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Who is Archer North?

I am he. Welcome to my blog. I am a graduate of the University of Queensland, where I studied psychology, endured statistics and failed Fortran. Following that shock, I joined the HR department of BHP Billiton in 1982. There I wrote early human resources software on a Wang dynasty computer. Despite my trouble with Fortran, I liked coding. In my spare time, I played with #AI, teaching my Amstrad tape-drive computer to play good Blackjack with 49k of working memory. This was in CP/M, a pre-DOS OS. In my thirties, I wrote reports for public and private organizations in Australia, Asia and the Middle East. I was funded by seventy or so, mostly corporations and government entities, but also some individuals, to explore best practices in performance appraisal and report back. The paper I wrote in 1994 set the course of my life. Several years later, I published the first Archer North Performance Appraisal System (ANPAS) at performance-appraisal.com. I've worked on performance appraisal systems for twenty-five years, but it's not as bad as it sounds. The job that stands out in my mind is Abu Dhabi, where I was involved in developing national evaluation standards for the Government of the United Arab Emirates. Then my interests meshed and I found myself in the space between software and psychology, where minds and machines meet and where the task of our age will like conceive. I am informed by the work of Christ, Maslow, Nash, Skinner, Aron, Peterson and Wales. My past customers include Air Liquide, Biotrove (USA), City of East Chicago, Directorate General of Projects and Maintenance (Oman), Display Pack (USA), Encyclopedia Britannica, Ethiopian Airlines, the Institute of Microelectronics (Singapore), Julius Blum (USA), Ministry of Education and Youth (UAE), Princeton University, the University of Canterbury (NZ), and Velankani Information Systems. I develop in PHP and Javascript. I believe I have a superpower. I live in Australia. [January, 2016]    @Archer_North  Update Moving to New Zealand. I will continue from there. [17 July, 2016] New Zealand will have to wait. I recklessly announced a working beta of ANPAS by first of next month. [September 15, 2016]  #fail A piece of untested code crept into the mix. No biggy. I am running deeper tests before I risk another public launch. Still in Oz. NZ plans on hold. [3 October 2016]  ANPAS beta is live from 2 November 2016. [8 November 2016] Technical difficulties, I hope now resolved. On the plus side, I learned about Cloudflare. [December 14, 2016]  I am working on security issues.  [January 31, 2017] Still in Oz. A tricky little bug tried to outwit me today. I slew it dead. [February 17, 2017]  Still in Oz. Painting the house. I want to get back to work. [April 13, 2017] Time to work again. I met Mohammed in Dunedin last night. I have decided to write Why Jordon Peterson is Right about Socialism*  Watch this space. [August 16, 2018] Work resumes. Nearly back to normal. Marking up projects for tommorow. I know the next step. I am re-designing the primary interface. [October 8, 2018] Still in heavy re-design mode. Every day sees progress, coding in search of habitable order. Confidence is high.  [October 18, 2018]. Just got back. Researched some spots in Queenstown. Good infastructure and technology, plus alpine remoteness. I am back to work coding. The prototype is verbose but it will clean-up nicely.  Archer North.





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