From the lavish shores of Bloemendaal to the higher underground circles of Leiden academia, this 53-year-old Haarlem-based Dutch computer-games pioneer and geek wizard has been restlessly active in the IT universe, programming for pretty much every kind of fun box with electricity inside it since before he could grow a beard. During the past 40 or so years, John has avoided a real job so he that could do more interesting stuff, like write books and magazine articles for acclaimed publications, put out fires for IT companies, train Dobermans for Steven Seagal movies, and code the frameworks for web applications with more business functionalities than the amount of times his mom, wife and kids have probably reminded him that it is "bed time, John!"
John van der Aart, who you can read about on Wikipedia, became bored with constantly disappearing into freelance smoke, and took up the challenge of laying the nifty foundations of the next-level QINO. When not in the office or looking for his ancient ski shoes (long-lost amidst bottles of Pinot Noir and Burgundy in the back of some dusty black van), the grunge-shirt-and-hiking-boots-wearing Microsoft fan can be found indulging himself with Run DMC, Johnny Winter, early ZZ Top and all sorts of French delights – cheese, wine, movies, or the 37 fancy phonemes of the language itself – in his charming country house retreat in... guess where? Rural France.