About Alexander

Bio

The present

I'm currently open to discuss new and interesting opportunities, particularly related to scalability, infrastructure, security, and IoT. I'm mostly interested in motorsports, publishing, and fashion industries.

Projects

I'm constantly working on multiple projects simultaneously, so make sure to check out my Projects page.

Skills assessment:


  • Programming & databases:
    PicoLisp, Ruby
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    SQLite, MySQL, Redis
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    Ansible, Shell/Bash, Lua
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    CoffeeScript, JavaScript
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    C, Perl
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  • Systems & networking:
    Linux, BSD, OS X
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    KVM, Xen, VMware, VBox
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    Git, Nginx, HAProxy, Keepalived
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    IPv6, IPTables, DNS, VLANs
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    iSCSI, FCoE, AoE, NFS
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    Mosquitto, RabbitMQ, Nanomsg
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    AWS, Docker
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  • Hardware:
    Servers, switches, RAID
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    Datacenters, security, cabling
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    Arduino, RPi, MCU, sensors
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    Digital logic, Electronic circuits
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    FPGA, Verilog
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Life

As an athlete, I’m rather versatile in a number of sports. My favorites are: running (5k to 10k), american football, basketball, snowboarding, hockey, soccer, and motorcycle racing.

Like most people, I love traveling, and was lucky to have spent considerable amount of time all over North America, Europe, and Asia.

I extensively use multiple library cards and museum memberships, and I prefer physical books over digital ones.

Obsessions

I have a tendency to dart into a shop which caters to one of my obsessions. It's nearly impossible to walk past without going inside “just to see”:

  • Vinyl records
  • Stationery
  • Used books
  • G-Shock watches
  • RC cars

The past

The last ~18 years (since Jan 2000) have been spent working in the IT industry as an R&D systems architecture specialist, system/network administrator, freelance web developer, technical/customer support guru, and IT consultant.

In early 2012, my best friend Pat and I created our own company (Unscramble) in Tokyo, Japan - in order to self-sponsour our visas.

In 2013, we built a SaaS platform and service (Jidoteki) for creating virtual appliances from scratch, which helps companies put their SaaS apps on-premises.

In 2014, we obtained small seed funding from OnLab, but have remained self-funded since then.

In 2016, we converted Jidoteki into On-Prem Meta, an on-premises virtual appliance for building virtual appliances.

Previous employers:

I’ve written and self-published a free Web Scaling eBook, and frequently write for the Unscramble Engineering Blog.