I am me. Welcome to my blog. I am a graduate of the University
of Queensland, wherein I studied
suffered statistics and
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 troubles with Fortran, I liked coding. In my
spare time, I toyed with
teaching my Amstrad tape-drive computer
to play intelligent 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 of them, mostly
corporations and government entities, but also some individuals, to explore best practices in
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 working in the space between
software and psychology, where minds and machines meet and where the
task of our age will like conceive. I am inspired by the work of
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
superpower. I live in
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
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 [November 13, 2018].
Who is Archer North? Part 2
Blog back to normal. Coding resumes. I drew the 3DK distribution today. AMDG. I am writing this thing up. The patent pending is ready to go. [December 27, 2018].