This is an MR image of my head, taken around
1992 when I volunteered as a guinea-pig for a project that had
to do with understanding one's Circle of
Willis. To make sure you get it right: my nose is on the
left. At least the picture proves there's something in
my head... :-)
I was born in Rotterdam, almost 47 years ago.
At the age of 18, I went to the "Hogeschool Enschede" to study
Computer Science. This is where I fell in love with UNIX which
-at that time- was DEC ULTRIX on a VAX.
Throughout the years I've always been a "hands-on" person. Both in my professional and private life I like to actually use things to find out how they work and how to operate them. I'm the type of guy that actually reads the manuals that come with equipment...
This way I have built and maintained my knowledge on UNIX. The first 8 years when working at the Image Sciences Institute (part of Utrecht University) I used HP-UX. Then, when I moved to Sun Microsystems in 1999, it became Solaris. And it has been Solaris until today. I've used Solaris 2.6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11, SolarisExpress and OpenSolaris.
I married my wife Bernadette (<email@example.com>) in August 1998 and we got a son (Lennart, April 1999, <firstname.lastname@example.org>), a daughter (Brechtje, January 2001, <email@example.com>) and another son (Tije, May 2004, <firstname.lastname@example.org>).
My nickname was given to me the first day I started working at Utrecht University. It is "bartm", pronounced as "bartem", and it was given to me to eliminate all mixing up with a collegue who's also called "Bart". When I moved to the hospital and subsequently to Sun/Oracle, I took my nickname with me. There's currently no real need to use it, but I'll listen to it anyways :-)
To get to know me bit better, here's in short what I've done so far.
In the past, I've been involved with:
User groups have always had a special place in my heart. I think it's not only fun to meet other people from your own area of interest, but it's also important because of the "extra value" a user group can deliver.
I have been involved with Interex-NL, the Dutch Technical Users Group for HP machines. In those days it was called "HP DutchWorks". I was a board member during 1997 and 1998 and together with Jaap Kooman and Erik Platzbecker from TU Delft I maintained the Interex web server. Needless to say, my involvement with this group stopped since I joined Sun Microsystems ;-).
Between July 1 1999 and about halfway 2003, I
was a board member of the NLUUG,
the UNIX Users Group - The Netherlands. During this period I
served as chairman of the program committee responsible for
organizing the NLUUG spring and autumn conferences.
In October 2006 I started the Netherlands
OpenSolaris User Group (NLOSUG) and became the host for it.
NLOSUG was part of the OpenSolaris
project initiated by Sun to build a developer and user
community around Solaris and aimed to bring Solaris users
together to share experiences, thereby increasing the Solaris
acceptance in Holland.
When Oracle aquired Sun Microsystems in 2010 and subsequently stopped the OpenSolaris project, NLOSUG was converted to the Netherlands Open Solaris Interest Group (NOSIG - which by no coincidence means "No Significant Change" in the field of Meteorology & Aviation ;-) ). I've been leading NOSIG since its establishment in November 2010.