Roger's Personal Info Page
Last Updated 2/4/2006
- Born in 1961 - you
can work it out.
- Used to have hobbies
like Motor Bikes (Kawasaki Z200 then Yamaha XJ600), Amateur Radio (G6CNY then
G4UFZ), Hi-Fi, Cameras, Skiing (Best holiday you can get) and computers.
- Now married with 4
- Favourite music at the moment :- Jess Klein
We live in Netherthong, near Holmfirth, West
Holmfirth is also known as Summer Wine City as it
is the base for a TV series ("Last of the Summer Wine").
The nearest large town is Huddersfield (5
Brockholes Junier Skool, followed by Holmfirth
High School. Nuff said.
Attended Huddersfield Technical College and
then Bolton Institute of technology, both part time, doing Instrumentation,
Measurement and Control - from 1977 to 1982.
Went back to Calderdale College in 1995 to
do an HNC in Computer Studies, again part time, partly out of interest and
partly to come up to date on modern computers and systems. Studied a lot
of classic RDBMS things but lots of spin-offs using PC's etc. Enjoyed
it a lot even though it was hard work at the time.
Did a 4 year apprenticeship 1977 to 1981
as an Instrument Artificer in a chemical works(was ICI at the time). Made
redundant. Worked for a small system/panel builder (Sertrol Controls). Made
redundant. Worked for another system/panel builder but part of a large group
company (David Brown Group). Left in 1990 before I could be made redundant
to work for Rolla (www.rolla.co.uk)
I have worked overseas in South Africa (Paarl
near Cape Town - Du-Toitskloof Tunnel project), Algeria (mostly Algiers),
Egypt (Cairo - Tunnelling project), Jordan (Amman and Zarqa), Abu Dhabi (Liwa
Oasis), but only for short visits of a few months at most.
Computers I have known
I have played with computers of one sort
or another for a long time now, but mostly small ones or using odd-ball industrial
languages e.g. :-
My first home computer was a BBC micro model
B with a huge, 32K RAM (yes that was 32K- this was in
1981!) which was vastly superior to the Sinclair ZX81 and Spectrum available
around the same time. Me and a friend (But mostly Martin) designed and built
our own Eprom programmer so we could have software load and run instantly
instead of waiting for a tape or disc drive. My contribution to this was small,
I have to say, but we did write the code in assembler (6502), and program
it in machine code, and it did work. This computer was sadly binned in October
1999 when the PSU went up in smoke. Martin's is still working somwhere in
- Texas Intruments 5Ti
(with PROM memory - 1978/79)
- Apple IIe (early 1980's)
- Square D Symax 20
- Allen Bradley (various)
- Saab Automation (yes
computers as well as cars and aeroplanes)
- Negretti MPC80 (Proper
- Mitsubishi (various)
- Cutler Hammer D100
I also used to use this computer to talk
to my Bank - they were running a home banking experiment in the mid 80's which
worked great but I had to call long distance at the huge speed of 1200/75
(anybody remember Prestel comms?).
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