Software engineer, open web enthusiast, essayist, privacy and encryption advocate. Idealist. Recovering techno-utopian.
0xADADA is working on open source and web related companies in the Boston area; graduated from Northeastern University with degrees in Computer Science and Cognitive Psychology.
“@0xADADA is the hat expert.”
“[0xADADA] often wore a colored T-shirt with the day of the week printed on it. At midweek he wore a green ‘Wednesday’ T-shirt; on the next day he wore a “Thursday” T-shirt in navy blue.”
—Joseph M. Reagle Hacking Life: Systematized Living and Its Discontents
“[0xADADA is an] A**hole confrontational cyclist looking for a fight.”
- Where do you live?
Greater Boston Area, Massachusetts USA.
- What do you do for work?
I build web and mobile apps on 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 custom built 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 essays. 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, 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 mock web consulting agency, 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 space for books and a library nearby.