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Also, a lot of information has come from Video interviews with Bil Herd and Dave Haynie. Dave has a lot of videos on You-Tube. Search them out.. I wish I could post them here, but I don't have permission.
Lastly, more sites on the net have information. There are even a few dedicated sites to the C16. Do a Goggle search, because Bing is just a flash in the pan.:)
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Lord, How I hate these about pages.
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Glen VanDenBiggelaar, was born September 11,1970 in a Small town in Central Alberta. (yea, I am old so stay off my lawn...)
Glen is the middle child of Three, and older sister and a younger brother. (yea, am am the redheaded middle child).
In about 1977, Glen's family moved to Red Deer. His Father was starting up Red Deer's Branch of Johnson Controls. On Saturday's, Glen would get up early, walk or bike (depending on what time of year it was) to the local library, and spend the better part of a day just reading. During the summer, Glen and his friends would get on their bicycles and go to every business in Red Deer and collect Stickers and Business cards. Glen learn at an early age how to collect and keep everything organized. Glen's childhood "geek" toys consisted of Lego, and he loved the Radio Shack Science Fair kits, making radios from wires and springs mounted on a cardboard box was the Ultimate toy for Glen.
In about 1979, when his family moved back from Red Deer, Glen walked into the library in grade 6 one day and discovered his school had gotten 3 Commodore PETS.Glen stayed every spare moment with these machines, After School, Lunch, recess
and self taught BASIC, just to make these machines do SOMETHING. At the time, there were no instructors who even knew how to turn the darn things on.
Glen's Teenage years were the 80's. In his younger days, he collected Comics,and listened to heavy metal music, and was always taking things apart, trying to figure out how they worked. Anime' and good artwork was his passion. He was into the Anime' long before anyone even heard of it.
We all know what happened January 1,2000 everyone was laid off. Glen was working at Convergys, doing tech support for Comcast@home service, lasted 19 months, before having a small nervous breakdown, and leaving the call center behind. During those 19 Months, @home folded, Glen was switch to HP support, then back to ComCast, then to AT&T broadband. When he left, Glen Vowed Never to work at a call center again.
Glen then became a consultant, building and maintaining Computers for anyone. Unfortunately, he gets allot of Charity work, because people try to cheap out on the bill or pull the, I will pay you next week...
About 2005 , Glen Created the "CoCo lounge" website. Glen had started Collecting the CoCo a few years back, and he found when people found out he collected it, they dumped tons of old systems on him. At one time, his one bedroom apartment was filled to the ceiling with boxes of stuff and he could not even walk around in it.Glen left the CoCo scene in 2007.
In 2006, Glen went back to work for Dell, Dell had promised only call center work for a few months then we will promote you. The old carrot and stick, lying approach to sucker you into phone support. The sad thing, is they knew Glen was a hardware junkie and they put Glen in software. In Glen's interview, Glen had to explain to the HR guy about the new (At that time) AMD 939 chips, for he didn't even know what an "AMD" was.
Glen was introduced to the Amiga in 2008, by his best friend's father. He was an retired Xerox employee, and had been down to the Pal Alto Center. The stories he told Glen about what they were working on back in the 70's at Xerox, some of that stuff (like E-paper) is just coming to market now. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2008 and willed the Amiga stuff to Glen.
Glen was instantly hooked on the Amiga and currently is trying to get a nice collection. In the summer of 2009 Glen joined the Edmonton Amiga User group and is trying to Kickstart that old passion back into the group.
Glen Considers himself more of a Computer historian, then an actual Geek. He is continually fascinated on the early stories behind the computers, and loves to meet those involved.
This is the guy who walks though a Dollar store and imagines uses for things, that were never intended for that use. A lot of clients are shocked when he presents a "so simple solution, to a problem that other would have charged hundreds of dollars for". For Glen, he "just doesn't think outside the box", for him, there is no box to begin with.
BTW, you won't find Glen on any of the "social networks" like facebook or any of those fad, privacy sucking sites. Call me old school, but active scripting was only used by scammers and Pornographers back in the day. Now everyone uses active scripting and all those crappy languages (PHP, etc). Look at Facebook, you can't even log on to it without it taking full control of your computer and demanding you have "Active scripting" installed. Too much Eye candy that really screws with your system. no thanks.
Glen would ultimately like to open and Curate a Computer museum, for Glen can talk (and has) for hours on the fascinating background of most early computers. Glen spends 2-4 hours a day on the 'net reading the latest Tech news and tries to keep up with the triends. You would never know it to meet him though, he still has his Treo 650 as his cell phone and doesn't even have 'net access on that (way too expensive, even with a "Plan"). He works at a Video store (another dying quickly industry) just to keep a roof over his head, when the Computer work is down. Glen Currently has a ton of "projects" on the go (like any Geek should).
You Can Follow Glen on Twitter (@GlenVDB1), yes Glen broke down and got a Twitter account even though he hates it and you can follow him there, trying to promote the Amiga. So far he has annoyed everyone at TWIT, New Tek, Jeri Ellsworth and even Paul Thurrot. He did have an E-mail read on the TWIT show TNT (Tech News Today), in which, he mentioned the TNT needed more Amiga News, but that was his only 3 seconds of fame.