Karl did a degree in philosophy and Germanic Languages at the Australian National University. This led, some might say inevitably, to a career in IT and (eventually) a Graduate Diploma in Applied Computing. He has worked in programming, network support, network administration, technical documentation, systems administration and systems support.

After an eight-year stint as a network administrator in Switzerland, he returned to Australia and settled in the Bega Valley. These days, his focus is chiefly on developing cloud solutions with 2pi Software. He likes poetry, amateur theatre, Linux, and misusing the Oxford comma.