I’m a tech blogger who scans about 500+ RSS news posts daily (so you don’t have to) covering tech and gadget news, open source, green technology, self-hosting, alternatives to Big Tech, alternative social media networks, privacy and security topics.

I distil these down to only those which I find really interesting, and I post a summary about those. Some days it might be 6 or 7 posts, and other days it may be zero if I find nothing of real interest. I try to seek out posts that will be of general interest, and not of a very technical nature. I do not just reblog in bulk, nor do I aim to be some sort of tech news service. I scan an average of 400 to 500 tech articles per day from the RSS feeds I follow, and I pick from those, which I find of interest to myself to post about (I also use my posts as a sort of knowledge repository for myself). The news may not even be today’s news, but it will be something that I’ve found of interest.

My posts do link to the original article I read, not only for reference, but also because I do not repeat everything from the article, and it is good ethics to credit the source and drive some traffic back to it.

My background is in the technology arena, having started out in my spare time building up desktop computers when the first IBM compatibles became available in the mid 1980’s (before you could go to a computer shop and just buy one), I eventually migrated into a new computer unit my organisation established, where I did:
* desktop support in the field on PCs
* LAN administration (Novell back then)
* computer programming (mostly Clipper)

I ended off my career managing:
* National Quality Assurance Manager
* managing the organisation’s social media before the traditional media liaison outsourced it
* customer relations with a few large clients, which allowed me to hone my skills in translating both ways between the highly technical and the plain English, needed to explain things to our end-users and executives.

This all stood in me in good stead for translating the technical articles I read daily, into something more palatable for everyday readers (or at least to explain why something may be of interest).

I have now retired from having an active job, and I do tech blogging for fun, without any advertising, sponsored products, or sale of user data in any way. I pay for my own hosting as well as any products that I use. The only bit of income I do get, is from the views of my YouTube channel.

I also have a few private projects that I’m working on from time to time, for which I do blog posts, but I also will often post an article on my website blog at https://gadgeteer.co.za or do a video on my YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/DanievanderMerwe. So, take a minute to browse through the website navigation menu, or try the search option to see if I’ve posted about anything of interest to you.

I also post to a good 19 or so social media sites daily (links are in the footer of the website) and you can read more about them, as well as links to where, at this page.

My passion is around technology and trying new things, so I hope you will find something of interest (and use) here.