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This freesteel website is authored by Julian Todd who has been an independent programmer in Liverpool since 2003, with a brief interlude of two years when he was an an employee of Autodesk when they took over HSMWorks to which he had supplied a quantity of CNC machining algorithms. His original goatchurch.org.uk site has been ported to here. His main workplace is the co-working space called DoESLiverpool.
Post NC Graphics sell-out to Vero, Martin and Julian developed the Adaptive Clearing algorithm in 2004 for Cimco, which failed to be marketed independently (see our brochure) and which accidentally grew into the core of the HSMWorks kernel. There has been a number of machining blogposts over the years, and perhaps there will be some free software forthcoming.
Political websites, such as PublicWhip (counting the votes by MPs), UNdemocracy.com, and ElectionLeaflets (crowd-sourced party political leaflets) pile up faster than good homes can be found for them. No need for my contribution any longer as lots of talented people are now in the space. There’s also a company called Sensible Code (formerly known as Scraperwiki).
There’s an on-going sensor datalogging project that got out of control and has been through several iterations. Often the topic of blogging.
Julian got back into hang-gliding because Wills Wings is customer of HSMWorks. His first flight in 15 years took place in the spring of 2012. This was followed by a week at Wallaby. There were some lovely flights on his new glider in Austria in 2013, including at Greifenburg. In 2014 he’ll make plans similar to those for summer 2013.
Kayak diving began with the purchase of two dive kayaks in 2002. Julian and Becka have paddled them from all corners of the UK and Ireland, though quite a lot round Anglesey, and mostly on their own due to a total lack of other kayak divers in the country. The kayak diving blog category has a lot of normal diving mixed in, but there is a special kayak diving page.