About

James Whistance-SmithI’m James Whistance-Smith, a software engineer, hobby photographer and sports-lover based in Harpenden, Hertfordshire.
Since leaving the University of Oxford with a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, I’ve worked as a software engineer specialising in designing and implementing all aspects of carrier-class router software.

In my spare time I’m a keen photographer and the focus of this site is as a showcase for some of my images – the best of which (and where licensing allows) are available as prints (via theprintspace) and stock (via Alamy).

My other main interests are technology and sport.

Beyond my professional work, I maintain a broad interest in technology, most notably in the sphere of (Linux) server administration where I manage a number of servers hosting applications such as web servers (Apache); mail servers (Exim, Dovecot); directories (LDAP); and many others (DNS, DHCP, XMPP, … for those inclined).
Additionally, I’m passionate about getting the next generation interested in the more technical and rigorous disciplines of technology and being inspired to produce and understand technology rather than just consume it. I help to organise and run a ‘code club’ at a local high school teaching programming (in Python) to 12-15 year old students, getting them to write their own versions of classic games (such as Snake and Pong) as a vehicle for learning.

The remainder of my time I’m most likely to be found playing or watching sport. I’m a big cricket fan (England and Warwickshrie) and spend my free time in the Summer playing (seam bowler). Otherwise, I enjoy playing 5-a-side football for fitness and follow Wolverhampton Wanderers and like to relax with a round of golf or latin and ballroom dancing, both of which I’m still actively learning.

Feel free to leave any comments on my site or I can be contacted at james@whistance-smith.com.