Well: I'm called Dave Wylie, I currently live near Rochdale in Lancashire, England, (Europe, Planet Earth, Sol System, Western
Spiral Arm, Milky Way Galaxy etc., though I'm not entirely sure which universe I live in...). I don't have a digitised photo to
stick on this page, which is probably a good thing, as you won't have to wait for it to download, and it will save your screen
Originally I came from Maryport, on the coast of West Cumberland (which was renamed "Cumbria" in 1974), just outside the beautiful
English Lake District. The house in which I was brought up had been bought by my great-grandfather, George Brown. The property remained
the family home for over 120 years. You can take a virtual tour of Alba House if you wish. George Brown
was a sea-captain and, in 1899, published a fascinating pamphlet about his Experience as captain on board the
barque "Robert Hine".
My initial education was at Camp Road School (infants and primary) in Maryport. I then went on to Keswick School for my secondary education,
where I had my initial exposure to computers - particularly the Commodore PET. I was also involved
in the Castlerigg Project with other pupils from the school in the mid 1970s. At university, I studied Electrical
Engineering (specialising in "Computer Systems and Electronics") at King's College,
I've been a professional Software/Systems/Network Engineer since 1985. I am a member of
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (formerly the IEE, the Institution of Electrical Engineers) and I am registered as a
Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council.
So if you want to get formal about it, I'm "David J. Wylie BSc(Eng) CEng MIET" - but most people just call me "Dave".
If you really want to know the details of what I've done in my past career, have a look at my CV.
At play, I spend a lot of time rock climbing or hill walking. I am a very active member of the Manchester based
Karabiner Mountaineering Club. We have an excellent club hut in the
old slate quarries above Llanberis in North Wales, and I've been heavily involved in maintaining it (for around 30 years, with
three of these as Hut Manager). I'm also an individual member of the British
Mountaineering Council. To be honest, I'm never going to be a "rock star". On a really good day I have led British
HVS 5a (which is about equivalent to American 5.8), but this year I really WILL lead an E1... or maybe next year...
I also sometimes look up at the night sky, being a member of the Astronomy
Centre based in Todmorden. I was one of the team that built the observatory dome and brought some hi-technology to the telescopes.
[Hmmm, why do I always seem to end up getting dragged into the building work when I join an organisation?].
I own a second hand 8" Meade telescope and, when it is clear at home, I try to get a bit of observing done as well as
just being interested in the science behind it all. My best observations to date were actually in the daytime, when I took some
photographs of the 1999 total solar eclipse. I've always been interested in science and technology, and try to keep
up to date on the latest developments.
If I'm not doing any of that, then I might be listening to music (classical, rock, pop, electronic, folk, weird stuff, very
weird stuff and "don't ask"), reading Science Fiction, juggling (up to
five balls - if I cheat!), or helping someone do their DIY (and I've now even started doing some on my OWN house!).