Tuesday, 12 June 2018
How Did I Get Here?
In it, computer, internet and cyber security expert Tony McDowell writes a riveting story of how he did get to where he is in his life.
He did not have a very auspicious start in life, his family didn't have much money and was beset with problems in their back-to-back house in the Midlands city of Birmingham.
He was brought up with a series of hopes and promises, all of which were smashed like a bag of lightbulbs being dropped.
Rather than being crushed down by these setbacks, only child Tony decided that he was going to succeed in spite of every setback.
He took the decision to leave school early on the strength of a job offer to enter the then extremely new field of computing, right at the beginning in the mid-1960s.
He became a computer programmer and absorbed the complex computer languages that the behemoth devices of those days required to keep them running.
He took up a very good job offer in South Africa, but found himself troubled by life under the apartheid regime.
However, success in his chosen field meant that he could return home to the UK and to fulfil the dream of running his own business.
His efforts paid off handsomely and his business grew to the point that, unless he actually wanted to, he need never work again.
However, his life was to take a different turn when, after a chance meeting, he was introduced to the world of IT security and the use of hacking for benign and altruistic purposes.
He launched a new business and pretty quickly it grew to the point that received so much attention that it soon garnered an offer to buy the business.
It's a fascinating and extremely well-written book and at £11.99 it is a very good read. Am I biased because I was born only five miles away in another suburb of Birmingham? I don't think so. To find out, you'll have to buy the book (it's published by Matador) for yourself!