Hi, I'm Aaron.
I'm an Irish 🇮🇪 software developer and serial hobbyist living in Ottawa, Canada 🇨🇦.
I most recently worked as a Production Engineer at Shopify 🛒 — I was there through the transition from ~1,000 people and some datacentres to 10,000+ people and a lot of Google Cloud.
I was on Twitter 🐦 as
@insom from 2007–2022. It took me far too long to leave for good.
I am the admin of a Mastodon 🦣 instance which is an off-shoot of the tilde.town intentional digital community 🏘️. You could always follow me at [email protected], if you'd like. It runs out of my basement. The cloud is for dupes.
I've hosted a technical blog at this domain, on-and-off, since 2004. It seemed to be the thing to do, but I've recently found I don't enjoy it and it makes me feel guilty.
I think that back then blogging felt like a cool thing to do while we built out the user-created web, but honestly the world has gone a different way and 90% of what I've written has no value to anyone but me any longer. Technology and politics seem to age faster than anything else.
I've decided that I do like keeping a journal, where I sometimes talk about technical things. That's not the same thing, at all. I am unashamedly personal there, and primarily am writing for me.
A few things I've written on my blog that I still think are interesting:
- The build log for the tiny Z80 microcomputer I built (2016).
- Running Spanning Tree Protocol over VXLANs over WireGuard to make a private Internet (2017).
- Using a Polaroid photo to make and apply a Colour Look-Up Table (2021).
- How I host Mastodon from my basement. (Why I host from my basement, too)