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Open Source Evangelist

I really like using Open Source tools. I’ve created things using a combination of Blender, Inkscape, GIMP & Krita. All my computers have Libre Office installed on them. I’ve got an Ubuntu build which I use as my backup development platform for things such as WordPress, Drupal & Python / Django.

Open Source helps fuel the internet, education, software development, agriculture, office furniture, architecture, ecology and food.

So it’s important. It’s slowly changing the world. And it’s free.

Free as in libré / freedom / do what you want with it. Means you can do what you like to them. I once made a different theme for Inkscape so it looked more professional when I was using it to show client work.

And sometimes it’s free as in cashmoney free. Which is always a bonus.

There’s a great community built around each one. I’ve made friends for life by being part of the Blender community. We’re spread all over the world and once in a while we meet up and talk about our passions and life and the tool that bought us all together. We trade tips and tricks and war stories and it makes you feel a part of something.

You are being part of the Open Source community just by using the tools, philosophies and talking about it. This is why I’m going to be using WordPress’ standard yearly theme as the theme for this Notebook blog. This is why I mock up 3D concepts in Blender. This is why I use mySQL databases over proprietary databases. This is why there’s free to use stuff on my GitHub. This is why I try and use Godot Engine first when developing games.

Give it a go. It’s liberating.

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Welcome to my Notebook

Hello! How are you?

Welcome to my all-new website. I’ve got rid of everything that’s no longer relevant to me any more. There’s a whole collection of old projects that no longer represent what I do and how I feel about things.

I’ve also decided that these pages from my notebook should be of use to people. I’m not the sort of person that can crow about their achievements. There’s no need for me to write posts about that. But I am interested in how things work and what they mean and how systems and processes work. And so I can use this platform to examine that.

Much more interesting.

The Newsletter

I’ve got a Mailchimp newsletter and I’m going to start using that to post out interesting articles and whatnot before they get posted into this notebook. So if you sign up to the newsletter then you get all these articles way before everybody else.

Playlists

I’ve also been collating Spotify playlists since 2013 and I’m going to shortly release them onto this website as creative inspiration. I have had to transfer them across to my musical alter-ego to access them, but I still have them.