A new Gig

It’s time for a new gig. At the end of last year, I accepted a new job at Spotify. Time passes, a global pandemic starts, and I started my new gig in March this year. I’m based in London (at home for now), and working on mobile apps for Spotify.

I’d like to thank everyone at Microsoft for a really rewarding return there. I had a lot of fun helping the SwiftKey team ship their keyboard. It was great to meet a lot of new people, and also to reacquaint with some old friends.


Married 🎉

John and Richard
Walking up the aisle together. Photograph by Hannah Brackenbury.

On 9th September 2017, I married Richard Totty. He is an amazing man, and I’m looking forward to what this next stage in our 10+ year relationship will bring.

Brooklands Museum provided the venue, and our family, friends and colleagues provided the company. As I type, we’re nearing the end of our honeymoon, exploring parts of Devon and Cornwall.

I’d like to thank everyone involved in making it such an enjoyable day, you were all amazing.

Canonical Computing

Out with the old, in with the new

After nearly four years, I’ve decided to move on from Canonical. I’d like to thank all the people I worked with for the chance to do some cool things, and learn so much.

This blog is very much an occasional thing for me, but there have been a few posts from my time at Canonical, and more comments than this blog has ever had. I learned that Ubuntu is so much bigger than any one project.

On Monday my new gig starts. I need to learn how to look after a team building the Android keyboard at SwiftKey, which is an exciting prospect. Last year, they were acquired by Microsoft, so this will also mark my return there. Microsoft was my first experience of making software, and that team set me off on the path I am still on. When I was last there, the 486DX2 was a thing, and IBM actually made PCs. I’m intrigued about what I will learn about the Microsoft of today!