Khürt Williams

In 1966, I was born in the former British Overseas Territory of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Saint. Vincent and the Grenadines became an independent nation from the United Kingdon on 27th October 1979 at which point I became a citizen for the first time in my life.

My father was, a banker, and following his career path, we moved around between the islands. During that time, I lived in a few other British Caribbean islands, including Saint Lucia and Barbados, where my baby brother was born. We were able to travel and live between island countries because of their membership in the [Commonwealth of Nations](Commonwealth of Nations).

In the late 70s and early '80s, during my teenage years, I lived in Antigua and Barbuda. In the mid-80s, my family moved again to St. Vincent, where I finished high school and completed my O-levels and A-levels. We also lived for a few months on Saint Kitts and Nevis. From all the moving around, I experienced a different West Indian culture on each island, much of which influences who I am today. I broadly consider myself, West Indian with no particular allegiance to any island.

However, when Antigua and Barbuda was granted independence from the UK on 1 November 1981, I participated in independence day ceremonies and obtained the privilege to apply for citizenship of that nation.

My family emigrated to the USA in 1986, so I could attend college. I became a citizen of the United States of American in 1992.

I’m an information security professional, Apple geek, web developer, and avid photographer. This weblog is where I share my incoherent and random thoughts and rants about technology, photography, coffee, diabetes, and life.

I love drinking craft ale and freshly brewed coffee. I buy fresh beans every few days from a local organic fair trade retailer and brew at home. I grind the beans myself, and brewing using either a French Press or Chemex pour over with an Able Kone filter. I don’t drink Starbucks.

There are two excellent craft ale breweries within 15-20 minutes in local traffic of my home. Between the Troon Brewing and Flounder Brewing, I am privileged to some highly-rated New England style IPA, American Pale ales, and porters. A little further out is Conclave Brewing, which makes super delicious and The Referend Bier Blendery, which produces spontaneously fermented ales in the Belgian tradition. I don’t drink Budweiser, and I rarely buy retail.

Work

My first ten years of my career was as research and development and web application development. I coded up backend solutions for various financial services and pharmaceutical companies. I mostly used Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl, and PHP. The next ten were spent information security doing vulnerability assessments, log management, security awareness, security architecture, compliance, and advisory for Bristol-Myers Squibb. Since 2013, I have worked independently at Monkey Hill, LLC, a consultancy I started in 2013 after my role at Squibb was eliminated. My current work is in information security architecture.

Computers

The journey from Commodore VIC-20/Commodore 64 (1981÷1985) to DOS PC (1986) to Microsoft Windows PC (1990) to UNIX/SunOS/Solaris (1992) to Linux (1994) to Apple Macintosh (2005) took twenty-four years. I bought my first Mac, a Mac mini, in 2005, and fell in love with OS X, a Unix with a world-class GUI. Soon after buying that first Mac, I bought a MacBook, then an iPad Touch, then an iMac. Later the iPad was released in 2010, and I had to have one that same week. Then I bought my first iPhone (2012) and then an Apple TV.

The iPad is my go-to computer, but I use my iMac heavily for photo editing. I’m an app junky, and you can find many iOS and OS app reviews on this blog.

I also do exciting projects with the Raspberry Pi. It’s the smallest and cheapest Linux server I have ever owned.

Programming Languages

I started with Commodore BASIC in 1981, learned Pascal during a college course in 1986, and taught myself awk/sed/bash (1992) and Perl (1997), followed by PHP (2001) and JavaScript (2002). I've taken Java and Objective C courses but didn't use either language, and I have not written code professionally since 2013.

Science Fiction

Although that’s not reflected in the content in this blog, I love science fiction, especially cyberpunk, and Japanese animation and superhero graphic novels and dystopian futures and the name of the website, Island in the Net, is taken from a book, Islands in the Net, written in 1988 by a science fiction author, Bruce Sterling. It is a story of data pirates, mercenaries, nanotechnology, weaponry, and post-millennial voodoo. It represents a future where people can use the Internet to topple governments, change lives, and make history.

I read too few books these days.

Photography

As with the majority of photographers my age, I began with a 35mm film camera (1988). But in 2006 I switched to digital. The digital revolution has made photography more accessible.

I’m an avid photographer, and if the weather suits me, I spend my free time outside increasing my knowledge of landscape and nature photography. I prefer natural light, but I’m comfortable shooting anything that interests me - street, long exposure, architecture, wildlife. I take photos regularly both for my self and for others. I do almost all of my editing and exporting from my iMac. As far as gear goes, I alternate between two cameras:

Most of my images are shot with the Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR lens.

With my iPhone, I enjoy a kind of casual photography, snapping things and sharing them with my friends and family, and playing around with Adobe Lightroom Mobile.

Auto-immune diseases

In 2006, I was diagnosed with Type 1 (LADA) diabetes, an autoimmune type of diabetes. I’m learning to live with it. I have a Medtronic 670G insulin pump and GuardianLink CGMS to help me manage my diabetes. I occasionally post articles about my diabetes tech.

In 2018, I was diagnosed with Graves' thyroid disease and Grave’s eye disease, an autoimmune form of hyperthyroidism. It was a challenge to live with it, so at the end of 2018, I had a thyroidectomy. Graves disease continued to affect my eyes and a year after the thyroidectomy, I had orbital decompression surgery.

History

I remember attending a presentation on open-source software by Richard Stallman. I remember getting my first computer, a Commodore VIC20. I remember learning Commodore (Microsoft) BASIC and writing my first video game. I remember when I upgraded to the Commodore 64 and floppy storage. I remember getting my first IBM compatible DOS PC, an Epson with one floppy disk, and a green CRT monitor. I remember buying and installing a 2400 baud modem so that I could dial into the bulletin board system (BBS). I remember using WordPerfect to write all my term papers. I remember learning Pascal and writing my first text editor.

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  1. Over the past several years I’ve written a broad number of pieces about the IndieWeb. I find that many people are now actively searching for, reading, and implementing various versions of what I’ve done, particularly on the WordPress Platform.
    Because of some discussions at IndieWebCamp Baltimore, work I’m doing on my related book, interactions with Aaron Davis and Khürt Williams, and even Michael Bishop’s forthcoming IndieWeb WordPress platform/resource, I’ve decided that it’s time to conglomerate a handful of these articles into a single page or collection to make finding and reading them in some sort of order a bit easier.
    In many cases, people searching relevant pages on the IndieWeb wiki will hopefully find many of these articles and pieces also linked there or with short snippets of documentation as well. For those implementing things on their own websites, I heartily recommend the wiki as a first resource to see how others have done things and for examples of user interface and interaction. Caveat emptor: Just because I’ve done something in a particular way is a poor excuse to replicate it, and even then I’m always iterating, so your mileage may vary.
    Introductory Articles

    An Introduction to the IndieWeb (07÷28÷17)

    Defining the IndieWeb (06÷15÷18)

    Setting up WordPress for IndieWeb use (video tutorial/walkthrough)
    A pencast overview (with audio and recorded visual diagrams) of IndieWeb technologies

    A New Way to “Know and Master Your Social Media Flow” (4÷11÷17)

    How many social media related accounts can one person have on the web?! (10÷17÷16)

    Feed reader revolution (6÷9÷17)

    Webmentions: Enabling Better Communication on the Internet [Published in A List Apart](7/19/18)
    Micropub (Article coming soon)

    RSS Feeds on BoffoSocko.com (12÷18÷16) – differentiating feeds and limiting posts for email subscribers

    The Story of My Domain (05÷13÷18)

    Buzzfeed implements the IndieWeb concept of backfeed to limit filter bubbles (2÷20÷17) – Some thoughts on comments sections and backfeed
    An IndieWeb Podcast
    Beginning in early 2018, David Shanske and I began recording episodes of a podcast focusing on various IndieWeb concepts. The series can be found here.
    Plugin specific articles

    Post Kinds Plugin for WordPress (8÷11÷17)

    Manually adding a new post kind to the Post Kinds Plugin for WordPress (06÷06÷2018)

    Allowing arbitrary HTML in the Summary/Quote field in the Post Kinds Plugin (06÷08÷2018)

    Creating a tag cloud directory for the Post Kinds Plugin on WordPress (7÷16÷18)

    Using Facepiles in Comments for WordPress with Webmentions and Semantic Linkbacks (10÷6÷17)

    Threaded Replies and Comments with Webmentions in WordPress (12÷15÷17)

    Browser Bookmarklets and Mobile Sharing with Post Kinds Plugin for WordPress (1÷10÷17)
    Occasional WordPress Plugin Suite articles

    Reads, Listens, Watches, and Editable Webmention Types and Avatars in the IndieWeb WordPress Suite (05÷31÷18)
    Replies with introductory content

    POSSE and PESOS on the IndieWeb (11÷19÷17)

    Setting up IndieWeb replies in WordPress (9÷17÷17)
    Particular Post Kinds and Pages
    Pages

    Social Media Accounts and Links
    Mentions Page
    Following Page
    Supporting Page
    Favorite Things
    Ask me anything
    Reading

    Webmention + Books = BookMention (6÷6÷16)

    A New Reading Post-type for Bookmarking and Reading Workflow (8÷22÷16)

    Owning my Online Reading Status Updates (11÷20÷16) – a PESOS-based method involving Reading.am and IFTTT

    PressForward as an IndieWeb WordPress-based RSS Feed Reader & Pocket/Instapaper Replacement (12÷31÷16)

    Early notes on PressForward for read posts (12÷17÷16)

    Transitioning from Pocket to PressForward (2÷26÷2017)
    a note on reading UI

    An update to read posts for physical books (12÷11÷17)

    Thoughts on linkblogs, bookmarks, reads, likes, favorites, follows, and related links (3÷10÷2018)
    Marginalia, notes, highlights, fragmentions

    BoffoSocko.com Now Supports Fragmentions! (7÷21÷15)

    Hypothes.is and the IndieWeb (6÷17÷16) – Explorations with annotations and marginalia

    Notes, Highlights, and Marginalia: From E-books to Online (10÷24÷16)

    Some thoughts on fragmentions (1÷5÷17)

    Un-Annotated by Audrey Watters (Hack Education) (5÷10÷17) – an example of highlights and marginalia on an exterior post with PressForward, Hypothesis, and my site.

    Reply to Annotating Web Audio by Jon Udell (1÷7÷18)

    Fragmentions for Better Highlighting and Direct References on the Web (1÷23÷18)

    Some thoughts on highlights and marginalia with examples (6÷21÷18)

    An Outline for Using Hypothesis for Owning your Annotations and Highlights (6÷23÷18)

    A reply to Ian O’Byrne on annotations (7÷6÷18)
    Blogroll Experiments

    The beginnings of a blogroll (6÷26÷17)

    A Following Page (aka some significant updates to my Blogroll) (11÷10÷17)

    OPML files for categories within WordPress’s Links Manager (11÷13÷17)
    Silo related
    Twitter related

    @Mentions from Twitter to My Website (4÷15÷17) – An outline of how I used Indieweb technology to let Twitter users send @mentions to me on my own website.

    Two alternatives to #WomenBoycottTwitter that don’t rely on women’s silencing by Zoe Stavri (Another Angry Woman) – reverse gamifying Twitter

    How to Own & Display Your Twitter Archive on Your Website in Under 10 Minutes (12÷5÷16)

    Reply to Creating an Archive of a Set of Tweets by Aaron Davis (12÷12÷17)

    Adding Simple Twitter Response Buttons to WordPress Posts (12÷24÷17)

    Threaded conversations between WordPress and Twitter (07÷02÷18)
    Other silos

    Instagram Single Photo Bookmarklet (8÷28÷16)

    Mastodon.Social isn’t as Federated or as Decentralized as the Indie Web (4÷5÷17)

    Bye-bye, Google+ — but what next? by John Carlos Baez (Google+) (4÷19÷17) – thoughts on Mastodon, micro.blog, and IndieWeb

    Title-less Status Updates for Micro.blog (5÷4÷17)

    The Facebook Algorithm Mom Problem(7÷11÷17)

    Enabling two way communication with WordPress and GitHub for Issues (3÷3÷18)
    Miscellaneous experiments / Posts with Resources

    Today is My Third IndieWeb Anniversary (4÷25÷17)− a synopsis of changes I’ve made in the past year

    Comment on Supporting Digital Identities in School by Christina Smith (Read Write Respond) (1÷5÷18)

    Give your web presence a more personal identity (10÷26÷16) – Photos on WordPress with Gravatar

    I’m apparently the king of the microformat rel=”me” (6÷24÷17)

    Reply to doesn’t link back by Khürt Williams (Island in the Net) (12÷3÷17) – practical notes on rel=”me”

    IndieWeb and Education (3÷29÷17)

    Person tagging experiment (12÷09÷17)

    Reply to Annotating Web Audio by Jon Udell (1÷7÷18)

    RSVP to an event (11÷30÷17)

    Reply to Aggregating the Decentralized Social Web by Jason Green (þoht-hord) (11÷30÷17) – philosophy on social web and networks

    Practical thoughts on h-cards (11÷23÷17)

    Blue Sky ideas for adding IndieWeb technology to podcatchers and podcasting (including Micropub for Listen Posts) (9÷11÷18)

    I’ll agree: Passive Tracking > Active Tracking (1÷14÷19)

    Journalism

    The IndieWeb and Journalism (1÷13÷17) – Some thoughts about how journalists could improve their online presences with IndieWeb principles along with a mini-case study of a site that is employing some of these ideas.

    A journalism wiki stub for IndieWeb (7÷6÷17)

    Creating an archive of my online writing, from 2002-2017 by Richard MacManus (richardmacmanus.com) (7÷12÷17)

    IndieWeb Journalism in the Wild (John Naughton example)
    Other Miscellaneous

    IndieWeb Summit 2018 Recap (07÷07÷2018)

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  2. Hello, I’m Khürt Williams. I’m an information security professional, former web developer1, avid amateur photographer, and geek. I’m also a craft ale and coffee fanatic. This weblog is where I share my incoherent and random thoughts and rants about technology and photography geekery, coffee, craft ale, diabetes, and life.
    Island in the Net has been in existence in one form or another since 2001. But my journey as a consistent blogger started with the purchase of my first domain in 2003. I only discovered the Indieweb in late 2017, and since then, I have revamped this site to make use of modern Indieweb technologies such as Post Kinds and Webmentions. I accept comments via Webmention and traditional comment forms.
    I use this website as my primary hub for online presence and communication. You’re welcome to subscribe to or consume them in any manner or on any platform you prefer including RSS.
    Find me on Instagram and Twitter.

    Now I only write code for myself. ?

  3. I took this yesterday while strolling across the Brooklyn Bridge. It was the golden hour and people were everywhere walking and using the magic of the light to take selfies and group photos on the bridge. It was too crowded for the tripod. I was worried that someone would trip over the legs. I switched to shooting handheld. I focused on capturing the vibe on the bridge with families and friends appreciating the view.
    I like this photo because it was a serendipitous capture. I saw this couple approaching me and flipped the camera up. They were a lot closer than I expected. I love the expression on the face of the man and woman as they swerved to avoid my camera.
    Best Photo of the Week is personal photography project where I post the best image captured that week. The image will be posted at the end of the week. That will be a Sunday. I can take one or 100 photos for the week but I will post only one, the best one.

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  4. Hello, I’m Khürt Williams. I am a husband, father, information security professional, former autodidact web developer1, avid amateur photographer, and geek. I’m also a aficionado
    of craft ale and coffee. This weblog is where I share my incoherent and random thoughts and rants about technology and photography geekery, coffee, craft ale, diabetes, and life.Island in the Net has been in existence in one form or another since 2001. But my journey as a consistent blogger started with the purchase of my first domain in 2003. I discovered the IndieEeb in late 2017, and since then, I have revamped this site to make use of modern IndieWeb technologies such as Post Kinds and Webmentions. I accept comments via Webmention and traditional comment forms.I use this website as my primary hub for online presence and communication. You’re welcome to subscribe to or consume the site in any manner or on any platform you prefer including RSS.Find me on Instagram and Twitter.What am I doing now? –> “Now

    Now I only write code for myself. ?

  5. Hello, I’m Khürt Williams. I am a husband, father, information security professional, former autodidact web developer1, avid amateur photographer, and geek. I’m also a fan of craft ale and coffee. This weblog is where I share my incoherent and random thoughts and rants about technology and photography geekery, coffee, craft ale, diabetes, and life.Island in the Net has been in existence in one form or another since 2001. But my journey as a consistent blogger started with the purchase of my first domain in 2003. I discovered the IndieEeb in late 2017, and since then, I have revamped this site to make use of modern IndieWeb technologies such as Post Kinds and Webmentions. I accept comments via Webmention and traditional comment forms.I use this website as my primary hub for online presence and communication. You’re welcome to subscribe to or consume the site in any manner or on any platform you prefer including RSS.Find me on Instagram and Twitter.What am I doing now? –> “Now

    Now I only write code for myself. ?

  6. Hello, I’m Khürt Williams. I am a husband, father, information security professional, former autodidact web developer1, avid amateur photographer, and geek. I’m also a fan of craft ale and coffee. This weblog is where I share my incoherent and random thoughts and rants about technology and photography geekery, coffee, craft ale, diabetes, and life.Island in the Net has been in existence in one form or another since 2001. But my journey as a consistent blogger started with the purchase of my first domain in 2003. I discovered the IndieEeb in late 2017, and since then, I have revamped this site to make use of modern IndieWeb technologies such as Post Kinds and Webmentions. I accept comments via Webmention and traditional comment forms.I use this website as my primary hub for online presence and communication. You’re welcome to subscribe to or consume the site in any manner or on any platform you prefer including RSS.Find me on Instagram and Twitter.What am I doing now? –> “Now

    Now I only write code for myself. ?

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