As far as I can remember: I had my first encounter with the internet in the early 2000s; with Instant Messaging and peer-to-peer networks. Back then, I had a computer running Windows.
That only lasted for a few years though.
When I started moving places, I left my desktop computer behind and relied on the (public) computers of libraries using my mail account and a USB stick as storage. In 2009 I purchased a Macbook. A couple of years later I had my first stint in a software company. That kept me busy for a few years.
In 2019 I quit working for the development of proprietary software.
In 2020 I switched back to a dumb phone.
In 2021 I traded my Macbook for an old laptop running Trisquel GNU/Linux.
Now, I do self-funded research and I am writing a book about technologies and epistemology. I posted a summary of the prologue on the homepage: https://yctct.com/.
More about what on this website:
- Programmes I use
- Reclaiming personal computing; a journal I’ve maintained since 2017
- A guide to simple and stupid usage of computers for writers (anyone who writes really)
- Reading path from past to present
- Set up your own webserver (& a webpage) with nginx, LetsEncrypt and Certbot
- Set up your own Jitsi instance
- Start using Mutt: a setup with GPG, mbsync, msmtp and notmuch
- Set up a Virtual Private Server (VPS) with Trisquel GNU/Linux
- 10 days in silence: vipassana meditation
- Commands I use the most in the Shell
- Legacy: Why I told my friends to stop using WhatsApp and Telegram - no longer reflects my views but was popular at a time; got translated in 5 languages and re-published by a newspaper.
Websites I maintain:
I do self-funded research and I'm writing a book.
> What's the book about?
About technologies and agency.
Meaning, technologies can foster agency. No doubt. But I am also asking:
Can usage of technologies give us a sense of empowerment while in fact undermining our abilities?
I posted a summary of the prologue on the homepage: https://yctct.com/