I am a systems administrator, currently working for Bashton in Bristol, and have previously worked for numerous organisations including the now-defunct MixRadio in Bristol, and eCommerce flash sales company Secret Sales and financial software house TIM Group in London.
Although I am a great believer in Free Software and my operating system of choice is Linux (Mint on the desktop, Ubuntu for servers), in reality I’m more of a generalist as my home gaming PC runs Windows and most of my day-to-day computing is done on a 13″ MacBook Pro.
I am also very community-focussed, and have written a number of Puppet modules and open source tools for a variety of purposes, all of which are available on my GitHub. I’m an active (where time permits) contributor to the ServerFault Stack Exchange community.
I’m also a PC performance enthusiast, my pride and joy years ago was an overclocked, liquid-cooled monster PC (Intel Q6600 overclocked to 3.6GHz). Unfortunately this PC has now been superseded, my use-case has changed dramatically and I no longer require a hugely powerful computer.
Musician & Audiophile
Music has played a monumental role in my life for many years. I own two bass guitars (although I don’t play anywhere near as much as I’d like!) and have dabbled in recording and live sound engineering while at school and college, as well as being an active member of the stage crew for local amateur dramatic societies for many years.
My music tastes vary wildly, from New Wave of British Heavy Metal, through classic rock and all the way to musical theatre and modern classical.