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Hello.  I’m Simon J. Williams and this is my blog.

Your comments are very welcome.

Kajabity? What’s That?

So there I was in May 2007 typing odd bits of words made of various IT buzzwords (like Dr. Frankenstein’s IT Dictionary) into Google when my younger daughter, Katie, asked me what I was doing.  I explained that I had read in a book that a good way to get lots of hits on a blog is to have an unusual word and that I had been trying to think of something really good for weeks (or even years…).  Unfortunately, everything I tried was either awful, or someone was already using it – and usually both.  I knew she wouldn’t understand, of course.

She did.  "Oh, I see – try this then," and she picked up the blunt pencil I was using and quickly scribbled "Kajabity" on an envelope.  I typed it into Google – nothing!  Unbelievable!  A completely new word.  It sounded quite good too.

And here it is.  Finally!, my blog.

But it’s a new word (as far as I know) and it needs a meaning.  That meaning is also the theme of this website.  Knowledge.  It’s an adjective to describe a need to learn and to teach – to find, create and improve knowledge and to pass it on.  Mainly about IT – ’cause that’s what I know about.

Therefore, you can expect tutorials and how-tos – but also a few questions.  (How can I do this?  Could I do it better?)  There will be free software.  I may grumble occasionally…

About Me, Personally…

I live in the North West of England and I am happily married with two wonderful daughters.  I enjoy Gardening, Music (I play keyboard and I’m now learning Electric Guitar) and learning languages (my French isn’t too bad).  I seem to spend a lot of time doing D.I.Y.

I and my family are members of Thistle Society Wigan, a local Scottish Country Dancing society and I now maintain their web site.  For me, its a good way to keep fit – i.e. I would be even bigger if I didn’t do it!

I have also been fiddling with computers since I was 10 when I learned BASIC, wrote my first program, and then got my first computer (a Commodore PET with 16K of RAM).  I got an Honours degree in Electronics at the University of Aberdeen but then my first job was at Ferranti Computer Systems Ltd as a software developer.  I’ve worked in the IT industry ever since.

By the way, Simon Williams is a very common name.   There are several actors called Simon Williams (see IMDB) and the IT industry is full of them (One recruitment consultant I spoke to had 24 on his books).  Most companies I’ve worked for have had several.  "Hello, Simon, meet Simon.  Simon, this is Simon."  That’s why I’m Simon J. Williams.  It’s not just vanity, you know…

…and Professionally

I am the Director of Williams Technologies Limited working as a PRINCE2 certified IT Consultant with over 20 years experience in the IT industry as a Business Analyst, Solutions Architect, and Software Developer.

4 comments on “About”

  1. Hasan Shahriar Masud says:

    Thanks for sharing the wikitext plugin. I was looking for this. I would liked to know if you have added the support for tables, hierarchical list which you mentioned in your plugin. If I want to use it in a commercial application what do I have to do?


    1. simon says:

      To be honest, I’ve done nothing with it for a year or so – but hope to finish the last few bits some time this year. I am more than happy for you to use it as you wish – including commercially – and it’s my intention that the Apache 2.0 licence should enable you to do so. I hope it is of use to you.

  2. Richard, Inverness, UK says:

    I would like to use your c# properties source code, in but you have used Studio 2013. My free MicroSoft Visual C# 2010 express doesn’t like the project file that this produces. I suppose I could make a new project file and work out how it hangs together, but this is a bit of a disincentive to clicking on a .sln or .csproj file and having it work immediately…

  3. Richard, Inverness, UK says:

    Actually, ignore my post. It’s easy enough to use your tools in C# 2010, and your code if full of lovely comments which is a novelty nowadays!

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