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Jim Jackson's     Personal stuff
I enjoyed 15 years working in the
University of Leeds, School of Computing's
Computing and Technical Support team
as the networking guy, and doing lots of good networking and Linux stuff.
I retired in late 2005 and am enjoying some free time.
From 2006-2009 I worked one day a week as a Networking Consultant
for the networking support team of
University of Leeds.
So what keeps me busy in my retirement?
- the Organic Garden - a third of an acre.
Special interests in fruit growing and vegetables.
I am a member of
H.D.R.A. the Organic
Gardening Research organisation, and
I am a friend of
Brogdale the home of the
National Fruit Collection.
- Friends of Middleton Park -
I am an active member of the friends. Helping out with events in the
park. I am especially interested in the early mining history, and often
lead history walks.
- Natural History - bird watching and an interest in
insects/spiders and photography.
- Linux - Co-founder and member for the West Yorks Linux
User Group (WYLUG).
I was the main meeting organiser for the first 7 years of WYLUG's existance,
but have now taken a back seat.
- Programming - lots of stuff though I rarely get round to
getting it in
sufficiently good shape to "release".
I've released the
suite of programs, and
a few applications for the
TS7200 embedded ARM board.
As a result of the TS7200 work, I have helped a project at the
Earth and Environment dept. of the University by writing
software to interface to various measuring peripherals
used in weather stations. It was Fascinating work.
I've been playing with the RaspberryPI,
and doing some I2C interfacing work.
I might have time to get more software in a state for release.
Here's my general
- Electronics - embedded, radio, audio, control and alternative power stuff.
- Cycling and Walking - I'm a life member of the
- Community Activism - was a school governor for 20 years but have
given up in frustration at the increased workload and
changes in the role of governors.
I am a member of the
Campaign for State Education.
I used to be a member of the Labour Party until it became "New Labour" and
stopped even having any
pretence at being socialist.
I was then a member of the
Socialist Alliance - now defunct.
I think it's about time I stopped joining
political parties and jinxing them :-).
- Family - 'nuff said :-) - Two Children, both now left home,
two wonderful grandchildren, 15 and 8.
Never seem to get bored. I'm in the permanent process of
constructing some stuff
on this web site
that may be of general interest - see the index to the left.