About the Author

I’m a 32 year old software developer, currently mostly working with Ruby, Python & Node for fun and PHP for money. I have an MS in Computer Science and I sometimes teach an introductory technology class a university.

I’m a platform nomad ( ), a Vim user (sorry, not sorry) and a LaTex enthusiast.

I created of Markdown Journal (a Dropbox based personal journal service) , Don’t Spoil Us service (spoiler obfuscator for Twitter), Vim-NeatStatus plugin (poor-man’s airline status for vim), Luke’s Setup Assistant toolkit and few other things.

Picture of Me

Because it is nice to put a face to the words, here is a picture of me.

If you are interested, you can find out more about me here: maciak.net

FAQ

Q: Favorite text editor?
A: Vim.

Q: Can I see your .vimrc?
A: Yes, it’s all here.

Q: Favorite programming language?
A: Currently Ruby.

Q: Favorite shell?
A: Bash. One day I will make the jump to Zsh. Today is not that day.

Q: Preferred operating system?
A: I use Linux for work and on production servers. My gaming desktop is running Win7. My laptop is a MacBook.

Q: Favorite Linux distro?
A: Ubuntu if I have the hardware for it. Debian when I want lightweight system.

Q: Favorite unix?
A: Based on use, probably OSX. I do have one FreeBSD server and have fond memories hacking on Solaris SPARK machines back in college. My thesis was written and coded in large part on Solaris 10 running Java Desktop System.

Q: KDE or Gnome?
A: I used to be a huge KDE fan, but they both kinda suck now. Currently running Gnome because I hate Unity.

Q: Mobile platform?
A: I use iPhone 5 and 3rd gen iPad. I also have a Pebble which I love. Really want Google Glass but I can’t justify dropping so much cash on it.

Q: DEB, RPM or other?
A: DEB

Q: apt-get or aptitude?
A: aptitude

Q: Preferred blogging platform?
A: Jekyll is fun, but I get most use out of WordPress.

Q: Favorite version control?
A: Git.

Q: Favorite build tool?
A: Rake. Also Grunt on the front-end.

Q: Must-have dev tools?
A: Vagrant, Git, Rake, Grunt, Bower. Sometimes Yeoman. Composer and Codeception for PHP development.

Q: Favorite web framework?
A: Sinatra.

Q: What do you do for living?
A: I write awfully terrible PHP code mostly.

Q: Any tips for people who want to get into PHP?
A: Don’t. But if you must, PHP The Right Way is probably a good start.

Q: Why is your name spelled weird?
A: I’m Polish. Was born in Warsaw. I’ve been living in New Jersey since roughly ’98.

Q: Is Poland really cold?
A: Sorry, Americans ask this all the time for some reason. No, it’s not. It’s the same climate zone as Germany, so think back to all your WW II movies. It’s kinda like that. Actually, as far as I can tell New Jersey has much harsher winters than anything I can remember from my childhood.

Q: Can I read your thesis?
A: I’m actually not sure who owns the copyright for that, but you can read these published papers based off that research.

Q: Favorite authors?
A: Charles Stross, Vernor Vinge, Gregg Egan, Jacek Dukaj, Neal Stephenson, Cory Doctorow, China Miéville, Ursula K. Le Guin.

Q: Favorite TV shows?
A: The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Parks & Rec, Firefly, Farscape, Breaking Bad, Arrested Development.

Q: Favorite TV character?
A: April Ludgate.

Q: Favorite movie?
A: Uh, this is hard. The one movie I can watch over and over again and it never seems to get old is Fifth Element. It is super cheesy, but in an epic and awesome kind of way.

Q: What the hell is a Tuxmentat?
A: It is a portmanteau of the words Tux (ie. the Linux mascot penguin) and Mentat (a living computer from Frank Herbert’s Dune series). Here, perhaps an illustration will help:

Tuxmentat

Tuxmentat = tux + mentat

Q: Do you play tabletop games?
A: Yes, I play Warhammer Fantasy Battles. I have roughly 2,000 point Dwarf army mostly made up from vintage 80′s era Marauder miniatures. I started collecting in the 90′s long before good plastics and Citadel Failcast. I dabbled in Necromunda, Mordheim and Warhammer 40k though I don’t really have miniatures for any of these.

Q: How do you paint miniatures?
A: Citadel paints. I don’t fuck around with oil based stuff. Too much clean-up and brush care. Haven’t painted in years though so I pretty much forgot everything.

Q: Do you play CCG’s?
A: Not currently. I still have a deck for now defunct Middle Earth: The Wizards though it is by no means competitive.

Q: Do you play pen and paper RPG’s?
A: Yes. Used to play a lot of Warhammer Fantasy RPG, Star Wars D6, Mutant Chronicles, GURPS and Vampire: Masquerade. At the moment I’m not involved in any campaign, but I’d love to run something using FATE Core. Also, some time ago I saw people playing Dogs in the Vineyard but using Firefly verse as a setting, and I’m literally dying to try that.

Q: Favorite board game?
A: Probably Talisman. I really want to play Settlers of Catan.

Q: Favorite video game genre?
A: RPG.

Q: Least favorite video game genre?
A: Probably RTS. Also “brown modern FPS” lately.

Q: Favorite video game of all time?
A: Probably Morrowind.

Q: Do you play any MMO’s?
A: Not currently. Used to play Guild Wars and WoW but got bored of them.

Q: Favorite WoW race and class?
A: I pretty much just played Taurens and Trolls. My first character was a hunter (yes, I know, stfu), and I also leveled a Troll druid pretty high when that became possible. Never actually reached end-game.

Q: Horde or Alliance?
A: Horde naturally. I never had an alliance character.

Q: Favorite video game character?
A: Mordin from Mass Effect series.

Q: Marvel or DC?
A: Marvel FTW.

Q: What comic books do you read?
A: Used to inhale The Amazing Spiderman in late 80′s and early 90′s when Venom first showed up, Peter was married to Mary Jane and none of the stupid clone shit was around yet. I was also really into The Uncanny X-Men. I fell out of the loop years ago, and I no longer follow either of the series. In High School I was obsessed with Yukito Kishiro’s Battle Angel Alita series and stuff by Rosiński & Van Hamme duo (like Chninkel and Thorgal series). Few years ago I picked up Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and I loved it. Currently reading Transmetropolitan.

Q: What do you think about Mike Morales (new Ultmate Spiderman) and Kamala Khan (new Ms. Marvel)?
A: I love that Marvel is re-inventing some of their high profile heroes as people of color (and I find it worrying that DC seems to be going in the exact opposite direction). Representation is really important, and it is about time we had a few mixed race and/or Muslim superheroes on the top tier roster.

Q: Favorite superhero?
A: Rogue from X-Men. The bad-ass comic book version, back when she had Ms Mavel’s powers and could fly and punch cars into orbit.

Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
A: Nightcrawler’s blink teleport. Blink powers are so OP my former GM banned their use in GURPS campaigns due to rampant abuse. That said, Wolverine’s near-immortality would be nice too.

Q: Do you watch anime?
A: Yeah, sometimes. I like Cowboy Bepop, Neon Genesis Evangelion. Ghost in the Shell and Fullmetal Alchemist.

Q: What kind of music do you listen to?
A: The kind that’s on the radio. I’m really picky about my movies, TV, video games and literature but I have virtually no opinions about music. I mean, I’m aware that all pop music is basically the same four chords played at roughly the same tempo, but the music parser in my brain is so dodgy I hardly ever seem to notice.

Q: Do you reddit?
A: Yes, I’m /u/reset_by_peer. I’m not super active. These days I’m mostly hanging out in places like /r/vim, /r/javascript, /r/php, /r/printSF, various futurism and TV fandom subs.

Q: Can I add you on Steam?
A: Yes, definitely. I’m reset_by_peer. If I don’t add you back shoot me a message letting me know you’re from the blog and not a random pushy trader.

Q: Can we trade on Steam?
A: Sure, I might be willing trade cards and stuff. Send me a trade request and I’ll consider it.

Q: Can you make your Steam inventory public?
A: No. It’s open to friends though. Also, I think I sold most of the good stuff I had on the community market for cash.

Q: Are you on Xbox Live, Playstation Network, etc.
A: Nope, sorry. I don’t own any consoles.

Q: What multiplayer games do you play online?
A: Mostly TF2 and DOTA2. I’m awful at both.

Q: Favorite DOTA hero?
A: Best hero, probably Centaur. I like Sniper, Bloodseker, Drow and Nature’s $Profit. Don’t give me hard carries, or micro intensive heroes. If I random Invoker I’m pretty much guaranteed to throw the game cause I don’t know any of his spells.

Q: Favorite TF2 class?
A: Pyro.

Q: Are you a Trekkie, Browncoat, etc?
A: I was a full on Scaper back in the day. I did the whole 9 yards: forum drama, fan pages on geocities, fan fiction (no, you can’t read it), conventions, star-struck pictures with the cast, etc. Since then I tend to fan responsibly and from a distance. The downside is that I’m a fan of just about everything a little bit.

Q: Kirk or Picard?
A: Malcolm Reynolds. Seriously though, probably Picard.

Q: Did you like Serenity?
A: Shut the fuck up, wash is still alive.

Q: Favorite Doctor and Companion.
A: Nine is criminally underrated IMHO. Martha is probably my favorite companion.

Q: Moffat or RTD?
A: RTD all the way. He had goofy aliens, but solid character driven drama and good continuity. Don’t even get me started on Moffat.

Q: What do you think about Star Wars prequels?
A: What prequels? They only ever made 3 Star Wars movies.

Q: How about Matrix sequels?
A: What? There were never any sequels.

Q: Did you like the Star Trek movie reboot?
A: No (with a lens flare).

Q: What do you think about Marvel Cinematic Universe?
A: Best thing that happened in Hollywood in years. I just wish they could get Spider-Man license back from Sony so that he could be in the upcoming Avengers movies.

Q: Who is your web host?
A: Linode. They are amazing. You should use them too.

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