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About Me

I was born in 1964. In about 1991 I went to The Royal National College for the blind in Hereford, in the central west of England near the Welsh border. There I took a City & Guilds certificate in structured programming in COBOL.

I was able to see out of one eye back then.

At the end of the one year course I was offered a job at the Milk Marketing Board in Thames Ditton in Surrey, where I had done a six-week placement during the course.

I was programming in COBOL and SCL (system control language) on an ICL VME 3980 mainframe computer, and I loved every minute of it.

Later in the job I also got into writing Clipper 5.0/5.1, and MS Access 1.0 and 2.0.

I left there in 1996 when the Milk Marketing Board was disbanded by the Connservative government of the time.

From then until I lost my sight in 2008 I was a freelance programmer.

I have programmed in these languages:

  • Clipper 5.0/5.1.
  • MS Access 1.0/2.0 and 97.
  • MS Visual BASIC 4, 5 and 6.
  • Perl, both on Windows and Linux since about 1997.
  • C/C++, including the gcc and Gnu tools and the MinGW32 compilers.
  • Python.

I have detailed knowledge of the Windows 32 API, and the low-level Windows Sockets API (WinSock).

I have worked on these operating systems:

  • ICL VME.
  • DOS to 6.0.
  • Windows 3.1/NT4.
  • Windows 95/98/2000/XP/7/10.
  • Linux including Slackware, Red Hat, Fedora, Arch, Debian and various Debian derivatives.

I tinker with these things:

  • RaspberryPi
  • Arduino
  • Beaglebone Black
  • Various small bits of electronics, although not being able to see, soldering is now difficult, but not impossible!

I never intend to stop hacking and learning.

Web sites:

I have code on github