I recently became an e-Resident of Estonia. To do so, I had to apply online, pay €100, go through some identity checks, then visit the Estonian Embassy in London. The nice lady in the basement checked my UK passport, took a digital thumbprint and gave me a box containing my e-Residency card, which looks like a credit card, and a small plastic gizmo which enables me to connect the card to a computer using a USB port.

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In 2013, we stated that the cloud was the most significant advance in computing since the advent of the desktop personal computer. We put our money where our mouth is, by becoming an Amazon Web Servers Technology Partner and migrating all our clients’ hosting to Amazon Web Services (AWS). I also personally invested in shares in Amazon, having recognised the significance of Amazon Web Services about two years before the “experts” on Wall Street.

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I’ve been working in ICT since 1974, so I have seen a lot of changes. I started out by learning Cobol programming for ICL 1900 Series mainframes, then taught programming for several years. In 1975, I had my own personal mainframe computer, because the college I worked for had acquired one, but didn’t even know how to turn it on. They asked me to figure it out, so I worked through the library of manuals, and got it working.

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Trevor E Hilder

ICT Veteran | Cybernetician | Tech Startup Mentor | Infrastructure Historian

CEO @ Nail Soup Ltd