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I'm Michael Ross, Mike to my friends, various other things to my enemies! I'm 38... no, 39... no, 40 this year dammit!, a Highlander born and bred, from Dingwall, a small town to the north of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. I'm an IT professional, mainly involved in network hardware and software. Current job title is QA Analyst. I'm married to a wonderful person, Diana Gordon - we've been 'together' for 17 years and finally got married in 1998. The photographs to prove it are here...
I was educated at Dingwall Academy, then went to Glasgow University where I completed a BSc in geology, then an MA course in IT. In the second year of my degree I met Diana, and when we had finished our degrees we went to Cambridge, where I started my career (as in career off the road and hit sheep) in the IT business, whilst Diana buried herself in a vacuum chamber and completed a PhD in physical chemistry. Following this long, colourful, spectacularly successful academic pursuit of science, she promptly went to the City to trade junk bonds...
In 1998 we finally decamped from Cambridge and moved to New York. Diana
working for a bank, which rewarded her with large quantities of bucks,
I for a software company - Information Builders - who issued considerably
less bucks, but sponsored me for a priceless green card. We became permanent
residents (one step short of American Citizenship) in September 2001.
The next phase of my life started on 28th July 2003, when I resigned my easy job in IT to take up a much more challenging position - full-time dad!
Some highly assorted links - friends, family, companys I've worked for, all kinds of stuff:
IBI - I used to work for these folks... the biggest cats on Silicon Alley.
Dell - used to work for them, they make decent systems
Jon Green - an old friend, he used to work at....
Episys - I also used to work for them. They made labelling rather fun...
Ian Bennet - another gas turbine lunatic.
Spanner - a particularly nasty abuse of the UK legal system.
Since my home town doesn't have a homepage, here's a link to its football team
Well OK now Dingwall does have a sort-of home page...
Scottish Hydro - my father worked for them all his life