Hello, world! This is my website, where I explain a bit of what I do and think.
I'm a computer programmer by trade, working for the Wikimedia Foundation.
Sometimes I find time to build bits of wooden furniture by hand.
I also like mapping.
I've been keeping some sort of personal website since 1997, and some of it is still here.
The most recent posts are as follows:
Anxiety at putting files in their right places
HMW Folder 1 almost done
Discourse in MediaWiki
Breaking the indieweb
Traditionalism on the wikis
Fiddly bits of wood on iron
New system for this website
Fremantle, Western Australia ·
Addressbook (WordPress plugin) ·
You can email me at email@example.com,
or find me (most days) on IRC in #wikisource
(and other channels) on Freenode.
I use Fastmail for email, and think they're pretty good.
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I'm also on Twitter as @samwilson.
My family history research is slowly being collated in the following two places,
according to my system of genealogical record-keeping.
I've been contributing
to OpenStreetMap since 29 April 2008; my username is
I occasionally add an entry to my mapping
I'm currently living somewhere here:
I read mainly on my Kobo ereader,
are my digital libraries of choice,
because I can fix problems when I find them and add new books as well.
I record much of what I read (and what's on my bookshelves) in
my catalogue on LibraryThing.
All of my public code is on
(as well as this website itself).
I try to add what I can to Stackoverflow, Wikibooks, and other collaborative learning/teaching websites.
Apart from that, I dip my toes into a bunch of different open source projects.
as an online continuously-synced backup service for my non-public data.
Other data goes to Wikimedia sites, Flickr, or Figshare.
All is stored in open formats, and what can be is made public (under CC-BY-SA or similar).
I also use Trello for some ephemeral notes and things,
because it works well on mobile
(and I generate a JSON backup).
I work for the Wikimedia Foundation
as a Software Engineer on the Community Tech team.
I'm currently working on these things on Phabricator
and these things on Github.