I'm author of How To Build A Website And Stay Sane (Oft Press, 2004), Ubuntu Hacks (O'Reilly, 2006), How To Build A Website And Stay Sane (2nd Edition) (Lulu Press, 2007), Quickstart Guide to Google AdWords (Lulu Press, 2008), and Practical Arduino (Apress, 2009). I also write occasionally for a variety of newspapers and magazines including The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, and my articles have been translated into French, Brazilian Portuguese, Italian, Norwegian, and Spanish and appeared in dozens of publications.
I'm one of the few people in the world to have been surgically implanted with an RFID chip, which I'm using to experiment with technical issues such as authentication techniques and exploits as well as philosophical issues related to privacy and identity.
I'm also Founder and Technical Director of Internet Vision Technologies.
Commencing trading in 1994 as Mission Internet, IVT was one of the first businesses in the world to focus on managing dynamic website content using databases. It was also one of the first companies ever to do real-time event coverage via the Internet when I ran a live feed from the floor of the national Bicycle Industry Trade Show in Sydney, Australia in 1995. IVT has since developed hundreds of websites, intranets, extranets and custom web applications for clients ranging from backyard businesses to multinational corporations.
I have been a Debian GNU/Linux developer since 2002, and have convened the Debian Miniconf in a different city every year since 2003. I have presented nearly 100 conference papers, tutorials, and keynotes on various technology and business topics at both corporate and government seminars and at conferences around the world including OSCON, LinuxTag, linux.conf.au, Open Source Developers Conference, and Debian Miniconf, and at usergroups including Melbourne PHP User Group (of which I am a past committee member) and Linux Users Victoria. I have also appeared on a number of top-rated television shows including Sunrise with Kochie and Mel, on The 7pm Project on Channel 10, been the butt of Paul McDermott's jokes on Good News Week, and done dozens of radio interviews in Australia, New Zealand, and the UK.
I previously sat on the Advisory Group of Swinburne University's Centre for Collaborative Business Innovation, responsible for researching and formulating IT-related post-graduate curriculum strategies, and on the Australian Federal government's e-Research Coordinating Committee Reference Group. I also spent three years as President of Linux Australia, the national organisation for Linux users and developers and one of the largest Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) organisations in the world.
In late 2008 I was Technical Supervisor for the first season of The Phone, a reality-TV show produced by Beyond Productions for Fox-8. I designed and built custom hardware and software used by show contestants.
I live in Melbourne, Australia with my wife, daughter and son, and you can contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.