.I got my first computer in about 1985 and taught myself several variants of BASIC before moving onto Pascal and C. I was on the Windows bandwagon from Windows /286 onwards but for some silly reason I started a degree in Civil Engineering rather than following my natural talents. My initial results (a distinction in computing and failure in everything else) soon put me on the right path.
I worked in a library for about five years while I did my degree part time and when a PC and AS/400 job became available in EDP (Electrical Data Processing), I took it. In about 1993, my role expanded to include administration of a Novell Network but during the installation process, I took all the books home to read and I ended up installing and configuring most of it. This was also my first experience with Lotus (Version 3.0). By the time I left, I'd become proficient in Macro Writing, and Visual Basic (I bought and learned version 1.0 in my own time and wrote some popular - at the time - games and utilities). I started writing my login scripts as Visual BASIC Applications.
The next place I worked was much larger with 300 PCs in Australia and a total of 750 worldwide. I was mainly responsible for the Australian arm though I did have some dealings with some of the other countries. I was responsible for the SOE and for all parts of our network, including servers, topologies and remote access. I moved from simple Domino administration and development to writing larger Domino systems while still retaining my applications diversity.
My current position is in IT Management and while I'm still doing all of the things I used to do, I'm now mainly concerned with IT project management and higher level systems. I still like to be hands on but have less time than I'd like to do so. I'm also very much involved in Web development and have a passion for the implementation of Web 2.0 technologies. I'm also still a great supporter of IBM Lotus Notes and Domino.
I'm married with two school aged boys and live in Sydney, Australia. My biggest "hobby" is movies and I have a very large and very well organised dvd collection. My favourite TV show is Doctor Who and I've been watching it since I was 4. I've got every Doctor Who DVD and hundreds of books on the show.
In 2006, I discovered that my eldest son had Aspergers Syndrome and shortly afterward, I discovered that I did too. I've therefore dedicated quite a bit of time to promoting and increasing understanding of the condition in the community. It is my goal to see that my sons grow up in a world that not only accepts them for who they are but which also understands the strengths that can be drawn from such a condition.