My name is Joop Beris and this is my personal blog. If I had to describe myself (and I have to on an “About me” page), I’d say something like this:
I’m an enthusiastic and opinionated technology lover, amateur contrarian and skeptic with a very broad interest. I cover any and all topics on this blog as I come across them.
I write about Linux and the use of open source software, security in the digital era and do some rants about poor service, stupidity and the general foolishness of humanity. There are some pointers on how to protect yourself, your servers and your data in the age of today. There’s a good chance I’ll address some bigotry, nonsense and bunk as well. I love butchering holy cows.
I love old music and new gizmos. I hate ignorance (especially the willful kind), bigotry, corruption and self-important people. Religion is to me the greatest form of willful ignorance.
I have a great love of science and what it teaches us about ourselves, our planet and the cosmos in general. Philosophy and epistemology are also very important to me.
I believe in the Golden Rule: “One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself”. If everyone truly did this, the world would be a much nicer place to live.
I am a free speech radical. I believe people should have a right to say anything they like. However, people should also be ready to accept the consequences of what they utter in public. If you say stupid things, prepare to be ridiculed. If you preach violence against others, prepare to be outed and possibly prosecuted. Grown-ups do not need “safe spaces” where they are not exposed to opinions they can’t handle.
Want to get in touch? Use the form below. If you don’t like contact forms for some reason, you may use email. Send your message to joop [at] beris.nl.