About

My name is Paul Quirk. I was a Y2k programmer in the 1990’s for companies like EDS and SRB; as well, I secured support contracts for Apple Canada and IBM Canada. When that career reached its inevitable dead-end after the tech bubble collapse of 2001, my only career options seemed to lead to big, institutional organizations like banks, so I decided to become a licensed industrial electrician instead. Today, I’m a 309A licensed electrician with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. I hold a current fire alarm certification, and teach the trade part time occasionally at Durham College as needed. I also release the occasional podcast for Hacker Public Radio to help that community when needed.

You won’t find my resume online, and you won’t find me active on typical social media platforms like Facebook. I’m an advocate for digital sovereignty. This web site and all of my online digital assets are running on a Raspberry Pi in my basement using my home Internet connection. If you come across a profile on Twitter or LinkedIn with my name and pictures, you can be sure it is not me, which really serves to illustrate how absurd it is to let our digital identity be left in the hands of greedy imbeciles, and I recommend you remove your own self from these services that only induce stress and deliver little to no benefit to people like me. I enjoy living free from the tyranny of censorship and the harassment of advertising. I’m also a husband, father, uncle, son, and a friend, and live on the love of my friends and family.

I run Linux, not Mac or Windows. I use open source software exclusively. I’m on the Fediverse @paul@cloud.pquirk.com. My e-mail is my first name, at pquirk.com. I enjoy the great outdoors, which is where you’ll find me when I’m not here.

3 Replies to “About”

  1. Hi Paul. Thought you might like to know the following. I’m Brad Webb. My wife Royan and I were Associate Editors at “Jumpdisk” during most of its time. I have a complete archive of magazines and other items. I also, a year or so ago, received from Richard Ramella his archive. Using the two I have preserved copies of all items as the disks were clearly failing due to old age. Just completed the project recently. Can’t share as Richard only bought right of first publication. Therefore, as long as any portion might still be under copyright restrictions by the original authors the data cannot be shared. It is, however, all preserved and will not perish when the floppies do.

    1. That’s good to know, Brad. It’s unfortunate that copyright issues prohibit the redistribution of this data so many years later when its historical value is so much greater than its monetary value. I consider my own collection a private library of which I have retained each and every original Jumpdisk floppy, and in some cases, even the covers they came with, for non-monetary, non-commercial historical research purposes only. Perhaps you might consider doing something similar with your own significantly more complete collection?

  2. Enjoyed looking at vintage solid state computers! Going back a bit further in the early 60’s, a Univac 1 (or maybe higher but still vacuum tube) was donated to DeVry tech at the Chicago training location. I remember when they fired it up. You could heat the entire basement with that device. And data entry and getting info out of the darn thing required a lot of brain training and knowledge of how the program worked. The Univac was not there long as I remembe, but it had a lot of spare vacuum tubes that just required a lot of care and replacements.

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