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’s” 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 delivered 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 number of years. It’s right on the wave-crest in terms of technology trends. Building on previous circumstances, the long pandemic confinement situation provided a great opportunity to complete one of the leading MSc degree programs in cyber security and write a dissertation (distinction awarded) on the application of machine learning in phishing email detection. Very challenging but fascinating. There was quite a lot of Python coding involved. With some of the resulting skills developed it has been an opportunity to get going on a few very interesting sideline Python projects. Let’s see where that leads.

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. In fact I have recently taken the walksforyou site down and replaced it with a simple holding page as the content was some years old and life has moved on. For leisure purposes at some stage I may consider developing a new site more related to where I’m currently spending most time in the outdoors, in the wonderful countries Portugal and Spain.

Thanks for dropping by.