So, you want to know a little something about me? The first thing to say is I am a technical type of person. By this I mean that for the last thirty some years (since approximately 1975) I have learned about, studied, experimented with, and even get paid for working with computers and electronics. I have designed and built computers from the ground up and then taught them to do something useful.
When not doing paid work I still spend a fair amount of time in front of a computer. I might be learning more about 3D modelling and ray-tracing, or working on bug fixes or modifications for some Open Source programs. A list of the Open Source projects I work on (or have worked on) appears near the bottom of this page.
Some of the other interests I have which do not (directly) involve the use of a computer are listening to (or for) distant AM radio stations, listening to shortwave radio stations from different parts of the world, or talking to people via amateur radio.
Part of the amateur radio hobby involves the exchange of QSL cards to confirm a contact with a person in another part of the world. It is always interesting to see the cards one receives. They range from the ordinary to the extraordinary and, often, reflect some small aspect of the senders personality. Knowing the effort and expense involved to make contacts and exchange QSL cards, I always liked the idea of sending a card that had more of the extraordinary rather than the ordinary about it.
The very first card I sent was of my own design. It had a two colour glossy front with an area to fill out the contact details on the back. You can see a picture of it in my ham radio QSL cards section of my gallery section of this site. Since I was almost out of those cards I took advantage of a special offer from FDS Graphics in the UK to get some new QSL cards printed whose design commemorates the Queen's Golden Jubilee.
Although I still have a quite a few of the commemorative style cards I have started work on a new design. I have already decided on the general look for the card but the main picture on the front of the card may not be the final one I will be using. Like my original design, the new design will be double sided with the front of the card in full colour, while the back of the card will be greyscale.
I have been a member of the Open Source community for many years. I have reported and fixed bugs, provided code patches to improve or add features, helped with testing, and reviewed, corrected, and updated documentation.
The projects I am currently involved with are:
Other projects I have been involved with in the past are: