๐Ÿ‘จ About Me

๐Ÿ“‹ Contents

  1. ๐Ÿ‘‹ Hi there
  2. ๐Ÿ“ Writing
  3. ๐Ÿ“š Reading
  4. ๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ Exercise
  5. ๐Ÿง Linux & open source
  6. ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธ Privacy
  7. ๐Ÿ’ฉ Social media
  8. ๐ŸŒ Online identities
  9. ๐Ÿ๏ธ Motorbikes

๐Ÿ‘‹ Hi there!

My name is Kev Quirk and I own this website. That’s me, just up there โ˜๏ธ. I’m the human with the funny eyes ๐Ÿ‘€. The awkward looking pooch is my best friend, Tia ๐Ÿถ and the bored looking cat is Lola ๐Ÿฑ.

If you own a website, apparently it’s good manners to have an about page that talks all about yourself. Very narcissistic if you ask me, but without further ado here is need all you need to know if you want to commit identify theft against me. Have fun. ๐Ÿค 

๐Ÿ“ Writing

I obviously write here on my personal blog regularly, but I’ve also written for a number of other technology blogs over the years. Some of these are MakeUseOf, OMG! Ubuntu!, It’s FOSS and CSS Tricks.

I really enjoy writing. Mostly because I enjoy having a way of getting my thought and opinions out there in a long-form, but also because I find the process very relaxing. ๐Ÿง˜

๐Ÿ“š Reading

The majority of what I read tends to be blogs, mostly about motorbikes and technology in various forms. You can see a list of what I read on my blogroll. When reading books, I enjoy non-fiction, technology and autobiographies.

๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ Exercise

I have a job that doesn’t involve much exercise. In fact, it involves no exercise. Since leaving the Army in 2009 ๐ŸŽ–๏ธ, my waistline has been steadily increasing.

I now try to go swimming a few times a week COVID ruined my swimming routine, but I still get out for some nice long walks, mostly with the dog.

๐Ÿง Linux & open source

What can I say? I’m a nerd and I prefer to use Linux as my operating system of choice. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

My desktop does have a Windows partition on it, as I need Windows for certain things in work. But my main OS has been a Linux based one since 2010.

I’m currently running Ubuntu 20.04 on both my laptop and my desktop. I customise a little, but for the most part is pretty much stock:

My Ubuntu 20.04 Desktop

๐Ÿ’ฐ Open Source Contributions

I like to support open source projects that I regularly use. Being a busy guy, and not a developer, I would be pretty useless at submitting code. So I contribute with my wallet instead. Here’s a list of the open source contributions I’ve made recently:

ProjectAmount ($)Date
Ubuntu$5012 Nov 20
Bitwarden$3024 Oct 20
Wikimedia Foundation$3012 Oct 20
Miniflux$1528 Sep 20
Webmention$5523 Sept 20
PiHole$2519 Aug 20
Pop!_OS$1201 May 20
Wikimedia Foundation$1504 Dec 19

I also support a few open source affiliated services on Patreon. While these aren’t open source projects as such, they are very closely aligned to open source and I enjoy consuming their content.

ProjectAmount ($/month)
Fosstodon$5
Late Night Linux$5
Ubuntu Podcast$5

๐Ÿ•ต๏ธ Privacy

As well as being a Linux/Open Source lover, I’m also a privacy advocate. I have tried to de-Google wherever possible, I use a VPN most of the time I’m online and my email provider is separate from my search provider.

I also try to make your visit to this site as private as possible. You can read more about that here.

โœ… Privacy Recommendations

  • DuckDuckGo is a privacy respecting alternative to Google search.
  • Private Internet Access is a trustworthy VPN provider.
  • Zoho and Fastmail are privacy respecting, ad free email providers.
  • Finally, I would recommend keeping your search engine and email provider separate.

๐Ÿ’ฉ Social Media

To say that I’m not a fan of social media would be an understatement. I think mainstream social media does more harm than good for a number of reasons.

The most abhorrent of which are the numerous privacy concerns that come with using social media. I do however make use of a social network called Mastodon. I actually host my own instance on the network, called Fosstodon.

๐ŸŒ My Online Identities

This is a list of my online identities. It includes the online accounts and domain names I am associated with. If it isn’t listed here, it probably isn’t me.

๐Ÿงพ Online Accounts

  • ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป GitHub – Link
  • ๐Ÿ—ž๏ธ Hacker News – Link
  • ๐Ÿ—๏ธ Keybase – Link
  • ๐Ÿ—ž๏ธ Lobsters – Link
  • ๐Ÿ˜ Mastodon – Link
  • ๐Ÿ—๏ธ Public PGP Key – Link
  • ๐Ÿ“ฐ Reddit – Link
  • ๐Ÿฆ Twitter – Link

๐ŸŒ Domain Names

  • 100daystooffload.com
  • craves.coffee
  • fosstodon.org
  • kevq.uk
  • kevquirk.com
  • mylight.website
  • quirk.cc

๐Ÿ๏ธ Motorbikes

Motorbikes are a huge part of my life – I enjoy riding them, working on them, restoring them and talking about them. I currently ride a 2017 Yamaha MT-09 Tracer (FJ09 if you’re in the USA).

I’m very lucky to live close to North Wales, which has some incredible riding roads โ›ฐ๏ธ. I also try to get away on tour when time permits. A flask of coffee โ˜•, a sandwich ๐Ÿฅช, a full tank of petrol โ›ฝ and the open road ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ is my idea of heaven.

My bike in North Wales