Hi there and thank you for looking into Scargill’s Tech blog.
I’m Peter Scargill – I live with my wife Maureen in the village of Wark in Northumberland (UK) and also in our home in Galera, Andalucia. A gadget freak by nature I spend much of my (in short supply) spare time checking out the latest add-ins for my PC and tablets – and tinkering with electronics (I’ve been doing that since I was tiny and then via a career in electronics).
For a living I do lots of things – I do electronics development work in my R&D company Willow Design as well as offering social media integration, design and infrastructure consultancy. I have a vast number of years experience not only in more than one of my own small IT businesses but also with 13 years as National IT Chairman and a director of the FSB – the UK’s leading business support and lobbying organisation. I also chair the Communications group in that organisation and am involved in many aspects of social media and technology accordingly. In a nutshell that gives me a broad-brush knowledge of small business while keeping as far as it possible today, up to date with general IT and electronics.
With my wife I run a family holiday cottage rental called Hollyberry Cottage. I spend some of my time working from home and also much of it in Blackpool, London or travelling overseas – I am also vice-chairman of an EU group called ESCO and meet bi-monthly with colleagues from around Europe, in Brussels. For many years I did development design work using Microchip’s PIC series of chips but now I’m a committed Atmel convert – making my own variations of the “Arduino” style boards and the associated ATMEGA chips – you’ll see a lot of stuff in here on that subject and anything else I’m interested in at the time. Heavily into what is now called “The Internet of Things” and have been since long before the phrase was discovered by the press. If you want to know more about me visit my other blogs such as scargill.net and bedrock.es – I’ve a kind of evolving online CV as well.
Always on the lookout for something new.