- CAA (UK) Private Pilot.
- FAA (US) Commercial Pilot.
- Single & Twin Engine Land.
- SE & ME Instrument Rating.
- High Altitude certification.
I obtained my PPL in 1988, Cannes, France. Primarily for pleasure and quicker commuting throughout Europe. Over 1000 flying hours, with longest flight from Rock Sound, Bahamas to Geneva, Switzerland in a Piper PA32-300. Direct Atlantic crossing from St. Johns, Newfoundland to Shannon, Ireland. I am currently working towards completing my Airline Transport Pilot License.
- RYI – Coastal Skipper License.
- English South Coast & Channel.
- Bay of Biscay & Northern France.
- Mediterranean, Corsica & Greece.
- US East Coast & greater Caribbean.
I learned to sail out of Brixham and the River Dart, with extensive training along the south coast of England and into the Bay of Biscay. Through the years, I have charted yachts to cruise the Med & Caribbean. I’m currently working towards RYA Ocean Yachtmaster. Planning for life off the grid.
- Shelter Volunteer since 1974.
- Collecting and raising money.
- Finding foster & forever homes.
- Developing software and websites.
I’ve been helping out at animal shelters since the 1970s. Mending, feeding, walking and caring for the lost, rejected and discarded four-legged friends. I’m now able to help on a much larger scale, using a lifetime of Information Technology experience. Connecting thousands of animal shelter databases worldwide and managing 30+ websites. I believe a good shelter is an empty shelter. Several of my current projects focus on animal rescue and speeding up the adoption process.
- Africans are born into conservation
- I grew up surround by fauna and flora.
- Lifetime supporter of various organizations.
- Spent three full years in the field after retirement.
Once an African, always an African. I returned to the bush in 2012 to help full-time with nature conservation. Using my primary skills of Information Technology, developing software apps and several websites. Physically walking more than 5000km, over a three year period, into the wild. Working both online and in the field, I believe sophisticated technology is the best weapon to combat poaching. My projects also include addressing the plight of zoo and circus and animals.
Always a fan of technology, I built my first little crystal radio set at the age 7. My father was an electronics technician and I learned a lot from being his under-aged apprentice. By age 10, I was building and selling circuit boards for disco lighting and CB radio sets. My military service was done primarily as a communications centre instructor. First exposure to the Internet was in 1981, sending Morse code over packet radio on VHF & UHF around the globe. Discovering the AX.25 protocol and AMPRNet opened a wonderful world via bulletin boards. I was totally hooked. This is my IT journey…
- Apple 1 built from plans.
- Various VHF & HF radio sets.
- Morse code keys and couplers.
- Commodore 64 and Atari 4/800.
- BBC Micro and ZX Spectrum 16K.
- Burroughs B3900, B5900 & CP95.
- DEC PDP 11/23, 11/44, Rainbow.
- DEC VAX 780, 4000, 6000, 8600.
- IBM 3031/2/3, 4041/2/3, 4341.
- IBM PC (1983 onwards).
- IBM System 36 & 38.
- AT&T 3B2/300/400.
- ICL DRS20/40.
- WANG V80.
- NCR 8575.
- GEC 4000.
- MCP, DMS.
- IBM VM, VSE.
- RSX11M, Plus.
- VRX, COS, BSC.
- Windows Server.
- UNIX, LINUX.
- CPF, DMX.
- VMS, DCL.
- Rest API.
- Token Ring.
- IBM Db2.
- MS Access.
- Various CDN.
- Raw HTML.
- Plesk CMS.
Computer, Internet & WWW Timeline
- 1977 – Built my first computer from plans in Byte Magazine.
- 1978 – Started coding in Basic and developing software games.
- 1981 – First connected to the Internet via packet radio VHF & HF.
- 1983 – Active on BBS(Bulletin Board System) via 1200 bit/s links.
- 1983 – Bought my first IBM PC 5150 – 64kB RAM & 2 x floppies.
- 1984 – User, Sysop, Moderator on Usenet, BBS & Fidonet,
- 1985 – Started focusing on TCP/IP, X25, OSI, CMIS.
- 1986 – Developed email and Usenet interfaces.
- 1988 – Heavily involved in the Usenet community.
- 1989 – Moved to Ferney-Voltaire, France near CERN.
- 1990 – First awareness of the World Wide Web @ CERN.
- 1992 – Became a member of the ISOC – Internet Society.
- 1993 – Discovered the joys of the Mosaic – NCSA browser.
- 1994 – Established The CyberChateau – Internet Training.
- 1995 – Opened Internet Commerce Centre in Switzerland.
- 1995 – Opened an Internet Café in ICC Building, Geneva.
- 1996 – Organized Internet Cruise from CERN to Montreux.
- 1997 – Developed affiliate programs for online marketing.
- 1998 – Moved to Silicon Valley and DotCom bandwagon.
- 1999 – Focused on Internet affiliate marketing strategies.
- 1999 – Founded the Internet Affiliate Marketing Association.
- 2000 – Staged AffiliateFORCE conference in Miami Beach, USA.
- 2001 – From DotCom to DotBomb and downscaling ensued.
- 2003 – Hosted affiliate marketing conferences in the USA.
- 2004 – Moved back to South Africa to share IT experience.
- 2005 – Managed Internet Cafes and ADSL development.
- 2006 – Designed remote IT support systems over TCP/IP.
- 2007 – Autonomic computer repair over low bandwidth.
- 2008 – Managed Services Provider throughout Africa.
- 2009 – Content Management Systems with ASP .NET.
- 2010 – Web development agency using WordPress.
- 2011 – Started philanthropic initiatives on the InterWeb.
- 2012 – Nature conservation using drones over UDP, TCP/IP.
- 2013 – Developing 30+ websites that constitute Ubuntu Synergy.
- 2016 – Set out to travel the world, as a seasoned Digital NOMAD.
- 2019 – Official launch of Ubuntu Synergy with 20-year game plan.
- 2020 – Made use of the pandemic lockdown to create 15+ sites.
- 2022 – Finally got that first book done ~ The Art of Living Freely!
My current projects focus on generating residual revenue for various causes, Using the wide skillset acquired over the years. I’m making everything available for free through Club SYNERGY. Anyone can learn the Art of Living Freely. In order to accelerate the reach of Ubuntu Synergy, I’m looking for the cream of the crop ~ 100 top affiliates who really get it. Mentoring these 100 individuals to generate in excess of 100K each per month. Charity begins at the cash register and collectively we can REALLY make a difference. I mentor through my professional website and gladly assist those willing to learn.
My personal development continues…
ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot License)
No matter our achievements nor our age, we should never stop learning. Constantly reaching out to do more and grow mentally. Setting lofty goals is the secret to success. Shoot for the moon, always. In my case it’s to upgrade my commercial rating to Airline Transport Pilot. No intention to fly for a commercial airline, but rather to be a better pilot.