Eclectic rebel, nighthawk, & eco-geek


Murray J Brown

I am a recovering software executive, recently semi-retired, now pursuing part-time freelance work as a copy editor and technical writer.

As an advocate for environmental and social justice I’m interested in issues of ecological sustainability, climate change, peak resources, biodiversity, food & water security, global development, and a post-growth economy.

With an off-beat, dark, wickedly irreverent and sarcastic sense of humour, and an especial fondness for puns, I have an absurdist worldview, with deep respect for Advaita, Daoist, Stoic, and Zen philosophies. Politically, I identify as an ecosocialist, a green democratic socialist with left-libertarian tendencies, without any party affiliation.

Over my career in software product development, I have experience with a variety of web technologies, distributed systems, real-time and embedded systems, electronic commerce, secure messaging, public key infrastructure (PKI), and information security. As a software engineering leader I’ve taken a pragmatic, hands-on, application-oriented, systems design approach to the architecture, design, and implementation of trustworthy web software infrastructure and applications. Most recently, I've focused on web development as a full-stack developer, with emphasis on backend applications and infrastructure.

I encourage the use of free/libre open source software (FLOSS). My open source software experience began with Unix V6, the original non-commercial distribution by AT&T Bell Labs to academic institutions (circa '78). I’m a long-time Linux user; Yggdrasil was my first distro (circa '93); Debian for past two decades.

I value integrity, honesty, intelligence, passion, compassion, fair play, tolerance, humour, adventure, an open mind, life-long learning, a stout heart, and a sense of purpose.


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