I was introduced to the Internet in 1995 whilst at Wits University, using Telnet clients through Unix and Netscape 2 on Windows 3.1. Learnt how to use FTP, Usenet, gopher and IRC.
Relocation to the UK
Up to 2002
Whilst being a part of a commercial web team (since March 2000), I've retained my interest in web-development outside of work hours. I developed a "My Online Tax Advisor" application (including the administration side) for a tax consultancy that paid for itself in customers within 6 months. I'm currently the maintainer of the alt.html Frequently Asked Questions - a usenet newsgroup dedicated to all aspects of web-development, design and mastering.
Over the last year I've increasingly become involved in both web accessibility and web standards, this is part of my understanding the breadth and flexibility of the Web and part of my interest in making the World Wide Web a pervasive medium not restricted to desktops. Also, during the course of investigation I've reignited an interest in developing and using Intelligent Agents.
Accessibility has come to the fore on the Web. Business in many countries are incresingly moving toward websites that are accessible, driven by large by legal stature such as the Disability Discrimination Act in the UK, and the American Disability Act and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act in the US. We are largely moving the same direction that Australia took a few years ago.
I'm also spending time learning about webservices by participating in Sam Ruby's Atom project. This is a project about syndicating and archiving of episodic websites (like an article-based website). I've implemented both client and server implementations of the AtomAPI - an application interface that allows people to edit websites via the web.