Hi and welcome to my Home Page! In the following paragraphs I will tell you a bit about me
and give some links to related places on the net that I hope you will find interesting.
I was born in Essex, just outside London, England. When I was just a couple of
months old my family moved to Kingston, Jamaica where we lived until 1978 when we moved to
the Cayman Islands. In case you are wondering, the
Cayman Islands are a chain of three small islands, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little
Cayman, located approximately 480 miles south of Miami, Florida. Quite an idyllic life
growing up on a small Caribbean island, huh? :-) Well if you are in Tourism or Banking,
Cayman is the place to be, but unfortunately for me there aren't many jobs in my
field of interest, Electronics and Computing. Even though I no longer reside permanently
in Cayman, is it where I call "home" and the rest of my family still lives
In 1988 I left Cayman to attend the University of London
and study for a degree in Electronic and
Electrical Engineering with Computer Science. In 1992 I achieved my goal and graduated
with a First Class Honors degree.
While at University I was sponsored by BBC Television
and spent my vacation and spare time working as an engineer at Television Centre in
London in the Technical Investigations and Evaluation Department and television
studios. As part of my final year design project for University I designed a computer
based system for automating television camera colorimetry
measurement and adjustment. This project automated the alignment of part of the color
circuits in a television camera, (the linear matrix if you really want to know!)
which is probably one of the most critical adjustments for correct color balancing and
matching between different cameras. My project cut adjustment time from about one hour per
camera to under 5 minutes and increased the accuracy to which the cameras could be
adjusted. It won the Rank Taylor Hobson Prize for best design in 1992. This system is
still in regular use within the BBC, more than 10 years after it was completed!
If you are thinking about a career in Television or Radio Broadcast Engineering, take a
look at the courses offered at the BBC Centre
for Broadcasting Skills Training. This training center is without question one of the
best in the world and is equipped with all of the latest broadcast gear.
After graduating University, I was offered a job as an electronic design engineer with Mitsubishi Electric at the Image & Information
System Works (Display Monitor Factory) in Nagasaki, Japan. I have
always been intrigued with Japan, the Japanese culture and it was my lifelong dream go
there, so naturally I jumped at the opportunity. Nagasaki is located on the southern
island of Kyushu, one of the most beautiful areas of Japan. Nagasaki was the unfortunate
target of the second atomic bomb on August
9, 1945, but has since made a remarkable recovery from the devastation caused.
The Image & Information System Works is the main design and manufacturing
center for displays ranging from 15" CRT desktop monitors, to 42" CRT
Presentation monitors, to the huge Diamond Vision displays used in sports stadiums
around the world. I worked on many aspects of display monitor design, however my favorite
area was firmware and automatic adjustment systems used to adjust display monitors during
production and assembly. I expanded this system to allow end users to adjust their display
monitors using a software control panel, instead of the normal front panel pushbutton
controls. I wrote the control software to do this, called Diamond
Control (MEGU in the Japanese domestic market) and it is available for
Windows and Macintosh platforms. My software won the CADENCE
Magazine Editors' Choice award in 1994.
Living in Japan was what I consider one of the best
experiences in my life and I plan to someday return there. Japan has such a rich culture
and the people are extremely friendly. In the town in which I lived and worked there were
only about 3 or 4 other gaijin (foreigners), and I was the only foreigner ever to
work for Mitsubishi in Nagasaki. The language and culture barriers were quite difficult at
first, but I was soon able to learn enough of the language and kanji to survive. I feel quite honored to have worked
there and been accepted into their society. Having said that, I can relate to most of the
things in You've Been In Japan Too Long When...
In October of 1995 I transferred to Mitsubishi
Electronics America in Dallas, Texas. It was
quite a reverse culture shock suddenly being surrounded by "Westerners". As Senior
Design Engineer, I headed display monitor development in the US for the design center in
Japan. My favorite project was development and support of the SpectraView color calibrated display system for Macintosh and Windows.
Other projects included, monitor communications and various utilities for special applications involving monitors, as well as writing USB drivers and
various projects with Adobe, Microsoft and several computer animation firms. Recent advances
in display technology such as Plasma and LCD panels make
this is very exciting and dynamic area for development.
In mid 2000, my division of Mitsubishi merged with the display division of NEC. The new company is called NEC-Mitsubishi Electronics of America Inc.
In the (little) spare time I have, I design home automation systems and various interface projects
using PIC Microcontrollers. I also create 3D pictures and renderings. Sadly in the last few years
I haven't had time to update my portfolio much. I use 3D
Studio exclusively for all my 3D work. I
consider 3D Studio to be one of the most powerful 3D programs available (and it should be
for the price, about $3000!).
Well, that's probably way more than enough about me, so here is some information
about the computers I use to produce the pictures in my Gallery.