FiXato, open source developer, IRC enthusiast, devoted nitpicker.
I'm Filip H.F. "FiXato" Slagter, a Software Developer born and raised in the Netherlands. My favourite language to develop in is Ruby, but I'm always willing to pick up new languages.
If you want to include me in a publicly shared circle, please send me a message first, as I'm not that fond of being mass-circled like that. I prefer people to consciously add me to their circles, rather than being part of a list of dozens to hundreds of other people.
Don't even bother inviting me to religious or political communities.
I have no interest in religion or politics; they usually are equally obnoxious. Please let me be the agnostic I love to be.
If we don't regularly interact on posts, or when I haven't circled you, don't even bother inviting me to a community at all.
My last long-term corporate employment was at yoMedia where I did backend development in Ruby, using various open source projects such as Git, FFmpeg, ImageMagick and Rails. Afterwards I worked briefly for the Dutch ISP Networking4All implementing EPP using PHP.
For now I am self-employed, looking for opportunities to make the lives of people easier.
Open Source Contributions
I also like experimenting with other programming languages, such as Python, which has resulted in for instance open source WeeChat scripts which help automate tasks in my favourite IRC client.
Contributing to open source software projects is something I aspire to do. An overview of some of my contributions and personal side projects is available at my GitHub page, and my 'gist' scripts list.
My interests vary from time to time, but retro computers, photography, poetry and digital arts often surface. I love taking my camera outside and capturing things I see. It's part of sharing my view on the world with whomever is interested.
I prefer the nocturnal life most of the time, but can also enjoy bright sunny days. I'm also a fan of science fiction, in particular the TV shows Doctor Who and Star Trek.
- I am a native Dutch speaker and I consider myself to be fluent in English.
- I am also working on broadening my knowledge of the Norwegian language due to moving to the fair city of Bodø, high up in Norway because of my long-term relationship with Siw Falch.
Because of this, I have followed the Norwegian language courses "Noors 1-3" at the Volks Universiteit Velsen, where it was taught by Mrs. Yvonne Vermeulen, which gave me a nice basis. I am currently trying to improve my vocabulary through self-study.
- I also had to take up German and French while in high school. However, I rarely use these languages, so I can't do more than read simple articles written in either of them, or order a nice glass of Bier or bière. I do kind of appreciate being taught these languages though, as they do help understanding various other languages in the same family.
- While I attended the Graphical Media Technology study in Rotterdam, I also took up a semester of Japanese, but sadly I've forgotten most of it.
3rd place in regional Kunstbende art competition years ago. Also part of the G+ community when it still was invite-only. ;-)