Ian Tresman, 2011
My main business is running Knowledge Computing as a Web publisher. I grew up and lived in Elstree and Borehamwood, moved to Derby at the end of 2003, and to Cheshire in 2009. I went to Furzehill School and Nicholas Hawksmoor School.
- I am interested in the Plasma Universe (hence the fiery background), and also modern catastrophism, being a long-standing member of The Society for Interdisciplinary Studies. I also produce the Web site for Science Frontiers.
- My politics are a touch left of centre. I used to be a member of Amnesty International,
Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, and have been a member of the Labour Party and the Lib Dems. I am generally in favour of further European
integration, and enjoy the political intrigue described in the journal Lobster, whose CD and Web site I produce.
- I am also a regular blood donor (with over a 100 donations).
I was an average kid. I compiled crosswords for a time, having my first one published in 1978; it's called a Hexaword because of its unusual hexagonal grid. About the same time, I built my first computer, a UK 101 with an incredible 4K Ram memory. It took a whole weekend to solder together, and a further two weeks to fix. A couple of months later I had written my first arcade game called Road Racer, and even sold a couple of copies to other testosterone bursting teens (I also wrote a game called Sheepdog Trials but suspect that it suffered from an image problem).
I have a fairly academic background which means that I have all
the skills necessary to programme a
video recorder set-top box. You would
have found me at the University of East Anglia in the School of Chemical Sciences between 1979 and 1982 (B.Sc Chemical Sciences), and at The University of Manchester between 1982 and 1983 completing a Masters in Computer Science.
More recently I have earned University Certificates in astronomy, cosmology and related subjects from the University of Central Lancaster, culminating in a Certificate of Higher Education, including a University certificate in radio astronomy via Jodrell Bank (Manchester University).
"Keep your mouth shut and let people think you're an idiot, rather than opening your mouth and removing all possible doubt."
"There are two ways to defeat your enemy. One way is to defeat them in battle, the better way is to make them your friend." - Loosely based on text from The Art of War by Sun Tzu.
"Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish, and you feed him for life."
"Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to use the Net, and he won't bother you for months."
Some Favourite Books (non-fiction)
- The Vicars of Christ (1988) by Peter de Rosa
- The history of the Papacy, full of intrigue, murder, mystery
and sex. Revelations include an account of mad Pope Stephen VII
(896-897) who dug up his deceased predecessor Pope Formosus after
he had been dead for nine months, dressed the rotting corpse in
full pontificals, placed him on the throne, and interrogated him
on the charge of becoming Pope under false pretenses. Other goodies
include Pope Joan (a female
Pope), married Popes, a Jewish Pope, anti-Popes, and Popes that
- The Electric Sky (2006) by Don Scott
- A decription of the Plasma Universe and the importance of plasma in astronmy.
- The Shadow Factory (2008) by James Bamford.
- A description of America's secret National Security Agency, revealing material later publicised by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
- The Multilingual PC Directory (1991-1995) by Ian Tresman
- My first book! (Archived) It was all about how to get your PC to work in different languages with the help of third party software. It was even translated into Japanese (see Publishing section)
I can be reached by email at ian [at] tresman [dot] co [dot] uk