Hi. My name is Adam Saunders and I live in the world of 1's and 0's. This is my tiny contribution the vastness of internet information. It's just an opinion and should you have your own, please comment it!

31 May 2006

If you can trace a picture, it doesn't make you an artist.

01 June 2006 00:02 GMT+01:00   Posted By: Adam Saunders
28 May 2006

Well sort of.. This is a brief demonstration by my Jujutsu instructor, Sensei Andy Eitzen, and I. Unfortunately this was just recorded by a mobile phone so the quality isn't very good, but its funny anyway.

I'd like to point out, even though it looks quite harsh, years of practice, not only throwing people around, but being thrown around means none of this actually hurts at all. Please don't try these if you aren't trained or under the care of a professional, you will get injured.

28 May 2006 03:01 GMT+01:00   Posted By: Adam Saunders
27 May 2006

I'm not just a computer geek day and night, or at least I try not to be. There are a number of things that I really enjoy doing, and one of these is the piano. Something about playing the piano I really adore, and I think its mainly because its always the best instrument to release tension and help focus the mind.

I started learning the piano at a young age and stopped taking lessons also at an early age. Mixed with geekiness and passion of piano, I purchased a Yahama Clavinova and went back to the piano and just dabbled myself, a couple of years later, I'm actually back to taking lessons again, more over to learn to read music than anything else.

I much prefer playing my own stuff than other peoples, though I do have a lot of respect for many compositions I've had the pleasure of playing. Here are recordings of myself playing a random selection of tunes. Although some of these are "other instruments", they are all actually from the piano, including the guitar in "Summer Life". I don't think all of these are by any means great, but its the pleasure in composing and playing them that's all I'm after.

3rd Planet
I found this tune the other day when I was browsing through some old disks. I can't remember when I did it, but sounds like I was just messing about. There is something I liked about it enough to record it to the computer. Its short and sweet.

 

Pandora's Box
This is a reasonable tune I suppose, though I do wonder why I recorded it on a percussion instrument. I did originally record it to use as background music for a DVD menu system for my Nephews christening, so I suppose thats probably why. I really should do the piano version though. It should sound better.

 

Labyrinth
I didn't actually compose this tune and unforunately can't remember who did, but I did play this differently than it was originally written. I thought this was a really good tune, and made an effort to make it more of my own. My teacher uses this recording as a teaching aid now to show that you don't have to play a piece of music exactly as its written on the page.

 

Her Tune
I composed this for an old girlfriend's birthday. I've found it's difficult to write a piece of music for someone that represents them. People are very complex, and music can't be if you want to be able to enjoy listening to it.

 

Doodle
I totally made this up as I went along. This was just when I was testing out the recording gear to the computer, hence the recording isn't very good in places, but I kept it so thought I'd post it up anyway.

Summer Life
I made this one up also as I went along. Tricky thing with playing by ear is that different instruments require different styles of music. This is a spanish guitar, which required some more complicated piano playing so that it wasn't obvious it was not a real guitar. I few people have told me they can't believe it's actually a piano. Let me know if you think I'm yanking your chain and its actually a real guitar. ;-)

 
27 May 2006 01:32 GMT+01:00   Posted By: Adam Saunders
25 May 2006

Well, I'm getting there. I've decided to promote this weblog to become the overall personal website. When it comes to my personal website, in the past I've put together my own (which I doubt I'll ever do again.. just so much hassle), I've used CMSs like DotNetNuke etc (but they always seem so cumbersome and too much hard work to maintain), but this just seems to make more sense. I've rarely kept my site up to date anyway, so hopefully this will entice me to add more content.

I've done a bit more on the look so its a little more fitting to the majicware colours of orange.. yea I know, weird colour. I'm not sure why i've chosen orange, but I do tend to try and pick different colours from the normal ones like blue and grey. I guess it stands out more.

I've had to move the gallery to http://gallery.majicware.com because this blog was conflicting its web.config contents with the gallery one, even though the gallery was in its own virtual folder. I'm not sure why that happens with some asp.net applications, but it only seems to affect a few. In theory the virtual directory one should be the only one that should be read. It shouldn't even need to parse the main root config file. Well, instead of spending loads of time I don't have on working out why, I've moved it into a subdomain and repointed the original virtual folder to the new URL via IIS, so previous links etc shouldn't be lost. All done through Helm might I add! :-)

Seeing that now and again I actually do web design, I should do a little more for the header. I don't think I can be bothered right now. If I get bored I'll knock something up.

25 May 2006 01:08 GMT+01:00   Posted By: Adam Saunders
21 May 2006

I've added some of the very old pascal articles I wrote that people still search for. I've back dated them to 1998 which was still after they were actually written, and added them to their own category.

21 May 2006 09:41 GMT+01:00   Posted By: Adam Saunders
20 May 2006

I finally get a blog up and running and then realise I didn't really know what I was going to do with it. I've had blogs before but they have never taken off, so I'm going to use this more of a practice area before deciding what I'm going to do exactly.

20 May 2006 17:58 GMT+01:00   Posted By: Adam Saunders
06 May 2006

Adam SaundersI always feel its a bit of a bore when writing about yourself for your website. It's not like many people are going to actually read it anyway, and those that do will probably wish they hadn't.

So at your own risk, please read on. I'd like to point out that I will not be able to return any of the time you would have lost reading all this rubbish, and if you actually find it at all interesting, then I think you need to get out a bit more.

So... basics first. I'm Adam Saunders, a 30 year old English guy currently residing in Bristol. I studied an honours degree in Software Engineering at the University of the West of England and am currently the Founder and CEO of an internet software company called Neetrix... quite simply, I have been a complete geek pretty much throughout my entire life.

I started programming my very first computer when I was 7 or 8 years old, a ye old Commadore VIC-20. I used to learn code from ripping those old cassette games trying to work out how to cheat my way through levels etc. It seems in my understanding of many other computer geeks histories, this is actually quite a typical age and introduction to the world of programming for many. My facination into the machine didn't really stop, however in my mid-teens I really spent a lot more time looking into the more serious aspects of developing applications getting to a point of selling my first software application to UCI cinemas when I was about 16. Going on to take the degree was an obvious step, and I went on to work for Intel Corporation becoming a full blown web software developer (almongst other areas). I really didn't get on working in a very large firm, and bailed out to work in the finance industry for a short number of years. The end of my stint in the finance world came up when I wrote fund supermarket software which was later purchased along with the company I was working for by Egg, which was a sign to leave being that I just didn't feel I would enjoy working at Egg, mainly because of its size.

Although I was doing all of that full time, it didn't stop me from running a webhosting company along with Mark Hall, a guy I studied at university with. We ran the hosting company for a number years, before moving on into what we both did even better.. software development. The hosting company was getting extremely successful and we got more and more into designing and redeveloping our automation system at the time. But it was getting harder and harder to work part time on the business, and it got to a point where the automation software we were running at the time wasn't enough for the fast growth of the company. Since there was nothing else that even came close to the size and type of automation we needed, we decided to hang up our employee hats and started a new company called WebHost Automation which did just that. We devised and produced the first ever class 3 control system called Helm, which became the most popular Windows Server based web hosting control system in the world, which, I must say, we were most proud of. Its success and impact in the industry warranted the attention of Microsoft who financially assisted the project when working on the 4th edition of Helm. Later, the attention was drawn to Parallels (formally SWSoft), the largest hosting automation company who specialised on Linux and virtualisation. They purchased WebHost Automation and Helm in December 2007 in order to push their Windows market share considerably.

So this left me with a number of options, and I had to choose between working for Parallels, taking a long break travelling (which i've not had much chance to do before), working for someone else, or starting another business. I did work for Parallels for around another 6 or 7 months, which gave me enough time to contemplate what I'd do next, which was to either travel or start another business, and I decided with a recession on its way to swim against the tide and start a new business. I had a number of ideas, but chose the most dynamic, scalable and idealistic option which was to start a new company to go head first at the up coming market of online software for businesses. The company, called Neetrix, offers the very best in a complete business management software. The new system is both easy to use, without the patronising nature of some "easy to use" systems out there, and ensuring it gives businesses what they would need to succeed, nothing more, nothing less. It's a fully hosted system too, which means that people can run their business from anywhere, whether on the move or stuck in the office, and they have no software to install or maintain, with upgrades being applied almost every day.

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07 May 2006 00:46 GMT+01:00   Posted By: Adam Saunders
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