[LAD] What do you do for a living?

Hans Wilmers hanswil at notam02.no
Mon Nov 22 10:34:18 UTC 2010

On Wednesday 10 November 2010 04:17:24 Kris C wrote:
 > I understand that a lot of you develop for free software and are
 > passionate at what you do.  But how do you pay the bills?  What do you
 > do for a living?  Are you a student?  Do you do software development
 > just as a hobby, or do you want to make a living doing this kind of work?

I work at 2 places: NOTAM, where I work with musicians that need some 
kind of experimental electronics. Typical the projects we run are 
covering both the musical and the technological domain, and sometimes go 
in direction of applied research, but always with focus on the music 
involved. I take care of the hardware related stuff and some software, 
and get to work with musicians that know their stuff. I am very happy 
with this setup.

The other place is my own small business www.wilmers.no, where I develop 
measuring equipment for environmental monitoring, mainly for wind power 
projects. In both places, I use microcontrollers without OS and bigger 
systems (embedded or PC) running Linux. But I live with the conflict of 
being open with everything at NOTAM, while creating closed source in my 
own business. An interesting conflict actually, as I experience that 
Linux is a great base for both concepts. In my view, that explains a 
part of the tremendous development in the past few years.

/ Hans

Hans Wilmers
Nedre Gate 5
N-0551 Oslo Norway
tlf.: +47 22358065

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