OK, so my website is a mixed bag of interests but at its heart is my strong advocacy of the Open Source philosophy which is rapidly changing the way people think about both technology and society. For a non-technical example, vast amounts of informative content is being released as open source on sites such as Wikipedia, YouTube and WordPress, with people sharing their ideas,views and thoughts for free to anyone who wants to listen, watch or read.
In the world of technology and computers, many people could have never predicted that a system based around communities collaborating online working for free could have such a big impact. Open source embraces the philosophy of sharing freely without discrimination, and because of this technology is becoming more accessible. A computer for $30 (Raspberry Pi) with free software is now a reality and concepts such as patents and piracy are decreasing. Open Source empowers you to share your ideas as much as you like. This provides users with a freedom that is not obtainable from restricted and costly proprietary products and creates remarkable opportunities for everyone around the world, especially in developing countries or deprived areas of the western world. The Linux operating system (a “free” alternative or replacement to MS Windows or MacOS) is a shining example of this, in fact it because of Linux the term Open Source exists today.
I have over 25 years’ experience as an IT Professional successfully delivering technical and business solutions in the Pharmaceutical, Retail Distribution, Civil Engineering and Information Technology sectors. In my spare time I apply my true passion by offering my services in a voluntary capacity to assist disadvantaged individuals and families. Among other initiatives (like my online tutorials) I accept broken or decommissioned laptops/computers, refurbish them with free open source software (FOSS) before placing them “cost free” in the hands of local marginalised families. My contact details are below if you would like to make a hardware donation. Unfortunately I can only collect donations from the Dublin area