Philosopher and historian by training, Product Manager by pay cheque, and a doctoral candidate at Macquarie University researching Edmund Burke on authority and the implications for leadership.

Fiction

Any of the Sherlock Holmes Stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, though the novels The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Sign of Four are masterful

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
J. R. R. Tolkien
P. G. Wodehouse
Oscar Wilde
Stephen Fry

Non-Fiction

Niall Ferguson
Andrew Roberts
Steven Pinker
Yuval Noah Harari
Daniel Kahneman
Tom Holland
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Hannah Arendt
Michael Burleigh

How I Do Computing

Environment

My desktop computer is a hefty AMD RYZEN Threadripper, Corsair Cooling, Nvidia GPU and plenty of RAM. When mobile, my machine of choice is a 13 inch Dell XPS.

My OS preference is Linux and current distro flavour is Fedora. I use Zettlr as my focused writing and note taking environment as It pairs wonderfully with Zotero for research projects.

My Linux desktop, powered by Fedora

Privacy

Perhaps it is a creeping presbyopia, in which life seemed to afford a greater privacy in the past. Perhaps it is an increasing awareness of the intrusive nature of advertising and data mining. Whatever the cause, I have become a strong privacy advocate and try, difficult though it is at times, to Restore Privacy… with Privacy Guides it can be done.

Firefox for browsing

Startpage for search

Signal for messaging

ProtonMail for email

ProtonVPN for VPN

Tresorit for file storage

Mastodon for social posting

PixelFed for social imaging

PeerTube for video

I use Hugo for blogging, but recommend WordPress for those seeking a CMS solution

For those looking for a Google Docs / Office.com replacement and don’t want to manage a NextCloud instance: Infomaniak’s kSuite and CryptPad offer a great suite of tools.

Hosting

This blog is hosted by Netlify. All other Winter Ink projects are hosted by Infomaniak.

A Sovereign, Open and Healthy Web

This section is inspired by Ru Singh philosophy of an ‘Open and Healthy Web,’ Aral Balkan’s conceptualisation of the ‘Small Web,’ and the burgeoning IndieWeb project. The prime principles of which are:

Your content is yours

When you post something on the web, it should belong to you, not a corporation. Too many companies have gone out of business and lost all of their users' data. By joining the IndieWeb, your content stays yours and in your control.

You are better connected

Your articles and status messages can go to all services, not just one, allowing you to engage with everyone. Even replies and likes on other services can come back to your site so they’re all in one place. 

You are in control

You can post anything you want, in any format you want, with no one monitoring you. In addition, you share simple readable links such as example.com/ideas. These links are permanent and will always work.

This represents a reform of the global digital network to promote the adoption of individually-owned and controlled sovereign spaces.