Nowadays I am more interested in the down-to-earth: seeing how to help
organisations who couldn’t otherwise afford practical technical
expertise. This goes back to my roots as a programmer when I cut my teeth developing
practical sysyems ranging from a Spares Control System at Ruston-Paxman
Diesels using IBM’s BOMP and DBOMP software; and a pioneering
Securites Exchange system in Wall Steet in 1973.
I can remember sitting at a card punch in IBM’s data centre in Sale, near Manchester, designing and coding patches for our spare parts control system.
We did some of this on-the-fly programming whilst we were locked out of our factory in Newton-le-Willows by a radical trades union branch. We should never forget the Thatcher government’s quite unnecessary disproportionate over-reaction in their confrontation with the unions whose power had become disproportionate at that time.