About Jon Watson

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I’m a Linux systems engineer by trade and by passion. Mostly passion.

Work is easy to get. Passion is harder to come by.

I currently work in the infosec field. Specifically, the security products group at GoDaddy; even more specifically, in the Sucuri SOC. WAFs and CDNs are my jam.

My daily work is split between spending lots of money on data center equipment and deployments and good old-school script hacking to make things work. It’s a good mix.

I write exclusively at Substack in what is a weird marriage of a newsletter and a blog. I used to write security and privacy related articles for Comparitech here, but that was a while ago any many of the articles there still bear my name, but have been significantly updated by other authors.

If you need more, my LinkedIn is here and my PGP key is here.

Social Media

I use the decentralized Fediverse and Twitter for my social media. You can follow me on the Mastodon Fediverse at Hackers.town or on Twitter.


Email me for a number.



  1. A History of Computer Operating Systems


Linux Journal

  1. VirtualBox: Bits and Bytes Masquerading as Machines.
  2. Break the Hardware Upgrade Cycle with Win4Lin Windows Virtual Desktop Server.
  3. Podcasting for the Penguin!

Linux Magazine

  1. Convenient Castle.
  2. Sound Saver.


I’m slowly moving all my projects to my labs site. You can find project stuff here.