Mr. Irvine's Home Page
"He held on for dear life, because he knew in his heart
this fish was his."
graphic by Ray Troll
About Mr Irvine:
Mr. Irvine is presently a teacher of mathematics and computing studies at
Forster High School.
He came to Forster in 1996 so he could be closer to the family farm at
Before that he was at Camden High School, a rural school about 60 minutes
by car South West of Sydney.
Before that he went to Uni at the University of New England,
Before that he worked as a design engineer in the materials testing
business, (conveyor belts, coal crushers and such), as a computer
programmer, as a tree planter, a deckhand on a salmon trawler, a
builder's labourer, and a short stint at dishwashing.
Mr Irvine has dual Australian / Canadian citizenship and has lived and
worked in Northern Canada. He spent some of his primary school years in
Northern Canada, and when he was 25 he went back on a working holiday.
The coldest temperature he has been in is -46 degrees C.
Mr.Irvine used to spend a lot of his spare time sitting on top of hills
and cliffs waiting for the wind to blow in the right direction. Mrs.
Irvine has patiently cured him of this habit.
About this page:
This page is a copy of one that resides on Forster High School's
experimental intranet web server,
It was created in about an hour using the "edit" part of
Netscape Navigator Gold. It was then rewritten using a unix text editor
called vim so Mr. Irvine could learn a little about Cascading Style
Sheets. This took much more than 1 hour.
Anyone can make a web page and put it on
High School's private web server. See Mr. Irvine. (We will be moving
student accounts over to a new file server called
ajax.fhs.domain sometime in 1999).
Adobe Pagemill is the best tool to write web pages with. However, if you
really want to learn HTML, its best to use a text editor like simpletext,
notepad, or BBedit.
Likes of Mr. Irvine:
- Mrs. Irvine.
- Mrs. Irvine's cooking.
- Claire Patricia Helen Irvine, born 24/7/98
- Clever ideas.
- Teaching high school students (never boring!)
- German cars.
- Well brought up children.
- Well brought up dogs.
- Good vegetarian cooking.
- Moon-rise over the ocean.
- Flying, especially at cloud-base.
- Computer networks.
- Freedom, Individuality & Spare Time.
Dislikes of Mr. Irvine
- Meetings and committees.
- Bad manners.
- Clueless inner city environmental types,
especially those who attack the rights of cyclists to use
- Marking tests.
- Missed opportunities.
- Those big, thick, poorly edited computer textbooks that
cost close to a hundred dollars.
- Poor journalism.
My story about getting busted by
Sydney Water Board goons - an attempt to package a pretty dry
environmental issue in some colourful wrapping. First full web site I
Mr Irvine's resume.
A web page about making a high school
intranet with FreeBSD. A little old now...
- FreeBSD and Linux - What they can do
for schools. This was a paper I presented at the Australian Computers
in Education Conference
in July 2000. Aimed at school computer
coordinators and technology decision makers.
- If you are teaching introductory computer programming, you want to
know about the Perl language. I've made a short web page on
teaching with Perl.
You'll also find a booklet in .pdf format that your students can
work through. More to come!
A beginner's guide to Understanding the IP Protocol, or What All Those Numbers Mean.
email: eirvine -at- tpgi.com.au