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🖖 Hello and welcome. I’m a tech lead/enthusiast based in Wales, UK. My main technical interests are indie and open-source projects, web technologies, serverless/Jamstack, and the slow web.

I enjoy 🏋️‍♂️ fitness, I love to ✈️ travel and explore new places, and I’m a 🐶 proud dog dad!

Quick background

💡 Since 2016 I have been Chief Technology Officer at enterprise SaaS company Simply Do Ideas. Before this I was a software engineer at Chaser.

📦 I build and maintain a number of projects - both open-source and commercial. I am a co-founder of Trialflare.

🎓 I completed my PhD at Cardiff University’s School of Computer Science & Informatics in 2015.

🤓 I worked on the IBM-led UK MoD and US Army Research Labs coalition ITA project as a postdoctoral research associate.

👨‍🏫 I lectured the Advanced Computer Science MSc module Web & Social Computing and the Computer Science BSc module Human-Computer Interaction

What’s on this website?

📝 I write about technology and things I find interesting on my blog (📥 RSS feeds available).

🌱 I curate a collection of thoughts, links and notes.

🚀 I (occasionally) publish additional content on my geminispace at gemini://wilw.capsule.town (see this post for help with opening this link).

👨‍💻 Some of my research publications are available here.

🪴 Find out more about this website and its purpose.

How to contact me

You can follow me on Mastodon (📣 @wilw@fosstodon.org) and Pixelfed (🖼️ @wilw@pixelfed.social).

You can also get in touch directly with me on Telegram (@wilw88).

Recent posts

Thoughts on book logging 24 March 2023

I’ve been a member of Goodreads since 2013. I follow a few of my friends and family on there, and whilst it was nice to see the types of things people are reading, I only really ever used the se... (2 minute read)

A question about encryption for self-hosting 5 March 2023

I self-host a number of services - Nextcloud, FreshRSS, PhotoPrism etc. - at home on a Raspberry Pi. Attached to this Pi is a large SSD to hold the service data and configuration, and all of this is p... (3 minute read)

Window management workflows on macOS 10 December 2022

macOS window management Every Mac user seems to have a different way of managing their open applications and windows. Some people prefer to view each window in “full” mode, in which they t... (3 minute read)