Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is Scott Wallace and I'm a hacker at heart. This means that I love technology and messing about with it until it does what I want it to -- not the other way around. I'm a "contracting IT Systems Engineer". I like to think that I specialise in automation but it's really just scripting myself out of work. I'm essentially a mercenary and will work for the highest bidder. My main area of expertise lies around the Internet and web technologies.
What hardware are you using?
- Archer 1A V3 torch
- Garmin Fēnix 3 HR watch
- Google Pixel 2 mobile phone
- Kore Essentials wallet
- Leatherman Squirt PS4 pocket knife
- Yubikey 5 NFC for a physical MFA token
- 5th generation Kindle
- AfterShokz Trekz Titanium headphones
- EC Technology 8-Port 60W 12A USB Charger
- Hiplok V150 bike lock
- Overboard Pro-Light backpack
- Pedale88 Crono-S bike
- Dell Precision T7610 Workstation, a second-hand Workstation acting as a server
- Mid-2016 13" Macbook Pro Retina laptop
- Linksys WRT1900ACS, open-source ready router
- Logitech Harmony 600 universal remote
- Raspberry Pi
- Roku Express
- Samsung Series 8 LED TV
- Sonos speakers
- ASUS Flip C302CA Chromebook
- Audio-Technica ATH-M50X headphones
- bTunes bluetooth adapter for the M50X headphones
And what software?
- Android for mobile phones
- OpenWRT on the router
- Ubuntu 20.04 for all laptops and the server
- ZFS on Linux on the main server
- Ansible for automated desktop builds
- BitWarden, a self-hosted password manager
- Matrix, a self-hosted secure chat server
- Mozilla Firefox browser
- Pi-hole to block ads
- Searx, a self-hosted meta search engine
- VSCodium, a FLOSS Visual Studio Code variant
- WireGuard VPN software
- di.fm for EDM streaming
- FreeAgent for company book-keeping
- G Suite
- Google Drive
- Google Photos
- Mullvad VPN provider
What would be your dream setup?
A simple, light but fast computer that has access to the Internet from anywhere and acts as a WiFi-hotspot, even when closed. My mobile phone would be a combination of a PAN, the laptop and my watch. All powered with super-futuristic batteries that don't require charging as we know it today.. I'd also really love there to be a single movie and TV streaming service that provided all the world's content to anyone with a subscription and Internet access.