Aside from programming, I have a passion for all things technical and science related.
In 1988, I was introduced to the Commodore 64, along with some programming books. By the time I reached high school I had written thousands of small games and applications in BASIC, C and C++ on x86 processors.
Before becoming an Internet citizen in the late 90’s, I ran a bulletin board system (BBS) which had two lines. This included a moderately popular BBS “door” game called “War of the Sysops” I created in BASIC. Sadly I have lost all evidence of this.
I have been using Linux extensively since the mid 90’s. Over time my preferences of Linux distributions has changed from Slackware, Red Hat, Gentoo, Ubuntu, to Arch Linux.
I am an avid Vim user, and when there are alternate IDEs available that arguably are better at the job, I insist on using Vim keyboard bindings with them.
I currently host several websites related to my own work and a few other family and friends websites. These are all automatically deployed using SaltStack and Docker.
I enjoy playing video games, especially competitive multi-player first-person-shooters and strategy games. Some of my favourite games (and related series’) over the years have been Quake, Team Fortress, Tribes, Command and Conquer, and Civilization.
Some of my other interests are looking at the sky with my equatorial mounted telescope, playing guitar, making music, watching science fiction, learning about cryptography related topics such as RSA and Bitcoin, and learning about the details of our Universe.