What can I tell ya? . . .
Historically: Born in Aylesbury, a little while after the end of the Second World War. Had an average happy childhood. Spent a year at Leeds University, ostensibly "reading Electrical Engineering" but in reality learning a few things about life and a lot about card games. Was fortunate enough to get a second shot at academia, doing a "sandwich course" (do they still have those?), leading to a degree in electronics. Had very enjoyable career in the computer industry, doing both hardware and software development. Retired January 2008; now a gentleman of leisure.
Workwise: Employed by a lot of companies, big and small (most of the smaller ones long since defunct), and spent 15 years freelancing. Started as a hardware developer, but made the switch to software around the mid-70's. At various times used most of the common, and some uncommon languages and platforms, from micros to mainframes and from assembler to C++, and latterly, VB.net. Most recently employed in the insurance industry, but previously in lots of other sectors, including banking, printing, and machine control.
Family: Married to Lesley, with one grown-up daughter, Anna, son-in-law Matt and two young gandsons, Archie and Jack. My mum and dad have been gone for a while, Lesley's dad even longer, but Mother-in-Law continues to thrive!
: Local church (I'm a C-of-E Reader); collecting photographica; car club (MX5); basic birding; and, of course, computers. See this page
for more details.