Sean O'Connell



I'm a technology nerd who started using computers as a hobbyist in 1979 when I wrote my first program in BASIC on an Apple II. Some years later, I unexpectedly found myself in the IT industry and I've been making a living shuffling around 0s and 1s for over two decades now.

I've been involved with Linux and FOSS for over 20 years. I enjoy working on interesting problems and developing creative solutions with Free Software and open source technologies. I am also passionate about designing and building self-hosted and self-owned network services, and about breaking dependence on centralized application platforms such as Google and Facebook.

My other interests include travel, music, movies, sport shooting, and writing. I'm a licensed ham radio operator (W4SDO), and I have enjoyed a lifelong interest in pen-and-paper role-playing games and tabletop wargaming.

Professionally, I'm the principal consultant at POD7, LLC. I also periodically take interesting contract work for network, security, and systems engineering roles.


Member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
Associate member of the Free Software Foundation
Supporting member of KDE eV
Life member of the National Rifle Association
Member of the Libertarian Party
U.S. Army veteran