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Hi, I'm Aran :-)

I'm from Devonport in New Zealand and I work on line as a software developer and GNU/Linux server administrator using only open source software for my work and in my personal life. My main interests are meditation, spirituality and eastern philosophy, agorism, freedom and liberty, programming, open source software and cypto-currencies, electronics, free energy and hacky sack. At the end of 2011 on the 11th of November my wife Beth and I moved to Brazil and bought some land to set up an independent off-grid lifestyle.

Before moving off-grid I spent a lot of time on the Platform network concept which involved a lot of conceptual thought about organisation (such as The Nodal Model, Platform specification and wiki organisation) and development on various MediaWiki extensions and procedures. In 2007 I became one of the official MediaWiki developers to add the ability for MediaWiki to use the SQLite database which is now a standard installation option, and to maintain some of my extensions in the official repository.

Also I have a basic Résumé but it hasn't been updated for years :-/

You can contact me on, @organicdesign on Telegram, or my Facebook page.

For private communications, email me using this PGP key.

My Bitcoin address is 18D9441cFFwRnoeTfezwSrZYbGKwGGymzh, or see donations for more payment options.

MediaWiki Extensions

I've written many MediaWiki extensions over the last few years, the public ones are listed on my user page. If you need any specific customisation to your MediaWiki I may be able to help, let me know your requirements on my talk page. The extensions I'm currently working on are:


Using the MediaWiki software for managing the content of your website or managing internal documentation is becoming increasingly popular. Over the last year or so, a number of jobs have come by which involve the same general requirements: changing the design of a MediaWiki to match existing artwork and modifying the security settings for example so that none of the wiki features are available to the general public. If you'd need these kinds of things done, you can contact me on my talk page. Such jobs can be done reasonably quickly and are usually around US$250 (plus $15/month or $150/yr if you'd also like the wiki set up and hosted). Note that this price estimate is based on standard requirements such as those shown below, if additional functionality is required involving JavaScript or extensions, then these features need to be priced separately.

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Skinning mash-ups I've recently started doing skinning work for web applications other than MediaWiki including WordPress, Drupal and Joomla, which all cost around the same as skinning MediaWiki. This is very useful for skinning mash-ups which are very popular in the new Web 3.0 envrionment. Below is an example mash-up skin from made to look identical for MediaWiki, Wordpress and a bookmark management program called "Scuttle".

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