Two months ago I joined Heroes in the role of Cloud Solutions Architect. Focused on software development using AI technology to improve user experience and make software more intelligent. Now that I’m fully submerged in the Life at Heroes it is time for an introduction.
A bit about my roots.
My first encounter with computers was around my 6th seeing my dad busy, evening after evening, behind a magical black and green screen. I could just be there sitting behind the computer typing “dir, dir, dir” and see the letters going over the screen.
It got a bit more serious around my 12th when my dad gave me his old 386SX laptop. It ran on DOS 6.0 and Windows 3.1 and had all the popular games like Command and Conquer, Warcraft and Doom. Around that same time, the internet arrived at my door and with a 14k4 modem and the unforgettable sounds that Trumpet Winsock could produce from the modem, the first websites loaded in Netscape Navigator 3 and Internet Explorer 2.
At high-school, I found other people also getting interested in computers and soon PC/Cyber parties where born. Here we could play computer games all day and night, of course only after we found the broken terminator in our coax network.
After that, things evolved fast and at my 16th I was working in a computer shop assembling and configuring home computers, learning Basic and Pascal aside.
Now roughly 20 years later I’ve learned to create software and I’m still hooked on the internet. After getting my MCSE and updating a lot of machines for the millennium bug, I slowly moved from the system administration side to web development. I ran my own web-company for a long time but gave up to get involved in bigger projects. For the last 7 years, I have been working for large companies like NS, ING and Nederlandse Bank, involved at large-scale development projects.