What?

You are reading the Jekyll based incarnation of my professional site. Early 2021 I switched from Zimwiki to Jekyll as the static generator tool for this site. Zimwiki or simply Zim remains the swiss army knife for my daily note taking and documentation. But I decided it was time to put a bit more oomph into my public site. I particularly like the way Jekyll can be controlled via YAML in its front matter and the programmatic capabilities the Liquid integration offers. And of course it is markdown all the way. There are many more neat features and some (still) rather annoying ones too. In the latter category surely sits the rather poor support for collections where tagging is concerned. Hopely that will change in future releases.

Which brings me to some additional comments about the site:

  • the Project pages are not included in the category/tag taxonomy due to the already mentioned limitation on Jekyll collections.
  • the site’s opening quote *nix is not so much an operating system as a way of thinking does not seem to have a specific author so I cannot attribute credits for it.
  • the photo of Dennis Ritchie & Ken Thompson that is displayed as a header image on some of the pages, is a hommage to their work and the pivotal role they played in the computing world. Just consider that without them, there also would be no Internet! So please, less bruhah about Steve Jobs and a bit more attention for the founders father of UNIX.

And as a final note: the site now also has the possibility to contribute comments to the posts and articles. Please read the comment policy first before posting any wild stuff!

Whoami?

I am Patrick Van der Veken and I am an IT consultant with many years of experience in system administration and managing operations in larger corporate environments. I have an educational background in Applied Economics but I have always treasured a great interest in Information Technology.

During the 80’s I was a fond user of the MSX home computer system which gave me the chance get hands-on with a computer environment that provided both great educational opportunities, - i.e. programming - and fun (remember the good old 64KB games!). During the course of my university studies I came into contact with the IBM PC platform in its earliest incarnation (8086, Hercules, …) and soon after that also the early, public Internet. It was a time when dial-up was the most convenient way to get online and most available information sources very much relied on text only formats - simple HTML, IRC etc. I have since then not let go of the Internet and learned much about the OS platform that gave birth to the Internet, i.e. UNIX. Hasn’t computer technology come an incredible way since then?

My core IT skills revolve around technologies that are mostly or preferably powered by UNIX. My favourite UNIX flavours are HP-UX, AIX and Linux but I am also pretty comfortable on (older) Solaris versions. One of my strengths is the ability to grasp the complexity and support the vertical stack of application + database + operating system that is still often the setup for many environments in the Open Systems world. It helps alot when you can talk to and understand people from across the proverbial technical and functional fences.

You can read more about my CV and skills on my LinkedIn page.

I am a certified as:

  • AIX 7 administrator
  • HP-UX CSE
  • Linux Foundation System Administrator

I have also passed the LPIC-1/2 exams.

I also support (or have supported) - financially and otherwise - several FOSS projects and software (past & present):

  • Free Software Foundation
  • Sourceforge
  • Drupal
  • Tikiwiki
  • RedNotebook
  • Zim Wiki
  • Burp

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What do I do?

KUDOS BVBA specializes in providing IT support to companies that typically run a large(r) style UNIX environment:

  • set-up and configuration:
    • application & database systems
    • Internet services (STMP, DNS, HTTP, …)
  • administration tasks and standard maintenance, e.g.:
    • storage
    • backup
    • security
    • patching
  • software engineering & scripting:
    • UNIX shell
    • Perl
    • PHP
  • OS support and troubleshooting:
    • system troubleshooting & debugging
    • performance problems
    • application interfacing
  • general advice and consultancy, e.g.:
    • capacity management
    • planning and future deployment