About 30 years ago I started a study in Chemistry, later swapped to Business Management. During this period I assembled / repaired computers, designed web-pages and got active as a surveyor for a Dutch company, just to get some money to burn. After I got my degree, I started as a software engineer (Oracle and Visual Basic), later as a manager, working at several large national companies. In 2002 I received a request from a dental lab, to develop (as a consultant) a software-tool to cover their complete business. It had to track work-orders, medical data, stock, working procedures, Human Resource and alike. I developed a tool from A to Z, even the design for the carton package (am still proud this). It provided in depth knowledge.
However, medical data requires encryption which made me to design a USB-device to cover this problem. It was a starter for me to jump into the world of electronics. I loved it, looking for more and gaining experiences. It was the moment I felt :" I can create whatever I want".
Back in those days, electronic shops were still scarce. Whenever I designed a device, most of the time they didn't even had it in stock. It made me to arrange my own stock of components to shorten time to develop devices. In the end, I stocked 1.000.000+ components.
If I look back now, it's hard to say : "I'm just a hobbyist".
Research and Developement is where my heart is. Whenever I notice an electronic device lacks a certain functionality, it peeks my interest. Same goes for tools which don't exist yet, but I wish there was "something" available to order in a shop. Those moments you'll see me absent minded. I'm searching and crawling for solutions (even outside the box), start with raw ideas, create prototypes and tinkering. And when ready,... use it.
Whenever I feel it might be an interesting device for other people as well, I consider selling it at internet (i.e. Tindie).
So what am I ? I don't know. I hold merits in several areas : from Chemistry, Business Management, Hardware and Software-engineering. Some clients / customers say : "Creative problem-solver".
I think it's a pretty good description and I can stick with that.
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