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Nonprofit/Volunteer Background

  • I was the honorary Editor (or held other editorial roles) of PC Update, the once-64-page, colour magazine of Melbourne PC User Group, which has ~4000 members. I still write reviews for it and occasionally for IT magazines in India.
  • I was the Vice President of Melbourne PC User Group during 1995 and 2005; I was also a committee member for many years since 1988 through 2008.
  • I founded the Melbourne PC User Group’s Internet Service. It started on my home PC with 300 users but now lives in a data centre run by AAPT. In 2003 and 2004, it was rated by Computer Choice as the Best ISP in Australia, ahead of commercial rivals. There is a lot to be said for volunteer-run nonprofits!
  • I have used the Internet since 1987, when it was possible to skim through all the 700-odd newsgroups available to us at Deakin University. Thanks to Google, here is “proof” by way of an early news post (1988).
  • I have conducted formal, Strategic Planning workshops in Dallas (twice) and Melbourne for nonprofit bodies.
  • I was awarded an honorary Life Membership by the Melbourne PC User Group for services rendered, which includes serving in many capacities on its board, including Vice-President.

Genealogy

  • I dabble in genealogy and like to research challenging ancestors (mainly on my wife’s side). One such individual was Simon Guptill, born somewhere in the US in 1855 and died prematurely in NZ in 1890, leaving no clues as to his past. I am seeking to unravel that mystery.