Io is Zwets is Marco van Zwetselaar. For many years1 my digital namespace has been zwets.com. I am still there but have forked the coder part of my identity to zwets.it. Not so much for the blogging, more for the convenience of having a corner of the internet to keep things on.
So who is firstname.lastname@example.org?
My wife and I use zwets.com to blog about our life and work in Moshi, Tanzania. She is a neurologist at KCMC Hospital. I work as a software programmer and bioinformatician at the associated Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute (KCRI).
And who is email@example.com?
My professional career started in academic research somewhere in the past millennium. Then there was a twenty year stint in commercial IT (details). Now I am back in research, enjoying my bioinformatics work in the genomics team at KCRI. Our main line of work is in bacterial whole genome sequencing, focusing on antibiotic resistance.
Io is a programmer
I started this site when I found out that I could conveniently host so-called “GitHub Pages” at zwets.github.io, while using a domain name of my own. The io from github.io stuck, and apart from it being fitting in a geeky way, ask any Italian why io makes sense.
I remember the day the Internet Archive made its existence known. We thought it was a joke but it had already spent 5 years archiving pages, resulting in a then gargantuan volume of 10 billion pages, 100TB. Apart from a fun stroll down memory lane, the WaybackMachine / Internet Archive provides the useful service of on-demand archiving of copies of web pages, so you can reliably cite them for later referral. ↩
Note to self: write-up on the not-so-pleasant languages and platforms … VB, DCOM, XSD, SOAP, … ↩