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Sylvia Collins (Mother) and Susan Collins (Sister) with young Jamie Collins

      
      

Hi! My name is James Collins. And I invented the CORE
technologies which make all of Web Management possible.


I was born on the north side of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in the early 1960's. Raised in the Brisbane suburbs, I had two older sisters. I received my primary education at the local state primary school. There I had many fine friends, including Leslie Whittle, Michael Bourke, and the Moran boys, Mark and David. Among my friends at this time was Janette Clark, we grew apart as the years went by, eventually becoming merely distant acquaintances, but she was a great influencer on my young life. I have many memories of time spent playing school and toy cars with these and other children. Jacqueline Jenn and I were school library assistants at primary school, when I first found a love for the written word.
Kippa-Ring - 1976 In 1975, my family moved to just north of Brisbane, to the Redcliffe Peninsula. This cut my High school life in a Brisbane state high school short, only spending the first term of grade 8 in that school. I left everything behind there. I never had the opportunity to say goodbye to my many friends, and I often wonder what happened to them.

I went to the local state high school on the Peninsula from 1975 until I completed my senior certificate in 1980. It was while I was at this school that I began to develop an interest in Electronics and the Sciences. My parents were always afraid I was going to blow up the the house so under the tutelage of my patient Father, I built a purpose designed shed in the back yard. Complete with work benches, independent power supply and stacks of space for experiments.

Initially not having any 240 Volt power, but having an interest in Tropical Fish, I had to build mechanisms to warm, aerate and move the water in the tanks. Based on an Asian system for moving water utilising a combination of valves and capillary action, I was able to fashion such a system. I demonstrated it to my Physics and Chem teachers as a possible example of perpetual motion, but it was voted down due to the huge amount of water evaporation which necessitated continual filling of the top storage tank.

Craig Boustead was one of my best friends at this time, and it was he who was always telling corny jokes! Clontarf Beach Baptist Church was where I became a Sunday School teacher and met one of the loves of my life, Allison Davis. I grew a lot at that church, and was eventually baptised there. Allison Williams and I worked in the School Library together, with myself becoming "Head Monitor". I virtually ran every aspect of the library at one time or another, often being left in charge of the Library.
Victoria Point My father fell ill towards the end of my schooling, and I found myself using the skills I'd gained in Motor Mower repairs to be useful in starting my first business. JRC Services became an important part of the family income, and as I hired staff, it grew to be a very lucrative enterprise. After the death of my father in 1982, my mother and I moved to the Redlands suburb of Victoria point in 1984. Here I attended Cleveland Baptist Church, and continued Sunday School teaching. Of course I sold the mowing business at this time, and moved to a new position in an Advertising Production role in Fortitude Valley. The Agency taught me a lot about advertising and I only left there when my Electronics hobby led me into a study of Computers and Programming. The only ,and quite terrible, photo of Allison Coyne. I think that is the way she planned it though... She really didn't like being photographed!        In 1984 I bought a computer and by mid 1985, I left PRA under very amicable circumstances, as PRA moved into other areas, and I moved into Computer Programming Work. My first position was with Sperry Univac and involved working on their 1100/92 Mainframe. Sperry transferred me to Canberra in 1986, but I returned to the Redlands in late 1987 and married Jayne Doecke, the daughter of a Lutheran Pastor, in 1988.The Commodore 64, my first real computer Jayne had been a teacher with my Sister Susan at the Faith Lutheran School in Victoria Point, and Sue had been playing "Matchmaker" for some time. Jayne and I settled in Victoria Point at first, with me running my own company, The Galaxy GateWay Computer System, and working for various companies in town as well. Jayne started at the then brand new school, Redlands College, the same year.

Our next move was out to a farm in the Brisbane Valley town of Minden. There we raised a couple of fine Friesian cows and I managed to collect 13 volkswagens. Time and Distance caused us to return to the Redlands in 1998. Jayne was still working at Redlands College and I was still getting work in town. The move back also saw a dramatic increase in the size and power of my business, as I started my first Pty Ltd Company. Internet 4 Free was a wonderful concept borne out of the Advertising Sponsored function of Galaxy GateWay. It offered Advertising Sponsored Internet Access. The Company was sold, lock, stock and barrel, in mid-1998. I was retained as a developer, but had no more say in the running of the company, which floundered and was eventually declared insolvent in September 2001, when it was running under the name of WebMatchIT.
Univac / Sperry Rand. My first real computer programming job
       2002 saw my lady wife and I heading out for pastures new in a Winnebago 2054 Motorhome. We stayed in the motorhome until late that year, when we settled back to earth in the Redlands, once more. Here I founded a new company, "Web Management InterActive Technologies Pty Ltd", which I had registered in late 2001. I have poured the last few years into developing new and innovative technologies for use on the internet, pioneering inventions such as Gizmo, Gizmail, CORA, DIY Web Pages, and working for other companies around Brisbane.

       Since the inception of Network Technologies I have been campaigning to get a sensible system of protection for the people of Australia who use online services. In 2003, I used the CORE technologies that run Web Management to produce what I call the "Protected Network". In 2007, I started campaigning heavily to get Government support behind this project since I had not got anywhere with the private sector. In December of 2011 I had my first Political breakthrough with Malcolm Turnbull, Shadow Communications Minister, saying that "We should just do it". Love that word "We".

As of the last update of this page, that struggle is still continuing, in 2012. But we're soooo close!

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