Faith in humanity

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in Blog

Over the past week I’ve had two things happen to me that could have been catastrophic, but as it turned out, our humanity is still strong even though we’re so rushed that we don’t always take time to show it.

First I left Boston last week on Thursday and I was so rushed that I forgot to pack my two external hard drives.  Instead, I left them on the desk in my room at the Marriott Courtyard.  I did not realize what had happened until Saturday night and when I called the hotel, they told me that I had to call the “Lost and Found” department the next morning at 9 AM.  At 9:00 AM I made the call and was overjoyed when I was told that they had found my drives and I could pick them up that Sunday when I check back in.

Then yesterday, I left my iPhone on the counter in the restroom when I was washing my hands.  I was distraught over the loss, but was very happy this morning when it turned out someone had found it and had turned it into the gym trainer yesterday.

Both cases could have been a disaster, but humanity prevailed!  THANK YOU!!!




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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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