Lived in Leicester 1959-1964 (where married Bridget - Essex gal), Congleton, Cheshire, 1964-1968. Moved to Hampshire in 1968. Three sons: (1) Head Chef in Kent (2) Engineering Manager, (Ph.D in) low-temperature devices (3) Ph.D. in Computer Science. Wife suffered from secondary breast cancer from 10/95; died 7/98.
Worked on software from 1959 - first with English Electric (Whetstone and Kidsgrove), including implementations of ALGOL-60 (EE DEUCE, KDF9) and Compact COBOL (EELM System 4-30), then IBM (Hursley) 1968-1989.
Member of ECMA/TC10 1967-1973, standardising PL/I. Editor of the draft ISO PL/I standard.
Wrote a demonstration graphics editor for the IBM 3277GA vector-graphics display. Developed improved approach to facilities on displays for the right-to-left languages Arabic, Farsi, and Hebrew. For many years used the IBM internal network for E-mail and conferencing, and authored several internal VM/CMS tools in spare time - mainly XEDIT macros (e.g. BOXES) & Execs, all written in REXX.
Assignments in France (La Gaude) 1980-1981, and USA 1986-1987 (Kingston NY & Raleigh (RTP) NC). Took early retirement from IBM Hursley 12/89.
Was in the RAF 1951-1953, at the Records Office, Gloucester. Played cricket for Gloucester Civil Servants, Leicester Pilgrims, Romsey Town, and IBM Hursley, as fast bowler (latterly spin) and tail-end slogger.
Interests: Cricket, tennis, badminton, snooker, rambling, photography, crosswords, alpha puzzles, Sudoku. Caravanned (especially in France) 1970-1995, latterly with '94 Lunar Clubman 460EK & Citroen Xantia SX 2.0 (now Mercedes C200, solo). Moderator of the CIX 'caravanning', 'kedit', 'exibmers' and 'aptiva' conferences.
Since 1998 I have been going on walking holidays, to such places as the Canaries (Tenerife and La Gomera), Tuscany, Bay of Naples, Andalucia, Picos de Europa, Quatretondeta, Alassio, Les Diablerets, Meyrhofen, Poland (Zakopane, Tatras), Provence (L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue), St.Bonnet, Bagneres de Bigorre, Tavira.
Using: PCSpecialist 2.5GHz Intel Quad Q8300 (4GB RAM, Viewsonic 22" TFT monitor, 2 x 640GB Western Digital SATA HDD's, 2 x LG DVD writers, HP 5150 Deskjet, Netgear DG834G broadband router, Maxtor 5000LE 80GB and Freecom 250GB USB2 external hard drives).
Since changing from OS/2 to Linux in 2004, initially dual booting Windows XP (AMEOL, Quicken 98) & Mandriva 2010 (previously SuSE 9.0 Pro and Mandriva 20078/9), using Kmail, KDE desktop, Firefox browser, Pan newsreader, VirtualBox (under which now run Windows XP).
Have been using the CIX 'conferencing' system since August 1991, and Eurobell as general ISP (email & news groups) for several years – until it closed down on 28/2/2006. Now with UKFSN/Entanet's ADSLMax broadband service.
Fellow of the British Computing Society.
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