I am a 38y old web generalist. While some people might consider me an expert in certain areas (makes me think they should actually pay me accordingly), I see myself more as a power user with above average expertise in web developing processes & techniques, Linux system administration, security and community building.
Some personal trivia:
- Working with computers since 1984 (my first computer was a Mac Plus).
- Online since late 1992.
- Linux user since 1995. As far as I can remember I’ve always used SuSE/openSUSE and changed to Debian as of 2014.
- Used to be an avid foosball player, competing on an international level (also known as table soccer).
- Infamous for my sarcastic and dark sense of humor.
- Huge sports fan, mainly soccer, cycling and snooker (this line used to read: “more and more passive the older I get” but since reviving my blog this should be “prety much entirely passive”).
- Used to be a full time caregiver for my mom who suffered from Alzheimer’s for more than 7 years.
- Running and maintaining my own Debian based server (squid, lamp and imap).
- Working as an internet consultant since 1996, for different kind of companies, mostly abroad.
- Born and raised in Belgium, lived abroad for a couple of years, traveled around the globe both for fun and work.
- Although I love music, I’m probably the worst singer and dancer in the world.
- My political and social views can be summarized as ‘neoliberal with a twist’. Sam Bowman wrote an excellent article explaining those views. My added twist to it is that I don’t believe that growth and creating new markets are infinite. I do believe that there is a point when companies like Facebook and Google become too big, that they have too much influence on our society. A point where they are out of reach for competitors, simply because new technology can’t threaten them. And no realistic ideology has a good answer for that (yet).
- My personal quote is simply: ‘try to have fun in everything that you do’.
- Able to communicate in Dutch, French, English and German.
- I am huge supporter of open source technology and web standards. However, I do see and value the benefits of commercial software projects for business and mankind.