I’m Jack.

Since I was a toddler I have had the mind of an engineer. From tearing things apart to see how they work (and sometimes putting them back together again), to programming, choosing to use Linux over Windows, and, more recently, drinking copious amounts of coffee to get me through the day. It is safe to say that being an engineer is at the heart of everything I do - and there is nothing in the world I would rather be.

Today, I’m a multi-award winning systems engineer with a doctorate and honours degree from the University of Southampton. My specialisms are in hardware design, advanced signal processing, embedded systems, and artificial intelligence. Since 2021, I have been lead engineer on several high value projects attracting multi-million pounds worth of investment. Alongside this are several organisations including my engineering consultancy firm Ventrexia, web design business Mirror Park, and pet rehabilitation charity Catthew Prosthetics, not to mention this very website, Monterey Jack, which is home to all of my publications and other writings.

I am an avid supporter of open source software, an active campaigner for dark sky initiatives, and an advocate for internet privacy.

In my free time, I enjoy drinking coffee, relaxing with my family, indulging in DIY projects, playing guitar, sailing, and stargazing (typically accompanied by my wife and three cats).


It’s always important to acknowledge the work of people who have helped you with yours. I have dedicated this section to listing some of the people that I have supported in their respective missions and that I owe thanks to for all their hard work.

  • Dean Attali (Beautiful Jekyll)
  • Frank Karlitschek (Nextcloud)
  • Pawel Malak (Flame, Snippet Box)
  • Leo Mehlig (Structured)
  • Amruth Pillai (Reactive Resume)
  • Paulus Schoutsen (Home Assistant, Nabu Casa)
  • Corentin Thomasset (it-tools)
  • Linus Torvalds (Linux)
  • Eben Upton (Raspberry Pi)
  • Andy Yen (Proton)