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INTRO TO DAVID FREDERICKS
David John Fredericks is an Australian computer programmer and internet entrepreneur. A 5th generation Australian, he is of part Belgian descent.
He is the past owner of David Fredericks Web & Graphic Design, a Toowoomba-based website design business, which was nominated for the 2012 Toowoomba Business Excellence Awards. Some of his previous clients are listed here.
With an enduring fascination of technology and the space age, Mr Fredericks has personally met three NASA astronauts, including the first man to walk on the moon Neil Armstrong in Sydney in 2011 and Australian-born Dr Andy Thomas in Brisbane in 2010 and shaken their hands.
Dave is a Toowoomba resident and is a prolific letter writer to the editor of The Chronicle. He is also the Vice President Public Relations of Business Focus Toastmasters Club and is on the management committee of the Toowoomba Clubhouse Association. He has travelled widely in Australia and overseas and enjoys sponsoring local charities, such as MS Queensland, the Depression Support Network Toowoomba and the Toowoomba Clubhouse.
Dave first became involved with computers and interested in programming in high school in 1985 when he became 'Top of the State' at the new curriculum subject of Computer Art, using a Commodore 64 and Apple 2e computers. He went on to university with Electrical Engineering, then 20 years later Mathematics, Physics and Computing. Some of his research interests include the practical use of artificial intelligence, virtual reality, computer graphics, mobile game development, laser technology, holographic art and astronomy. He is a devoted Star Wars and Star Trek fan.
Dave personally uses the following technology:
Hewlett Packard desktop PC running Windows Vista
Toshiba laptop PC running Windows 7 and Debian Linux
Apple iPad 4 tablet running iOS 7
Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone running Android 4
Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 virtual reality system
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MEETING WITH FIRST MAN ON THE MOON
Dave Fredericks met and shook the hand of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, while at the Sydney Convention Centre on 24 August 2011.
Mr Armstrong was guest of honour at the 125th Anniversary of CPA Australia. The normally media shy man decided to go to the Sydney event because his father Stephen was an auditor for the Ohio state government. His father taught him mathematics which led to Neil's aerospace engineering career and astronaut wings.
At the event Mr Armstrong talked about the possibility of a permanent lunar scientific base and as it would be an international endeavour saw no reason why Australians couldn't be involved. This was in response to Dave's question from the 810 strong audience.
Neil Armstrong died of a heart bypass operation complication on 25 August 2012. His family buried his ashes at sea.
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Acknowledgement of First Peoples
David Fredericks acknowledges the traditional owners of the land on which we meet, walk, work and live - in particular the indigenous tribes of the Jagera, Giabal and Jarowair people whom have inhabited the Darling Downs for at least 40,000 years before European settlement.
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