My name is David McMackins.
I'm a political activist supporting individual liberty and independence in all aspects of life. My primary focus is in the area of copyright and so-called intellectual property.
I used to be an associate member of the Free Software Foundation, and I'm still an activist in the free software community. I frequently send e-mails to the people I subscribe and listen to across the Internet both to inform and learn about the ideals and advantages of free software. If you'd like to know how I became interested in free software, click here.
You might know me from my time working and interacting with the Jupiter Broadcasting community. A good deal of my free time was spent in their Mumble lobby, and I still pop in from time to time.
I'm an amateur radio operator interested in portable high frequency operation and emergency communications.
I love vintage hardware of almost any sort. I love playing with and programming old computers and game systems. I listen to music on cassette and vinyl records.
I'm a musician, but not a very active one. I like playing the ocarina and piano. Once upon a time I played trumpet. I also like to make electronic music from time to time.
I love writing and fountain pens. I write letters to friends and family, and I keep a personal journal.
How I do computing
I currently run Debian GNU/Linux as my primary operating system, though I'm in the process of switching to OpenBSD. This server runs OpenBSD 6.7 on a Vultr VPS.
My personal computer runs Debian GNU/Linux Sid (rolling release) using the i3 window manager. I mostly use Emacs for programming.