Monday, January 10, 2011

Start Here

Crowded though the blogosphere is, I occasionally feel the need to make odd thoughts more public. By using a blog, I'm hoping you will add your own insights to what I hope will become a series of virtual discussions, rather than a list of my rants.

"Neogregious"? All the plays on "egregious" I could think of were taken, so this totally meaningless word will have to do. The background is the slopes of Mount Earnslaw near the Esquilant Bivvy at 2000m, taken on an epic trip with my brother Jon in 2005.

Samoa has more palm trees than Arrowtown
A little background about myself. I'm lucky enough to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world (Arrowtown in the heart of the Southern Alps of New Zealand), with the most gorgeous woman in the world (Nicole, a primary school teacher). We have two sons Olly and Jasper, who seem to be turning into healthy, pleasant and intelligent young men. I play the ukulele very badly, love tramping, and help run the Arrowtown Scouts.

After knocking off a Physics B.Sc. and an Electronics M.Sc. in the United Kingdom, I got my most important education when I took off round the world for two years. I worked on a bulk carrier from Greece to India, enjoyed the Buddhists in Dharamsala, developed noise calculation software in Singapore, sprayed for cockroaches in Broome, fixed Commodore 64s in Darwin, organised hundreds of cables for a SCADA system in Sydney, played catch-me-if-you-can with police launches around nuclear-powered warships in Sydney Harbour, and discovered that New Zealand was where I wanted to spend the rest of my life.

I also found that software development suited me, and luckily I suited software development too. Starting with C on DOS , working through C++ on Windows, back to C on Linux, PHP on LAMP and now... Python on everything!

I started my own company (Virtual Industries Group) in 2001 to exploit the shift from PC-based to online applications. One of our applications was a system that allowed schools to provide online bookings for parent-teacher interviews (or conferences in the US), and this really took off - we're doubling our customer base each year, and currently provide our service to schools in 8 countries around the world.

So welcome to Neogregious - I hope I can add more signal than noise, and that you will take the time to respond to posts with your own perspective.

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