So why the nickname "Yeggstry"?
To answer that question, we have to go back to when I was just six years old. My first computer I owned was an Atari ST 1040, and the third video game I ever played was Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker.
I would often play against the computer, and I would have to give the computer a name. My small fist hit the keyboard and came up with "Yeggstry". I've been using the nickname ever since, for over 30 years!
Video games is one of the ways I relax and unwind. I enjoy strategy, adventure and co-op FPS genres.
This month I have been mostly playing:
A proactive and highly adaptable software developer with 15 years of commercial development and architectural experience in building web applications.
As a certified professional Scrum Master I have practiced the empirical process for numerous years, leading to a team-based mentality to continuously improve and deliver at a high level of quality.
I have worked in the following areas during my career:
Personal Insurance (Travel, Life etc.)
Image processing and earth observation
Slot machine and table game creation for gambling websites
Sport data processing and exposure of said data via APIs.
For more detail, please visit my LinkedIn profile.
One of my passions is the ability to sing. In Easter 2017 I joined the Rock Choir. The people are friendly and welcoming, and I really enjoy the time I spend with those that enjoy singing as much as I do.
I have had the opportunity to sing at some amazing places, including Abbey Road, Blenheim Palace, Proms in the Park and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I have even appeared on TV!
In September 2019 I joined a local a cappella group called Readiophonics.
The challenge of using only our voices and bodies to create an exciting and imaginative arrangement of modern songs is one that I thrive on, and providing a valuable input into the creative process whilst working together with others in the group has been very fulfilling. I have been the group's Secretary for 2 years.
We have extended our expertise and experience by creating arrangements online and creating videos to showcase our style.
In June 2018 I joined Reading Voluntary Action to assist with their Get Online programme. This helps those that require assistance with getting online, as well as computer, tablet and smartphone related issues.
During 2021 I assisted at the local Covid-19 vaccination hub, as well as supporting the 2021 Census.
Augmented reality games have always interested me, and I was introduced to Ingress in 2014. During my time playing for the Resistance faction, I have met agents from all over the world, working together on the virtual battlefield whilst travelling to new countries, leading teams of agents into battle in anomaly events and being an invaluable member of the local and national community of agents.