I’ve lived in Wellington for a long time. It is an amazing city that is tucked away down at the bottom of the world, open to the harshest of southern weather and yet on a good day, the best place in the planet. It has everything you need. Wind, rain, sun, politics, entertainment, a movie industry, an airport that doubles as one of the most frightening roller coaster rides on the planet, sea, hills, farm, islands, fishing, surfing, coffee, the list goes on and on.
I have a lot of passions and interests and not enough time to indulge them all. I consider myself to be a writer first and an ICT consultant second. I started writing before I started ICT and I still do freelance work.
My wife and I have three dogs. Two black Labrador-huntaway hybrids and one confused Spaniel mixed with a tad Poodle. They spend a large amount of their time trying to figure out ways into the chicken coop to steal food. I’m convinced that they think we bought the chickens as a pure form of entertainment for their amusement.
A tutor of mine once said to me “Computers are about people, not machines”, which is a bit of shame, seeing as machines at least behave themselves most of the time. Of course he is right, and no more so than Wellington where it seems that every second person you meet is “in ICT”. This city is a village and New Zealand is a small Pacific island, just like Fiji (without the dictator) or Vanuatu (without the afternoon siesta). Everyone knows everyone else and all their business. We really could support an ICT drama in the same vein as “Shortland Street”.
A lot of people in ICT have forgotten why they got into it in the first place and as a result are generally unhappy. I still remember the first time I laid my hands on a ZX-Spectrum and my first server I was put in charge of, an ADDS Mentor.
Cloud is my current area of expertise, it represents a reformation in ICT whether we like it or not. Untangling how to do it properly is a lot of fun. Well, its a lot of work and sometimes fun.
Anyway, you can find me in a few places if you want to get in touch. My other passion is beer, as an aside.
PS The Mentor 2000 ran at 5 MHz using a Zilog processor, 640KB RAM, and included one 60MB hard disk. It used the Pick operating system and database management system. It was able to manage 16 or 32 video terminals at once. It was very, very cool.