I have always had an interest in technology. I was the kid at school who had all the gadgets, when other people were saving their money to buy a car I was saving for a Pocket PC (remember them). Messing around with computers and software is what I do for fun.
I have a degree in Rocket Science (yes really), a Masters degree in Audio Acoustics and I spent 7 years working as an Acoustic Consultant. Although life as an Acoustic Consultant was interesting, it didn’t involve enough of what I enjoyed doing every day, namely doing interesting things with technology. So I left that career and did a Masters degree in Computer Science at Newcastle University. As it turns out I was pretty good at that and even ended up building a laser wielding robot for my dissertation project! After I completed the Masters I was accepted onto the inaugural year of Newcastle University's Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Cloud Computing for Big Data.
I have just completed the first year of the CDT, a taught MRes, with courses in big data analysis, machine learning and cloud computing. I am now starting my PhD, which looks at elastic scaling against dynamic workloads in complex event processing systems. This is focused on maintaining end-to-end latency in large scale Internet of Things deployments. More details can be found on my PhD outline page. In my spare time I am working on a few other projects and I still like to mess around writing fiction from time to time.
Python North East - Introduction to Apache Spark 11 Nov 2015
This post contains links and basic tutorials for the November Python North East talk, Introducing Apache Spark.Dual Booting Ubuntu and Windows on Surface Pro 3 03 Mar 2015
As part of my PhD I was generously given a brand new Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Unfortunately, as I have been an Ubuntu user for the better part of a decade, using Windows again was a less than optimal experience. Having read many blog posts about the Surface 3 hardware not being supported by the current Ubuntu kernel I resolved to wait and battle on with Windows 8.1. However, after a sever bout of yak shaving I managed to get the latest 15.04 beta 2 working (mostly).Installing Microsoft Azure Command Line Tools on Ubuntu 01 Dec 2014
As part of my MRes I am using Microsoft's Azure cloud platform. I had a few issues getting the command line tools to work so I am posting the solution here to save other people the bother.