Welcome

Welcome to the site –  this is my personal site and contains information on various subjects, I hope you find them useful. Any opinions stated here are those of my own and not my employer.

I have been working with computer systems since the age of 13, which believe me, is a long time ago…

My first exposure to computers was a Commodore PET we had at school, I was serving detention at the time for an amusing incident involving a dropped coke can, the Head Master and a poorly judged opening of said can… It was also the date of the very first Space Shuttle launch on 12th April 1981

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This gave me a grounding in the BASIC programming language and a thirst for knowledge. In the same year, Acorn released the BBC Microcomputer and I spent many, many hours programming this machine and going into Dixons to play tricks on the staff who at the time were so computer illiterate it was almost embarrassing.

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From there I progressed through various platforms – The ZX81, C64, Amstrad CPC464 , Dragon, Spectrum, Sharp MZ80, then leaping onto the Atari ST and the Commodore Amiga, of which I owned every variant except the 2000, running a BBS from the cupboard under the stairs and acting as the East Midlands FIDONET email hub. I flirted briefly with running a Public Domain Library and releasing my own software for  Amiga BBS systems. Following this I moved on to the Intel Platform with an Amstrad PC1640, learning Pascal and ANSI C, before moving into a support role with Perot Systems. This saw me traveling a great deal working for many clients such as Bank of Ireland, East Midlands Electricity, Quintiles, and Innovex. I left there in 2005 to work for a St Neots based company MASS, and then on to a role as an Infrastructure Design Authority for CGI. More recently, I have started with Serco as a Senior Architect. Recently, I have attained Togaf Certified status.

My interests have always had a heavy bias towards computing and I enjoying playing with bleeding edge tech, whether it be the latest beta or some edgy hardware, and champion the uptake of emerging technology where I see a benefit to our business.

At home, I have several raspberry pi boards, some network storage and a virtualization platform (or two) for kicks and generally messing about with. Despite all this, I managed to find a wife who can (just about) put up with the nest of wires, and have several children who all seem bent on out-geeking me at some point in the future…

My other passion is my car, a 1995 Mitsubishi FTO which every year seems to manage to keep going – I have owned FTOs since 2003 now, and love the driving experience – I have dedicated a page to various how-tos I have used over the years to maintain my car.

Hopefully, you will find something here to interest, educate or amuse you, whether you are an FTO enthusiast of a fellow geek – please take a look around and feel free to leave a comment.

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