My name is Alberto González Palomo (two surnames), and I'm from Toledo, Spain. In despite of its splendorous cultural past, nowadays it's quite a sterile ground for any scientific endeavours, which made me go seek broader horizonts somewhere else.
I've worked as carpenter, which is how I got the money to buy my first owned computer, which I later had to sell to buy some pieces I combined with others lent by a friend to build the one with which I got my first job as programmer. I was doing my military service (Infantry instructor, NATO rank OR-3: UK Lance Corporal / USA PFC) during the morning and afternoon, and in the evening I wrote the software, although I designed and drafted in paper the most difficult parts during several field maneuvers we did, far from headquarters.
Most of what I know is the result of self-teaching, English included. Learning on your own has the good side of giving you a good endurance for difficult problems in undocumented areas, but the downside is that you keep many voids in your knowledge as you tend to learn only the most interesting things. In October 2005 I began studying Computer Science (Informatik) and Computational Linguistics (Computerlinguistik) at Saarland University to solve this defficiency.
During the little time I spent in the Spanish university system I did quite a lot of things. I was founder member of the Astronomy club in the Physics faculty of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and member of the directive board of the Diskóbolo computing club in the Informatics faculty. It was the people at the Physics student association AFU who gave me my first Linux user account, my first email address, and taught me how to use them. I'll be always grateful to them for that.
From April 2002 to September 2011 I worked part-time as research assistant at the Universtät des Saarlandes and the DFKI (Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz) in Saarbrücken, which allowed me to continue working on my own projects in my spare time, and also gave me the opportunity to meet interesting people and travel from time to time.
In 2011 I celebrated my birthday by starting my own business at http://sentido-labs.com, and since October of that year I work exclusively as freelancer.