Welcome to the home page of Martin A. Brooks. I'm a
Linux and open source enthusiast living in Essex, very east London.
I'm a Linux systems administrator by trade and I've been
lucky enough to work for companies such as Yahoo! and Fast Search &
Transfer and The Guardian newspaper.
The domain name comes
from a William Gibson story published in the book Burning Chrome, a
spooky glance into the future where we willing trade human sanity for
technological and medical advances from an unknown alien race.
I'm a keen amateur photographer and the proud owner of a
Canon EOS300D. I'm fully aware that 'keen' and 'good' are nothing like
the same thing, but I hope one day to have skills worthy of the fine camera I
own. In the mean time, you can giggle at my attempts to capture nice
photos here. Thanks to all
the lovely lovely people over at Fotopic
for hosting my stuff.
If you're interested in
what I'm up to on a day to day basis, check my blog.
-- An antispam
and antivirus email appliance. I originally designed this
device with my first business, Clues
Ltd, in the UK. I'm now
further developing the device for sale here in Norway. If
you're interested in learning more, here's an overview of the
-- An antispam and antivirus email service. Antibody is
overkill for smaller companies, or for companies who usually pick up
their mail from their ISP. AntibodyMX allows these companies
have powerful mail filtering without the expense of a self-hosted
-- An open source Scrabble rack solving tool. Written in Perl
with a SQL backend.
FAQ -- The Greater London Linux User Group is a diverse
Linux and open source enthusiasts in and around London. I
maintain their FAQ.
work with countless pieces of open source software and projects.
Without some of the following, I'd have trouble doing any
work at all.
-- The universal operating system. Robust, easily installed and easily
maintainable. Debian provides thousands of ready-to-use thoroughly tested
software packages, no more upgrade nightmares and dependancy hell.
An open source RDBMS and arguably the most advanced open
RDBMS available today. High performance, high reliability, full SQL
Myths -- A response to Microsoft's (in)famous Linux Myths
article, sadly no longer available online.
Myths (sp1) -- Some updates for the above.
Annoyances -- Sometimes, just sometimes, helping people get
into Linux can be hard work.