My CV. is Here...
My nickname is Mr. Edd. It has been for
a long time, ever since the other Mister Ed (the horse) appeared on TV many years ago. I
spell my version with two d's so that hopefully I don't upset anyone who may
have copyright. My friends used to call me Mr. Edd when I was in
my late teens and it's stuck ever since.
I originate from Salford near
Manchester in the North of England. I moved to Lytham St. Annes when I was
12 years old. Some years later I met and married my wife Angela and we moved
to Australia. We lived there for 26 years coming back to England in 1996.
In Oz I ran my own painting and decorating business but when I returned to
England I didn't want to continue in the building trade so I went to college
for a couple of years and studied computers.
Currently I work at Church Stretton
School in Shropshire as the Systems Administrator and
Network Manager. When I started there in 1998 they only had 16 computers in
a workgroup and a few odd standalones. A lot of the machines were really old
so I threw them out, in fact we had 3 skips full of old computer junk in the
first summer I started there. Currently I am looking after a
Windows 2000 network of 5
servers and 150 workstations and
growing. We have broadband 2mbs and e-mail for everyone.
I migrated the school to W2k last summer and that was
very interesting and also very hard work. I set up Active Directory
and Exchange 2000, I use group policies to make the network secure.
I enjoy working with the kids and we
seem to get on very well. I often run clubs during lunch teaching the kids
how to repair their computers or how to write web
pages, they often turn out stuff much better then I do. I have been there
over 4 years. I now have a full time assistant. And
I love it except of course it's education and the money is crap! I am open
to offers from other schools or anyone needing a network manager with lots
of experience in network security.
Some of the kids in one of the clubs upgraded 12 machines
a few years ago from 486 DX66's with 8megs to Baby Motherboards and
AMD K6 400 64megs and 4 gig drives with everything onboard including network
cards etc. The kids did most of the work building these machines, I just
watched and checked they put the bits in the old cases correctly.
These machines are now distributed around the school in classrooms used for
interactive lessons and connected to the Internet for that all important
research. We hope to do a few more one day..
I also write the
schools Intranet and Internet web pages.