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Liwen Knight-Zhang

Liwen Knight-Zhang

Emacser, Coder, Husband & Lifelong Learner

About

Since managing to move a picture of Mario from left to right on my Commando 64, I have never lost the satisfaction of programming.

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I moved to the UK and completed my Master’s degree in Computer Science at Durham University, and have worked in the field ever since. Nowadays, although not fully hands-on at work, I still find spare time to tinker with my Emacs setup with a bit of lisp code. I use org-mode as the single souce of truth for organising all my notes and agenda. You can say I live in Emacs & Org-mode.

Work

I work at one of the UK’s largest media companies. I am the Head of Engineering in a team called Product Platforms. I love both technologies and people development. I used to give software craftsmanship coaching sessions to my team members in my previous work.

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The opinions expressed on this website are solely my own and not necessarily those of my employer.

Blog

Over the years I have tried and failed to maintain a blog countless times. The idea of writing something useful for others was overwhelming. The only achievement I had was that I once made a popular WordPress theme (for WordPress v0.7), released it and chalked up a Google Page Rank of 5.

Nowadays I find even Jekyll has too high a barrier for me to publish anything. Since I use org-mode for organising my notes already, I figured out that I can use org’s built-in publishing system to share my random thoughts.

Covid-19 lockdown helped me to sit down and put this site together.

Talks

To fulfil my goal to be a humble lifelong learner, I believe that learning & teaching are equally important. I intend to put more effort in participating in public speaking. Here is a talk I gave on Web Performance:

This Website

The icon fonts used on this site are obtained from Fontello. The license of each font is listed in LICENSE.txt.

I used psachin’s brilliant Publishing org-mode projects on Gitlab Pages as a starting point to build this website.