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What is your educational background? What work experience did you have before this?

MD of and Computer Science
IT Research
Software Architecture




What software and plug-ins do you use to retouch and manage your photos?

Jade Sperry (jadedphotography.me)

In my notebook and desktop computers, I use a free software program called Photoscape. It's just as good as Photoshop.




How did you begin making music? Who introduced you?

It started in 2002 after completing my first year of a National Diploma in Accounting at Natal Technikon, it started with exploring computer software necessary for music production without incurring high in-studio costs. With this insight into the power of technology, I immersed myself in research about the music business and music production itself.

After that the fire started burning, I moved to Johannesburg the biggest city in South Africa and mingled with people who were producing music. I've learned from various producers and studio engineers I've worked with as an assistant to the stage where I bough my own studio equipment and experimenting in my own convenient time helped me to grow to this stage.




What role does technology play in your creative process?

The WWW and all the other technologies like computers, film nd photo cameras, all the amazing software for editing... We are so used to it, but as soon as I deepen it, then I have to simply admit that our technology is a miracle. I use it, but do not even know why this all works.



How did your interest in multimedia technology begin?

I've always, always been drawing 24/7. I would wake up in the middle of the night and draw by my nightlight on the floor in secret, even when I was in primary school. When I was in secondary school I became obsessed with Bill & Ted and wanted to make my own version of that (as you do), so I wrote out this whole big script and got in touch with some old friends and some new friends and started getting together kit and props to make this home-made version. I bought a cheap little DVCAM and put a fire-wire port in my horrifically bad computer and bought this awful, awful editing software. It was my mission to genuinely make this thing, but this was back in 2001 I think and the software never really worked and my computer later exploded as we had serious disagreements and of course, this poor little film never got made (which is probably for the best). But, this meant that when I left school a couple of years later and went looking for a college, I went looking for a film/art course. Unfortunately they had no such combination, so I ended up doing an Art & Design course instead and during that time I became interested in the idea of going on to do animation as I was very interested in movement and capturing movement or capturing a moment as it happens.



Describe your current equipment: cameras, lenses, computers, accessories...

Camera bodies: Canon 5Ds
Lenses: Canon 24-70mm 2.8/ 70-200mm 2.8/ 50mm 1.2/ 35mm 1.4/ 85mm 1.8
Speedlight: 580EX
Lights: Elinchrom 500s

Computer: Mac Powerbook & iMac
Software: PhotoMechanic, Lightroom & Photoshop CS3

Accessories: Black Rapid women's strap, Shootsac lens bag, Lowepro Rucksack




How do you protect your computer from viruses?

First, my everyday account is not an admin account. If my account can't install software, neither can a bot. I also run virus protection software and have all the computers in my house on static IPs to make sure they can't even connect to mine without authorization.



What is your professional background? What did you do before?

I've been a qualified Software Engineer since 2000 (16yrs old) and have completed my Bachelors and Masters in Computer Science. I was proficient with C++, Java and Perl before I took on web development in 2008.



How did your professional interest in technology come about?

When I started working at auto dealerships in 1970's I was introduced to warranty claims which I had to submit to Detroit using a paper tape punch. This tape went to IBM. They also had a Wang machine that calculated and printed our your contract. Later, I worked for the stock market & got to teach branches how to submit buys/sells on their new computers. In the 1980's we purchased the first Osborne's - portable computers & learned about CPM, command programs like SuperCalc, & dBaseII (loved that one). When we later got a Windows machine we both thought it was so slow compared to the command software we were used to using. So I have been using computers since 1971. My first website with the new internet was in 1998. It has been interesting!



What kind of job would you like to get via telephone today?

Tel. - caller with advance software and super fast computer speed .



How often do you practice?

Since it's all made by me using a computer and VST instruments, I mainly practice singing my songs live. I'd like to know how to play instruments, but right now using music softwares is the best way I can make songs, so I only need to practice the vocal parts.



What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?

I have always loved reading and probably started where most of us did. At the breakfast table, reading the back of the cereal box. I loved all the books we read at school. I was curious as to why Dick and Jane ran or sat.I wanted to know what they were thinking when they were watching Spot run or jump. And I was so proud that I could read them without help. Who taught me to love reading was Laura Ingalls Wilder. I loved reading her story from the "Little House in the Big Woods" to "These Happy Golden Years" I suppose these were the "Harry Potter's" of my childhood. Well without the wizards. There was another series of books that I cannot for the life of me remember. I know that the main character was a young girl that was always in trouble.



I wrote in school because we had to. I have the same trouble now as I had then. I get this great idea and sit down to write my great novel. And by the time It is finished, it won't even hold up as a short story. My characters scream for me to write about them, but as soon as I do, They just shut up.

I have more luck to my craft if I write more as a commentator or narrator. It seems when I sit back and analyze and write my feelings about certain subjects or even characters, I actually can be quite insightful. In fact after I go back and read it, It is Like WOW, who wrote that. Of course sometimes it is more like ..what, you have to be kidding, who wrote this junk. I am sure that even the most creative writers have days where they cannot get it right the first dozen time.

Of course my teachers read my first writing. I think when I was in school, writing was not that important. As long as you wrote it and they could read it and it was in on time, you usually got an A. That part where it had to be turned in NEAT and on Time...well that was the hardest. Without computers and only manual typewriters that only the richer kids had access to...well that left me with my trusty pencils and ball point ink pens.

My first paying job was for a company called ODesk. I describe them as a clearing house where providers are looking for contractors to write web content, articles, blogs. Some jobs are for creative people who can do web design. All different levels of pay and experience are accepted. You do have to run some software that links your computer to a program.
The first job I did for them was Web Content for a new Website. After that I wrote for a young man in London. He ran a business website of Mobil phones. He offered me plenty of constructive criticism as well as confidence and praise. It wasn't long before the middle man was out and I was working directly for him and got a raise. I enjoyed working with him, but his business took off into a different direction. I wasn't qualified to go there. I do miss his input and his cultural difference from the other side of the pond.

You get this idea that you could write a blog and get paid for it. But writing about something that others want to actually read is harder than it you think. You know if it you have a theme or genre that would make it easier, but mine is just by the seat of my pants. I do have more traffic and if I would write more interesting stuff and if someone would just start clicking on the ads, I would have more than 2.63 in my account. I have to say I got excited about that. I had .44 for the very longest time. Whoo hoo... I digress in my interview here. I am still trying to figure out why someone one wants me to interview. I suppose they can ask me to leave. :)




What hardware and software do you use that you deem as indispensable?

Hardware- Computer. It is essential these days in explaining anything to a client. There are many different software programs that I deem indispensable.



How do you protect your computer from viruses?

I use anti-virus software in all my computers (including the Macbook Pro), I don't visit nor open stuff from sources I think are suspicious.



What was your musical education?

I think I am self taught...went to a recording school and realized I could have just intern at some studio, or just bought a board and start playing with it!?
I was collecting my camera equipment, and darkroom stuff, same time I was buying a better turntable and mixer! Practice does make sense when you have to play live, but back then I was playing almost 2-3 nights a week regularly.

In Japan I got to learn slowly hands on with my own computer and space, and started to buy parts for recording all myself. I am still learning something new everyday, especially with computers, and vst software. Everytime there is something updated or newly revised?! "it's hard to be in the new?!"




How have your past experiences prepared you for teaching? How did you become interested in education?

Prior job experience has helped given me skills for teaching. Retail work has provided me with constant public speaking, quick-decision making, and multi-tasking. These are basic skills, but are very much needed for teaching in a classroom.

I have also taught software (such as Word, Powerpoint, Dreamweaver) to college staff. This gave me my first real taste of teaching. During that job, I had to create plans for what I was going to teach, become used to teaching to people with little to no prior knowledge on a subject, and develop strong speaking skills. The skills carried over very well into my practicum, as teaching adults is very similar to teaching children.

This job is also what made me interested in teaching for a career. This job was originally a co-op for my Computer Science degree, but I found myself disliking Computer Science more every semester. However, I realized that while the computer portion of the job was very boring, I enjoyed the teaching aspect a lot. So after I finished the co-op, I dropped out of the program and enrolled into University with the intention of going to Teacher's College.




In which areas have you thought of building upon your education?

In computer skills, there are always new programs and software I need to learn and hone my skills



As machines for development, what opinion do Macs deserve?

Web development, I hear they're good. But that is a Mac's only redeeming quality in the software development world. Anyone not using a PC running Windows/Linux (And not OSX) gives off a first impression of lesser computer/programming knowledge and experience.



What was your first job in the field?

Office junior in a computer software house



Describe your current equipment: cameras, lenses, computers, accessories...

canon, hasselblad, apple computers, adobe software



What was your musical education?

None. I spent time just playing around with some computer software and eventually just got the feel of it and put my ideas out there



What factors should one keep in mind when giving advice about an investment in technology?

If you are buying a piece of hardware or software today, and it is already a mature product, your investment is likely safe for the next 2-4 years, but newer products will be available to you during that time which may be more attractive. Changing horses mid-stream will be a poor investment of your money, unless the improved feature set or performance will actually SAVE YOU MONEY.

Many people think that purchasing a faster computer or more feature laden software is going to make them more productive, but what about the downtime during the conversion, and what about the learning curve until you are up to speed on the usage of these features?

As much as a business like Homeland Secure IT loves to sell stuff, it isn't always in the best interest of our clients. Sometimes, sticking with what you have is the best investment you can make.

Now if you have a 4 year old server that is running slow, and 25 people in your office are waiting on the server to do its thing instead of doing their actual work, or maybe it takes 20 minutes for a desktop to start up in the mornings, then it is time to invest in some new gear!




Do you think businesses waste a lot of money on bad technology?

Businesses continue to look for the new gadget or software that is going to make their life easier and in doing so will sometimes make a guess at where to focus, purchasing a new CRM for instance, which they later find does not integrate with other software they have.

I've known law offices to buy new software every 3 or 4 years! Everytime someone goes to a conference, they hear about XYZ software which is the best thing since sliced bread and they buy it. Then everyone in the office has to learn how to use it after thousands and thousands are spent, and ultimately, the lost productivity and unhappiness brings them back to reality.

Working with your IT professionals will help prevent this, but probably not eliminate it entirely unless your IT group knows your environment very well. Still, a technician who is familiar with your hardware, software and network layout can prevent you from making a purchase that would lead to unexpected expenditures, such as buying a 64 bit application that will not run on current 32 bit computers in your network,.




What factors should one keep in mind when giving advice about an investment in technology?

If you are buying a piece of hardware or software today, and it is already a mature product, your investment is likely safe for the next 2-4 years, but newer products will be available to you during that time which may be more attractive. Changing horses mid-stream will be a poor investment of your money, unless the improved feature set or performance will actually SAVE YOU MONEY.

Many people think that purchasing a faster computer or more feature laden software is going to make them more productive, but what about the downtime during the conversion, and what about the learning curve until you are up to speed on the usage of these features?

As much as a business like Homeland Secure IT loves to sell stuff, it isn't always in the best interest of our clients. Sometimes, sticking with what you have is the best investment you can make.

Now if you have a 4 year old server that is running slow, and 25 people in your office are waiting on the server to do its thing instead of doing their actual work, or maybe it takes 20 minutes for a desktop to start up in the mornings, then it is time to invest in some new gear!




What is your professional position? What technology do you work with?

Computers, servers, networks, VoIP, CCTV, IP surveillance, firewalls, software, etc... Business environment mostly, but also some end / home users



What is your professional background? What were you doing before?

I left school and got a job as an insurance underwriter. From there I progressed through a few clerical type roles until I saw computers starting to arrive in offices. I went back to college to learn the basics of IT and moved into the IT industry - though always in the corporate sector.

Spanning several different industries, my role was always one of bridging the gap between business/people and technology. Helping geeks to appreciate the business needs and helping the business to make the most of technology.

My final employed role was as VP of a US banking software company setting up a managed services operation for Europe. The role was made redundant in 2001 and I decided it was finally time to go it alone rather than find another job.

I've been unemployable ever since!




Which software applications do you most utilize in your work?

I use Adobe Photoshop, and Illustrator mainly for my computer applications as well as In Design, and some Photo editing software like Aperture.



What kind of projects do you usually undertake?

We write and send press releases to computer and software press and we work with IT developers.



When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Something different every week, and all sorts of different things. Gardener. Marine biologist. Painter. Pianist. Trucker. Novelist. Pre-school teacher. Chef. Tourist guide.

Sometimes I wonder whether I’d wanted to be any of the things I ended up doing over the years (software tester and developer, technical writer) if I’d been aware of (a) computers and (b) technical writing back in the 1970s. But I wasn’t, so I didn’t.




Do you feel your hobbies serve to elevate your career?

Absolutely! Thatís actually how I chose my career... Iíve always been interested in language and languages and in computers and (to a degree) other machines. Iíve also enjoyed good prose ever since I learned to read. So, naturally, I tend to end up in jobs where Iím paid to do linguistic research, teach a language, develop or test software, or write and copy-edit documentation and other non-fiction.

The downside is, of course, that itís sometimes hard for me to tell whether Iím reading a particular book or attending a particular class because of personal or professional reasons... But on the other hand, I usually find a professional application for most things I learn ‘just for myself’ eventually, and a private-life application for most things I learn in a professional context.




What is your professional background? What did you do before?

I have degrees in Computer Science and Spanish, with a minor in Business.

After college, I held one short-term job before joining the game industry. I worked at a small company in Iowa that made mapping software. I didn't like the job much, to be honest, and not many of the skills were directly applicable to game development.




Describe your current equipment: cameras, lenses, computers, accessories...

My current digital line up consists of a Nikon D3s body and Nikon D2x body for underwater work. I use 50mm 1.8, and 85mm 1.4 primes, and 28-70 2.8 and 70-200 2.8 zooms on the D3s, and 12-24 4.0 on the D2x.

My current film line up consists of Hasselblad 500c/m with 60mm 4.0, 80mm 2.8, 250mm 5.6, Mamiya 645AFD with 2.8, Mamiya RZ67 110mm 2.8, and Speed Graphic Pacemaker with 130mm and 162mm. I use Kodak Tri-X and Ilford HP5+ both rated at 320 for B&W, and Kodak Portra 400 rated at 320 for color.

Computers - 24" iMac, 13" Macbook Pro, and Mac Mini

Scanner - Epson V750 Pro

Software - PS CS3 and CS5 and LR3.3, ProSelect for presentation, and Animoto for slideshows




Do you consider yourself a geek?

Absolutely! Our parent company, Gold Systems, is a professional software development company so we've got quite the assortment of computer nerds. My weakness: comic books and Star Wars memorabilia.



How did you discover your creative territory? How would you describe it?

When i was 15 i started sequencing midi music in and old software. As my music influences were very complex for my abilities, sequences became the ultimate resource to bring to life the ideas i had in mind that couldn't actually play in an instrument. That's the point when i realised that i was a computer-based musician



Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?

I write on the computer, edit on the computer and apply finishing touches on the computer. The computer is my life and when I'm not at my computer and need to write something down I use my iphone. I haven't always used the computer though, I did all my writing in A4 exercise books and if I needed to write something down then I'd use the trusty old notebook but I recognize times and technology are changing and I've actually found lots of software and applications that makes things so much easier. I'm even better organized.



What role does technology play in your creative process?

High quality camera equipment and hi-end computer software are always used to ensure the final image is the best quality it possibly can be, whilst ensuring the picture can be printed at large sizes on canvas and acrylic.



If you conclude your investigation successfully, what practical application would it have in everyday life?

NOT if, ONLY when we conclude, the practical application(s) will see emerge a new method of organizing the mass production and distribution, of ALL new knowledge, science, INFORMATION and information services, globally. Though most significantly the model of man's cognitve ascent in the paradox, dilemma, dichotomy and proscription's cognitive ascent axis in the post Freudian context of Identity Resolution_IR. As is the now emergent NEW educational CONTENT, models of self governance and business and methods of teaching; sustainable human development, in the NEW cognitive and behavioral social science of "Receiving, to give(sm)" as is cognitive sceince's NEW first prinaiple; that as well applies in genetics and neuroscience, as their NEW methods. As will NOW span NEW sunrise 'IT' industries and businesses globally, that will create a vast and compelx NEW value added set of NEW business applications, for all the SEs, social networks and computer software and platform and portable devices, and their Internet portals and servers globally, in language and culture specific terms. This will creat in the US and G-20 an entire NEW sector of the economy as is "human health and wellness services," driven by this NEW science and its "enabling technologies."

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Up till now, what has been your professional career path?

Hons degree educated in Computer Science and sponsored by Marconi Communications. Started out as a software engineer but found I was mostly re-implementing the software wheel and found it boring. Although I did enjoy the challenges of hardware and software integration for SystemX (BTs first X.25 switch) and other switching systems.

Got poached out by a Motorola distributor upon the recommendation of the Motorola AE's supporting me at Marconi. Foudn they also had some cool RTOS sw from a US company (pSOS) that was really good - I promoted it heavily and ended up helping the company make more money selling software than they previously made selling Motorola VME boards and systems. So they asked me to take on other cool sw products. Started with some really good rapid prototyping tooos, for HMI for simulators (heads down displays and some HUD work), and moved onto 3D modelling tools (Multigen). So successful as a disti that we became a SGI reseller and within 18 motnsh were their No.1 reseller in the UK into the defence sector.

Got poached by US company to set up UK office for pSOS - direct sales and support. Discovered the importance of marketing and brought in some key agency support.

Got poached again - this time by SDS to set up European office for sw dev tools into embedded market. Did so - and took them from $50K in Europe in the year i started to just under $10m in just over 4 years.

SDS got acquired by ISI and ISI made me VP Europe for their merged tools entiy Diab-SDS.

9 months later got ISI got acquired by Wind River and I was asked to go to the HQ in California to run the tools product marketing - 10 product managers and 300+ engineers from 5 different companies to merge together and come up with a new coherent product strategy.

2 Years later, got bored with WR not digging itself out of the post merger heaviness and sloth and came back to the UK.

Tried my hand at giving back to the community by joining local college to run their management training arm - major lesson - I don't fit in public bodies - everything was too slow and there was no goal orientation to anything worthwhile. gave it up as a bad job after 1 year - although i did sort out their fiscal business model in the meantime.

Tried to do a mobile start-up (3d avatar generation) - found I was not ready - lacking some core skills. Mostly Marketing.

Decided to join the marketing agency I employed all those years before at ISI, but to help them get deeper in marketing consultancy by bringing to bear my business skills contacts and contextual awareness. happily successful for last 6+ years doing that - but now missing the histle and bustle of serious business growth . This time my own. Need a product business that can scale - have idea, developed strategy - and this time around i think I have all the key skills bases covered to give myself a better than evens chance of success.




Do you believe the newer generations are better at designing?

not nesessary as a lot of new designers heaviley rely on computer software rather than the usual pen and paper approach



Deep down inside, who do you write for?

I try to write for people seeking information about how to use their Mac computer, software, and related web technology.



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