September 07, 2005

About Me

It's long overdue really, especially given that I find such pages quite useful when I happen upon other blogs, so I figured it was time to add some "About me" info to McFilter.

I live in Cambridge, England and write software for a living. I moved down here from the North-West to be one of the first few employees of a startup called STNC - we were first to put a web browser onto a mobile phone. I played a pretty big role in the success of the company, initially as a software engineer, then with some project management and finally as software manager in charge of the entire engineering force.

When we were acquired by Microsoft, I wanted to get back to some coding, and so led the team writing the TCP/IP stack which has shipped on an assortment of devices including the Sony Z5 and the Amstrad em@ilers.

In early 2001 I left Microsoft, and since then have been working for myself - some of the time doing contract work, and some of the time developing my own products. I'm always interested in projects/consulting/software ideas/work related to things I'm interested in, which includes...

  • Web apps
  • Blogging
  • Embedded/mobile development
  • Home networking
  • Ubiquitous computing
  • Music
  • Project management or just management, particularly in small tech companies

Outside of work (and the geeky computer stuff) I seem to spend quite a bit of time playing football (that's proper football, not that American version ;-). I also do a fair bit of cycling and like to go for a wander up some mountains from time to time (although that's easier said than done when you live in East Anglia!).

I'm also quite into my cars and listening to music. Not always at the same time, but I can listen to anything from my entire CD collection (as mp3s) at any time when I'm in the car - which is a bit more impressive when you know that at the last check it would take more than three weeks of non-stop listening to listen to all my CDs...

Posted by Adrian at September 7, 2005 11:00 PM | TrackBack
Comments

Just wanted to say a personal Thank You for posting a comment on the blog this morning whilst I was on Radio 5 Live. It was great to read all the comments. I've read some of your blog and what you do, wow, you really are into all this technology aren't you. It's the future and I am grateful to any technolgy that helps me to do things quickly and efficiently.
All the best.

Posted by: saira at October 2, 2005 07:43 PM

Happened to come across your blog... pretty interesting.. WOW.. this is the best blog ever.. came across the first person to put a web browser on the cellphone- could you incorporate color then? Was is just black and white? So which company stole your idea?!
From Microsoft, too.. Did you like Microsoft?

Posted by: Amy at October 17, 2005 03:20 AM

We could do colour, but there wasn't any point as none of the mobile phones back then had colour screens. The idea wasn't the clever bit, it was managing it one such limited hardware that was clever - and why the rest of the industry decided to invent the horrible cut-down-Web that was WAP.

Working for Microsoft was interesting. I enjoyed it, and it was good to get a view inside the "evil empire" although I don't think we got the full experience working in a group in the UK.

Posted by: Adrian at October 18, 2005 09:21 AM

Hi, I am interested to know what you are working on at the moment. What hi-tech innovation is left? I am a blogging friend of Geoff Jones, he is my mentor.

Posted by: Ellee Seymour at April 3, 2006 09:03 PM

Hi Ellee,
I decided to use your comment as an excuse to write a full post on what I've been up to, so see there for details :-)

Posted by: Adrian at April 10, 2006 02:12 PM

I have a question.

Now, I'm looking for a person. His neme is“Adrian�.
My name is Maki Kinomoto.I'm Japanese.
Do you remember me?
If you don't my “Adrian�,I'm say so sorry.

Maki

Posted by: Maki at May 9, 2007 01:09 PM

Hi Maki,

I'm sorry, but I'm not the Adrian you're looking for.

Good luck in your search!

Posted by: Adrian at May 10, 2007 09:58 PM

hiii, umm i think you should put a picture of yourself on this site aswel (just an opinion)

Posted by: shanz at September 6, 2007 06:26 PM

Long time no speak Mr. McEwen (aka Con). It's funny what you stumble upon whilst browsing the old t'internet.

It's funny really as it was only the other day I was reminiscing about the times we used to kick Alan's arse at Stunt Car Racer over the "internet before the internet"!.

I hope you are well, it would be great to hear back from you ;-)

Ian

Posted by: Ian Longley at March 25, 2008 12:30 PM
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