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and the Small-print Taketh away...

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About Me

Leon Matthews, Summarised!

It's a difficult task, summing up a person in a page — especially if that person happens to be you! I'll just restrict myself to some very bare facts...

The fair islands I call home - Click for a recent photo

I live in Auckland, New Zealand. It's a city which spans the entire width of the country (by the tip of the arrow). It's the biggest city in the country by far — although there are only a million of so of us here. New Zealand is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, so unless you actually live here (or in Australia), you and I are a long way away from each other.

My interests include breathing and thinking. I'm a Pisces, born in the Chinese year of the Dragon. My personality type is INTP (the same as Darwin & Einstein incidentally, but I don't let it go to my head...). I have brown hair, blue eyes, and am fairly tall. I truely am one in 7,397,283,342.

But seriously Folks! A website is no place for such banalities... What then should I tell you?

A short history? After school I flew to Honduras to live as an exchange student for a year. I studied science (genetics, spanish, maths & computing) at University upon my return. I then got myself into the IT industry, which culminated in my starting my own programming/website business a couple of years ago.

I do not often think of myself as a programmer. This may seem strange, given my congruent job and hobbies, but my real passion (and I hope, talent) lies in understanding things: how they work (or maybe I'm just scared people will think I'm a geek if I introduce myself as a computer programmer!). Programming is just a way of expressing that understanding in a very concrete and formal way.

You only can program a computer system if you understand your problem completely — in fact, the very process of trying to express your problem in computer code is often the best way of testing and further developing your original understanding of the problem!

I feel strongly about the Internet as an open communication medium. A giant interactive global library. I oppose the commercialisation of knowledge, and support such endeavours as the Gutenberg project.