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 @firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.