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Curriculum Vitæ [print version]

Folkert Saathoff

Academic Title Dipl-Inf (FH)
Nationality German
Date of Birth January 3rd, 1976

Career Objective

My main interests are UNIX systems and TCP/IP networks, with a strong focus on the Mac OS X operating system. The projects I worked on enabled me to gain an extensive understanding of software engineering practices in general and of UNIX specific technologies in particular. My goals are to utilize and broaden my knowledge, and to further improve my abilities by working with state of the art technology in a professional environment.

Research Interests

Skill Set

  • C, C++, Objective-C, Objective-C++
  • bash, perl
  • POSIX, CoreFoundation
  • Cocoa, UIKit
  • STL, Boost
  • OpenGL
  • gcc, gdb, dtrace
  • svn, perforce, make, autoconf
  • Xcode
Operating Systems
  • Apple MacOS X / iPhoneOS
  • FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Linux
  • Cisco IOS
  • IPv4, IPv6, MobileIPv6
  • HTTP
  • SSL, Kerberos
  • MySQL
  • Forth/OpenFirmware
  • LaTeX


Sep 98 - Oct 05 Fachhochschule Wiesbaden, Germany
Studies of Computer Sciences
Academic Title Diplom-Informatiker (FH) Thesis Evaluation of QoS-Aspects of mobile IPv6 Clients in an IEEE 802.11 Network Majors Advanced Telecommunications, Computer Networks, Operations Research, Operating Systems, Computer Graphics



Work Experience


Feb 06 - Feb09 WeSoft Ltd, Shatin, Hong Kong
Senior Software Engineer
Developed Identity Management systems, specifically an Active Directory client for UNIX platforms. Cooperated closely with the California based client and was technical lead for the offshore Mac team. Researched, implemented and maintained various Mac OS X specific features of the product.
May 04 - Aug 04 Universum Online Publishing House, Wiesbaden, Germany
Web Programmer
Worked on an in-house web content management system based on PHP and MySQL. Designed and implemented various features, including user access control and an archiving system.
Mar 03 - Jul 03 Wachendorff Electronik GmbH, Geisenheim, Germany
Software Engineer
Worked on an embedded Linux system used in a control console for agriculture/construction vehicles. Specifically, developed a module to process raw data gathered by an analog-resistive touch panel and then supply this data to the X11 windowing system.
Sep 98 - Aug 99 Heimann Systems, Wiesbaden, Germany
Student Trainee
Worked on X-ray inspection machines running embedded Linux. Learned the basics of Linux development and assisted senior engineers in developing and testing of the belt control logic.


Dec 08 - Feb 09 Stadtleben GmbH, Wiesbaden, Germany
Software Development
Designed and developed an iPhone web radio client for the web radio station we-love-house.fm. Developed the web site and web radio station.
Dec 02 - present Stadtleben GmbH, Wiesbaden, Germany
System Administration
Providing system administration services for a community/event guide website. Designed, installed and maintained a small FreeBSD based network. Setup web, database and mail services using open source software. Designed and implemented security policies.
May 02 - Oct 05 viagrafik.com, Wiesbaden, Germany
System Administration
Provided system administration services for a small team of visual designers, using FreeBSD software to provide file sharing services for a network of Mac OS workstations.
Aug 99 - Jul 00 ProCon GmbH, Mainz, Germany
Game Design
Created a virtual, real-time rendered, interactive sightseeing tour of the historic city of Quedlinburg. Researched the technology, tools and workflows needed, utilizing the customizable Half-Life game engine by Valve Software. The product was part of the Planet of Visions exhibition at World Expo 2000.


Oct 04 - Feb 05
Sep 03 - Jan 04
Fachhochschule Wiesbaden, Germany
Tutor 'Computer Networks'
Taught students the basics of the TCP/IP protocol stack, assisted students in practical assignments in the networking laboratory, taught students in the administration of IP networks using UNIX and Cisco IOS.
Oct 04 - Feb 05
Sep 03 - Jan 04
Fachhochschule Wiesbaden, Germany
Tutor 'Programming in PHP'
Taught students the basics of PHP and HTTP/HTML, assisted students in practical programming assignments, taught students the basics of PHP extensions such as SQL and XML.


Jun 04 - present FFView
Together with an associate, designed and developed an OpenGL based image viewing / comic reading application for Mac OS X. Main responsibilities were feature design and UI design, as well as setting up the infrastructure necessary for development and publication.
April 04 Breakpoint Mac Competition
Programmed a real-time, non-interactive, 3d graphics demo that won third place in the Mac OS X competition at the Breakpoint 2004 Demo Scene convention.
Dec 02 - present FEEDFACE.COM
Designed, implemented and maintained feedface.com, a site which provides source code repositories, mail services and web services to multiple projects. The public web site contains various small open source software projects, some technical articles and personal blogs.


last updated on 2008.12.29