About Bobby Moss

About me

Greetings! If you are reading this page then chances are you have seen my work on or taken an interest in the Glimpse project.

I am a gay Englishman called Bobby Moss, and if you recognise my name at all it is probably from the dozens of articles I wrote for technology magazines such as Linux Format and Linux User & Developer. There is also an outside chance you spotted me running a blog called "Bob's Tech Site" for 12 years.

To summarize my career to date, I graduated in and acquired five years' full-time experience as a software developer working on server-side Java middleware/microservices for large companies. In I joined Oracle as a technical writer and since then I have been producing documentation for their Linux, virtualization and cloud products.

When I am not contributing to free software projects in my spare time I have been known to tinker with old computers, play video games, drink continental beer, potter about in my garden and go on long cycle rides in the countryside.

About this blog follows the principles of brutalist web design. That means the primary focus has been on accessibility and performance rather than bombarding you with pop-ups and distracting modern design paradigms. I do not have to request cookie permissions from you because my website does not use them, and when you load a blog post you are not asked to sign up for a newsletter or click on a button to see more than a small portion of the article.

The whole thing is handwritten in HTML5 and CSS3. The MIT-licensed JavaScript is also handwritten by me and relies on minified JQuery 3.4.0. If your browser does not support JavaScript (or deliberately blocks it) then this website will still work as intended. All images have been scaled to the correct size and compressed as JPEGs beforehand, so you do not have to wait for long page loads or use a device capable of resizing large pictures in a timely manner.

If you access over HTTP, you are not automatically redirected to HTTPS. This is not a bug, it is intended behaviour! There are no shopping carts or externally fetched assets (such as fonts, stylesheets, javascripts, etc) so I do not think there is any particularly good reason to force users away from HTTP. Another cool benefit is that people who refurbish older computers as a hobby can still use with web browsers that are no longer supported or are incapable of supporting modern encryption standards.

Finally, if you are using a modern browser on a modern operating system and have "dark mode" enabled, then this website should change its CSS theme to better support your system. If it does not, try clearing your browser history so that the CSS file and HTML content is re-fetched from the server.

Site disclaimer

The views expressed on this personal blog and/or any of the social media accounts linked to in the secondary navigation on this page are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Oracle.

Following any of the tutorials on this website or making any purchasing decisions based on my opinions is entirely at your own risk. The copyright for any externally linked articles and/or media are the property of their respective owners.