Backpacker, Web developer & open web enthusiast, privacy and encryption advocate. Recovering techno-utopian. Idealist.
0xADADA is a software developer working for AI and web related startups in Boston; graduated from Northeastern University with degrees in Computer Science and Cognitive Psychology.
In ‘04 I was employed by a series of technology concerns doing business as a software engineer, as a specialist in the production of web and mobile applications. I begin experimenting with Bitcoin toward the end of 2012, where I divided my time between taming web applications and analyzing Bitcoin. I attended M.65 Blockchain Technology class at the MIT Media Lab in the autumn of 2015. Shortly afterwards I left Nara Logics, and moved over to fintech. I have been there ever since.
Occasionally I get away from Boston for a few days, to attend the meeting of some Meetup society or for a trip to the mountains. Regularly during the spring and summer and fall I get “up river” or into the woods on weekends and holidays to make up for the hours which I have to waste in the office.
I never have had time nor strength to take any part in “public” life, but I have managed to do a good deal of open source development work in connection with technical problems on the web and with the occasional rabble-rousing with various social justice groups. Once in a while I publish an essay on my site. I belong to twitter, as well as to other online communities., and I am also a member of the Ember.js Meetup Community of Boston. Otherwise social media does not appeal to me.
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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
- Where do you live?
Greater Boston Area, Massachusetts USA.
- What do you do for work?
I’m a software engineer building web and mobile apps for startups in Boston. I enjoy building things for the internet.
- What hardware do you use?
Apple Macbookpro. At home I’m still productive on battle-hardened
Early-20118,2 (w/ SSD & ram upgrades). I sometimes travel with a Samsung Chromebook 3, and find it more useful every day. I ride a 2006 Fuji Track bike all year. I carry a Google Pixel 5”. I’ve been a long fan of Google Android hardware having used the HTC Dream/G1, Nexus S and Nexus 5. I always leave home with whatever book I’m reading at the moment paired with a Moleskine notebook for note-taking and writing rough drafts. At work and home, I have a customized Kenisis Ergo Advantage keyboard with Cherry MX brown switches and keytravel reducer o-rings.
- What Software?
macOS Sierra, Android and Chrome OS. iTerm2 and RXVT terminals get a ton of use. Firefox is my primary browser and Chrome for development. I use neovim for development and writing. ProtonMail for email. Signal for text messaging along with Twitter. I use Git and GitHub quite a lot. Transmission and Resilio Sync for file transfers. For getting shit done, my homebrew manifest will tell you the regular tools I use. On Android i like Strava for tracking my runs, Goodreads for reading, and Pocket has a great text-to-speech mode that makes it easy to listen to articles and white papers working out or running. I listen to podcasts with Player.fm.
- When did you start web development?
In 1996, shortly after I got on the internet. I started a fake “web consulting” agency website, and companies started actually hiring me to build their websites.
- What would be your dream setup?
A cabin in the mountains and a Mid-2015 Macbook Pro 11,5, 15.4”/2.8 Quad-core i7/16GB/1TB-Flash. This was the best laptop ever made by Apple, last good one before the shitty touchbar generation. Otherwise a good 27” retina display, and a keyboard. Ample desk space for books and a library nearby.