This page is primarily intended to allow me to export certain pieces of information to the outside world.
This website lives on its own co-located server, seen here in our lounge shortly before deployment, in the company of suitable friends. A picture of me working on an earlier incarnation of the server in an earlier colo can be found here.
General contact informationEmail: madhatter-at-teaparty-dot-net. I apologise for the address-scraper-blocking, but I'm getting a lot of spam and don't want to make life any easier for spammers; that said, turning on greylisting reduced the spam about twenty-fold. teaparty.net is my own domain. Email to it may sometimes bounce, if I'm between servers, but sooner or later it'll always be back on the 'net.
Work-related email should be sent to tyates-at-gatekeeper-dot-ltd-dot-uk (again, apologies for the address-scraper blocking). If you're curious about the work of Gatekeeper Technology, specialists in open-source networking and security systems, drop me a line. We don't do proprietary systems; please don't waste our time, or yours, by asking us to. I also write about free software professionally; most of this has been done for LWN (Linux Weekly News, as was).
I live in Cambridge, UK. I used to have my address up here, but have removed it; email me if you need to know it. Alternatively, ask the Wayback Machine (to which I have deliberately provided no link).
"When the first 200 letters came, the guards gave me back my clothes. The next 200 letters came and the prison officers came to see me. When the next pile of letters arrived, the director got in touch with his superior. The letters kept coming, 3,000 of them, and the President called me to his office. He showed me an enormous box of letters he had received, and said: How is it that a trade union leader like you has so many friends all over the world?"
-- A released prisoner from the Dominican Republic
I'm an (elected) community moderator on Open Source
StackExchange, and can be found there by clicking on the
image to the right. I used to spend quite a lot of time on ServerFault, StackExchange's sysadmin
Q&A help site, and remain a sort of silverback there (sits grunting in
the foliage, but is rarely seen). I fell out of love with SF; contact
me directly on the offchance you're curious about why.
I got interested in SE because it allowed authentication via OpenID, a protocol of which I much approve (but which completely failed to be adopted because it broke the big websites' ability to collect marketing data on their users). SE, too, later dropped it; sic transit gloria mundi.
Some reviews I've written of other people's books can be read here, though none is recent.
Other sites are hosted on teaparty. For the benefit of search engines and the curious, they are:
A number of mailing lists are hosted on teaparty.net, using GNU Mailman. The list of lists can be found here.
Unless specified otherwise, any content that I created on this site is licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
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