My Story: In search of my Why.
My name is Paul Feaviour and I am a technologist with over 20 years of hands-on technical and management experience.
I have been fortunate to have worked in an industry that I have truly loved.
For the majority of my career, motivation to do what the job I was employed to do has rarely been an issue. Getting up each day to get on with the tasks at hand, make a difference, and get paid for it – a blessing!
Since 2010 I have led teams providing technology solutions that have delivered results in reducing carbon emissions across the energy and transport/logistics sectors.
Solutions include smart meter and grid infrastructure programmes that have enabled greater control over the generation, use and storage of energy; and tracking and telematics solutions, reducing fuel consumption through intelligent planning, route optimisation and improved driver behaviour.
Working with energy companies in the UK and transport & logistics fleets across the UK, North America and Australia, in delivering solutions that have realised a greener, more sustainable world.
I started this blog as a means to explore areas where technology can help alleviate some of the challenges we see, particularly in the field of climate change.
Where it all started…
My first computer, the Amstrad CPC 464!
Back in the 1980s, my parents bought a home computer. What they had intended to use it for I do not know, what I do know is that I loved it. The CPC 464 was a successful computer selling more than 2 million units across Europe. It was released in 1984 and came with a whopping 64KB of RAM and a Z80 CPU running at a blistering 4Mhz! Software loaded via cassette tape.
I soon got bored of playing games and taught myself to code in BASIC. My journey into software development started with copying code from magazines (to cheat games) and led to me writing an application to help monitor my considerable finances (essentially my pocket money and IOUs).
I was hooked. I loved everything I could do with this machine.
Unfortunately, there was not a great deal from a school perspective covering computer programming. This was very frustrating for me as I knew I had a passion and strength in this area. The only classes where I could use computers in secondary school were in Business Studies – where they were used for word processing and spreadsheet type work (this predates MS Office and I can’t remember what packages were used).
Keen to get into computers, and not end up working at Felixstowe Docks (a big employer in the area), I ended up at Ipswich College (now Suffolk New College) doing a vocational diploma in Computer Studies. I was the first in my hardworking family to go on and do any further education and I didn’t know quite what to expect.
The course had people with a range of ages, from 16 through to those reskilling in their 50s. I soon found that I had a natural talent for coding, we were programming in COBOL, Pascal, Modular-2 and Assembly – mostly on mainframes via thin-client computers.
Work was saved on floppy disks:
Most of my ideation and debugging was scouring printouts from line printers on continuous pages. Hours of fun – I actually did enjoy this!
So, I’m 18 years old, and I have finished my vocational course in computer studies, I know this is where I want to focus from a career perspective and feel University is my next best move. However, I first wanted to travel and see some of the world so I decided to take a gap year.
My gap year ended up being 3 years of fantastic travel sailing around the globe.
It all started here with “Bertha” a camper van that I and 2 friends bought and drove down to the South of France in.
More to come…