I am Nico Berlee, 28 and lived all those years in Uden (Netherlands), which is geographically exactly between Eindhoven and Nijmegen.
After my high school I began a MBO course at the Koning Willem I College in Den Bosch. I did a System/Network Administrator study which was part of the economics department. This actually turned out to be a good thing. Since the technical part of the study was not all that difficult for me to say the least, I could put all my time and effort in the economical subjects.
During that study when I wasn’t in traineeship, I still had a lot of time left, so I worked as a voluntarily at the IT department of the High School I am now working for. Although I did also a traineeship there, I completed in between a traineeship at Anteryon (which was at that time, a division of Philips). This was probably the ultimate learning experience, because they hired a consultant to disentangle them from ‘Corporate IT’ as Philips wanted to sell Anteryon. It was a great chance for me to see such a migration in progress, and because the consultant was very thorough in documenting I learned a lot from him.
I ended up as MBO graduate as top of my year.
Meanwhile, I was selected for the Dutch CP-soccer team. Since my 14th I was a part of the youth selection, but now I was promoted. I trained very hard and made a lot of progress. All my training work got rewarded; I was selected for the World Cup selection in Buenos Aires. I watched most of the Dutch games from the bench. But, it ended up very well, although I’ve seen more caps from the bench then on the pitch, I was selected the year after the World Cup in the Paralympics selection for Athens 2004. It was a great experience. The cap against Ukraine I played in Athens was the last one. Since I didn’t make a lot of progress that last year I decided that I’ve seen enough benches after 24 real caps.
After my MBO course I worked for a half year at, again, that same High School, although, not exactly. Udens College has two locations. The traineeship and the voluntarily work were on the Havo/Vwo location. In that half year, I migrated the whole Vmbo location from Novell Netware into the Active Directory of the Havo/Vwo location.
After another Temporary job there, where I did an Intra-domain migration and some server replacements. I finally got a Full-Time permanent job there. I am currently working there almost four years now.
I like to script, you can’t imagine the contentment it gives me to see something happen exactly the way I wanted, with only a few clever written lines.
I try to understand problems in stead of using workarounds. This is why try to put a lot of time in reading about various protocols, how things should work according to the RFC’s. This helps me understand problems and fix problems faster without using workarounds. It also gives me a more satisfied feeling about my work.