About Me

My name is Michael, I’m a 30 year old living in Carrickfergus, just outside Belfast in Northern Ireland. My wife is Amanda, we have a 2-and-a-bit year old Joshua, and a West Highland White Terrier called Casper. I’m originally from Newtownabbey, which is a bit closer to Belfast than Carrickfergus is. I’m a Physics graduate from Queen’s University in Belfast.

I currently work in Henderson Wholesale in Mallusk as IS Operations Manager, heading up the infrastructure and telecoms functions.  We supply all SPAR, EUROSPAR, Vivo, Vivo Extra and Vivo Essentials retailers in Northern Ireland, along with providing foodservice to a wide variety of hotels, cafes, restaurants, etc across the island of Ireland.

I am quite [read: very] interested in comput{ers,ing}, especially open-source software and programming in general.  I’m also a keen Linux sysadmin, and I know a bit about Windows too, as much as this upsets me :-).

I’m a relatively keen amateur photographer, when I have some time I love to take my camera out for a walk to the nearest pretty location, and sometimes I get a few decent shots.

I hold an amateur radio (ham radio) licence, my call sign is MI0GJN – the namesake for this website. After being fairly inactive on the radio for the best part of a decade, I’ve been on more since June/July 2018. Most work is currently VHF/UHF FM from the car, or while ‘pedestrian mobile’ – I do love a good rag-chew though, so if you do hear me around the repeaters/Echolink nodes in NI or a bit further afield, give me a shout if you want a chat 🙂 I can put anyone to sleep with my endless mansplaining 🙂

I would consider myself a proponent of freedom of speech, freedom of knowledge – basically freedom of pretty much everything.  I understand that not everybody holds these views, and of course they’re free to believe whatever they want. I try to support these freedoms in any way I can, and one way I do help is by running a tor middle relay. This is something that anyone with some spare bandwidth, a spare computer (even a Raspberry Pi) and a bit of time can donate, and it contributes greatly to the tor network (https://torproject.org).

Content on this website, and any of my social media channels is my own opinion, not that of my employer, or any associates.

My heroes/idols

I know it’s not great to idolize people, but here are some…

  • Richard Stallman
    • Founder of GNU Project and Free Software Foundation
  • Linus Torvalds
    • Creator of the Linux kernel
  • Richard Feynman
    • Physicist