About


Me and the website
Whisky and sigar, a great duo

About


Me and the website

Me

Hello, hi and welcome. I am Thomas, and this is my website.

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I’m a father of three sons, the oldest two being twins. I live with my kids and girlfriend in Norway, officially; the Kingdom of Norway, which sounds much cooler. 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.

My parents will tell you that my interest in computers and electronics started pretty early on. I find blinkenlights fascinating and always have… When I was 5, or 6, I got an Amstrad PC, and a bunch of cassette tapes, yes cassette tapes, with games. It was with this that I got started programming, in basic.

When I was 9, I started building a cycle trolley with a car battery, lights, and switches. Which I dragged around and improved for years until it eventually became “uncool.”

The year after, in 1993, the family got an x86 PC, with a color monitor and dot matrix printer. It was awesome; I stopped playing outside after that…

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I moved into my own apartment and started to build AVR microcontroller modules in my early 20’s, and it quickly became an obsession. I put them all into a control cabinet that controlled the apartment, and monitored itself; every voltage level, fuse, and module had some kind of monitoring and alert system. After a few years, it had gotten pretty big.

I went to school for two years and improved my electronics skills. After I graduated, I sold the apartment and bought a house.

Family man

After living on my own in the house for about two years, I met my girlfriend. We dated for a short while, then we rented an apartment and moved in together in her hometown. Almost a year later the twins were born — hectic times and not a lot of time for projects. In 2014, when the twins were about a year old, we bought the house where we still live.

I called dibs on a room in the basement, where I am sitting now; typing this. It’s my combined home office, man-cave, workshop, electronics lab, and server room. 10.5 m2 (113 ft2) of pure awesomeness!

In 2018 our youngest son was born, and the family was complete. I try ever so gently to push the kids towards the right interests of course; it seems to be working.

Between work and family I don’t have a whole lot of time available, but the time I do have I mostly spend in my office doing computer and electronics stuff. I try to write about it on this website.

Website

This site is statically generated by Hugo and hosted by Netlify, the search is provided by Algolia.

I aim to keep it clean and uncluttered, and as fast as possible. All styles, scripts, fonts, images, and videos are served from the website itself. No cookies are set, and I don’t track you in any way, shape or form. I am a privacy advocate, so I try to practice what I preach.

I will write posts detailing how I do image lazy loading, HTML5 videos and more in the future. Stay tuned, as they say.

What the uCtrl?

I first got the domain uctrl.net back in 2009, and uctrl.org in 2017. 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 use uctrl.net for network services, mostly on my home network, and uctrl.org for this website. I think it’s a short and sweet domain name with lots of relevant meanings related to my interests and what I write about.