About me

I’m Frederick, Software Test and Integration Engineer by day, electronics hobbyist by night, husband and father.

When I finished my studies in 2007, I didn’t really know what it was that I wanted to do. I figured that by working as a Software Test Engineer, I’d come in contact with different technologies and technical domains, which would also provide enough variety to remain interesting. I managed to get a job close to home, at Newtec, and have been working there since.

The projects I work on involve multimedia exchange services over satellite, where I get to work on interesting subjects such as VoIP, video coding, satellite transmissions and many more.

As for my hobby, I discovered Arduino and the Raspberry Pi in early 2012. By the summer of that year, I managed to get my hands on an Arduino starter kit and a Raspberry Pi. What followed was a lot fiddling about and experimenting with both, gradually learning about electronics/prototyping/soldering/etc …

In December 2013, my submission for one of element14’s Roadtest Challenges (the Pi NoIR and Catch Santa Challenge) was selected. I blogged about my project, tried to involve my young daughter as well, and we eventually won that challenge.
That was a great confidence boost for me and a confirmation I was on the right track. It was also a turning point for my hobby, as I moved from fiddling about to working on actual projects.

I have since then been participating in other challenges, creating new projects and blogging about it all on this website and on the element14 community. In October 2014, I won my biggest challenge yet: element14’s “Forget Me Not” Design Challenge.

Some day, I hope to turn my hobby into a full time occupation.


The MagPi #50

September 29, 2016

Project “PiDesk” was listed as one of the 50 greatest Raspberry Pi projects in the official Raspberry Pi magazine!

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Design Challenge Winner

September 21, 2016

Won element14’s “Pi IoT Smarter Spaces” Design Challenge.


Linux User & Developer #168

August 23, 2016

Interview on the “Gesture based TV Remote Control” project for the “Linux User & Developer” magazine.

Maker Faire Paris 2016

April 30, 2016

My first time attending a Maker Faire as an exhibitor, rather than as a visitor. Even received a blue “Maker of Merit” ribbon, awesome experience!

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The MagPi #43

March 1, 2016

Interview on the PiDesk project for the official Raspberry Pi magazine.

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Linux User & Developer #159

November 23, 2015

Interview on the PiDesk project for the “Linux User & Developer” magazine.

Design Challenge Winner

November 4, 2014

Won element14’s “Forget Me Not” Design Challenge


Design Challenge Winner

April 3, 2014

Won element14’s “Beaglebone Black Radio” Design Challenge


Design Challenge Winner

February 7, 2014

Won element14’s “Pi NoIR and Catch Santa” Challenge


14 thoughts on “About me”

  1. Dag Frederick,
    Ik vond uw site langs instructables,
    en ik zie dat je ook bezig bent met zelfbouw en electronica etc…
    Daarom dacht ik dat je mij met volgende vraag zou kunnen helpen
    ik zou nl volgende willen maken:
    Maar ik zit zowat in het duistere te tasten ivm de GRBL.
    Kun jij mij helpen?
    Gunther Van der Elst (gunthervde@hotmail.com)
    9420 Aaigem

  2. Hallo Frederick,

    ik ben erg geïnteresseerd in het internet radio concept. Maar ik ben een (nog steeds) een Python nobody en zeker in de omgang met Github. Zou je me de SSH commando(s) willen geven om het radio script in Jessie te downloaden en te activeren?

    Bedankt bij voorbaat, Rein

    1. Hallo Rein,

      de script is nogal oud en werd geschreven voor de Pi1. Het kan zijn dat deze niet meer compatibel is, ik heb het niet op de Pi2 geprobeerd. Voor ik met de Pi begon te spelen, had ik ook geen kennis van Python, laat dit je dus niet afschrikken. Begin met simpele scriptjes, en bouw zo geleidelijk aan op.

      Om bestanden tussen de Pi en een andere computer over te zetten, gebruik ik het “scp” (secure copy). Dit zit standaard op linux en mac voor zover ik weet, en er bestaat een grafische Windows versie, nl. WinSCP.

      Probeer dingen uit met je Pi. Er kan weinig mislopen, en je zal er enorm veel uit leren.

  3. hey , ik kwam je youtube channel tegen toen ik wat info probeerde optezoeken om een pi zero in een mini voip ( mumple of teamspeak ) server te maken voor eigen gebruik met vrienden voor online play.

    ikzelf ben geen wiz in dit soort zaken maar ik heb jij een idee en/of guide om van een pi zero een server te maken ( ik denk incl. de usb hub hack dat jij hebt voor indernet toegang ect :p )

    of een lijst met onderdelen die ik nodig heb om dit te realiseren

    1. Hi Jochem,

      als de Pi puur de rol van server op zich moet nemen, denk ik dat internet connectiveit de belangrijkste vereiste is. Je kan een USB OTG ethernet adapter gebruiken in plaats van wifi om een stabielere verbinding te hebben. Er bestaan ook goedkope USB OTG hubs met usb poorten en ethernet poort samen.

      Voor de VoIP software, ik ben er zelf niet zo vertrouwd mee, maar vond volgende website: http://www.raspberry-asterisk.org/ Er is een image beschikbaar met de nodige tools voorgeïnstalleerd. Misschien is dit een goed startpunt?

  4. hi frederic

    awesome your projects .

    I m also software engineer (bimetric systems) and father.
    I m very passionate of the IOT objects (http://throtka.blogspot.com/) ,

    But i can’t find time to make my ideas to a real projects.

    Any help how you manage your time beetween work family and you passion.

    1. Hi!

      Finding time is indeed the hardest part 🙂 Typically, I try to dedicate a few evenings per week to my projects, when my kids are sleeping and my wife watches a movie or reads a book. Sometimes I’m not able to work on projects, so I think about how I would tackle them at night, so when I actually have time, I can immediately start working on it and try things out.

  5. Hi Frederick,
    I just found your blog and I am impressed by the quality of your projects. I look forward to see more !

    Bonne continuation,

  6. Hi! I had an MS Electronic Engineering degree for less than a year. Now I am really working on firmware development for a company, but I faced with the issue of not having enough time for myself. Did you ever had this feeling, when you were just graduated? Any advice if someone love its job, but at the same time feel like there is something wrong with its spare time out of the work? (spare time includes also projects like yours – that is why I stepped in this blog)

    1. Hi back 🙂

      Finding time is difficult, and that’s why I’m usually doing this when my wife and kids went to bed. During the weekends, we try to allow each other some time: my wife takes care of the kids while I can spend time on my hobby, or I take care of the kids and she can spend time on hers.

      It’s about trying to find a balance and see which activities you give priority. Even if it’s only one hour a day, you can already accomplish some things 🙂

      Not sure if this is very helpful information though …

  7. “Even if it’s only one hour a day, you can already accomplish some things”
    This is the mentality I have adopted myself. You have to if you are married and have children. Unfortunately it can be 1 hour very late in the evening sometimes!

    I try and do the washing up after supper and the last bits of tea in the same evening as it’s a killer to do in a morning Ha Ha.

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