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My name is Thomas

Me, at work, with computer glasses and headphones

I’m a father of three sons, the oldest two being twins. I live with my kids and girlfriend in Norway. I’m in my mid-30s and find computers with Linux, electronics and home automation things pretty fascinating. I’m also a big fan of red wine, Whisky, and cigars.

Panoramic view of home office

Between work and family, there isn’t a lot of time left. I use it mostly in my home office/man-cave. A 10.5 m2 (113 ft2) room in the basement, where I tinker with my homelab and electronics projects. I try to write about it.

If you’d like to get to know me even better — I have an entire page about my story.

If you enjoy my writings — there is a feed you can subscribe to.

OS of choice

  • Workstations: Arch Linux
  • Server: Ubuntu
  • Mobile: Android

My gear

Desktop computer
Intel Xeon X5680 3.33GHz, 12 GB RAM
Samsung 34” LED Curved S34E790C monitor
Corsair Gaming STRAFE RGB keyboard
Logitech G602 wireless mouse
Laptops
Thinkpad X250
Thinkpad T450s
Smartphone
Nexus 6P

The homelab and electronics lab have dedicated pages.

Web presence

Contact info

Send me an e-mail at thomas@uctrl.dev or tweet at me.

About this website

I aim to keep it simple, clean, and uncluttered.

If you are interested in seeing what I have planned for, and currently ongoing on the website — it’s all in my Notion worklist.

Running cost

So what does it cost per month to keep a website like this going?

Service What Cost
Hugo Site generator $0
ZEIT Now Hosting & DNS $0
BunnyCDN CDN & image optimizer $10 1
Coconut Video encoding $1 2
Domeneshop Domain name $1.2
💰 Grand total $12.2
  1. The image optimizer is $9.5; the rest is pay-as-you.go.
  2. About one hour of encoding time, at $0.015 per minute.

Why uCtrl?

I first got the domain uctrl.net back in 2009, uctrl.org in 2017, and uctrl.dev in 2019. The “u” represents both μ (micro) and you, “ctrl” is of course control. Both meanings appeal to me.

  • Micro control (μCtrl)
    • Microcontroller
    • Electronics
  • You control (uCtrl)
    • Self-hosting
    • Automation
    • In control of own data

I think it’s a short and sweet domain name with lots of relevant meanings related to my interests and my writings.

Inspiration

Here are some blogs that I have looked to for inspiration;

License

Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.