A Charismatic, optimistic, and sociable geek, cut from the clothe of ‘Getting things done’. A graduate of the university of reallydunnit. A wealth of experience in software systems, mechnical engineering and business systems automation.
An active participant in the Free software, Open Source community. Founding member and former CEO of the UK Open Source Consortium and currently a member, mentor and developer with the Kubuntu flavour of the Ubuntu linux distribution
Multiple directorship appointments, very experienced at delivering evolutionary internal change and implementing ERP and CRM systems, Rick is currently working with WiFi SPARK Ltd helping with their international growth programme, and responsible for Platform, Systems and Software Development.
Building 3D printers, making tree houses for my daughters, growing vegetables in the garden, brewing beer and making country wines from flowers and fruits.
I have organised Music Festivals, managed bands and produced music, been invovled in politics and media, built elaborate landscaped gardens, climbed mountains, built racing cars and race engines, restored motorcycles. Built computers and written software, made stage gear and lighting rigs, programmed firmware and embedded controllers, repaired industrial scale optical scanners. built the first to the desktop Red Hat linux deployment replacing all the Windows PC’s with KDE desktops and free software for Super Tramp Ltd, and that was back in 2002, a first for UK small business.
I dropped by the London Linux Meetup on Wednesday 12th October, with my Kubuntu Community hat on. The venue for the meetup is fantastic. An old Medieval period public house, about 200 meters from Chancery Lane tube station. The pub, Cittie of Yorke, was decorated with dark wooden panelling, with dimmed wall lights to match. There was something rustic, yet homely about the place. The staff and services were excellent, as was the food.
It is my belief that the primary reason we find ourselves in the situation that we are today is as a result of our silence. I believe that I have a similar voice to that of the majority of the people in Britain. Yet I continue to find myself dumb founded by the policies that our government enacts. Often I am left plainly scratching my head saying “Who’s idea was that ?” What then is the cause of this consternation ?
I had recently been listening to an excellent episode of Coder Radio: Episode 203 “Go Go Golang” Chris and guests were discussing Go, as in golang the Open Source programming language developed at Google. I was looking for an excuse to muck about with golang, as I like compiled languages for performance reasons. The guest got to talking about gobot.io a robot control library suite they had been developing in Go.
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My role is to coordinate and integrate the internal systems at WiFiSPARK, which is undergoing rapid growth into the global market place. Their SPARK products are rapidly iterating through the feature and function development cycle. I am responsible for the whole development cycle from Road Map to Production. It is my responsibility to match commercial and customer requirements to the SPARK platform, and to work with the development team to expand and develop the product set.
WiFiSPARK Managing Director Matt O’Donovan and I have been friends for many years, having been part of the Wired West technology initiative here in the UK, and business owners working jointly on projects, we have discussed working together on many occasions. We decided in June, that with the company moving it’s Head Office to Exeter, the time had come for me to get involved.
Another exciting opportunity to dive into the white water of a company in a rapid growth phase, with big challenges, and massive potential.
I founded Abazander with the support of my lovelly wife Alison, after experiencing the difficulties one faces in small and medium sized businesses trying to get consistency of marketing and an effective sales generation process.
I utilised my broad experience of Linux and Unix systems, coupled with expertise in business systems analysis, to deliver a Software as a Service built entirely upon Free / Open source software.
Abazander provided a Software as a Service, for CRM and Business managment. Operating Debian GNU/Linux servers from 2 datacentres ( UK and Germany ) the system used an Open Source extended fork of SugarCRM, coupled with RCMail, DokuWiki, OpenOffice. The source code for the product iSAM is available from my Launch Pad account.
I built the complete stack from Debian installation and configuration right through to the software integrations and development, and was responsible for its upkeep, development and monitoring.
The business grew steadily from formation, and continued to develop I appointed 3 directors to work with me. Together, we went on developing iSAM, and won many contracts around the globe.
My role was varied covering all aspects of the business.
The OSC is the primary trade body respresenting Open Source systems and solutions providers across the UK. My main role is to coordinate the operational aspects of the OSC. A role that requires active communication, determination and persistance.
Tasked with replicating the successful work undertaken for Super Tramp, in delivering a 100% Linux and Open Source business system. My role was to lead the development and growth of Adaptive in delivering Open Source systems and solutions to businesses in the south west. Here I lead the migration to another 100% Linux / OS system for a multi-site organisation in Plymouth.
The company was in a rapid growth phase, increasing at a rate of more than 40% year on year. The Systems were incohorent, and unreliable, these were the days of Windows 98 and NT4 server. We were advised to implement Windows 2000 AS and Terminal services. While this resolved many of the issue with reliability we were still left with integration and performance issues.
The company grew quickly requiring more workstations. The load and potential for error of manually entering data into two systems became apparent.
I took responsibility for designing and implementing a new business system, to meet the business needs.
I deployed RedHat 7 Server, Mobius ERP, KDE Desktop, and LibreOffice. All these tools integrated to work together as a complete business system. Workstations were extremely lightweight, low power terminals utilising Linux Terminal Server Project via X. Highly reliable and responsive. Ultimately we had one powerful and redundant IBM x86 server driving 40 workstations, and all of our business systems, which then ran uniterrupted for over 1000 days.
I saw my first computer over 30 years ago, a ‘Commodore PET’ and I was taken straight away! Programming engaged my natural desire to problem solve. I have always considered myself a ‘Fixer’ from a young age. My parents bought me a Dragon 32, and that was it! The Chemistry set never saw the light of day again.
At 15 I got my first paid programming job; A friend and I developed software for a digital audio recorder on the ZX Spectrum, in Z80 Assembler. The device went to market 1984 selling thousands. Of course, we sold the software to the company for peanuts! Ah well you live and learn.
After college, I worked for Scan Optics Ltd on large scale mini and mainframe systems for British Gas and Barclaycard, and early laser scanning EPOS systems from ICL International Computers Ltd.
I digressed from Computer Systems engineering, into Mechanical engineering. Developing skills in turning, machining, sheet metal work, welding. I also explored entrepenurial activities in self employment and establishing small business. During this period I learned how to adapt, innovate and overcome.