Jonathan Graham HARSTON
I offer more than 30 years' experience in hardware and software design,
programming and documentation. I have specific experience in C, C+, and
structured Basics; ARM, 80x86, 68000, PDP11, 32000, 6812, 6809, 6502 and
Z80 machine code; and of Windows, Linux/Unix, MSDOS, RISC OS, CP/M and
BBC operating systems.
I have used these skills in writing low-level device drivers, handlers
and kernels, including serial and networking programming with MIDI, RS232,
ACIAs, ADLCs and UARTs, and disk access drivers and filing systems with
FDCs and IDE/ATA devices.
I have ported the small "Tube" coprocessor
kernel to various CPUs and with various I/O hardware, and the 6809, 6812,
6502 and PDP11 versions have been picked up and used in hobbyist projects.
I seek out and collate versions of BBC BASIC ported to different platforms,
and have myself ported it to the ZX Spectrum, PDP11 and Commodore 64. I
have contributed to the ARM and Windows versions, and to the open source
Brandy Basic Napoleon fork and the BeebEm emulator.
Many examples of my work are listed in my portfolio at mdfs.net/portfolio.
MOST RECENT EMPLOYMENT
April 2014 to September 2016: contractor for Cerco IT Services and VSL IT Support
IT Support Engineer. Worked as a contractor through agencies on various projects
in a small team and individually, rolling out new Windows 7 hardware across various
remote sites, installing client applications, transfering data between systems,
providing on-site user assistance to users migrating to the Windows 7 environment
and applications suite.
Work in West & South Yorkshire GP Practices included varied custom and bespoke specialist
medical systems software, including setting up SystmOne and EMIS clinical support systems
and Lexacom dictation/transcription systems. Work on Balfour Beatty and Carillion
Construction sites included security clearance for nuclear sites. Sodexo and Compass
catering and facilities management included working in retail premises and secure military
January to July 2013, Adecco/Highlander/Capita, Sheffield
IT Support Engineer. Working in a small team across Sheffield
City Council's sites performing organisation-wide software and hardware
refresh updating all systems to run Windows 7. Involves replacing hardware
that cannot support Win7, and installing Win7 on systems with adequate
hardware, with access to user data preserved; reinstalling and upgrading
diverse application suites, across an installed hardware base of about
2,000 desktops, laptops and tablets.
August to November 2011, Tribal, Sheffield
Tester. Pre-release functionality testing of two major public
sector web applications, ensuring consistency of functionality and
presentation across a range of browsers and versions. Working within
a small team reporting and documenting issues and retesting updates,
writing and updating step-wise test scripts and summaries, regression
testing new releases, and end-to-end shakedown testing to document
areas for future development, coordinating with developer and client teams.
University of Stirling, Scotland. September 1987 to September 1990.
Computing Science BSc Major, taking Environmental Science and Japanese Language
as a subsidiaries.
Sheffield College, Loxley Centre. September 1994 to May 1996 City
& Guilds Electrical Installation Part 1 and 2.
Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. July 1996 Health and Safety Certificate
|Have written computer programs and designed
and built computer hardware from early teens.
|Am interested in cartography, and have
technical and cartographic drawing skills, and have drawn many of my own
maps, including the ones listed below.
|Have traced my family in Sheffield and Whitby
back through 12 generations to about 1700 and across more than 15 families,
identifying over 1100 members. Have been transcribing Whitby census and
residents documents to make them electronically available.
|While at University, co-wrote, produced and
presented a breakfast-time news and current affairs radio programme for
University Radio Airthry.
|Was a school governor for 12 years, chairing
the Buildings & Site committee at Myers Grove School, my former school.
|Was a board member of South Yorkshire Housing
Association for three years.
|Qualified electrician, have had Health &
Safety training and property management experience.
|Member of the Whitby Literary and Philosophical
|Conversational fluency in Japanese, French and German.
|Sheffield Ward Parliamentary Boundary Review, J.G.Harston, 2014.
|Submission to the Sheffield Parliamentary Boundary Review, J.G.Harston, 2011.
|Rockall and Hasselwood Rock, map, pub. J.G.Harston, 2009.
|Planning Appeal supporting refusal of listed building consent, 163 Church Street, Whitby, J.G.Harston, May 2008.
|1er mai 1707: Qui s'en souvient?, Genista Informations, June 2007.
|Submission to the Local Enquiry on the Sheffield Parliamentary Boundary Review, J.G.Harston, 2005.
|Sheffield Parliamentary Boundary Review Submission, J.G.Harston, 2004.
|Comments on the Sheffield Ward Boundary Review, J.G.Harston, 2003.
|Sheffield Ward Boundary Review Submission, J.G.Harston, 2002.
|Genealogy of the Old Testament, pub. J.G.Harston, 1995.
|HADFS Reference Manual, pub. J.G.Harston, 1992, 1994.
|Life in the Fast Lane (Game of Life), Acorn User, January 1992.
|Climb aboard the Carousel (GetPages), Micro User., September 1991.
|Suss out the Symbols (VLIST), Micro User, July 1990.
|Program Lister (PRLIST), Micro User, June 1990.
|Inside Story (MDUMP), Micro User, September 1989.
|The Yards of Whitby, map, pub. J.G.Harston, 1989.
|The Treaty of Union of the Kingdoms of Scotland and England, pub. J.G.Harston , 1988.
PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
May 1999 to May 2010
Elected Member of
Sheffield City Council for Walkley Ward
Lead member of Environmental Performance Working Party auditing
council environmental policies and systems, developing and promoting
environmental policies. Member of the Licensing Board, deciding on
applications for alcohol premises, hot food, street trading, gaming
facilities, sports stadiums, taxi driver and vehicle licenses. Member
of the Schools Admissions Board, determining entrance to schools, school
transfers and supported travel applications. Member of Planning Board
determining planning applications.
Party membership secretary and city-wide Data Officer, maintained party
membership and electoral databases, entered, analysed and used data for
targeted and untargeted mailings, organised and mapped optimal delivery
rounds. Ran the party print shop with high-speed high-volume printers,
folding and stuffing machines, coordinated with suppliers and external
print companies. Set up and ensured correct operation of server systems,
on per-user and shared basis.
During this time I was also a board member of
South Yorkshire Housing Association
taking part in making decisions on service standards, budgets, lettings
policies, future development and services, and holding the Chair
and Executive to account.
July 1996 to January 1997
Channel 5 Broadcasting
Television Reception Engineer. Retuning and testing video
equipment as part of the Channel 5 retuning project. This involved
working in people's homes ensuring that the new transmissions would not
interfere with existing equipment.
August 1994 to October 1994
Chez LaLou, SHEFFIELD
Dish Washer. Washing crockery, cutlery, cooking pots and equipment
in a busy restaurant.
March 1994 to April 1994
Owain F Carter Information Services, STIRLING
Programmer. Consultant to debug a WordPerfect filehandling
enhancement program. Reconfiguring a PC system to use the Cyrillic
character set to BS2979, optimising memory-management and disk cacheing
under DOS and Windows, and installing the hardware and software for a
November 1993 to December 1993
IT Department, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, SHEFFIELD
Programmer. Rewriting medical information systems designed by
medical students with little computer knowledge; and rewriting systems to
use Windows from Visual Basic.
July 1992 to July 1993
AFE Computer Services (Acorn Far East), HONG KONG
Network Systems Manager/In-house Technician. Responsibilities
included installing, customising and maintaining software, and installing
and maintaining hardware. Managing a mixed Acorn UNIX Ethernet and Econet
network of RISC OS and PC computers, liaising with the English schools in
Hong Kong and installing and teaching staff about new software and helping
them with problems, and coordinating service and maintenance requests.
June 1992 to March 1993 (part time)
May 1991 to June 1992 (full-time)
Tokyo Kyoei Gakuen, HONG KONG
Maths, Science and English TEFL Teacher. Teaching 'O' level
Mathematics and Science to mainly Japanese and some Chinese secondary
school students. Teaching Geography and French, and conversational English
to adults with a wide range of abilities.
January 1991 to April 1991
Watford Electronics, WATFORD
Technician. Responsible for taking telephone enquiries and orders,
doing minor computer repairs, and dealing with mail returns of
microcomputers and peripherals.
Dept. of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Stirling, STIRLING
Computing Consultant. Responsible for the installation of software
for an RISC OS Network system, installing and setting up programs, and
preparing a connection to the campus Ethernet system to connect to JANET;
Beta testing of pre-release software for Unix workstations.
June 1988 to August 1988
Camp Beaumont, Albrighton, SHROPSHIRE
Computing Activity Instructor. Teaching children in the 5 to 16
year range how to use various computer applications including word
processors, databases, spreadsheets and graphics packages. Assisting 14
to 18 year olds in programming activities; looking after children of
foreign nationalities and some informal experience of TEFL teaching.
June to Aug 1987, 1986, 1985
Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Medical Physics Dept., SHEFFIELD
Technician. Designing and building, and writing control programs
for, electronic computer hardware for sensing medical data.