Having little formal education, most if not all of my education is acquired through various internet and hardcopy resources. I learn because I love.
I have experience, both professionally and personally with many languages in the GIS/AVL space as well as business apps (ERP, CRM). Jack of all trades, master of none doesn't sound cool but has it's advantages!
Primarily a vanilla programmer, I use and have used many frameworks and libraries but don't consider myself an expert with any.
Considered a grey hat hacker, I especially enjoy data mining. I can also be found wasting time with challenges or trying to make things do other things for my own personal enjoyment.
Growing up in a family of business owners and entreprenuers I have always had a strong interest in business.
My first programming contract: A crucial part of growing a team of 3 to over 12 in just 3 years. I learned a lot about fast growing startups and what not to do. I also had the opportunity to invent a now patented GPS compression algorithm for moving coordinates (US, Canada).
I can now be found working a full-time software development position while I take a backseat driver's position in my spouse's fitness business.
Web design & hosting is what kicked off this adventure. I had an old school Linux user/hacker as a mentor to help whenever I was stuck. I now run Linux exclusively on servers, in my home, and in many family members' homes.
I try to host everything of my own. Web, email, DNS, file servers, VPN, whatever it is, I always try to get my hands dirty and further my understanding.
To name a few I have the most experience with: Apache2, MySQL, Bind9, Postfix, Dovecot, Sendmail, OpenVPN
I became interested in Bitcoin in the months leading up to the MtGox hack. I had invested several thousand dollars in Bitcoin mining hardware but I missed the real value behind Bitcoin, I simply thought of it as an investment opportunity.
Fast forward a couple years down the road and Bitcoin is raising fear from traditional financial instutions, "alt-coin" ICO's are now a huge thing, the whole landscape has changed dramatically. Bitcoin is set to replace fiat for it's properties are desirable by everyone - decentralized, censorship-resistent, privacy encouraging, global, open and free.
Bitcoin & other crypto currencies are the way of the future. Whether as a fiat replacement or as the decentralized, trustless backbone for many creative ideas.
Designed the core compression algorithm using relational data points.
Saw the challenge and I accepted. Interviewed with Ernesto of TorrentFreak.com and several very large news outlets in many countries picked up the story.
After almost 10 years in the industry, 6 years professionally, I have started contributing to open source more. Below is my GitHub contribution calendar that I hope to fill out over the next year!