Brian Vander Plaats


About Me

29 Sep 2015

My name is Brian Vander Plaats, and I live in Orange City, Iowa with my wife Kim and four children.

I started this blog as a way to track and showcase my technical research.  If you find this content useful great, and feel free to leave comments or contact me directly.

By day I’m the Lead Developer at Vogel Paint, Inc. In this role I wear a number of hats – Developer, Project Manager, DBA, Business Analyst, and Application Administrator.  My team uses the ASP.NET / SQL Server stack to build interal applications for business users – primarily manufacturing related.

I’ve been a computer geek since 1986.  From ‘86 until ‘00 I was essentially a Mac guy, but switched to PC’s right before Mac’s became cool again.  Go figure.  Here’s a list of computers I’ve owned (primary):

  • 1986-1989 Macintosh 512K
  • 1993-1994 Macintosh SE/30
  • 1994-1997 Macintosh Performa 475
  • 1997-1999 Macintosh PowerMac 7300
  • 1999-2000 Macintosh PowerMac G3 Tower
  • 2000-2001 Compaq 1800T Laptop
  • 2001-2002 (custom) AMD Athlon Thunderbird 1.2 ; Geforce GTS 2
  • 2002-2006 (custom) AMD Athlon XP 2200+ ; Radeon 9700 PRO
  • 2006-2008 (custom) AMD Athlon 64 3200+ ; Geforce 8600
  • 2008-2014 (custom) Intel Core 2 6750 ; Geforce 8800 GT / Radeon 4890 HD
  • 2014-Current (custom) Intel Core i5 4690K ; Radeon 4890 HD

  • I’m an avid cyclist, riding over 2,500 miles in 2015.  I also did the full week of]( in 2015. You can see what I’ve been up to lately on my Strava profile.  I’m also a classical guitarist, and a home chef, both of which I enjoy doing poorly.

    I’m a professing member of Calvary Christian Reformed Church, which is affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church