Bevis King
[Photo] Who Is He?
Bevis King is a Senior Systems Developer in the IT Services team within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Surrey. He is co-located with the Centre for Vision, Speach and Signal Processing (CVSSP) and works extensively on projects related to this centre's research work.

He came to the University of Surrey in November 1990 from Imperial College in the University of London where he'd been a system programmer in the Computing Support Group of the Department of Computing. Prior to that he was Data Processing Manager at Applied Property Research Ltd, a commercial database provider based in the City of London.

Contact Details: Postal Address:
Email: B.King@surrey.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (1483) 683957
Office Location: 12AB05
Bevis R W King
Senior Systems Developer
Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing
Faculty of Electronics and Physical Sciences
University Of Surrey
Guildford
Surrey GU2 7XH, United Kingdom.


Interests

Video & Home Cinema - Bevis has a long standing interest in all aspects of Video technology, and particularly Home Cinema. He has a large collection of video kit including several LaserDisc players, various DVD players, three Sony DVCAM digital decks, four SuperVHS VCRs including a Panasonic edit pair, Standards Converter, Satellite receiver, AV Amplifier, and (fairly) large screen television. There's a wiring diagram for his AV system on the web (sad or what?). He runs a mailing list discussing LaserDisc in Europe (and other PAL countries) called Europe-LD, another about DVD called Europe-DVD and has also written a detailed introduction to Worldwide TV Standards which is now available on the Web.

Travel - A six times circumnavigator and general inveterate traveller, he has visited all but two contients on the planet (an oversight he plans to rectify soon). In terms of countries, he's visited Andorra, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cook Islands, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Samoa, Spain, Singapore, Switzerland, Tahiti, Tanzania, Thailand and the United States of America. Within the USA, he's visited Arizona, California, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indianna, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennesee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. In Canada, he's travelled as the length and breadth of British Columbia (north to Fort Nelson, west to Prince Rupert), and is gradually exploring Ontario.

Science Fiction - An avid collector of science fiction films and TV series, Bevis has an extremely large video tape, LaserDisc and DVD library collected over more than a decade and half and from throughout the world. His current favourite TV series include Xena Warrior Princess, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Charmed. Other long term favourites include Blakes' 7, Dr Who, Earth 2, VR.5, Something Is Out There, Babylon-5, The X Files, The New Avengers, Clarissa Explains It All, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager (most of which he's written web pages about). and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Railways - Bevis has for many years been interested in railways in general, with particular emphasis towards preserved and Narrow Gauge railways. Initially interested primarily in the British scene, recently he has branched out into US, Canadian and New Zealand lines. This interest extends to model railways and he owns a moderate G-gauge LGB and AristoCraft (well actually, more accurately the custom products made by AristoCraft for HobbyCraft Canada) setup based upon Alpine metre gauge railways and Canadian standard gauge. He also has a growing N-gauge collection in both British and US outlines. Recently a small collection of Canadian outline HO-gauge equipment has also been added to the inventory, plus a few bits of UK OO stuff. Pretty much all of it except the UK-outline N-gauge stuff has now been equiped with decoders for Digital Command Control (DCC). For a random collection of railways related stuff, click here.

Female Singer-Songwriters - Bevis's interest in music mainly concentrates on female singer-songwriters, particularly those who's music falls into Rock or Metal genres. Amongst his favourite musicans are Lee Aaron, Laura Branigan, Kim Carnes, Lita Ford, Debbie Gibson, Heart, Joan Jett, Jenny Morris, Sharon O'Neill, Suzi Quatro, and Jennifer Rush. He's also into all-girl rock groups such as The Bangles, The Go-Gos, and Vixen. Needless to say he has a pretty large collection of CDs collected from all around the world...

...and I guess you can also say he's interested in computers...

In the area of computing, he is a strong critic of Microsoft and a proponent of Linux/Unix alternatives, and the GNOME desktop environment in particular. He occasionally documents stuff he's been working on here:


Bevis King <B.King@ee.surrey.ac.uk>
Wednesday 20th August 2003