Computer Consultant and Technician based at Beerwah, Queensland, Australia.

Above is a view of part of the Glass House Mountains district looking South-West from the Western summit of Mount Coochin, which is just a few minutes' walk from my home.

May 2014...

Yes, I know it is long overdue that I updated, however nothing much has changed apart from the types of problems being experienced by my clients/customers.

During several months now I have encountered an increasing number of computers infected with 'rootkit viruses', to the point where I now tend to check for this type of virus before attempting any other software repairs.

To put it very simply, a 'rootkit virus' attempts (and will usually succeed) to load during the early stages of Windows' startup, thereby avoiding detection by conventional security/anti-virus programs.

The symtoms of rootkit virus infection are likely to include: unexpected slowdowns when browsing the Internet, 'popup' ads displayed for no apparent reason, clicking on a link results in a webpage displayed with unexpected content, and/or various other misbehaviours.

Detection and removal of these rootkit viruses requires technical knowledge, and should not be attempted by ordinary computer users. Even advanced users will be challenged when confronted with these processes.

July 2013...

Most of my work now is for private customers, with only occasional jobs from Personal Computer Solutions. As indicated in my previous February 2012 update, there were upheavals within PCSsol in mid-2011 which resulted in the departure of the previous "Operations Manager". Since then I have been obliged to deal directly with the company's principal, whom I have found to be arrogant, self-opinionated, and extremely hypocritical. As soon as it becomes practical I intend to sever my relationship with PCSol. Otherwise, since I have been attending mostly private customers my experience has been entirely rewarding.

My private customers generally understand that most of the time during working hours I an either driving between jobs or attending at a job. Usually I can neverless field their calls, but sometimes (such as when driving on the motorway) I cannot fully respond. In these cases we arrange to communicate later by phone.

February 2012...

Due to organisational upheavals since mid-2011, I have been getting few jobs via Personal Computer Solutions during the past six months. In September 2012 I began making arrangements to increase my job-rate from non-PCSol sources, which is working well so far. For example, for October 2011 through February 2012, my PCSol job-rate has averaged less than two per week, while my private jobs have been ten per week or more.

April 2009...

Still with Personal Computer Solutions, and do not expect that to change for now. The work is interesting, and I get to meet many fine people.

December 2007...

I began working as a computer technician with Personal Computer Solutions and Tuition (PCSol or PC Solutions) in late August 2006. PCSol has several other technicians who work in areas around Brisbane and south to Tweed Heads. My area stretches from Maroochydore (Sunshine Coast) south to Boondall - Albany Creek (Brisbane Northside).

August 2006...

Currently I am looking for work. I am mature and versatile, seeking work in the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane (Northside) areas as an ASP or Visual Basic programmer. Please see my resume for details ("My Resume" link at left).

The "Alerta" project kept me busy until the end of July 2006. Unfortunately, TSS has not had any orders from clients since early in the year, so I'm out of work for the time being.

January 2006...

In February 2005 I was offered part-time work developing a website for Transport Safety Services of Buderim ("Alerta Home" link at left) (Edit: link removed - website no longer exists). This is an Active Server Pages (ASP) application to provide messaging and tracking services intended for operators of heavy vehicles and heavy machinery.

In June 2005 I ceased the voluntary teaching work, mainly because of the increasing cost of travelling back and forth to Maroochydore three days a week.

January 2005...

A whole year since the last update! For the first nine months of the year I was stuck in the Centrelink loop looking for work, including a course on looking for work (fat lot of use that was!). In October I was offered voluntary work with an organisation in Maroochydore, teaching elderly people to use Windows 98 (up to six in each class).

January 2004...

Last June (2003) I completed my Bachelor of Business degree in Information Systems at the University of the Sunshine Coast ("USC Home" link at left).
In addition to my Information Systems major, I completed several elective courses in Marketing, Computer-Based Art & Design (CBAD), and some Arts courses in communication.

Before beginning my University degree I operated my own welding business for 23 years, building and repairing farm machinery. Before that I worked as a motor mechanic, a spare parts manager, and had a parcel delivery run for several years.