Hello. I’m phraxoid and this is my personal website devtty.io, where I write about my projects and interests: computers, information security, radio controlled aircraft, amateur radio and electronics. On this page you can find out more about me and how to get in touch.

Interests

My main interest both professionally and recreationally is information technology. Previously I have been concerned with software development, system administration and network engineering. Currently I’m interested in information security; in particular offensive security techniques and capture the flag (CTF) challenges. Occasionally I publish my projects to GitHub. I’m also a big fan of retro computing, especially the Commodore Amiga systems.

I also enjoy building and flying remote controlled model aircraft. This is something I’ve been interested in since the late 1990s and I find is a great way to spend some time outside away from the computer screens. Having recently been through a ‘drone phase’, I’ve gone back to flying first person view (FPV) fixed wing R/C aeroplanes. My main aircraft at the moment is a custom built Skywalker 1900 with 5.8GHz FPV and GPS autopilot.

In the last few years I’ve become interested in amateur radio (or ‘ham’ radio) - initially as a result of wanting to learn more about how the radio systems in my R/C planes worked. I hold a full RSGB Advanced Licence. I’m primarily active on the HF bands using digimodes such as FT8 and PSK.

When the weather isn’t conducive to model flying or ham radio I like the odd bit of video gaming. I usually play multiplayer FPSs, indie roguelikes and simulation games like Civilization or the excellent Kerbal Space Program. You might find me online playing the Battlefield series, having been active in multiplayer since the original Battlefield 1942.

Sitting at computers all day and night, I get through listening to a lot of music. I enjoy listening to ambient, chillout and triphop music by artists like Suduaya, Ott, Tripswitch, and Solar Fields. I’m also a fan of demoscene and chiptune music. You can find me on scenemusic.net. Electronic music production is interesting to me - I’ve owned synths and sequencers in the past - but sadly I’m just not very good at it! I curate electronica and demoscene playlists on YouTube with some of my favourite tracks.

Boxen

With the pervasiveness of virtualisation and cloud computing I don’t have as many computers as I used to, but somehow one is just never enough. At the moment I’m using a water-cooled 4.4GHz Xeon hex-core system as my main PC and a Dell XPS laptop when mobile. I also have some vintage machines, including an Amiga A600, a heavily modified Amiga A1200 and a Pentium 3 retro gaming machine.

Website

For a long time, I was a proponent of WordPress as a blogging platform, but have more recently I’ve started to prefer static website generators. I’m currently using the Hexo framework for this site. In exchange for a little convenience and functionality, a static site is faster and more secure.

Contact

I’m always happy to hear from visitors so feel free to get in touch with any questions, feedback or ideas. My preferred method of contact is through Twitter, but you can also email me. I try to respond to all messages, but please be patient as it might take a few days before I even get to read your message! Direct your emails to phraxoid [.at.] devtty.io.

If you wish to use PGP/GPG, my key ID is 0xCA2A8BC1 and can be downloaded from any major keyserver such as pgp.mit.edu. I am registered as phraxoid on Keybase.io.

Additionally, I can sometimes be found on the Freenode IRC network as phraxoid.