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    The Netherlands
    IT consultant
    I'm an American who has been living and working in the Netherlands in the IT field since 2000 and in Europe since 1998.

    I was born and raised in So. California but have lived in various places throughout the American west.

    I became interested in technology at an early age and built many a mechanical, electrical, electronic and flying gizmo.

    I also sailed a Hobie 16 catamaran as a teenager, flew small aircraft, developed a passion for music, science, art, reading, writing and just plain learning across a broad range of interests.

    I was not able to complete a university education for health reason but once my health was stabilized in the 90's, I started working in IT when anyone who could do the work could get work, regardless of formal credentials. I work freelance now.

    In the meantime, I spend time with my wife, friends and kitty cats and I'm teaching myself cooking and programming.

    I have been a 'tablet' enthusiast since high school in the 70's. I've used about every PDA/Tablet-like thing that has come along since the MessagePad (Newton) Model 100. That includes many non-Apple products. It's always been a form factor that seemed natural to me.

    When the iPad became available, I bought one as soon as funds permitted, which meant waiting for an iPad 2, which was just as well, I think.

    At the time, some old friends reminded me that high school I was talking then about how someday there would be a computer the size of a cereal box, operated by a stylus. I have a few sketches and foamboard and plastic prototypes of my own ideas from over the years.

    Gotta admit though that I totally didn't think of touch displays until I saw a TED talk about multitouch interfaces. Then the light went on brilliantly.

    Since then, I've acquired an iPad 3 and my wife has inherited the 2. I wish I had waited for a 4, but, like everyone else, I didn't expect it to come so soon. But I'm content to hold out for a 5 with more RAM, more storage and hopefully an improved camera. I wish I had the lightning connector though. That's more Apple-like in it's simple, elegant design. The 30 pin connector has always sucked.

    I also use an iPhone 3GS and my wife has an iPhone 3.

    I was tempted by the iPhone 5 but I really want a larger screen, even if I can't operate it entirely with one hand. If the next iPhone has one, I will probably jump.

    I'm not married to Apple or iGizmos though. I'm very impressed with the Samsung phones and would consider jumping if Android had a decent tablet software base, ecosystem and the market ubiquity that iOS tablets do. It seems unlikely to me that the iPad will be overthrown anytime soon in its overall market acceptance, regardless of what market share numbers may say.

    I also jailbreak and customize to my needs, sometimes to the breaking point. I would prefer it if Apple allowed developers more freedom to enhance the basic functionality of the platform. I just hope that the small band of developers that make Jailbreaking possible stay motivated and that they have some apprentices who will carry on after them and that none of them gets hit by a bus in the meantime.

    I would like to do some iOS development of my own. My iGizmos are my mental 'exoskeleton' and there is some functionality I need that isn't there yet. We'll see if time, talent and resources permit ...

    Learning about just about anything. Technology. Movies. Cooking.