I’m David Harley, a Shropshire Lad by birth, though I’ve spent longer living outside the county than in it and have no strong opinions on the ‘right’ way to pronounce Shrewsbury except that I despise people who insist that theirs is the only right way and that anyone who thinks differently is either stupid or a social climber. My last spell in Shropshire – to be precise in Ludlow – came to an end in 2016, and I now live in Cornwall, not far from the mine workings that give their name to this blog. Until recently most of my income came from research into and writing about security, but it’s unlikely that the content of this blog will ever be much influenced by that.
To my slight bewilderment, there is a Wikipedia article about me here, but it’s mostly about my daytime job(s) in IT security. However, I did play guitar for a (far from luxurious) living long ago, and never quite grew out of it. In the early 1970s I played with a number of bands in Wales and the Midlands, and worked with guitarist John Crosswaite as a duo, then with Sally Stevenson (now Sally Goddard) who is still giving it some welly with the Canadian band Atlantic Union. In the later 70s and 80s I worked with various bands and artists including Kathy Bowen-Jones, Nick Warman (as a trio we called ourselves the Flying Piglets), Lyn (Anna) Thompson, Don MacLeod, Rick Brandon (currently with punk/folk/indie band The Dicemen), and poet and songwriter Bernard Puckett. There are some miscellaneous recordings (mostly from the 80s) on Soundcloud and on a blog site imaginatively called David Harley Songs, which also includes some more recent demo recordings. I’m currently going through my 1980s studio recordings, which might be released again as CDs at some point.
In recent years I’ve been much more engaged with songwriting than with performing (as a guitarist or as a singer), but I do inflict myself occasionally on audiences, mostly around Shropshire and Cornwall. Sometimes solo, sometimes with ceilidh bands (most recently with Commoners Mock), sometimes (but not nearly often enough) with the fine American (but Ludlow-based) singer Ann Gray. And occasionally with some of the more musical members of the security community: that tends to take me further afield (the most recent session was in Sydney). As I tend to avoid security conferences these days, that isn’t likely to happen much in future, though. I am spending more time in what I grandly refer to as my studio, though. Current projects include a CD of settings of verse by Housman, Yeats and Kipling interspersed with some of my folkier songs, and something more blues-based.
As a soloist, I tend to play my own material (on acoustic and electric guitars) with a heavy leavening of blues, especially bottleneck. I have been known to play other instruments, but only in bands or in the studio: I know my limitations.
- David Harley’s Songs (Song lyrics, recordings and demo recordings, related info.)
- Dataholics: the IT addiction (Ravings of a security-obsessed internaut, with the occasional cartoon…)
- David Harley’s Verse (This site is going from bad to verse.)
- Parodies Regained (Parody and pastiche.)
- Shropshire Blues (Various aspects of living in Shropshire.)
- Shropshire Laddishness: my settings of Housman’s verse and other Housman-related articles.
- I run the Sabrinaflu blog site, which tracks musical events and such along the course of the Severn, even though I now live almost the full length of Cornwall away from the Bristol Channel (let alone Shropshire). I also write a column on Shropshire folk stuff for Folk Life Quarterly.
My own security and other blogs are (mostly) listed here:
- Anti-Malware Testing (AMTSO, anti-virus product testing, the universe and everything…)
- The AVIEN blog (Andrew Lee’s Anti-Virus Information Exchange Network is pretty much dead as an organization, but I use the site as a repository for vendor-neutral information on tech support scams and ransomware.)
- Check Chain Mail and Hoaxes (Information and commentary on hoaxes, spam and scams.)
- ESET blog (This was my primary outlet for security blogging: obviously, ESET has many other bloggers too.)
- Geek Peninsula PR stuff, information on and storage of articles, conference papers etc.
- Mac Virus (Focused on Apple – Mac and iOS – malware and security, and by extension other mobile platforms.)
You’re welcome to mail me via the Contact Page.