After nearly three and a half years, Tom Pike, the revered Spartan Press I.T. guru is taking his leave of the Highlands and joining the ranks of the Norway based software company who produce the internet browser of the same name: Opera.
Tom's first task at Spartan Press was to wean us all off of a huge (and much beloved) DOS based database management system and into a twenty-first century intranet/internet based technology. Spartan's new monster Linux server, aptly named "Zeus", is now happily dishing up data across the globe in the twinkling of an eye!
Tom's next 'biggie' once Zeus was purring like a cat, was updating and running www.HighlandHost.net - Spartan's internet department, which grew considerably during his reign.
Tom's other duties included regularly testing the Westwood 2 cylinder automatic mower (see picture), playing cricket for Laggan C.C. and painting the Victorian railings at Strathmashie!
The last picture was created as a gift for Tom, presented in a frame, at his leaving party on Wednesday 10th January 2007. The years at Spartan where obviously merely a training ground for the rough, tough Viking life abroad.
Good luck, Tom, and all the very best from the Spartan Press Team!