Ionut Ticus in Greece 2011

How it all began ...

The year is 1985. In a quiet little village in the southwestern part of Romania a cold, rainy day almost comes to an end. The villagers get ready for the night. One, however, was not done for the day so he decided his time has come ... to say:
"Hello world!"[1]

Here comes trouble ...

From an early age he encountered the more "technical" aspects of life[2]:

Some education needed ...

Having survived childhood he thought computers are quite nice so he went on to study

At the age of 18 he got his first personal computer (with an AMD Duron 1200 Mhz CPU, 512 MB of RAM and 40 GB HDD). He called it "Bestiuță"[4]. He used Windows XP just like everyone else he knew. These were the dark times of his computing days; however a new hope would reveal itself later on...

Time to work ...

During his second year at the university he got his first job at a local company. He tried to find balance between working and studying; usually work won.
He got his feet wet doing SCADA projects and then moved to work on a vehicle tracking solution (SafeFleet). The project grew from tens of devices and a few users to tens of thousands of devices and thousands of users.
It was during this time the hope revealed itself: Linux. The hope and its friends (Python, PostgreSQL) proved powerful allies for the journey.
It was great experience, both challenging and rewarding, but, after 10 years the journey comes to a stop; a change is needed ...

... under construction ...

Finding balance ...

Remember the balance between school and work? Well, school did win a big one: it was there that he met his future wife ... and balance was found.

[1] He may have used Assembly on that one because I don't think his parents understood him

[2] Please don't try this at home; come to think of it he was quite an unruly child

[3] You can try this at home but it won't help with the reception ...

[4] The really powerful machines at that time (P4 @ 2.2 Ghz) were nicknamed "beasts" so he called his "a smaller beast"


for the official (boring) version you can download his résumé here