I’m a freelance Software Consultant, mostly working with Open Source technologies and web services. A lot of my work these days is in business analysis: working out what the problem actually is, as opposed to what it seems to be. I prefer to code in Python, but also work in Perl, C/C#/Objective-C, SQL and (for my sins) JavaScript.

I’ve been on “the Internet” since 1990 when Melbourne University helpfully provided me with Usenet access, a room full of warm VT320s and, eventually, a degree in Computer Science. Somewhere along the way I learnt a fair bit about Unix, Free Software and IP networking, which have pretty much defined my career ever since. One of my proudest career moments was getting RFC 4429 to Proposed Standard. I’m also very interested in Mesh Networking.

I live in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia with my wife, two daughters, a very antisocial cat and a very enthusiastic dog. Also some fish. Very occasionally we really do get kangaroos bouncing along the street. If I had any spare time I’d only waste it motorcycling, 4WDing, bushwalking, climbing and grumbling about the quality of the coffee to be found while doing those things.


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