Alex Cruickshank programmed his first computer in 1980, realising with relief that his appalling handwriting would no longer present a barrier to a successful career. He spent much of the ’90s writing for nearly all the UK-based computer magazines. Then he ran his own tech website, IT Reviews, for a decade before selling it in 2010. He now writes about business and technology, with a side-line in science fiction. Despite being married with children, he finds it hard to settle down: he's lived in various places in the United Kingdom and New Zealand and currently lives in Berlin, Germany.