About Me

I've been using Linux on and off since 1997, and permanently since 2000.

After dabbling with Slackware, Red Hat, SuSE and Mepis, I'm finally settled on Debian proper, currently running Testing on orwell (my HTPC, Pentium M 1.6G, 1GB RAM, 200GB SATA HD; also running MythTV), and kerouac (my Thinkpad R40, Pentium M 1.3G, 768MB RAM, 40GB HD).

I also play with Solaris 10 on a modded Sun Ultra 5 (300Mhz Sparc, 256MB RAM, 20GB HD, and yes, I did have to fit a purple CCFL to it!), Cisco IOS on tolstoy (an 827 router with 32MB RAM, 12MB flash), and OpenBSD on kafka (an old Thinkpad 770, 300Mhz, 128MB RAM, 4GB HD) acting as a secure wireless bridge.

I am to occasionally be found lurking on IRC as squelch.

I also have a badly maintained website at, with some technical tidbits which Google seems happy to ignore.

I'm 26 years old, I work as a SysAdmin-in-training in Camberley, whilst living in Guildford. My other hobbies are photography, reading, mountain biking, and record collecting.