Welcome to the home page of Jim Shaw

I have been a partner in Actrix Networks Ltd since its inception in 1991. This followed on from work done with John Vorstermans and Paul Gillingwater who pioneered the original Actrix Information Exchange from which Actrix Networks evolved. Over the years I have been involved primarily in technical work relating to the Unix system on which we depend and the networks we use. More recently I have taken a more background role as Actrix has employed full time support staff.

I am also a partner in Optimation NZ Ltd, an Open Systems consultancy company focussing on technical consulting. We have a wide range of experience in Open Systems integration, NT and Unix Systems implementation , Network Design, Implementation, and Management, and Network and Systems Security. With offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch we are able to provide outsourced high quality support. Email support@optimation.co.nz for more information.

I am a keen cyclist and have done a fair amount of touring in Europe, the USA and a little even in NZ. Several years ago I discovered the joys of mountain biking and following a few days cycling on a borrowed MTB, I enjoyed a summer holiday touring around Nelson/Marlborough Sounds on my new bike. The highlight of the trip (so to speak) was the struggle up and over the Maungatapu Saddle - from Nelson to the Pelorus Valley. We spent a few hours pushing our loaded bikes up to the summit at 740m. The ride down was much shorter and made up for the climb. The picture here (23Kbytes) is of me at the top. Golden Bay and Nelson in the background.

Click here to see part of the topo map that includes the saddle. This map starts about 7 km east of Nelson and goes across to about 2 km west of Pelorus Bridge on State Highway 6. The map image is 476K bytes.

Since that trip I have done more local touring in the Wairarapa, Taranaki and a few day trips in the central North Island. The most recent being my summer 2000 holiday

I also enjoy road riding and have ridden the "Round Taupo" ride twice in fairly sedate times. I may do it again in 2000.

When I can manage it I also enjoy tramping although I seldom get into the bush as often as I would like.

I have over the last few years become more interested in spiritual aspects of life - and have joined a study group that supports these interests. The group focuses on the principles of Advaita. Through this group I met Jean Watson and joined her small band of supporters who sponser a childrens home - the Mahatma Karuani Illam in Nilakottai, Tamil Nadu, South India. I visited the Illam, joining in its 10th anniversary celebrations, and seeing something of South India in 1997.

Sunset at Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari is the southern tip of India. The meeting place of three oceans and the only place in India where you can see the sun both rise and set over the sea.

Jean Watson is an author of a number of novels that are well worth reading - she has a unique style, and has published two books documenting the history of the Mahatma Karuani Illam. You can contact me for copies of her two most recent books (jshaw at actrix.gen.nz)