If you could travel back in time what technology would you drown at birth?Why?
Microsoft Visual Basic. It was an innovative product that made it really easy for anyone tostart programming and that was the problem. Suddenly everyone was a programmer andthis led to a rapid demise in the quality of programming, a loss of good design,abandonment of change management and the birth of the script bunnies who have createdso many of the viruses that are around.
What's the next big thing?
In the technology market in general it will be some change in the way in which media(music, books, movies) etc is handled. The current status quo of copyright, DRM etc. is notsustainable and people want more media for less cost so will work to break protectionwhere it exists. In the data warehousing space it will be a boom in appliances and therationalisation of tool vendors that will most change the market
Who do you most admire?
My wife; she puts up with me coming and going around the world for work whilst keepingthe kids on the level. Cooks for unexpectedly large groups at the drop of a hat and still hasa sense of humour after fifteen years of marriage.
Outside of work, what do you get up to?
I coach and play rugby and as a family we also go to the theatre a lot. We spend as muchtime as we can at our house in Dorset. I also enjoy travelling, reading and listening tomusic. My nerd factor comes from my stamp collection which I find incredibly therapeutic just sifting and sorting stuff without any responsibilities.
Who's invited to your dinner party?
My family and friends – celebrity is over-rated. If I did have to pick from the famous thenRichard Feynmann (Physist) , Umberto Eco (Author and Professor of Semiotics), BernardKnight (Pathologist, but dead funny!)
What's the worst job you've ever had?
I worked for a small company immediately after leaving Sequent. It only lasted a few weeksbecause the owner was one of the most dishonest people I have ever met – he misled meabout the company product, company turnover, sales pipeline, and just about everythingelse – but even then I am more disappointed with myself for believing him.
Aside from your house, what's the most expensive thing you've ever bought?
I once spent £2,000 on a pair of 1920 Egyptian Revival enamelled cufflinks. They haveCleopatra’s head at one end and Cleopatra’s needle at the other. I bid for them in auctionagainst one of the TV newsreaders and Vanessa Feltz and got a bit carried away – but Iwon!
What item can you not live without?
My mobile, running a small business you need to be in contact and able to read e-mail etcwherever you are. I don’t like it but I can’t live without it whilst I do this job!