About

The Appademic is an education and technology blog. It is created and maintained by Jai Bentley-Payne. A philosophy and tech nerd from Aotearoa/New Zealand.

This site is just one product from years spent studying, researching, teaching and writing at university and elsewhere. For a long time my interest in technology has been a relatively personal endeavour.  Personal to a point. I'm often advising friends, family, students and colleagues trying to better understand, or get more out of the tech they use. As it becomes more crucial to the way we work, ideas around technology become more prevalent in my academic work.  It occurred to me I could not only do a better job sharing what I pick up, but share some writing of a different kind. So now where it relates to technology, I'm attempting to pass it on here.

All my work and experimenting is on either a Mac or an iPad — or occasionally an iPhone.  So there is a bias towards macOS and iOS. But this is not another Apple fan site. The premise is to offer workflows, advice, tips, reviews, recommendations, and practical insight into technology for students,  academic researchers, and writers.  Although, much of what you may find here will, I hope, will be useful beyond that narrow scope. I make no apology for indulging all manner of tangents.

What Theme is That?

Until I have a chance to write up the colophon in detail, here is some brief information about how the site is put together.

The Appademic was briefly hosted on Squarespace. It is now a custom WordPress installation using the wonderfully flexible GeneratePress theme. GeneratePress is made by the incredibly helpful and friendly Tom Usborne. If you are interested in the GeneratePress premium theme, I suggest you buy it before Tom realises how much he undercharges for it. There is also a free version.

It is currently hosted on Linode. Running your own VPS on Linode involves a lot of learning, but the performance and value is worth it. I also run applications on Digital Ocean. If you would prefer to avoid the witchcraft of setting up a VPS from scratch, Digital Ocean has one-click installations that I would happily recommend to anyone.  I manage all of my domain names at Hover.

If you are wondering if it makes any money, the answer is not even close. As this site is relatively new, it still struggles to break even.  If you wish to know more, or you would like to help this site keep the lights on. Please read the support page.

The Appademic doesn’t lend itself to the usefulness of comments at this point in time.  But, if you have any questions or feedback, or if I can help with anything, then please do get in touch via the contact links in the main menu. I am always very grateful to receive correspondence.  This will be a humble beginning, but a hopeful one at that.