Who am I?

GremlinsMy name is Chris and I’m a 40-something, technology/sci-fi nerd living in Kent, UK with my partner Wen. We have 2 cats (Itchy & Scratchy) and more recently a dog (Archer) who’s responsible for a lot of the posts and even more of the photos on the blog.

My love for technology started way back when my parent’s bought me a ZX Spectrum, probably the best investment they ever made as it fueled a lifetime of passion for all things technology related.

A bit of background

City of LondonI spent almost two decades working in the City of London, initially as a technical support engineer, then a developer, then lead developer and finally a system architect specialising in post-trade notification platforms, which is a very roundabout way of saying I was a digital plumber.

I started my career in an award-winning small startup that ultimately was bought by a global financial service provider, so I’ve had the pleasure and nightmare of working in both a small business and a global enterprise.

Before that, I spent a decade as a systems administrator at a college in Kent which is where I also did a large part of my higher education.

What now?

Potting ShedNow I’m semi-retired (or having a midlife crisis only time will tell) I’ve got plenty of time on my hands to do some of the things I really wanted to do when I was staring out of an office window watching countless sunny days go by.

If you are expecting a drug-fuelled, world tour that would go down in history, I’m afraid you are on the wrong blog, you might want to try John McAfee. This is a very British midlife crisis, so it’ll be more about the potting shed than gun running in South America, I’m afraid.

I started keeping a journal (before this blog) to record a number of events in my life, so that I could review them, partly as an experiment and partly because of … what was I saying … oh yes the old memory going. I shared the journal with friends and family who feigned interest and suggested blogging might be an interesting way to go. Coincidentally, I was doing a lot of WordPress work for charity & family so it also allowed me to trial a lot of technical bits & pieces.

So here we are these are my musings take them or leave them.