David Goodwin

I’m 30something and live in Bromsgrove (UK).

I enjoy most forms of exercise, in particular hockey, running and cycling.

Jobwise, I’m a software engineer / systems administrator – see Pale Purple and 29 degrees

I have three children – Rowan, Anya and Ella

The rest of this page is just a listing of what I’ve done in my life. Sometimes I update it, but don’t hold your breath.

Before 1992

I attended Presteigne Primary School…… I can’t think of much to say about this time of my life… I tended to play in mud and get quite dirty when not in school.

From 1992 to 1997

I attended boarding school (Christ College) in Brecon (South Wales, UK). While there I achieved three A grade A-levels in Chemistry, Maths and Biology along with an S level pass in Chemistry. Along with things like CCF Duke of Edinburgh etc.

September 1997

I started University in Aberystwyth, doing a degree in Agriculture and Business which I had chosen mostly because I didn’t, at that time, know what I wanted to do; and due to my background it was an easy step for me to make.

September 1998

I restarted University, to study Software Engineering (BEng).

July 2000 to August 2001 (Working for Compaq)

I worked for Compaq in Reading, on my Industrial placement year (part of my degree). To summarise, I worked for the Engineering Competency Team, part of the 150 strong Telecommunications Integration Service (TIS) practice. I provided technical support and traning primarily for Rational ClearCase and ClearQuest ( ClearCase is a version control system, and ClearQuest is a defect tracking system. )

June 2001 – Holiday in Turkey

I’ll avoid a long description of it here, suffice to say it was quite good, apart from the problems with the plane, restaurant waiters and being unable to find any non-English food to eat.

August 2001 – Marriage

On the 4th of August 2001, I married Katherine (nee Pengelly) … in Aberystwyth’s Registrar’s Office.

July 2002 – Employment begins

July 1st marked the start of my employment “career”, working as a Research Associate for UWA.

My employment with UWA lasted until the end of May 2003 when my contract ran out, and Katherine and I decided to move to Birmingham.

While working for UWA I created a PHP Bioinformatics web application as well as helping develop an online virtual learning environment (see here) using J2EE, SQL and various other bits and pieces which formed the basis of a spin out company from the University which we were involved with until approx June 2003.

June 2002 – First House

On the 29th June 2002 we moved into our first house (121 Heol Tyn-y-Fron, Aberystwyth), where we lived for about 12 months before moving to stay briefly in Harborne (84 Wisley Way, B32 2JU) until we bought a house in Bloxwich (near Walsall).

July 2002 – Openminds

I worked for Openminds from July 2003 to the end of September 2004, where I acted as a Technical consultant for High Availability solutions (laymans terms: if one computer dies, another takes over from it).

I gained an indepth knowledge of SteelEye LifeKeeper, DRBD, HeartBeat and various enterprise class distributions of Linux. I revamped their website, setup Google adwords for the site (which became the primary channel for sales), gave a few training courses on Linux (systems administration, apache, tomcat etc) and gained LPI LPIC level 1 certification.

October 2004 – Janurary 2006 : Clockwork Software Systems

I moved to work with Clockwork Software with the intention of doing more software development, broaden my horizons and be more involved with Linux and Open Source in general.

While working for Clockwork I was responsible for general systems administration (Linux), deployment of a Linux desktop to a nationwide customer (300+ PCs), support, documentation, quoting, website redesign, PHP training and programming (php, python, perl, shell)

January 2006 – December 2006

Katherine had previously setup Pale Purple Ltd and had gradually built up a customer base. I joined in January 2006 after running out of evening/weekend time.

Pale Purple quickly grew and moved offices a few times.

December 2006

Finally, we moved house to Bromsgrove, leaving behind Wonderful Walsall.

January 2008

Rowan is born (20th Jan).

March 2010

Katherine and I separate…

April 2010

Completed my first marathon (Shakespeare – Stratford Marathon in 3 hours 35 minutes… )

June 2010

Anya Rose Goodwin, my daughter was born – see here

December 2012

Move flat/house.

February 2014

Buy house/move.

December 2014

Move to work full time for 29degrees/Grafenia/Printing.com.

May 2015

Ella (baby #3) was born 1st May 2015.

Exercise stuff

On the sports front, I enjoy running, hockey and cycling. See FavoriteRun and MapOMeter or ZombiesRunGame

6 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hello I see your guide about postfixadmin, I have a server with centos on wich I have successful installed 4 domains, I installed webmin, dovecot, postfix and postfixadmin correctly, now I don’t understand how to configure in way to have mails for any domains.
    Please can you do this for me?
    I would offer to you at least 2 pizzas or say to me how much, but please would you help me?
    I am italian, I understand english.
    Thanks in advance

  2. I’m trying to switch over to Ubuntu. I was working with it from a usb memory stick and it operated without a hitch. It seemed like time to install and begin to rely on it more and more weening off of Microsoft windows. When installed, however, the wifi stopped working?! It was fine from the memory stick, but from the install. Apparently, the required firmware did not transfer over. Can you help? I’m living in Birmingham and would like to resolve this in a reasonably prompt manner.

    Thanks in advance for your time and consideration,


  3. Hi im a linux enthusiast living in the same area as you. I finished my City & Guilds IT system support course in 09 but have failed to find employment. Ever since.I first tried Linux years ago, I realised I wanted to learn more about it and work with it.

    Any advice about what I’d have to do in order to get gain employment and/or get qualified in this field would be much appreciated. My email address is Dpatten91@gmail.com

  4. Dexter – try looking for an apprenticeship – you get experience (which is probably the main thing you’re lacking to help you land a job) and more training.

  5. Its linux based training im after. I do have options but due to circumstances I was unable to take GCSEs and despite having done 2 IT based courses that are levels 2 and 3 (above GCSE level) I am kicked to the curb by many apprenticeship and job vacancies during the application round.

  6. Hi,

    I checked your article about python and content_filter but I’m getting some errors on it:

    ERROR Error resending mail name ‘Popen’ is not defined — stdout:, stderr:, retval: 0

    Can you please help me to check it?


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