In 2010 ... after 12 years providing contract services in Central Otago's Vineyard building boom, I applied for a role installing water meters with Waterforce Central Otago .... by a twist of fate I ended
up working in the store. At the time the branch was a family run, Southern values based business, that looked after a large area with many many clients from a diverse range of industries. They had little opposition,
with loyal, enthusiastic, and committed clients from home gardeners, orchard and vineyard operators and large pastural High Country runs, and a goodly number of Dairy farm enterprises. This diversity kept a small dedicated team very busy indeed.
Being such a busy place, it took its toll on my health. After a change of ownership, and management style, I was moved sideways into a vineyard, small block servicing role with them. Greatly enjoying the wide open spaces and fresh air, suited me just fine.
It was a short lived respite, as I was eventually coerced into coming back into the store with the departure of the incumbent store staff. This and the fact that initiative, and effort were not being rewarded or acknowledged, essentially prompted me to finally leave what had become a toxic work environment. Proving without doubt the old adage about how long a job will last.
In July 2017 ... I returned to the vineyard industry, somewhat disenchanted by modern management practices. I sought refurbishment in many ways. I needed the fresh air of Central Otago to do its thing for me ... my health has never been better for the choice .... !!! Initially offering contract services, I became immersed in just one clients day to day operations (For which I am grateful). Whilst I still undertake contract work in network related areas .... the work in the vineyards is predominantly my daily routine. It has been a refreshing change, and revitalized my passion for the wine grape industry in Central Otago. I am enjoying the familiar environs of the vineyards of Central Otago, many of which I helped build in a small way. Applying both the practical experience of the past with the organizational disciplines acquired recently in providing dependable service hopefully for a good many years to come.
2018 and SmittyBits ... this website and its many incarnations over the years, has been a simple web presence for contact Information and to showcase some of the hobbies and interests that I indulge myself in from time to time. That indulgence in many ways has honed a capable tech servicing ability, mainly in low voltage data gathering type hardware, and more often than not patching and improving on someone else's partially working one off build. The link to the page called SmittyBits leads to example sensor data that could be called a hobby interest in cheap, very small; usually ESP8266 or Arduino wifi connected environment sensors. The intention is to show how cheaply and easily built dependable environment sensors can be implemented using modern IoT hardware and access. I have dabbled and sweat-ed over these things for many years, and with the advent of much simpler devices for prototyping, devices for what is now called The Internet of Things has become an ever more useful skill. All those little projects, .... (there are several in various states of unfinished mayhem on and near or around about :-) my workbench) ... some have succumbed to the magic smoke of cruel inventive misadventure ... some from time to time will even upload data as programmed that might even, given the good grace and nebulous instincts of cloud data appear on this website ...