Brendan Kidwell / "progo"
This is the self-summary page that I can announce whenever I do
public speaking. My main web site's address is glump.net, but that's harder
to get right when speaking it aloud.
I'm a computer programmer in Jersey City, New Jersey (just
outside New York City). I work for Abt Associates Inc., a
policy research firm that helps clients improve quality of life
and economic well-being of people all over the world. Please note
that when I do public presentations about computers or information
security, my opinions are my own and don't reflect any
particular positions of my employer.
On the side, I occasionally post computer-related howto articles on my web
site, and work on free and open source software projects.
I don't use Facebook or Twitter or Instagram, but you can follow
me on the "fediverse" federated social network at this
My main computer is currently an HP
Stream 14 (model number 14-ax010nr). It has only 32GB of
storage and 4GB of RAM. I'm running Linux Mint 19 on it with the
Cinnamon desktop environment. What I love about this computer is
that it only weighs a couple of pounds, runs silent because it has
no fan, and the battery lasts 11 hours! I have an application
server / file server at home, where I run any big tasks that don't
fit on my netbook.
As I'm writing this in March 2019, I recently moved my phone
number and wireless Internet service away from a smart phone to a
LTE flip phone. After years of using various smart phones,
I've decided they don't work well for phone calls and texting. The
Cadence is truly pocket-sized, has a real keypad, and shares its
Internet connection to other devices via USB, Bluetooth and Wifi;
so it does everything I need a phone to do.
HP Stream photo credit: laptopmag.com (used without permission)
Kyocera Cadence LTE photo credit: pcmag.com (used without permission)