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Yon Santos

Yon Santos
Yon Santos

Meet Yon Santos. The Software Consultant and Developer from Rioja country.

I’m guessing you’re Spanish. Where in Spain are you from?

I’m from Vitoria, the European Green Capital of 2012, located in the Basque Country, North of Spain.

You have to visit it, great food, better Rioja wine and amazing people.

Are you a Real Madrid fan and if so, how long have you been one and what constitutes a real football fan?

Of course, I’m a Real Madrid, supporter. I was born in a city where almost everyone is an Athletic Bilbao fan and hates Real Madrid. No one can change my mind about football. Since I’ve been living in Indonesia, I wake up early in the morning around 2.00 am or 4.00 am) to watch them playing. Win or lose I will always be proud of my team.

How tech-savvy would you say you are on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being unable to operate an electric toothbrush to 10, being able to hack into your best friend’s Facebook and Twitter accounts?

Honestly, I’m not really freaky with technology, so I’ll say 6. I try to avoid it after work and enjoy my life with other things. But of course, I don’t hack any accounts, and also don’t let anyone hack mine!

What do you do for a living?

Actually, I’m working as a Software Consultant and Developer, which means spending most of my time in front of a laptop thinking about what the end-user needs for their systems.

Sounds fancy! Please elaborate are you working on any exciting projects in Indonesia at the moment?

I’ve been in Indonesia for five years already where I’ve always worked on projects for the Indonesian Government, like Badan Pertanahan National, Badan Kepegawaian Negara and right now for Lemhannas. As far as I know, all of them are happy using our new systems, but I can’t go into detail about the projects!

What do you feel the future of the internet will be in Indonesia?

I hope there will be cheaper and better internet connections.

Mobile devices will take over computers (Blackberry, iPhone, Android).

There will be many web shops for small businesses.

The government will still be trying to censor the web.

And of course, very crowded social networks, like Facebook and Twitter.

Are you a Mac or PC man and why?

I’m a PC man because if I had been a Mac man for all my life, for sure it would’ve cost me an arm and a leg!

What’s your favourite app at the moment?

I don’t have a favourite app, but actually, I used to play GT Racer. This is based on cars and you can drive different cars, make online competitions with other people, etc. At the moment this is the most interesting app I have on my Android Tab.

What’s the coolest gadget you own?

A few months ago I got the Galaxy Samsung Tab, which was a great present, but I prefer to waste my free time doing other things, such as playing football, meeting my friends and travelling.

And what will be the next cool tech toy you buy?

Mmmm….let me think. Would you like my Galaxy Tab for Rp.4,000,000? Just kidding…

If I have to choose one, I will buy the new Galaxy Nexus.

Thanks Yon! To get in touch, email him at [email protected]

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