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Electronic designer. Professional Engineer. Oldish aka "reasonably experienced" :-).
Contact - apptechnz gmail com <- you know the drill.
Tel: +64 9 837 2999 gmt+13

Special interest in technological solutions for developing country applications. Extensive in-China experience in product development & manufacturing in China.

Jack of all trades, Master of Electrical engineering. (aka ME (elec)) Interested in all aspects of modern technology. Professional qualifications in electrical engineering but practically proficient or conversant in many peripheral areas.

Recent extensive experience in solar powered LED lighting development and manufacturing in China for markets worldwide.

"Servant of the Most High God" / committed Christian. Happy to work enthusiastically and interact amicably with people of all nationalities and creeds.

Married with 2 adult children.

Obsessional photographer.


Nov
11
comment How cheap are the cheapest accommodations in Saudi Arabia?
I'm lead to believe that the backpacker experience you would get would not be of the sort that (even) you would welcome. Trying to keep a-head of the authorities my be more difficult than expected.
Nov
5
comment Safest driving route from Dunedin to Queenstown, NZ
Did you see any helicopters, or quad rotor 700 HP RX7's? :-) I could perhaps be persuaded to grab one of the cheap flights for some good shots of that RX7 really at play. Not in this lifetime, I imagine.
Oct
29
comment How can I travel to the North Pole, cheaply?
.... And, here's why Ben did it TED talk | Wow Bore Ousland 994 - solo unsupported and surprisingly many more have tried.
Oct
29
comment How can I travel to the North Pole, cheaply?
.... Rosie says that will change next year Rosie Stancer - 3rd attempt next year 2007 89 miles short and more and [Christina Franco ](facebook.com/christinafrancosolo) and Ann Daniels 2005 but Ben's been to both on foot - 3rd to North in 2004. ....
Oct
29
comment How can I travel to the North Pole, cheaply?
The very competent AND very brave AND sometimes dead do it solo with a kayak/overland combination. Doing this 'unauthorised' is probably illegal and the odds of surviving it for the less than super-persons probably makes an ascent of K2 look more attractive. But, the cost should be lower than and mores sensible alternative. If either of the extreme theories re Global Warming prove correct you should be able to either 'wall' it in mid-summer or go by boat in mid winter a few decades from now. | So far, few men and no women have made it. ....
Oct
28
answered How far can you realistically travel across potentially rough water in an inflatable dinghy?
Oct
26
revised Hong Kong street photography?
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Oct
20
comment Will my operator-dependent phone work in another country's operator if it is the same company?
@MichaelHampton Aye. Tis so. But Hungary & UK are also different countries. Hungary is not East UK. Which was the point of his question. My example exactly matches his question wrt 2 countries, but you said they would unlock his phone, but are "not surprised" that they would not unlock ours. What am I (or you) missing ? || Hmm: Depends where he is and where you thought he was. If he is in Hungary then all SHOULD be well. If he is in UK (or anywhere but Hungary) then he may well be out of luck.
Oct
20
answered Will my operator-dependent phone work in another country's operator if it is the same company?
Oct
20
answered Safest driving route from Dunedin to Queenstown, NZ
Oct
20
comment Precautions and Customs to observe when traveling in Morocco
Advice you get here and on web is probably good enough. ie behave sensibly in areas flagged as possibly sensitive. But, my daughter (30's) has just been in Morocco for just under a week. She loved it (few comments - many fantastic photos of her and friend doing all sorts of fun things). If you wanted to email me I could pass your query on to her for comment. I doubt this is needed but may end up being of interest in other ways as well. [email address on my profile page - click my name at end of this comment to see profile].
Oct
16
revised Are there any roads you can't walk as a pedestrian on in New Zealand?
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Oct
16
comment Are there any roads you can't walk as a pedestrian on in New Zealand?
" ... you know them when you see them. No side roads - on and off ramps only ... ". All else fair game. See added lists etc.
Oct
15
comment Is New Dehli, India, safe to travel to? (Ebola Scare)
.... the back streets of any city I'm in, often late at night. I'm told by all and sundry that this is risky or worse. They may be righty. So far, what fewish problems I have had have usually been with officials and similar. I'm told that there are places where cameras make you a target and/or unwelcome. I don't disbelieve it. But so far it's never been the case for me (35+ countries). The day may come. You seem to be telling me that there are places in LA where it would be unsafe to act as I have everywhere else? [[Dublin late at night I got a bit concerned about - but it was a false alarm]].
Oct
15
comment Is New Dehli, India, safe to travel to? (Ebola Scare)
... such as these images of LA smog. Similar to what I've seen in China (15 visits, 6 months in country) and worse than anything I saw in India. One visit, 3 weeks in country - Chennai, Pune. New Delhi, Agra, Mumbai. I may have struck a good period. || Go to the Ghetto? / Don't know why any tourists would -> I rode sleeper class Chennai-Pune ($US5! 1000km :-)) I sought out the "realest" slums I could find in the time available. I (and my camera(s) walk ....
Oct
15
comment Is New Dehli, India, safe to travel to? (Ebola Scare)
@Timmy - Sabres at dawn,please have your second contact mine :-) | Lies? Whatever.I try to avoid them. I expressed a personal preference. | I've visited all the cities on your list - and I've been to worse than any of them air pollution wise. Beijing and Shanghai are generally worse than anywhere I saw in India. ND to Agra was the worst I saw in India with many brick kilns producing copious black smoke. A great shame. I've only been in LA briefly on 2 occasions and have no recollections of its smog - I'm basing my comments on its long established fame and various images I've seen. ....
Oct
15
comment Is New Dehli, India, safe to travel to? (Ebola Scare)
@jpatokal Most of those are 'OK' in that they can be immunised or medicated against (given enough $) or avoided with a modicum of common sense (and/or paranoia). Hep C not quite yet but the solution for that is 'easy'. Not that I'm not covered for all those myself - but I'm (probably) covered for Rabies after a minor incident with a guard dog in China :-).
Oct
15
answered Is New Dehli, India, safe to travel to? (Ebola Scare)
Oct
15
comment Is New Dehli, India, safe to travel to? (Ebola Scare)
I've visite LA, New Delhi and Chennai, amongst 'quite a few' other places. The chances of dying from gunshot or car accident or being mugged or having my lungs (slightly more) eroded by air pollution in LA would make any dangers I faced in Chennai or ND more attractive. I'd love to spend more time looking around LA, but given the choice if I was offered a free one week trip to any of the 3, LA would be last on my list. [I'd probably choose ND and take a quick trip to Nepal]. FWIW people 'under watch' for Ebola have a finite or low chance of actually having it. In China I met a young couple ...
Oct
15
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