My name is Theo Scholten and I was born in 1949 in The Hague, The Netherlands. Electronics has been my hobby for as long as I can remember I even build amplifiers with tubes. This hobby led to my interest in computers. At first I took a look at the Apple II, but that was too expensive (over 3.500 guilders). An alternative was a Tandy TRS-80 which ‘only’ cost 2.345 guilders. For that money you got 4KB fo memory. I changed a lot on this computer because a schematic was supplied.
Some of the alterations were the addition of lowercase, a different multiplier to speed up the processor, adding a control key, expanding the memory to 48 KB, adding a serial port, adding two 5 1/4″ floppy drives and building my own printer. I always enjoyed having this computer.
The computer virus had caught me and after a little over 6 months this hobby has become my work. After following a six week course programming in Cobol my first project was creating a (terminal) datacommunication between two locations. The first setup was in Fortran so I continued with that language. After working as a programmer for a cou[le of years I made the switch to the hardware side and started preparing and planning jobs. I progressed to systems programmer and al last to systems manager and network manager. These last two combined jobs I have done for over 15 years with a lot of pleasure.
Early 2010 I retired early and that also has given me a lot of pleasure. I always said I didn’t hate my job, but it took up a lot of my spare time. That is still true. I can’t sit still for too long and I am always looking for something to do.
Fortunately I am quite handy (got that from my father) and I have a large garage with all kinds of equipment and tools. This makes it possible to create all kind of things myself. This is not only cheaper, but also gives me very much satisfaction. I can use ll these hobbies in my Flight simulator.