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If my Dad had any idea what was about to happen to his bank balance the day I came home from school aged 10 raving about the Commodore PET computer, he would have probably suggested, nay, insisted on a career in woodwork. As wonderful as that probably would have been, he didn’t. I suspect he knew full well I was about to try my best to bankrupt him with a succession of home computers but thats what made him the Dad he was. Nurturing a young talent for infinite loops and typos, he and Mum provided me with a ZX81, Spectrums of various shapes and sizes, through the 16-bit wonderland of Atari STs to my first PC, a 286 with a head-wrecking 10MB of hard drive storage.

Showing my age? Thought so. So will you one day, if not already.

A short career in journalism followed, writing about the nascent on-line world (it would never catch on, I was told) for Crash, the ZX Spectrum mag. This gave way to university and, well, girls and beer. Finally finding my feet with a proper tech job in the Big Blue of the UK, ICL, I found myself caught up in the whirlwind of the Internet, heading up Dr Solomon’s Software’s first web site. The memory of trying to run a popular web site on 486 machines running Windows NT still brings me out in a cold sweat.

These days, after getting, well, not burnt, but slightly chargrilled in the dot-com-bubble-bobble-burst-thing at the turn of the century, I took on a role with APM Internet Ltd (aka The Very Good Email Company). I’m now Technical Director, working with a team that processes over 10 million emails a day for thousands of companies across the world. I am also a Director of  it’s sister company, Faxtastic.

When not removing spam and viruses from email with ninja-like precision, I can be found wandering aimlessly around The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park, home of the World War II codebreakers that broke the Enigma and Lorenz cyphers, where I am occasionally seen shouting at people. Volunteers there have mistaken me for a tour guide, but I’m sure my secret is safe with you. When not rambling on, I curate the Sinclair collection, which involves a lot of playing Horace Goes Skiing.

Recently, along with every other male geek in their late thirties or early forties (I’m sadly the latter), I’ve taken an interest in the Raspberry Pi project.

Outside of tech, I live the frankly brilliant Milton Keynes with a lady who seems to do everything and a small shouty thing that insists on calling me Dad. The lady in question is one of the thousands in the UK who has Coeliac disease, so can’t eat any food containing grain, so I keep a track of what we eat here.

I don’t have comments here so if you want to chat and Twitter is your thing, I’m @mrpjevans.

I am not available for children’s parties.


  1. Burl Solomons Burl Solomons

    Hi Mr Evans,
    You showed us round at Bletchley on Sunday, 11:00 tour. My son was the young chap with Raspberry pi.

    I wanted to ask you if it was OK to post your name next to a photo of you in front of Colossus on Facebook, before I actually did it!

    Thanks for the excellent tour, it was much better than the last time (around 2008)


    • PJ PJ

      Firstly, call me PJ. Secondly, no problem at all, post away. 🙂 Glad to hear you and your son enjoyed it. It’s great to see the next generation of hackers coming through.

  2. Your 3D anaglyphs are amazing! I am thinking about trying 3D photography myself. Any pointers might have, i.e. equipment, software etc., would be greatly appreciated.

    • PJ PJ

      Thanks. I started with an iPhone and 3D Photo, an excellent app that requires a steady hand. After that using a regular camera (and equally steady hand) I used Anaglyph Workshop on the Mac. More recently, I’ve purchased a Fuji W3 3D camera which produces MPO files (two JPEGs stuck together) that can be manipulated by Anaglyph Workshop.

  3. Donna Donna

    Hi PJ,

    So thats how you came to be most definitely in the Spectrum camp!

    Very interesting adventures, articles and makes. Will be following your blog with great interest. Thanks, Donna

  4. F.Venne F.Venne


    I would like to thank you for showing us how to connect an old iPad screen to a Pi. I do have a 4th gen iPad sitting in the abyss drawer. I know what you said about being careful removing the screen. My only question is, does the touch screen works? And can it be used as a normal screen for the Pi?


    • PJ PJ

      No, with this set up the touch screen does not work. I don’t know if a 4th gen can be used with a Pi.

      • FVenne FVenne

        Actually it’s a 2. But thanks again. I might just get the official touch screen from RaspPi. Cheers!

  5. Ted Ted

    Your instructional video book, Node.js in Action is very well done. I am in Unit 4 , Module 4 and have yet to have discovered anything that doesn’t work exactly as advertised. This series is a great way to really get going in Node.js. You really have taken a lot of thought as to how to weave one lesson in with the next, and you are using the latest features, including async/await, explaining and demonstrating as you go. This video is great fun and very rewarding. Thank you for a job well done!

    • PJ PJ

      Thank you so much!

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