hHi I’m Howard, but everyone calls me ‘H’ …

… one guy I know has known me for so long, he knew me as ‘h’.  Yeah, like forever.

I graduated from University of Sussex back in 1985 with an honours degree in Cider Drinking, erm, I mean Computer Science, and for most of my life I’ve been involved in computers in one way or another.

Running my own software development company was fun for a while, and over the past years have had a hand in writing PPC bid management software for The Search Works/The Technology Works, some interesting XML processing work for Buffalo based Synacor Inc. on behalf of their client Virgin Media, discovered a ton of knowledge on scalability and reliability during my time as Software Development Manager at Linden Lab, the makers of Second Life.

Currently I’m founder/director of UK based software development company Singing Horse Studio, focusing on scalable, reliable back-end software, CTO of hyper local news media startup Near You Now, and founder/director of MavenRocket, a Brighton based digital marketing agency specialising in AdWords PPC

I guess I’m a really busy guy.

I still have time for a ton of interests:

  • Music — having played guitar since I was in my early teens, been in several bands, dutifully attended piano lessons from aged 7 until I achieved Grade 8
  • Creative Writing — I’ve just joined a creative writing course, as I’ve had several ideas for novels (hasn’t everyone?!) and I thought it was about time I did something about it
  • Software — well, it’s my job to write it, no matter what the language it’s always a thrill to solve a programming problem
  • Hypnosis — I spent four years or so as a hypnotist, and always enjoy learning more about the art
  • Electronics — if its got an LED, I’m interested 🙂

Of course, I’m always playing with technology, and this site is just one of those playgrounds. I usually use it as a testing area for different ideas I have.  And to expose some of the creativity that’s probably locked away deep inside somewhere.

Anyway, enough of the boring stuff.

If you want to contact me you can email me at h at howardsandford.com (sorry, I just don’t want to be spammed by bots, but I know you can work it out)

So, what more can I say …?