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Who Am I?

My name is Steven Patterson, this is my website, and this is a little bit about me.

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Interests

Image:NikonDualLens.jpg I'm interested in motorsport, and in particular tend to follow the British Touring Car Championship. I also play with my camera quite a lot, and always enjoy a holiday, particularly skiing! Recently, I've become more and more obsessed with the idea of learning to fly, but we'll see about that.

News Feeds

Here is a list of news feeds that I currently read.

  • British Journal of Photography
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  • BTCCPages.com News
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  • Ctrl+Alt+Del
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  • evad.blog
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  • Explosm.net
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  • FlightSim.Com Web Site News
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  • GamePolitics News
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  • Le Monde.fr : a la Une
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  • PhotoshopDisasters
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  • Sniff Petrol
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  • Soton
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  • superuseless superpowers
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  • Telegraph Snow and Ski
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  • The National Union of Journalists
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  • There, I Fixed It
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  • xkcd.com
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Biography

Well, such as it is...

I was born in Wolverhampton, in the West Midlands, UK, on June 10th 1977 - which at time of writing makes me 31, rapidly approaching 32.

I attended the Mount Pleasant Primary School in Coseley, later the Hurst Hill Primary School, and from there went to the Bishop Milner RC Comprehensive School in Dudley. A small handful of A-levels later, and it was off to the University of Birmingham for a MSci degree in Physics.

Having graduated, just about, with a 3rd, I went to work for a little IT company called tMSc, based in Cambridge, where I did general Windows on NT4, Exchange, and Linux administration. I also spent a lot of time coding in C and in x86 assembler. After about six months there, I moved on to the University of Southampton Computing Services department (now iSolutions - iSolutions) as a Unix systems administrator. I remain there to this day, but my job role has changed somewhat. Having become an expert in Sendmail, then apache, squid, bind, INN, ... well a plethora of service applications, I then volunteered to become the University's first Oracle DBA. I built an Oracle infrastructure, watched a small team grow around me, and then was promoted out of that to manage the entire systems and DBA team, numbering from 10 - 20 people at various times. From 1st September 2009, I will be taking up the post of iSolutions Infrastructure lead for the School of Medicine.

So, work aside, I have a house in Hamble-le-Rice, which is a village near to Southampton, bordered on one side by Southampton Water and on the other by the river Hamble. It's quite a nice place to live, reasonably pretty and with some green open spaces, and supports a few more pubs and restaurants than one might expect, thanks to the large influx of "yachties" who have their boats moored on the river.

I share my house with my wife Ruth, we were married on July 26th 2008, and we're expecting a son on June 17th 2011.

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