Monday, January 10, 2011

About Igregious


Bloated though the blogosphere already is, I occasionally feel the need to make odd thoughts public. I hope I can add more signal than noise, and that you find something interesting here.


"Igregious" is just a nice juxtaposition of my name, the egregious use of "i" to prefix everything, and an available domain name.


I'm Greg Fawcett, and I'm lucky enough to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world (Arrowtown in the heart of the Southern Alps of New Zealand), with the most gorgeous woman in the world (Nicole, a primary school teacher).

Samoa has more palm trees than Arrowtown
We have two sons Olly and Jasper, who seem to be turning into healthy, pleasant and intelligent young men. I play the tin whistle and ukulele (badly), love tramping, and help run the Arrowtown Scout Group.

After knocking off a Physics B.Sc. and an Electronics M.Sc. in the United Kingdom, I got my most important education when I took off round the world for two years. I worked on a bulk carrier from Greece to India; enjoyed the Buddhists in Dharamsala; developed noise calculation software in Singapore; sprayed for cockroaches in Broome; fixed Commodore 64s in Darwin; organised hundreds of cables for a SCADA system in Sydney; played catch-me-if-you-can with police launches around nuclear-powered warships in Sydney Harbour; and discovered that New Zealand was where I wanted to spend the rest of my life.

I also found that software development suited me, and luckily I suited software development too. Starting with C on DOS , working through C++ on Windows, back to C on Linux, PHP on LAMP and now... Python on everything!

I started a company (Virtual Industries Group) in 2001 to exploit the shift from PC-based to online applications. Our first major application School Interviews makes online bookings for parent-teacher interviews easy, and it hit a chord with schools. We currently provide our service to over 4,000 schools and two million parents in 30 countries. That was followed by Carebookings for before- and after-school care, and MessageMyWay making parent communications easy.