About

Some context and perspective

“9 to 5”, Dolly Parton’s signature song – know of it? Most would, I think.

and “That’s Life” – by “Ol’ Blue Eyes”, Frank Sinatra – for countless millions of people of course – hamsters on the treadmill, challenges great and small. Normal.

But, for the writer, with all “That” more visible now in the rear-view mirror, rather than on the road ahead. Looking ahead then, and the relative freedom to choose is very satisfying.

So, like modern air-travel as driven by Michael O’Leary of Ryanair, cabin-baggage only and let’s go, adventures await!

In the current context, I guess a “cabin-baggage only” analogy might be some insight and hopefully wisdom accumulated over a long time – and travelling light, so to speak, I think gives one the opportunity lighten up and move with the times.

Ok, where are we going then? Where are these adventures?

First, excitement and joy shared is doubled – então cada passo no futuro ao lado da minha linda companheira de muitos anos Tania é estimado.

And, just looking at a few of the most important things, for now, on the road ahead.

Cyber security matters have interested me a lot over the past few years. It’s right there in terms of technology trends and I’ve reached an advanced stage in one of the leading MSc degree programs in the field. Very challenging but fascinating. I expect to discuss cyber security quite a bit here.

Web technology, both server and client side, have also interested me for quite some time. This site and its continued development is an expression of that, and especially as a platform to apply site security skills and techniques. It will probably be another frequent topic when time allows.

There would be a big hole in the ‘About’ thing without a mention of an unrelated topic: ‘Hiking’ – serious hiking, that is. It’s been a joy that Tania and I have shared for many years now, having hiked probably thousands of kilometers together in Ireland, Spain, Portugal and Brazil. We look forward to much more in the years ahead. I did have a simple blog about hiking at www.walksforyou.com but I haven’t paid much attention to it for a long time as life has moved on.

I have recently taken walksforyou.com down and replaced it with a simple holding page. Things will be very busy elsewhere until at least early autumn 2021 so after that I will start to develop a new site more related to where I’m currently spending most time in the outdoors, in the wonderful countries Portugal and Spain.