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From uCtrl
Me, at work, with computer glasses and headphones

My name is Thomas

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
  • 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

Web stack

Running cost

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

Service What Cost
Cloudflare DNS $0
Hetzner Cloud VPS $6.50 1
YouTube Video hosting $0
Domeneshop Domain name $1.00
Grand total $7.50
  1. Actually it's €5.90, and that includes an additional IPv4.

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;