Hi! I’m Toby Cook, a Cloud Computing student with an interest in both ends of the software and hardware debate. You can get in touch via email – my email address can be found at the top of my public CV (this is an effort to thwart spam bots).
I dabble in photography and various computing topics, often focusing on Linux projects. As such, I have at least some experience with all the current major operating systems: Windows (7 to 10), macOS (Sierra to Mojave), Linux (Ubuntu, Ubuntu Server, Arch, plus GNOME, KDE and i3 graphical environments), iOS (6 to 14), and Android (4 to 7). Of these, I currently use Windows, Linux (server), and iOS day-to-day.
My university course focuses on networking and virtualisation, working with Cisco networking hardware and VMware virtualisation technologies. I have a casual interest in information security and often keep up-to-date with major stories in the field.
Personally, I’m a big fan of WireGuard, and it’s actually part of how this site works in the backend. You’ve probably noticed this is a WordPress site, but try to visit any WordPress internal page and you’ll get a 404. This is actually a static HTML copy of the site, with the real WordPress instance accessible only via a WireGuard VPN using internal DNS names. That way I get the performance and security of static HTML, with the ease-of-use and flexibility of WordPress.
In recent years, I’ve adopted a very “cloud-first”, platform-independent approach to my workflow. For the time being, I’ve chosen to use Microsoft Office, which severely limits Linux support in favour of excellent iOS and Apple Pencil support. It’s wouldn’t normally be my first choice, but I’m not using desktop Linux on any of my “daily driver” systems right now, so it works out.
I’m a gamer, too (of course). I’m most skilled in rhythm games, but I’m still fond of the arena FPS I grew up with.
I’m a particular fan of the Touhou Project, and Konami’s BEMANI franchise. I’m currently around Skill Level 11 in Sound Voltex, and will pick up beatmania IIDX more seriously when and if I get a controller for it.
There might be more added to this site eventually. This server mainly has private services accessed via a VPN, and a few publicly accessible bits and pieces.