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Why are you here?

It could be that you’ve stumbled across this site, or maybe you were led here by our mutual G-friend. Either way, you’re probably here because you’re interested in either, but hopefully both, chemistry and computers.

Why am I here?

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Good question! I “do” chemistry for a living and have been since ~1985. And as such I have seen the transformation that computing, in all it’s guises has had on the field, during basically the whole personal computer explosion.

Basically, it’s pretty difficult to find a corner of the chemistry discipline that hasn’t been touched by computing. But that’s still not the whole story behind this site. No, even when I get home I’m still fiddling about on computers, either tweaking our home wireless network, watching TV programs recorded by our media centre, backing up the family digital photo archive, you know the deal. About a year and a half ago, I decided that it was a good time to look into the personal website/blogging caper. I’d already been a subscriber to Apple’s .Mac service for a while and had started to set up a few mini sites for us to show off our digital photos to the extended family. I decided early on that Facebook/MySpace was “just not for me”. I experimented with Flickr. Kind of cool, but not quite what I wanted, The next logical step was to move it up a notch and register some domains names and set up a few sites of my own. But for blogging purposes, I found .Mac (or MobileMe as it’s now known) (now it’s iCloud; sheesh) is just too damned slow here in .au. Which brings us here. This idea/blog, chemistryandcomputers, has sort of evolved into a hodge-podge of opinion, tips and collections of gripes about the state of computing in the chemical sciences. What currently works, what doesn’t, and what’s broken so bad that it needs taking out the back and putting down. Most of this stuff has been floating around in various forms and forum posts over the last year or so so as I add them to this site their dates and times will be all screwy, at least until I work out how to backdate them.. 🙂