|My interest in computers began back in 1980 when my father, a Computer
Science teacher, brought home a big box with a multi-coloured apple on the front. So at an
early age I remember seeing simple BASIC programming code.
Then in 1988, I started
working for Unilever Research Labs, in an IT support role providing hardware maintenance
in an image analysis department. Being in a research environment people were trying out
all kinds of strange experiments, and I found myself interfacing unusual bits of kit to
PCs and coding up instrumentation control applications in packages like MS QuickBasic.
Gradually, I moved over to software development from hardware support and remained an
ardent DOS programmer until the popularity of Windows forced me to start coding in Visual
In 1993, I moved to a marketing department in the business wing of Unilever, as
analyst/programmer, writing financial modeling & forecasting systems and database
orientated applications crunching Unilever's global sales data. I worked on several major
projects involving Visual Basic 4/5, VBA, Oracle Sales Analyser and Oracle PCExpress
In March 1999, I started working for a company called EASAMS, part of GEC, in
Warrington as a programmer/analyst, working with Visual Basic 6, Visual InterDev 6, Active
Server Pages, Internet Information Server 3 & SQL Server 6.5/7.
|Away from work I'm a dedicated audiophile and love collecting and
listening to high-end hi-fi equipment. Along a similar line, I have my PC configured with
2 operating systems, one for development and one as a digital pro-recording studio with
outboard Roland midi sample and FX units.
I enjoy working out at the gym,
mountain-biking and skiing, which I find requires regular helpings of Chinese, Indian and
Italian food in an attempt to avoid becoming too healthy.