About Me

I am a programmer. I have worked for small startups, large corporations, and governments. Mostly, I write database-driven J2EE webapps. Sometimes those are just websites, and sometimes they provide the user interface to a supercomputer. I have also written email server software.

One of my ongoing projects is to redesign the internet messaging protocols for secure encryption by default. I have also written two db-object layers for storing Java objects into databases. The first used my own homegrown API, and the second attempts to conform to the EJB 3.0 persistence layer specification. It came close enough to be useful, though I now consider that to be a problem better solved with more widely supported frameworks.

I am a sysadmin. I have been administering Linux servers professionally since 2000, and was running my own personal servers on Linux since 1997 or so. I have experience with Apache HTTPD and Apache Tomcat. I run qmail for email (with a lot of patches). I run MySQL at home, and I’m eyeing Cassandra as the next place for my data to go.

I am a system builder. I built the hardware this website runs on. It’s more impressive than you might think. (More impressive than I need just to run this website, that’s for sure).

I am a gamer. It’s the only reason I still have a computer running Windows. I’d prefer to game on Linux, but for the most part that’s not ready.

I am a shooter. I believe in the right to self-defense with the most effective tools available.

I believe in open-source software, particularly the Debian flavor of Linux, and the virtues of the Internet.

I believe in free speech and free beer recipes. If you want me to make the beer for you, I’ll charge you for that, but you have a right to know what you’re drinking. I can help you change the recipe, too, but I’ll publish the changes and charge you for them.

I used to believe in the Amiga computer, but that dream died.