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Who I am

I'm Aron Smalec. I'm a self-taught programmer and computer enthusiast who has been breaking, modifying, fixing, and creating computers since I was 13.

I established this website both as a rostrum for my ideas and projects and as an electronic resume.

I am currently looking for a intermediate position in software development. I have a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, two Associates degrees (one in Science, one in Arts), and a Certificate in Processing Technology.

I have worked as IT support for CNCC, and as a webmaster for their flight school. I have also worked extensively as an educational tutor, including as a Python class assistant at Colorado Mesa University.

My Interests and Skills

My interests in computers are many and varied: I like compilers and computational linguistics, security, Linux and Unix operating systems, operating systems, scripting, tools, and internet privacy.

I can program in C/C++, Java, Perl, Python, PHP, Bash, Forth, Lisp, Zsh, Sed, Awk, Batch/CMD, Visual Basic, and Visual Basic Script.

I have experience with Linux/Unix systems (Debian, Ubuntu, Red Hat/Fedora, and FreeBSD), Competency with Windows (95, 98, CE, XP, Vista, and 7), Nmap, Wireshark, Netcat, tcpdump, iptables, PalmOS 3.5 to 5.4.9, DOS, FreeDOS, Microsoft Office suite and LibreOffice/OpenOffice.org Suite, ArcView GIS (9.x) and QuantumGIS,.

Among other tools, I am familiar with Automake, Autoconf, M4, Make, Apache Subversion, RCS (Revision Control System), HTML, CSS, XML, XHTML, MySQL, SQLite, Yacc, Lex, Antlr, CVS (Concurrent Versioning System) and GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program).

I have administered HTTP (Apache and Lighttp), FTP (pure-ftpd), SSH (OpenSSH), NFS, and Postfix systems.

I also like to tutor and teach others the things I have learned. On this website, you'll find plenty of tutorials and guides to technology. I believe that programming should be taught in schools along side math and English - because technology is certainly not going to go away anytime soon.

What Else?

When I can pull myself away from my latest computer project (or get some sleep), I like to cook and swim.

And I love Celtic music. I really do.

Why didn't you just get a blog or something?

Would you trust a mechanic that didn't fix his own car? Now how about a webdesigner that didn't do his site from scratch?

Besides, if you don't know the system top to bottom, how can you really be able to fix it?

What is the site named for? Who is the guy on the left?

Automatones are the mechanical beings that the Greek god Hephaestus (or Vulcan) brought to life. As I have a background in classics, I found it a rather apropos theme on which to build my website.

The guy on the left is, naturally, Hephaestus himself. He is riding on a donkey on his return to Olympus, a common motif in ancient Greek pottery (this particular example is Red Figure style from the 5th century BC).

The favicon is Hephaestus's tongs and hammer, his tools for creating machines. I too, create machines via tools, so again the metaphor is very appropriate.