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My name's Rob Landley. I'm a geek.

Most people who come to my website are interested in downloading code I've written, reading things I've written, checking my blog, or emailing me. All of that's in the menu bar on the left.

I'm currently living in Austin, Texas (on and off since 1996).

My wife's name is Fade and she has her own website. We got married at Penguicon 2007. Fade's boss Steve Jackson officiated, and Eric Raymond was best man. (The wedding fit into a 1 hour panel slot and was moved once so as not to conflict with an Elizabeth Bear panel Fade wanted to attend, and a Charlie Stross panel Steve wanted to attend. Yes, we're all that geeky.)

I do Linux systems and embedded software. I wrote a largeish chunk of BusyBox in the 1.0-pre3 to 1.2.2 timeframe, and was even the project's maintainer for a while, but work on Toybox and Aboriginal Linux instead these days. I've been programming for fun since shortly before I turned 11, and although I've been paid for it on a somewhat regular basis for the past few years I still consider it a hobby that's gotten a bit out of hand.

Currently, I'm trying to launch an embedded Linux company based on things like Aboriginal Linux. I've done a lot of random consulting to pay the bills, but I'd like to be able to work for myself without losing money doing it.

Another hobby I've gotten paid for is writing. Some of it's linux-related, and some is totally unrelated (such as the stock market investment column I wrote for The Motley Fool from 1998-2000). Links to most of it can be found in the writing section. I've been researching a book on computer history for years, and some day I actually may get around to writing it.

Yet another hobby I've gotten paid for is teaching, back when I was adjunct faculty at Austin Community College for a couple years (mostly introductory level computer science night courses). If I ever manage to get a master's degree (ha) I may swap hobbies and turn that one into my day job. I've presented panels at various conventions and conferences (LinuxWorld Expo, CELF, Ottawa Linux Symposium, Flourish, Ohio Linuxfest...)

Another hobby (which generally winds up costing me money) is founding conventions. Penguicon which I co-founded with Tracy Worcester is still going strong (although my involvement in organizing it ended at year five in 2007), but Linucon petered out after a couple years. (I handed it off after year one, greatly reduced my involvement in it for year two, and moved to Pennsylvania for what would have been year three.)

Here is my PGP key, which should also still be on www.keyserver.net.

I drink a lot of tea. I used to drink it growing up, and got back into it thanks to british people who wrote about how to make it properly. (Ok, some of them go a bit far, but they mean well.) The water needs to be boiling, not boiled. This turns out to be the important bit.

I tend to use eight lipton teabags (or two "family size" bags) per gallon of water, and then either one bag of stash "double bergamot" earl grey tea, two bags of Stash "black chai" tea. I also make a lot of mango tea, where I replace half the lipton tea with four bags of Trader Joe's "mango black tea". (Most black teas you can let steep as long as you like; it may go orange and shade towards "builder's tea" but that's fine if it's strong enough. The mango is delicate, you have to take it out after 15-30 minutes, or it starts tasting over-ripe. It's worth it, though.)

I put milk in my tea. About 1/3 milk, 2/3 tea. And I drink it cold. (I believe I've now horrified both sides of the atlantic, but it's what I like.) I used to use a cup of sugar per gallon of tea, but now I use splenda instead. (There used to be these marvelous "splenda quick pack" bags that were equivalent to one cup of sugar, which were incredibly stupidly marketed and which I stocked up on when they stopped selling them. It's a little over 30 of the normal bags otherwise.)

There's still a lot of info in my old index page that I need to port over, but that's probably enough for now.