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"As seen on BBC TV"

See my talk to AMSAT-UK Select AMSAT-UK '08 Lect 22 from the drop down list, click on the Select button, and click on the Play button on the central video screen.
Direct FLV download (94MB)

I have always been keen on technical things - starting with electronics and Amateur Radio, through all aspects of Personal Computers, to weather satellites and the environment - which I not only find very interesting but these interests have also provided me with a job!  Having recently involved in the forefront of mainstream PCs - which meant the Web, Windows servers and networking, deciding on the company's future strategy - I am now earning a living as an independent software developer and consultant, but semi-retired.  Should you want to say "thanks" for any of my software, here is my Amazon Wish List or you could send me an Amazon Gift Certificate for david-taylor@blueyonder.co.uk

I still enjoy presenting papers, and managed to get a paid trip to the DECUS Europe conference in Dublin by presenting a paper on implementing Electronic Mail in my previous company.  More recently, we both attended the 2002 EUMETSAT conference which was also in Dublin, the 2004 meeting in Prague, the 2006 meeting in Helsinki, the 2008 Darmstadt meeting, and the 2009 Bath conference.  I have spoken at two Remote Imaging Group events, in Dover and Leicester, and at a Dutch Satellite Workgroup meeting in Utrecht.  In September 2010 I presented a paper on Weather Satellite Image processing (zipped download) at the 1st National Amateur Observers Symposium organised by the Royal Meteorological Society.  In February 2004, I was a specially invited speaker representing the UK at the EUMETSAT "MSG goes operational" event in Darmstadt, and I am a regular speaker at the GEO (Group for Earth Observation) Symposia in Leicester and the AMSAT UK meetings in Guildford.  I recently help organise the GEO visit to EUMETSAT Headquarters in Darmstadt, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.  Other, more local, excursions have been with the Edinburgh Geological Society to various parts of Scotland.

I'm quite happy to be a hanger-on, sorry, accompanying person, when Cecilia attends James Joyce conferences, since they are a good crowd and computers do come into Joyce studies.  I skip her mid-winter Palaeontology  conferences though - not quite the right time of year for the obligatory post-conference field trip, is it?

Und ich habe Deutsch gelernt, aber leider habe ich mehr vergessen!


Health

I have been in hospital following emergency surgery (ileostomy) on 2015-Oct-31.  Dec-30: my surgeon is optimistic that the ileostomy can be reversed, and this should be in Spring 2016.  As I have now developed an occasionally rather painful hernia, he is hoping to fix that at the same time.  2016-March-12, could not urinate, so catheter fitted at the local A&E, and given some antibiotics.  Operation was on Thursday 2016-March-24 successfully fixing the hernia and reversing the ileostomy, and I am now back at home.  Only seven days after what is considered a major operation (I spent four hours in the recovery room!) I was still quite weak and taking things very easy, but things have gradually got better since then.  On 2016-May-10 I saw the Urology nurses, but the catheter had to be replaced as I failed to urinate without it.  I now have a 16 Ch (larger diameter) catheter with was even more uncomfortable, but I got used to it - they couldn't fit a smaller size 12 catheter I used to have.  2016-May-24 got the shakes which is a sign of severe infection, so went to the doctors who sent me straight to hospital, where they changed the catheter (with difficulty, three people attempted and it was a Urology registrar who managed it in the end) gave me antibiotics intravenously, and sent me home.  2016-May-25 saw my colo-rectal surgeon and he was completely happy, although I found it ominous that he said "until the next time" as I left!  A urology consultant appointment happened on June-13, where it was decided that I would undergo a TURP operation to reduce the narrowing of the urethra.  A 3-month catheter replacement on August-29 also required a urology specialist to push forcefully enough to get the replacement catheter in.  Although the wait was supposed to be 12 weeks maximum for the TURP, I've still not got a date although I checked and I am still on the waiting list.  2016-Nov-25 was another catheter replacement requiring a wire guide this time - painful and produced blood.  I don't know whether another change is even possible.  When will I get this TURP operation?  Latest estimate is January, but nothing heard, nor could I get a date estimate when I checked.  Due for another catheter change in February, I was rather more forceful when I attended the hospital clinic in strongly requesting to know what was going on.  They checked, and discovered there was a confusion over who was going to perform the op, and I now have a date of March 1st.  The TURP operation has been completed and it's looking good at the moment, although it will take some time for the internals to recover completely.  Following an MRI scan in late March, it's been discovered that some 10 cm of my bowel is inflamed (due to the Crohn's disease) and I'm seeing the consultant on 2017-April-20 to discuss what further can be done.

As I will be taking things more easily, please do not expect e-mails and orders to be answered immediately, but I am continuing to develop my software.  My health must come first - I am sure you will understand. 

How did we make these pages?

We still use Microsoft's FrontPage for Web page creation.  Computing-wise we've moved on from Z80 S100 systems (at least with a 16MB hard disk) through to his and hers Pentium systems, now multi-core running Windows-10/Creators with 2-16 GB memory.  With these computers I've written various programs which I am prepared to give away, sometimes with the source code so that others may learn from them.  I might ask you to pay for support, though!


Some of my photos

Events 1999

Total Eclipse Munich

2006 July - GEO meeting & Cow Parade sample - Edinburgh
July - GEO and AMSAT-UK - Guildford
2007 July - GEO Visit to Darmstadt (multiple contributors)
December - Edinburgh-Muses Xmas Lunch
2008 May - GEO Symposium - Leicester
July - GEO at AMSAT-UK
September - Werkgroep Kunstmanen meeting
October - 60th Birthday
2009 Antarctic adventure on MS Fram
2010 Northern Norway Winter Nothern Lights holiday

GEO Management
Team Meetings

2005
  2007  2008  2009 (with ENVISAT Setup)
 

 
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