seemed to start at an early age being interested in very earthly things.
This began with a curiosity for anything technical, which by
the age of 4 had grown into a dangerous interest in electricity. I vividly
remember my Mother's look of horror as I tried to test my first electric
toothbrush. I had gotten hold of a normal toothbrush (you remember the
ones that had a hole in the end to hook on to something or to tie a
string through.) I had threaded a length of fuse wire through the hole,
twisting it to secure it and leaving the rest of it dangling with no
hint of insulation. I had then proceeded to crawl under the living room
table where I was found (by Mum) trying to poke the bare fusewire into
the 240v mains socket. I may have tried to claim it was a revolutionary
idea at the time!
those days, I have 'developed' through the hobbies
of Electronic construction, into amateur radio, slow scan television,
then into weather satellite monitoring, and eventually now into astronomy
working life has always been hands-on, trying to be of help, but it all
really started with an apprenticeship repairing the bodywork of double decker busses. This quickly changed when I
took another direction as an electrical engineering apprenticeship with the National
Coal Board (pre Maggie,) then went on through being a volunteer teacher in Africa
for a year. After that, I went to work within the computer industry
with the American company DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation) in Scotland.
That ended in 1992 when I went self employed as NaT Systems, providing
IT services and training to small businesses in Ayrshire. Recently I
have been heavily involved in a very exciting software product development
project that still remains under wraps, but when the product is released,
there is a great expectation that it will profoundly affect what many
of us do on the Internet and how we use our personal data.