Last updated: 22 Mar 2021


Embodying lockdown, even as some restrictions ease; which, for me, seems to mean gaining weight, and generally spending more time socialising on-line than off.

Being a dad takes up most of my spare time, but I do find time for some fun projects.



I'm running a Synapse homeserver on my old netbook. It's federating — at — but isn't public (for now). Still learning how to configure it.

(Being rebranded from I'm running what's called a pod, on this domain. This is public, so please register an account and say “Hi!” (We don't store any personal information — I say we because I'm helping out, with the documentation.)


I recently migrated from a paid Newsblur account to this self-hosted set-up. I'm really enjoying it, so far. I use Newsboat as a front-end on my main desktop, and connect directly to Miniflux on my phone (via Vivaldi).


I'm also running a Tor relay, and playing around with logging: this is mostly Loki and Promtail, sent to Grafana; and much of it centres on my NGINX reverse proxy, which sits between many of the services I run and the Internet.

I also recently bought a Raspberry PI 3B+. I'm working on setting up docker-mailserver on it.


I'm a Splunk Architect, and am certified as Professional/CHIP in HashiCorp Terraform and Vault. My work-week is mostly spent helping clients install, run and tune this software.

Where to find me


(This is a now page; if you have a space, make one and tell me about it.)

This is like finger, in days gone by.

You could email someone, but if you were simply curious about what they were working on, you could just type finger jim@theInstituteOfRad and immediately get a response that included what he was currently working on, and his future plans.

In theory.

It required that Jim actually updated his .plan file (and .project file, where supported) on a regular basis, which you would probably be able to estimate the likelihood of, were Jim a friend of yours.

In the spirit of such diligence, I'll now direct you to my corner of the ^C Club, for my modern, more secure version of what we'll call my Now page.

It's up-to-date! I swear!

I was inspired by Rebecca Toh, who was herself inspired by Derek Sivers.

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