About PotterSoft and Me, Phil Potter
Since being a young child, I was always fascinated by computers and how they worked. As soon as I was old enough at 16, I got a job repairing and selling computers for a small business. In 2006, I began working as the ICT Technician for Cranbrook School, and was there for almost 15 years, during which time I met my amazing wife and we had a beautiful daughter who is the light of my life. Whilst at the school, I created a web-based boarding management system, to manage the behaviour and medical issues of our boarding students. I improved this system further, and it has since been implemented in other schools also.
In early 2021, I moved on to become a Backend Software Engineer at Ohme in London, and I'm still there and loving every minute of it! Getting to follow my passion in life and write code for a living has been a true blessing.
Educationally, I completed a Computer Science degree with the Open University at the end of 2016, after seven long years! I enjoyed the degree immensely, missing out on First Class Honours by just two marks. In that time, I worked on various little projects, the most widespread of which has been MasterEmu. I created this and PhilPSX because the low-level workings of consoles and computers in general are absolutely fascinating to me.
Recently, I've been ramping up my Linux kernel contributions, as it gives me great joy contributing to something that affects the lives of hundreds of millions (possibly billions) of people, even if it is just in a small way. I completed a Linux Kernel Coding Mentorship in 2021, under the tutelage of Greg Kroah-Hartman, a prolific and talented kernel developer and all-round nice guy! Since then I have become the maintainer of the Uniform CD-ROM driver in the kernel tree, and also a helper/maintainer on the r8188eu wireless driver in staging, which I helped import and integrate into its build system.
I wanted to make a focal point for my work, and to blog about my thoughts in general, in case anyone is interested! This is why I created this online presence. Please feel free to check out my GitHub presence: https://github.com/PhilPotter and my LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/in/phillip-potter-18503210a