About

This page provides some idea of my experience, skill set and background should you be interested in discussing a project or tutoring needs.

Technology

I built my first static HTML website in the early 1990s as a student at the University of Melbourne. Since then I’ve installed, configured, used and fixed most things related to system administration and open source web development on Linux.

I’ve held full-time positions managing corporate websites and the server infrastructure they were hosted on. I’ve also worked as a freelance web developer and Linux consultant, an educator and trainer (primary school to adults) and an educational technology consultant. I’ve been a Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) and have built and managed Linux web, database, mail and DNS servers, reverse proxies, web caches and failover clusters. Expressed as a tag cloud, my core technical expertise looks something like this:

#RedHat #CentOS #Bash #PHP #Javascript #MySQL #MariaDB #PostgreSQL #Apache #Nginx

I stay up to date with this stack in particular and with web technologies in general, but don’t wander too far down the rabbit hole of each new tech fad that comes along. Seriously, if I’ve learnt anything over the years it is the value of a balanced lifestyle with plenty of time away from the screen walking, talking, cycling, gardening, cooking and meditating. For this exact reason I value tools, systems and platforms with these qualities:

  • simplicity
  • practicality
  • maintainability
  • ubiquity
  • productivity

Language

I completed a Masters Degree in Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne in 1997, and have maintained a lifelong interest in the various schools of functional linguistics. I trained and worked for 15 years as a primary school, secondary school and TAFE college teacher specialising in English as a Second Language.

I have managed to acquire varying degrees of competence in a range of languages including Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Luritja (a Central Australian language closely related to Pitjantjatjara), Thai and Pali.

Food

Gardening and food go together, they are just different ends of the same process! I have a passion for growing and preparing delicious, nutritious plant-based foods, nurtured and strengthened by a lifelong interest in language, culture and travel.

I have been involved for several years in various school and community garden projects and organisations including Slow Food Mildura.

Education and Training

I have approximately 15 years experience teaching students ranging from Year 1 to adult, mostly in the areas of English as a Second Language and Information Technology, in Melbourne, Alice Springs and Mildura (Australia).

I currently work part-time delivering units in Cert IV and Diploma level courses in Information Technology (Networking) at a TAFE college.