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Hi!

What I'm currently doing

I'm currently working for Talus Technologies Inc., a Calgary-based software development shop running the QA, documentation and anything else that needs to be done. My principal interests here are (in no particular order) quality assurance, documentation, process management, troubleshooting, customer support, training and software development (mostly design work.)

What I was doing...

I was a project implementer with Energy Solutions, Critical Control Solutions, TCENet and Simulutions (in various flavours), and a computer systems analyst at AMOCO Canada, a large Calgary based oil and gas concern. I've also worked as a technical writer, programmer, technical artist and a few other entertaining jobs over the years. I've a BSc. in Computer Information Systems from DeVry as well as a BA in English Literature from Bishop's University in Quebec.

Computers. Naturally.

This is a mixed OSX/Windows shop, although the Windows is used primarily for gaming these days. In the past I've also run a Fedora LINUX server to do the important stuff like file serving, SpeakFreely and so on that I didn't trust to the Windows boxen. I'm an avid iPhone/iPad user at the moment (rather than say, Android) but technology is such a fickle beastie.

I had been a Palm Pilot PDA user since the introduction of the 5000. I moved on after the Palm Tungsten T3 which was a very satisfactory handheld in its time. I was also an ardent Amiga user for quite a while, during which time I was an AMUCer, a member of the Calgary Amiga Users Group. I (and AMUC of course!) organised a tradeshow called AmiJam'95. The Amiga still runs under WinUAE emulation. Amongst other dead and dying computer systems, I also enjoyed using the Apple ][ and BeOS systems. Packed away in the basement is a vintage NEC Ready 7022 Pentium box which is no longer used. I used to be into 3D rendering, but since real-time gaming systems now exceed what I can do laboriously, I gave up. The (dated) results are here.

A related interest is that of the online multiplayer game. My first foray into this was MUD2. This was (and still is) an absolutely stunning text based multiuser game, and blows the hell out of any others I've ever seen. Currently the only instance of it running is on mud2.com in Canada. The current MMORPG fixation is Blizzard's World Of Warcraft on which I'm wasting a truly astonishing amount of time on right now. Highly recommended; come and join me on the Cenarius server.

Non-Computer Interests

Non-computer interests include things like kayaking and bicycling, science fiction and fantasy literature. Typically my stereo blasts while I'm at home, so if you live in an adjoining building, you might just overhear what I'm listening to. Since the arrival of digital cameras, I've been taking an interest in photography. I'm a rank amateur, but some of the results are pretty nice.

As time passes I've become rather more aware of the political leanings of people around me. Living in Alberta has been a great education in what other people think and what I can accept. Even through university, I remained quite uninterested in the political process; that's not true any more even if I tend to keep my opinions to myself.

Pronounciation

"Hough" seems to be one of those names no one can pronounce, so for the record here it is: it sounds like "Huff." So it rhymes with "rough", "enough", "tough" and so on. The "ough" does not sound like "bough", "drought", "dough", "thought", "plough", "through", "borough", "slough", "cough" and or "hiccoughed". So, "Howe", "Who", "Ho", "How", "Hoog", "Hoff", "Hurra" and "Hawf" are all wrong.

So there.

Who I'm Not

Google is a wonderful search engine, but sometimes the results are a little unclear. For those following links from Google, I'm not the one of the fine "Adam Hough"s who:
  • lives in Australia (never been there; wouldn't mind one of these days)
  • plays a guitar (I can play a trumpet though)
  • plays hockey (yes, I know, "bad Canadian")
  • participates in golf tournaments in Minnesota (I have made fine divots in the fairways)
  • drives karts (vroom!)
  • is a fan of "Gruberova" (not my thing)
  • kickboxes (turns out he's a Canadian too)
  • enjoys BMX biking (although I like my mountain bike just fine)
  • plays soccer for Newcastle Athletic (rugby was more my game)
  • plays for the North London Lions Australian Rules Football team (I may have liked rugby, but I'm not that insane)
  • was born in 1988 (I'm just a little bit older than that...)
  • attends the University of Portland or the University of South Florida (I drove past Portland once although I've never been near Florida)
  • is a chemical engineer ("my eyes, my eeeeeeyyyyyeeees")
  • acted in a South Dakota high school's production of "Tom Jones" ("...")
  • is a fan of the Dave Matthews Band (not my thing either...)
  • quotes Tom Green (another Canadian... hmmm)
  • sponsors an animal adoption club (where is Lowry anyway?)
  • is dead (a surprising number of references to them.)

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This site was first started in 1995. Last update: 2011/08/08