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Mark Overmeer, CV
The fundaments of my computer related activities were laid at De Jonge Onderzoekers (Young Scientists), where I came in touch with their self-made computer in 1978. I learned to program BASIC and assembly, and then designed a few computers myself.
During my study Computing Science (Informatics) at the Radboud University, I was most attracted by the technical subjects. And only when I had taken all the classes they had to offer, my time had come to finish. My Master Thesis, entitled Fault Tolerance in Real-Time Multi-Controller Systems, implemented a system with many computers which continuously check and correct another. An example of such a system can be found in the Space Shuttle. Complex systems fascinate me.
After my degree, I came to work for the Dutch National Aerospace Laboratories NLR. Located below sea-level in a Dutch polder, the NLR is mainly occupied with research and development for the airplanes and satellites. To support this work, it has a very modern computing center. On the moment I started working at the NLR, they just had bought their second UNIX computer. When I left, they had 130 from 20 different brands.
My task at the Computing Center was to organize the centralized backup and user registration. Therefore, I wrote enormous amounts of C and shell scripts. Besides, I participated in a few large scale software projects.
During my stay at the NLR, the World Wide Web emerged. The NLR was one of the first places where WWW got implemented. As hobby project, I helped with the development of The Dutch Home Page, the tenth website (in order of appearance) in the Netherlands. On this very moment, I still own a stack of websites. Regularly, new sites are added to that list.
After six years at the NLR, I wanted to learn more. By joining the renowned UNIX training company AT Computing I could dedicate my time on UNIX system administration, website development, and Perl and C programming. In total, I gave about ten different courses, of which I had developed three.
At AT Computing, I came in touch with Perl. It became my preferred language in the last five years: it is the fastest language to implement all my ideas. Sometimes, I use C or Java to support Perl. On this moment, I maintain five Open Source Perl modules of my own hand. They are available from CPAN, the central Perl software archive. Most of these modules are e-mail related.
A more up-to-date and detailed list can be found at http://markov.solutions.
Dutch and English are in daily need: reading, speaking and writing go with ease. German is on conversational level: reading is not a problem, speaker is ok, but do not ask me to write German.
papers and presentations
In an average year, I visit about 8 conferences, of which three abroad. Next to that, I show up at at least 15 evening meetings. When I visit a conference or meeting, I often give a presentation usually about Internet and Perl.
A full overview of my conference appearences is available on the company's website: the list is far too long to include here.
My current activities include: