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Links Page

This page collects together the links to the web sites that are run by my colleagues from the various periods in my career. It was originally based on my list of connections on LinkedIn, and has been organised in reverse chronological order.


2007-

Among my colleagues and contacts, while working (originally as a consultant) for ITER, at Cadarache, near St. Paul lez Durance, and living at La Tour d'Aigues, the following have web pages:

It has been during this period, of course, that I have become most interested in nuclear fusion, but also in understanding the strong interaction and weak force sufficiently to serve as themes for technical-biased English lessons. It was also at the start of this period that I set up these web pages, resolutely determined to do it in raw HTML.

Here are some links to resources that might be useful to a contractor in the area:

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2005-2006

Among my colleagues and contacts, while I was working for DirectIndustry, at l'Estaque, near Marseille, and living at La Tour d'Aigues, the following has a set of web pages:

Here are some links to resources that might be useful to a worker in the area:

During this period I used my existing interests in electronics and optics, but also became interested in electromagnetic compatibility.

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1999-2005

Among my colleagues and contacts, while I was working for STMicroelectronics, at Rousset, near Aix-en-Provence, and living at La Tour d'Aigues, the following have web pages:

It was during this period that I started looking for formal ways of monitoring technical writing throughput and quality. The revived interest in statistics also led to my investigating what information I could extract from my daily commute times. In my spare time, I became interested in quantum computing and other types of novel computer engineering I also acquired the first brass instrument I had ever even laid hands on, and learned to play the tuba in the local concert band and l'Echo Forcalquièren.

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1997-1999

During this period, I was working for PSI-Electronics, at Gardanne, near Aix-en-Provence, and living at La Tour d'Aigues. From here, I was contracted out to SGS-Thompson (who later became STMicroelectronics).

It was during this period that I became interested in ways of predicting technical writing throughput (because of the terms of the contract between SGS-Thompson and PSI-Electronics).

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1995-1997

In order to move to France, I needed to make a career change, and to find a job that demanded my particular mix of talents. This is how I became a technical writer in English, living in France, set up as an independent consultant.

During this period, I worked as a consultant for Sonovision ITEP (SITE), working on technical documentation for Hewlett-Packard. (Both companies had branches at Eybens, near Grenoble, in the Pre-Alpes of the southeast of France). I was living at Risset, in the commune of "Varces, Allières et Risset". Among my colleagues and contacts, the following have web pages:

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1993-1995

Among my colleagues and contacts, while I was working for the University of Brighton, at Moulescombe, near Brighton, and living next to the American Express building near the sea front, the following now have web pages:

It was during this period that I became interested in hardware implementations of genetic algorithms.

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1990-1993

Among my colleagues and contacts, while I was working at the University of Manchester, and living in Glossop, in the High Peak, the following now have web pages:

It was during this period that I became interested in genetic algorithms and deme networks, and also in the possibilities for artificial consciousness.

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1983-1989

Among my colleagues and contacts, while I was working at Middlesex Polytechnic (which later became the Middlesex University London), at Bounds Green, in north London, and living at Turnpike Lane, and then near Colney Hatch Lane, the following now have web pages:

This period gave me my first experiences of teaching, and of student supervision. It was during this period that I developed a simple compiler project for students on a conversion MSc, an automatic back-of-the-envelope calculator for hardware design, a plagiarism detector for helping mark student coursework, and in my spare time, a family tree processor.

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1979-1983

Among my colleagues and contacts, while I was sponsored by Inmos (which was later amalgamated into STMicroelectronics), at White Friars, in Bristol, and living at Hotwells, and then at Cotham, the following now have web pages:

It was during this period that I became interested in wafer scale integration.

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1979-1983

Westfield College (WCL) was part of the University of London. When it was finally amalgamated with Queen Mary College, the Department of Computer Science was instead moved to Kings College. The college was located at Finchley Road, in West Hampstead, in north London.

Among my colleagues and contacts, while I was studying there, and living nearby (first at Connaught Hall, then in Twford Crescent in Acton, and finally at Carus-Wilson postgraduate hall of residence), the following now have web pages:

Although I was writing a thesis on computer hardware description languages, I ended up becoming passionately interested in functional programming language instruction sets, in general, and combinators, in particular.

I started using the internet in 1982, and contributing to, and reading, the Usenet. At the very beginning, I actually managed to read every group that came in, but rapidly had to become more selective in the groups to which I subscribed. Of these, net.comp.arch (as it was originally called) was one of the earliest ones, but here is a list that also includes much later interests:

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1978-

Among my colleagues and contacts, since becoming a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) (formerly the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE)), the following has a set of web pages:

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1974-1978

Among my colleagues and contacts, while I was working studying at the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University College (UCL) (which is part of the University of London), at Gower Street, in central London, and living nearby (first at Connaught Hall, then in Acton, and finally at Ifor Evans Hall), the following now have web pages:

The (real) Acton Parties were held roughly monthly, at the house in Twyford Crescent (part way between Acton Town and Ealing Common tube stations). They were well known throughout the departments of Electrical Engineering at University College and Imperial College as involving: comfortable quantities of London Pride beer, fairly good music, lots of male electrical engineers talking together, and not much else. In many ways, the Virtual Acton Party, now held by communal emailing, is a lot better.

Most of our computing involved batch programming, and punching our own cards. However, with our course in Assembler Programming, we ended up in such close contact with the PDP-11 computers in the basement of the Department of Computer Science, that these became a significant part of our evening social activity: instead of watching television, or spending the night at the pub, we would spend the evenings playing Lunar Lander ("Boy, are you inept!") and SpaceWar1 (the forerunner of the video game that was later released in the pubs as Asteroid), and sometimes even doing our coursework.

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1974-1979

The Applied Electronics Laboratories (also known, for historical reasons, as Browns Lane) of Marconi Space and Defence Systems Ltd. (MSDS) was part of the General Electric Company (GEC), but has since been divided up. It was located at The Airport, at the Hilsea site of the old airport in Portsmouth. Among my colleagues and contacts, while I was working there, and living at Copnor, the following now maintains a set of web pages:

  • Roger Abbett: Principal Systems Engineer and Cricketer

It was during this period that I was first started programming a mini-computer.

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1967-1974

During this period, I was studying at Totton College (and before that at Totton Grammar School), near Southampton. I also had part time jobs at the National Motor Museum, at Beaulieu, Hampshire, and at the Maritime Museum, at Buckler's Hard (both on Lord Montague's estate).

School work gave me interests in electricity and magnetism, electronics, nuclear physics, physical chemistry, organic chemistry, and music. When considering what to put on my UCCA application, though, I almost pursued my interests in astronomy. However, my maths teacher had managed to introduce me to computer programming and I had become absolutely hooked on computer engineering, and so that is what I ended up studying.

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1961-1967

During this period, I was at school at Wildground Primary School (where, rather bizarrely, I was known to my colleagues as Talcum Tush) and living in Dibden Purlieu, just on the eastern edge of the New Forest.

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1955-

Among my family, the following have web pages:

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Not me

Just for the record, this paragraph summarises some of the attributes of some of my namesakes around the world, who might be turned up when conducting a web-search on my name. For instance, I have never lived in the United States of America, nor written books or given courses on dance or flute music; and I have never grown my hair into a pony tail!

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Confessions

Post script to a glitch in my published work (just by way of explanation): Arguably, one of the most powerful commands in Unix shell-script is "make". When used in a document-writing context, it can be used in combination with the "sed" command to perform global edits in a document that is split across many files. Unfortunately, the admirable consistency of "sed" with "em" meant that it was all too easy to terminate a substitute command by a "p", out of habit, as in "s/old text/new text/p". This error was made at the last step in the preparation of the annex document to my Ph.D. thesis, duplicating every line in the nroff files that contained a date, but with no opportunity to correct the error (my doctorate was only conditional on the publication of the annex, not on its format, and I had already out-stayed my welcome with the department's computer account).

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Wikipedia

The following are those of my past supervisors, bosses, lecturers and mentors who now have Wikipedia biographies:

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