I’m a Dutch student, born in 1987, currently living in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
My public PGP/GPG key with fingerprint: 0465 A2BA C9BA E7B1 03BE A113 D9C3 B20D B8F9 D2FB
I study Information Sciences at the Radboud University of Nijmegen, and I tend to learn myself a trick or two when it comes to computers, system administration and scripting. Enjoying student life when I can, and dividing my time between studying, working, gaming, computing, fun activities and, last but not least, my girlfriend.
I’m currently employed at AT Computing, performing Remote Support duties for client systems and networks, using UNIX/Linux based systems. This varies from monitoring systems and configuring monitoring software (mainly Nagios), to solving issues and questions, and performing system configuration, software setups and updates. Working with colleagues possessing a lot of (similar and other) knowledge and each tend to specialize in different areas. So a learning from each-other takes place and when you get a question you can’t solve, there’s is always a colleague who can help out.
My computer history starts with MS-DOS 3.30, on which I learned how to use a computer using the command line. Had I not started with that, I would have had a different attitude towards the command line once I got to know Linux. So thanks to MS-DOS, I was reasonable comfortable with it when I started experimenting with distributions in 2001/2002. Some notable distributions I have used since then:
- Mandrake, experimenting next to Windows XP for a few months in 2003/2004
- Slackware, used it on my first home server, which also served as a router with a SpeedTouch 330 USB ADSL modem.
- Gentoo, was my primary distro from 2006 to 2008. Learned a lot from it’s great documentation and wiki at the time.
- Arch Linux, used from 2008 to 2012, another great teacher with bleeding edge packages and focus on simplicity.
What I run today:
Desktop: Debian GNU/Linux 7.3 (Wheezy) & Fedora 20 (Heisenbug)
Recently I installed Fedora 20 (Heisenbug) on my laptop and my workstation. Because I wanted to learn more about the Red Hat world than just the basics, and the best way to learn about something is to do/use it. To really force me to put on my learning cap I decided that I should revisit GNOME 3, and Fedora ships with GNOME 3.10 by default. So far, so good, and I’m really enjoying the experience. Quite the reverse of what GNOME 3.0 felt like back than. I also still use Debian GNU/Linux 7.3 (Wheezy) on my desktop PC, workstation and a distribution based on it, RaspBMC, runs my Raspberry Pi. It’s still rock solid and has not let me down.
Server: FreeBSD 9.2-RELEASE.
When I still ran Arch Linux, I also used it for my server. During 2011 I got fascinated with ZFS and after some tests with FreeBSD 8.2 I decided that I wanted to use it. FreeBSD 9.0 was close to a release at the time, so I decided to wait for that. And a few days after it’s release in January 2012 I migrated my server from Arch Linux to FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE. This setup is currently serving this blog and I’m still quite pleased with it.
Most of my networking is done with OpenWRT on a TP-Link TL-WR1043ND. It’s flexible and has some powerful configuration options, yet not very difficult to configure if you know your way around a Linux box. Its UCI configuration framework often makes jobs easy and the documentation and people behind it are quite excellent.