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bio website valedon.co.uk
location Derbyshire, United Kingdom
age 59
visits member for 2 years, 3 months
seen Oct 4 at 17:11

I've worked in IT for about 30 years (since 1980) starting when I was doing research at university and got the role of Computer Manager in the Physics department. I've been at IT Manager for much of my career, but in recent years have done more software development (SQLserver, VB.Net, ASP, etc) than IT administration. I've also been a Poject Manager (Prince 2) and a software development manager.

Most of my professional work has been with Microsoft operating systems (currently Windows 8 at home) but I've kept up an interest in Linux throughout.

At work, I currently develop web applications using C#, jQuery/javascript and MS SQL.

At home, in additon to several Windows laptops, I currently maintain 2 systems running Linux. Both is running Debian + MythTV; one is used a Personal Video Recorder and general filestore (it has about 5Tb of disks attached). The other just acts as a player and alternaed betweenDeian, for MythTV, and Windows 7, for iPlayer, BlnkBox, etc; it connects only by a WiFi connection which is configure to start before login so it also holds the essential config backup from the main server. Both use HD TVs as monitors. In the past, I've configured my home systems to use soft RAID (md devices) and currently have the PVR system using LVM as it allows partitions to span drives (and is easily reconfigurable).

I'd like to do a bit more with Android as I have a couple of tablets - my phones are a Blackberry and an iPhone! - and also get back to my Astronomy hobby (I haven't had my telescope out for a couple of year!

Married, with several cats, but no kids!


Feb
6
comment “Sound” is to “mute” as “visuals” is to what verb?
I'd go with blank(ed) out.
Sep
25
comment The usage of “the same…as…”
Since a thesis (being an advanced tutorial text!) is normally read sequentially, form (2) would be correct.
Sep
25
awarded  Teacher
Sep
25
answered The usage of “the same…as…”
Sep
25
comment Pronouncing x in the name of a CD product
Definitely times or ecks. Rarely, if ever, speed.
Aug
23
comment Is there a word meaning “append”, but at the beginning, not the end?
concatenate generally refers to more than 2 strings as in concatenate "ab", "cd" and "ef" resulting in "abcdef" so it's not quite equivalent to prepend which implies only 2 strings/phrases.
Aug
20
awarded  Autobiographer
Jul
27
comment Word or phrase that means to ascertain whether someone is alive or dead
How about kill? You've then ascertained whether they are alive or dead; they are dead. :-)
Jul
27
awarded  Supporter