Hello and welcome to my blog.
I’m not entirely sure why I’m doing this but I hope it will be cathartic to air some thoughts and opinions in the vein of shouting at the gods and in any case my cat’s opinions are fairly intransigent, so little point continuing talking to him.
Napoleon Moses was a name given to me by my father on the occasion of my birth before being overruled by my mother into choosing something more ‘normal’. Why am I using it as a pseudonym now? Well, I’ve never been a great self-publicist and so it seemed as good a nom de plume as any. I quite like the sentiment that went behind my father’s intent too.
Technology has always been an interest since discovering my brother’s science fiction books in the 70s, watching him build his own computer and burn EPROMS before the term PC even existed (not that Dr. Who, Hitch Hikers, Star Trek and Wars didn’t instil their own influences). After months of looking over his shoulder and ‘reading’ through reams of his code I was left seeing how simply a computer worked. From that time it meant I held no fear of computer hardware and immense respect for the intelligence of the people that could write the software to make them do such magical things. (If imagining being chased by a snake in the shape of a $, in a dungeon bordered with #s, playing Halls of Death, is magical to an eight year old)
It would be an understatement to say that I am passionate about technology. I find it entrancing. The point is that I include everything from the first abacus right up to the latest nano-tech as technology and find the best developments become, due to the blending of all ages of technology. Take my dream of an Africa, covered in privately owned solar powered Stirling engines, transformed into an oasis of fertility and plenty. Stirling engine? That’s a 200 year old invention isn’t it? Well that may be but ask NASA how they plan to power deep space exploration..
So I’ve now played with ‘toys’ as many people call them and business computing for about 25 years, in my view as a keen amateur, purporting that it’s something to do while I work out what I want to be when I grow up. Nearly there now.
I haven’t followed any formal training framework to develop or worked for any one company for more than 18 months or so. That has given me a chance to see the real uses of IT in all size of business, against the dream of what is sold by vendors. In my work, I attempt to guide people towards what their business needs rather than what is dictated by ‘the industry’. I see true IT standards are set by what is in use by organisations rather than the latest version to be released.
In my time I’ve worked at a lot of organisations and whether a one man band or global brand, have experienced great satisfaction when a system I’ve worked on is better after my work than before. Even more so when it was not working before my arrival and I could return it to service.
Nothing I have experienced in my work compares to the people that I have been fortunate enough to work with. I have learned twice as much by working and talking with them as I ever could have on my own or on a hundred courses and I am grateful that this has helped me to retain my humility in awe of the truly incredible intellects (and wits) I have met.
I’ve purposely not blogged before as I feel there are too many technical blogs that blur the true picture of things, let alone eForum ‘glory-hounds’ dropping in their two-penneth when they have no true understanding. I will only post a technical ‘how-to’ on here if I feel it is not readily available or clearly described elsewhere. I will certainly have trawled the net extensively to find a fix to the problem I am looking at and will know the answer is not common knowledge.
So, in reading my idle musings, comments on technology trends and potentially the occasional rant (not sure if I’m allowing that on my blog though), I wish you well.