Biography

It was in the early seventies of the previous century that I was born in the city of Culemborg, where I lived with my parents and my brother. From an early age I had an interest in all things technical. Initially mainly mechanical things, but when I got into my early teens an interest into electronics started to grow. I began to read electronics magazines and started to build my own electronic projects, although at this age I was mainly building projects directly from the magazines rather than designing my own. During this time the family acquired a shiny new Commodore 64, which captured my imagination and opened a world of BASIC programming. Later on the BASIC programming language was replaced by programming the 6510 of the Commodore 64 in assembly language.

The first technical school I went to was in the city of Utrecht. The school was a polytechnic, where I followed a general electronics course. Part of the curriculum was programming in Pascal, as well as programming z80 assembly language on a little system called a micro-professor. Around this time I bought myself an Amiga 500, which I used for programming in Pascal as well as 68000 assembly and I enjoyed making music, watching demos and playing games on the machine. For school projects I needed to be able to collaborate with other students, whom mostly used PCs by this time. For this reason I kitted my Amiga 500 out with a KCS power PC board, which allowed me to run MS-DOS and more importantly, the latest version of WordPerfect, on my Amiga.

After the polytechnic I went to study at the Hogeschool van Utrecht (HvU), where I followed a course in electronic design, which later on specialised in to microelectronic design. Part of the course included C programming as well as assembly programming of the 68030 for the OS-9/68k operating system. By this time I had replaced my Amiga 500 with an Amiga 1200 for which many of the electronic simulation tools were available as well. It did amuse me back then that the Amiga version of the SPICE electronic simulator was newer than the PC version used by the teachers at the time.

Following my graduation from the HvU I started work for an electronics company specialising in products for radio broadcasting and news gathering. The department I worked for was responsible for innovative new portable recorders aimed at radio journalists. The company unfortunately no longer exists, but two of the products I was one of the two firmware developers for were the Maycom Digicorder and the Maycom Easycorder. After more than 5 years at Maycom I was offered a job that required me to move to the United Kingdom, where I have now been living for more than 20 years. Working in the UK for the Lime Broadcast Group I am responsible for the development of the STL-IP, a professional IP audio transmission device, as well as the LimeStreamer and LimeOnAir families of products.

My personal interests are going for walks in the country side with my wife as well as working with old computer gear and old audio gear. I also enjoy travelling, photography and watching old racing cars doing what they were built to do at venues like Shelsley Walsh or Goodwood.