I’m a DevOps architect, musician, science nerd, animal lover and all-round geek. If it’s got shiny lights on it, makes loud noises or purrs when you stroke it, I’m all for it. When I’m not writing code or fiddling with computers for a living, I provide the low-end rumble and run sound for bands around West Sussex.
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