Hello, fellow being! Below is my old ~/.plan from grex
- slightly updated.
- update: slightly updated the slight updates more (but slightly)
* 1 SGI Octane
* 1 SGI Indigo2
* -- 1 Sun E450 -- (gone, sold at vcfmw 2021)
* -- 1 Sun E250 -- (gone, sold at vcfmw 2021)
* 1 Sun Ultra10
* -- 1 Sun Ultra1 -- (gone, sold at vcfmw 2021)
* 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
* TV series I like : Star-Trek, Stargate, lexx, x-files, outer
* 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.
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, I'm a ham radio operator too (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, and I also speak python, perl, lisp, C,
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 ago.
MIPS and SPARC systems is another thing I tinker with.
(See computers above)
I've also been researching mainframe systems, see:
(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 programmer on backup agent stuff. 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 (or anywhere else in the world for that matter). 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! :)