05/10/2017 at 08:16 •
I'm Peter Scargill, I am 63 (depending on when you read this of course) and I split my time between the Northeast of England and the South of Spain with my wife Maureen.
When I was just about old enough to think, I developed an interest in electronics, thanks to my dad who bought me a Philips electronics kit that let me build various kinds of radio and flashing light gizmos.
After a brief diversion into photography, I came back to electronics with the PIC chip for a few years before moving into corporate IT. A few years ago I took an interest in the Atmel chips (Arduino - or in my case mainly the 1284 chip) and then moved onto ESP8266 and now taking my first steps with the ESP32. Today I author a very successful blog and this takes up a lot of time.
At the time of writing, the blog has approaching 8,000 registered members and readership varies between 1200 and 2500 visitors every day. I review various products and projects and I like to think I come up with original ideas and publish them on the blog. Along the way I benefit immensely from some of the great contributions to the blog by readers. Rather than bore you with relevant skills you can find all that on my cv.
Not that long ago I spent 14 years as IT head and a director of the FSB (that's the UK version, not the Russian version!) and as such got to do a lot of travel. I've been to Microsoft HQ in the USA and the offices of Dell, Microsoft and many others in Europe. I've met with many of the people you read about in sites like this - the fellow who developed the ESP-Arduino environment - the CEO of Espressif who's chips we all love and some great visionaries. I've met with UK and European politicians and ministers and been to some fantastic places around the world.
All great fun but I still get the most enjoyment out of creating things of my own merely for the sake of making... and that's why I'm here in Hackaday.