The obligatory about me page


A stranger once emailed me out of the blue to tell me that my life resembled “a portrayal of the dangers of self immersion in pointless technology”, I am pretty sure he was just being rude but it’s not really that far from the truth if I’m honest, although I would argue on the pointless aspect! It is certainly true that ever since I was a kid I have spent most of my time playing around with computers, electronics and technology in general, I guess there are just some things you just don’t grow out of.

In my free time I like to work on my smart home automation system, software and hardware projects – I’m a huge fan of open source software and hardware and have made some small contributions of my own to both over the years, some of which you will find on this site. I’m also a big fan of Linux, after first discovering it in 1995 I have used it extensively on the server side both at work and home since then and it has been my sole operating system at home since 1999. Currently Debian for servers and Xubuntu on the desktop if you are interested.

When I’m not playing with computers or electronics I enjoy reading, mostly sci-fi or science, and cooking, particularly Indian cuisine; I love hot spicy food and can cook a mean curry, usually at least once a week. I’ve been vegetarian since my teens and I have another blog where I post some of my vegetarian recipes from time to time. Other interests include real ale, single malt whisky and radio, both broadcast and communication, I also enjoy listening to many different kinds of music and love finding new stuff to listen to but despite trying I have never had any success learning to play an instrument myself.

If you like what you see on this site you should follow me on Twitter or you can contact me via email here. I usually use my full name on most other services and I go by the nick ‘nsc’ on Freenode.

Last modified: 28 September 2016