I guess this is where I have to tell you who I am, what I stand
for, where I work, etc... You've probably guessed that my name is
Angus and that I live in the UK. Before you ask, I'm NOT Scottish
and as far as I know I don't have any Scottish blood in my veins
either! So how I came to get a Scottish name is beyond me (well,
it isn't but the story is boring).
I was born and brought up in a village in Norfolk. It all began one day in February 1966 (if I say it that way then if you really want to know how old I am you can work it out, plus it has the advantage for me that I don't have to find it every year to update it). If you go to my Cool Links and visit my father's site you will find a link giving you more information about my home village. I was educated locally and finally got an HND (that's a Higher National Diploma, although there are those who would say, "Have No Degree") in Computer Studies at Norwich City College. From there I finally got a job at a company which meant having to move to London, not exactly where I wanted to be! The job worked out well for a while but then got a bit stale so I decided to change. It goes without saying that the new job commands more dosh than the previous one, which has also enabled me to sell my flat and buy a house in the town where I now work.
I have developed software in machine code, in the mid-eighties and early nineties this meant the 8-bit processors such as the 6502, 6800 and Z80. More recently I've done a little bit for the ARM 32-bit RISC processor also. I've got experience in the UNIX operating system, have developed in Perl, C, Oracle SQL, and PowerBuilder. In my current job I use PowerBuilder which is a tool for writing Windows-like software.
Other languages include Pascal, Basic, and Cobol (at college only I hasten to add!). Some of this is self-taught while others I learned formally either on a training course or at college. Part of the reason for setting up this website was to give myself a fun way of learning HTML (or some of it anyway) and to share jokes and thoughts with friends, family, and anybody else who drops by. I'm teaching myself some PHP (server-side scripting) together with the open-source database language MySQL. The service hosting this site does not permit such websites, so I have set up a new one for that purpose. It can be found by following this link here.
I guess if you visit me on the Web I won't have to make you a cup of coffee!
My parents still live in Norfolk, and I have one brother, Kevin, who currently lives in Dorset. Kevin is three years older than me, teaches music, and is married to Cath with whom I get on very well. Back in February 2003 she gave birth to a lovely baby girl, Anna Sophie, thus making me an uncle! In addition, they gave birth last Autumn to a baby boy, Oliver, to whom I will be Godfather!
Kevin has an excellent website called abcmusicnotes - it is also listed in my Cool Links page.
One thing that is important to me is my Christian faith. I attend a local church on a weekly basis and am involved with some of its ministries. This primarily involves leading sung worship at a midweek "housegroup" on my guitar (I'm not THAT good at playing though!) and occasionally leading a Bible study. I am also involved in the "ministry team", a team of people who pray for others after our services. It is a lively church which is very involved in the local community, and they have their own website - visit it via my Cool Links page!
This is the first time I've ever tried to set up a website, and I've tried to make it fun and informative. It is constantly being updated but I wanted to start with something that didn't look too much like the cyberspace equivalent of a building site. If you have any suggestions or comments then please don't hesitate to use the Feedback Form to let me know what you think....
You know those lists of questions you sometimes get sent which ask all sorts of personal questions, then you are supposed to send them back and to all your friends as well? Well, I used one or two as the basis for this, so if you want to find out such things about me then look no further. I guess the next time I get one of those lists I could just point the sender here thus avoiding the need to have to fill it out and send it back, but there again I wouldn't find out anything about the other person......