In this blog I write about things that I personally find either interesting or useful and occasionally both. Hopefully these things will turn out to be of interest to people other than me.
I currently work as a science and engineering applications support specialist at the University of Manchester in the UK. In practice this means that I spend a lot of time worrying about necessary evils such as site licensing and software deployment but I also get to do some really fun stuff like teach people how to use things like MATLAB, Mathematica, Python, Condor, Beowulf clusters etc.
I also provide a code-review and optimisation service where researchers send me their code and I make it go faster. Languages I support include MATLAB, Mathematica, R and Python among others. On a bad day I might only get a 15% speed-up but on (very) good-days I achieve speed-ups of over 1,000 times!
It goes without saying (I hope) that all opinions expressed in this blog are my own and do not reflect any policies of my employer.