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 on LinkedIn or in my curriculum vitae). Now I am back in research, thoroughly enjoying doing the bioinformatics for our genomics unit at KCRI. Our main line of work over the past years has been bacterial whole genome sequencing, focusing on antibiotic resistance. We are now expanding into viral sequencing, metagenomics (human and chimp gut microbiome), and targeted human and malaria sequencing.
Io is a programmer
I have worked in a variety of fields, but there is a prominent constant: programming. I love it.
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, you can 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 the 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 whose memories I’m staunchly repressing: CORBA, VB, DCOM, XSD, SOAP, … ↩