home | about | blog | tech notes



I'm Clover (she/her).

I'm a disabled and currently unemployed Linux-loving DevOps gal who lives in a rural area of the western US.

A few of my hobbies include photography, tech, security, and software.

I'm a strong open-source advocate, and have been in the education technologies field for over a decade.

I can be located on lgbt.io if you would like to communicate.


My favourite Linux distro is presently Devuan. I have it on a number of machines I use regularly, including some Raspberry Pi ARM processor boards of various flavours which I use as indoor/outdoor temperature sensors, security monitors, and other things of that nature.

At last count I had four in service, and several as backups to replace them should anything go wrong.

I love collecting data and using it to expose and explore patterns, and spend a lot of time playing with that in my spare time. Not only weather data, as collected by my tiny single-board computers, but also health data.

As someone with chronic pain and mood issues, figuring out what causes any particular "bad day" can be frustrating. Thus I have written some tiny bash shell wrappers to my favourite text editor, vim, to help me manage and record health data and accompanying notes. I use this system daily, and have adapted it to aid me in discovering when I have food intolerances, or might have engaged in activities which tired me too quickly, cause insomnia, or worsen my pain symptoms.

I also use vim daily for journaling and writing purposes, notably with vimwiki, the software used to create this web site. vim is an all-around lovely program, and one of my favourite pieces of software, period. Having something like vimwiki to help me organise my thoughts, notes, data, and reference material has made it feel even more powerful yet. (And that's not even going into my use of syncthing to keep my data synced between devices I use regularly.)

I also have a long-distance enbyfriend who currently lives on the entire opposite coast to me. We have spent brief time together recently, but hope to spend more in the coming years.


I mentioned my Raspberry Pi devices above. Here are some of the Pi boards I presently have in service:

In addition to these, I also have a small compliment of other systems I use on a daily basis. Some of those include a home-built Linux workstation with a max load-out of memory and a (sort of) recent Intel i7 for media and other processor-intensive needs; an aging Microsoft Surface Pro 4 i7 running Devuan, rather than Windows 10, which I use as my main portable (and used to take to work before being unemployed); and my LG G6 mobile phone running LineageOS, from which I can always write journal or website posts on-the-go, or install the newest fun FOSS goodies from f-droid.

Owing to my ongoing battles with spinal injury and nerve damage, I use split keyboards and the Dvorak layout exclusively.

My present favourites are my pair of Mistel Barocco series mechanical RGB devices. Among their other features, they allow me to type on machines I am not used to using, or only troubleshooting, without having to switch the keyboard layout. As a Dvorak user by default (since 2001), I find switching into and out of Qwerty difficult now, and a simple keyboard shortcut saves me having to rearrange everything in my head to accommodate reality. (I even have my software keyboard entirely customised in Dvorak on my phone, and set up to use terminal emulators more easily.)

clover smile

© 1995-2019 clover