I was born in The Hague, Netherlands, on April 24th, 1955. After finishing primary and high school there, I moved to the eastern part of the country to study Electrical engineering at the University of Twente, where I also met my wife. After graduation I joined Philips Electronics in Almelo while my wife finished her studies, which she did after some three years. We moved to the southern part of the country, near the city of Eindhoven. We've lived there since with two (too short) interruptions for postings to the US (Fountain Valley, Ca from 1990-1993 and Salt Lake City, Ut from 1997-2000). In 2007 Philips sold its Semiconductors division to private equity to become NXP Semiconductors and, like a true wage slave I was sold in that package :-) For more details on my career see my space at LinkedIn.
I got my first digital (compact) camera, an Olympus C-2020 zoom as a farewell present from the engineering team in Salt Lake. After that I picked up photography again, albeit in bursts. I moved up to the Olympus C-8080 for a vacation trip to the USA in 2004. This camara has served me very well indeed and I was quite happy with it. In spring 2007 I bought a Nikon D80 with the 18-135 kit lens and the 70-300 VR zoom lens for an upcoming vacation in Africa (I would never get such a good excuse again :-). My daughter then bought my C8080, only to have it stolen on a vacation trip to London after using it about a year, my guess is she will want my D80 now ;-).