysadmin
work for a hosting company. There I still do a great deal of programming to
automate things and I create new sysadmin and security related software. I
also ended up being responsible for writing php applications there.
On the hobby side of things, at home I like to tinker with stuff... that
means, taking out the good 'old soldering iron and putting together circuits
and fixing things (I'm incredibly cheap and refuse to throw things away that
break ;D), playing with micro-controllers, and I also like to play around
with the radio spectrum and am a hammie (KD9HOQ).
Especially when it combines radio and the digital world. I used to run a
packet-radio BBS in the days. Nowerdays I try to pull anything out of the
airwaves I can get my hands on, and see what I can get out of it, using
GNURadio, and other fun stuff. I'm also starting
to get into receiving satcom stuff and general space communications.
I'm fluent in English and Dutch. Also speak french. Understand some German
and Norwegian. -I also speak python, perl, lisp, C, C++, smalltalk, m4,
Game development is also one of my interests. (Oh, if only I had more time!)
Worked with quite a few libraries, sdk's and engines in that department,
including: irrlicht (C++), crystal space (C++, did a few small contributions
to the planeshift project, a Free Software mmorpg), Panda3d (C++ and Python,
used by Disney to make their Pirates rpg, now also using an open license),
spherical, SDL, and a few others I probably forgot which I used a long time
MIPS and SPARC systems is another thing I tinker with.
(See computers above)
I've also been researching mainframe systems, see:
http://www.linkerror.com/mainframes (work forever in progress)
I used to do sysadmin work for a hosting company in Belgium, Then started
working for Wolfram Research here in Champaign IL (where I still live),
pretty much got burnt out of that job after 5 years, then moved to Granular
which got bought out by Dupont, and I'm now at Datto where I'm a senior
developer. I'm still trying to find some job where I can just tinker with
writing gopher clients or load balancers or research cool new uArchs or
whatever, but I don't think I'm going to find it in corporate America.
I feel like the software industry has gone downhill pretty bad. I still
love writing software though. Just dislike most modern practices and the
ecosystem that's developed around the entire IT industry, and corporate
settings. Not sure what the solution is, other than keep doing my own thing
in whatever little free time I have left after work. But enough about that,
this is just a ~/.plan file! :)