I own a small Europe based IT consultancy specializing in infrastructure automation, bespoke architecture and software development.
I am the architect of MCollective which was sold to Puppet Labs where I was employed till mid 2013.
I’ve been a Systems Administrator for over 20 years. For the last few years I’ve spent a lot of time focused on configuration management using tools like CFEngine or Puppet where I helped all sizes of business optimize the management of their servers and to do repeated rollouts with consistant results.
I am usually involved with computers in some way or the other. I have been using Unix and Unix like systems since the early ’90s. My Linux Counter entry was created in September 1995, I think I started some time in December 1993 though but did not have an internet connection then, so my entry only came later. I started out with the SLS 1.03 distribution of Linux in the days of pre 1.0 kernels.
I am the author of several open source projects that you can find in my my GitHub Account.
I attend and speak at conferences, I’ve done lightning talks at several and a few formal talks:
- QCon London – Enabling Developers: Accessible Platforms
- Unix Configuration Management Using Puppet
- DevOps Cafe – Episode 7
If you’d like me to talk at your conference or event please contact me on rip <@> devco.net.
My main hobby when not doing computer related work is in photography, you can see some of my photos at my Flickr Page