Alex Wauck's Webpage

Basically, I am a nerd. I report bugs and package softare for Ubuntu Linux (well, not so much anymore, but that's a story for another time). I read about Linux, graphics drivers, and programming languages for fun. This web page is hosted not on a standard web host (like Dreamhost), but on a Linode virtual server that I administer myself. I run my own email server. I still have several large boxes of LEGOs. I edit text files with Emacs. I care about things like making web pages validate as XHTML 1.1 (or at least 1.0 Strict). I even took the time to make Apache serve this page as application/xhtml+xml instead of text/html! (Only this page, though. I'm not that OCD.)

I have a profile on LinkedIn. I'm on Facebook, too, but I mainly use that for staying in touch with old friends. I try not to rely too heavily on it, seeing as Facebook the company is not exactly trustworthy.

I have a GitHub account. I've put some stuff there; take a look!

I am currently employed as a software developer at FPX. I work on Glider, a contract workflow management service. It should go without saying that nothing on this site represents the views of my employer, Donald Duck, or anybody other than me, but apparently we need to be explicit about that these days. My resume is here.

I have a blog. If I feel I need to get up on a soapbox about something, this is where I do it. There aren't many things that are important enough (or have bothered me long enough) that I feel the need to publish something for all to see, hence the long periods without entries. Also, I have a certain tendency to blog about things that annoy me severely, so it may get a bit...incendiary at times. If you can't handle a little strong language, try something else. I have, however, been writing some educational stuff lately.

My blog is powered by ikiwiki, which is pretty awesome. I can compose my blog posts as Markdown text files on my local machine, push them (as in git push) to a local staging area for final review, then push them to the server for publication. Currently, everything that's not my blog is hand-written XHTML, but I'll probably move the whole thing to ikiwiki eventually. I may be OCD about XHTML validation, but that doesn't mean I particularly like writing it.

Want to know about my general philosophy? Wondering why I spent so much time on Ubuntu despite not getting paid for it? Take a look here here.

Want to contact me? Observe that my first name is "Alex", and observe the contents of your browser's address bar. I think you can figure it out. (Email addresses are typically all lower-case, by the way.) I'm sure you're a wonderful person, but there are many people who are not, and they tend to have digital minions who jump like rabid dogs on anything that looks like an email address, so I have to make you guess. Sorry. The spammers have won.

I have a public key, by the way. I sign most of my email with it. Any email purporting to be from me but without a cryptographic signature may not actually be from me. If the signature is invalid, somebody is definitely doing something evil. Or you got really unlucky and ran into some random corruption that the TCP checksum didn't catch.

I have a CA certificate. Installing it will enable you to access my web site securely over SSL (and do other things like chat over XMPP if you have an account). Of course, the important question is this: do you trust me not to impersonate your email provider? If so, then here you go. If not, you can choose to trust individual certificates for my various services. PROTIP: if your last name isn't Wauck, you probably shouldn't install any of these, and you definitely shouldn't install the CA certificate.

I have written quite a bit of code in my time. Some of it is even publicly available.

Why does this site look so boring?

Why did I choose impulse101.org?

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