As a co-founder of Joomla! and OpenSourceMatters Inc I've never been known to be lacking an opinion or being too afraid to express it.
Despite what some people might think I'm a shy and modest man who doesnt like to blow his own trumpet or boast about achievements.
But it seems that no blog exists without an "About" page so rather than talk about what an amazingly great guy I am and list all the things I've achieved (and failed at) in life from my Cycling Proficiency Test in 1976 to winning an award for the "UK Individual Contribution to Open / Source" in 2005 here are some links.
This blog is my place on the net to say what is on my mind, it is not a (potential) source of revenue. Unlike other blogs or websites you can be confident that anything you see or read here will be purely my opinion and has not been influenced by any third party.
- I will never link to another website using an affiliate link
- I will never recommend a product based on commission
- I will never accept an advertisement on this site. If it looks like an advert then it is because I am endorsing the product or service because I like it and not for any financial remuneration.
- If I ever break these three rules then feel free to place me in the stocks and throw mouldy tomatoes at me.
So advertisers and spammers don't bother contacting me as no matter how good your financial offer is I will not accept. I am happy to accept books and products for review but be assured that I will give my honest impression of them, good or bad.
I'm available to speak on a range of topics anywhere in the world. If you are looking for an engaging speaker who doesn't do "chalk and talk" then please get in touch.
I've presented on Joomla! and Internet related subjects all across the world to audiences from one to five hundred. No audience scares me although one or two have given me a fright.
With a background in both IT and Social Work, I've been around the Open Source software world since the mid '90s. I co-founded the first UK Linux ISP and helped launch the first Linux distribution targeted at the UK.
As one of the founders of Joomla! and prior to that a Core Team member of Mambo I have experience working on Joomla! powered web sites for clients big and small.
In 2005 I was honoured with an award for "UK Individual Contribution to Open Source Software" the first and only winner not to be a programmer and in 2009 the readers of ComputerWeekly chose my blog as the Open source in business blog of the year.