About Me


I’ve worked in the Information Technology field for many years, 25 years of which at Edinburgh Napier University. If you buy me a coffee, and I’ll happily tell you all about it :wink:.

Would I recommend working in Academia as of 2022, no probably not, these days it seems to be about “Sweating your assets”, “Working Smarter”, “Above and Beyond”. Lips service is paid to “Work Life Balance” and “Mental Health”. After talking to some of my old work collegues, it doesn’t seem to have improved any in the intervening 2 years.

I started my new job this year on 7th March 2022, It was definitely time for me to move on, and I’m glad I did.

Marital Status

Long time partner, now my wife from 31st October 2006, yes I know its Halloween, but that’s the way we roll.


Son, Sister, Parents, Uncles, Aunties, Nieces, Nephews, and numerous Cousins and second Cousin.


None, I lean towards the Humanist philosophy.




Spending time with friend and socialising, playing pool, travelling and holidays! keeping fit and going to the gym, tinkering about with new technology. I also enjoy reading, photography, Chinese, Tai, India and Italian food.

Running and Fitness

I’m the guy on the left wearing my St Andrew’s Cross vest.

Berlin Marathon 2009
Berlin Marathon 2009
London Marathon 2010 London Marathon 2010
London Marathon 2010

IT, Web Technologies and Home Automation

Web Technologies Such as HTML and CSS, Networking and Computer Technologies

I’m currently in in the process of resurrecting my old blog and converting it from Wordpress to Jekyll.

Home Automation and IOT

I’m currently using a Hubitat Bridge, but I’m thinking of moving onto the Home Assistant ecosystem (after the chip shortage isn’t a thing).

I also have an interest in Smart Lighting and Smart Heating using a mobile applications such as Amazon or Google Home for control.


I’ve got a pretty eclectic taste: 80’s Alternative, Goth, Metal to The Smiths, NIN, The Ramones, Bauhaus, Portishead, Attrition UK to name but a few. I’ve played bass guitar in various bands when I was younger and still enjoy playing now and again, either on my own, or jamming with friends.

My current favourites band at the moment are Amyl and the Sniffers, feel free to check them out on Youtube if you have the time.


Terry Pratchett, Christopher Brookmyre, Irvine Welsh, Ben Elton, Iain Banks, Douglas Adams, Tom Clancy, J.R.R Tolkien, David Eddings, Stephen King and many more.