Juli Mallett

FreeBSD

I am doing work related to FreeBSD on MIPS, specifically Cavium Octeon, in -CURRENT. I also like to send people patches privately for various networking-related things, and occasionally contribute to discussion on -net@.

Feel free to thank me for my work on FreeBSD by complicating my income tax filings! You can send BTC to this address: 1E1SvPeCUZ3KfeqtVNMTgchLuMS58VmszG.

Life

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I currently work full-time as a consultant. I am studying for a graduate degree. I have regular volunteer commitments. My ability to work on open source projects is pretty constrained these days, and mostly either coincides with work, or coincides with a period of taking some time away from work. My apologies if you attempt to contact me and I do not respond.

Non-Projects

Sometimes I throw together little tools or modify others' tools to suit my own needs. You're probably interested in them. (At least, I can't imagine why else you might actually be reading this.)

Projects

I have released a WAN optimization proxy which does dictionary compression (also called "deduplication" in the storage industry) under the name WANProxy. It is available under a BSD license. It is relatively stable and supports a number of platforms.

I do love to tinker, and used to maintain a list of little projects I'd worked on recently here, and longer-term research interests, but it's difficult to keep up with it, and it didn't seem to interest anyone much other than me.

Resume

I enjoy and am very experienced with building out software platforms from the ground up. I prefer to take broad direction or a big-picture idea and go from there to developing a solution that provides a foundation and infrastructure for future big ideas. This has taken the form of things like event systems, build systems, board support packages, lots of new network protocols, highly-scriptable proxy software, etc. I find it more useful to say that than to point to a resume when at this point I've spent several years working as a consultant and originated more new projects than I can begin to enumerate. I love to guide and enable innovation.

That said, I do make a version of my resume available here. It is never as clear, relevant or up-to-date as I would like; it's probably best to talk to me about what you're looking for if you think you might need my skills. I am always happy to refer to more appropriate candidates when personally-approached.

Impossible Algorithms

I'm interested in collecting a list of algorithms which can't exist, but might sound like they could. Algorithms which would make you rich beyond reason if you could discover them, but which you know violate basic axioms. You know, the kind of things Hollywood might presume to exist.

Various Affinities and Hobbies

I enjoy spending time with my goats, ducks, chickens and peacocks. I am of rather more mixed feelings about spending time with my bees, but they're great all the same. I like planting fruit and nut trees.

I enjoy living in the Pacific Northwest, but miss living in Polynesia. I'll take the Pacific Rim over total disconnection from the Pacific Ocean.

Keeping with locale for the moment: I have spent a small amount of time in Siberia and Mongolia and would greatly love to return to both for a more extended period some time. I've been studying Mongolian with varying degrees of dedication and focus for a few years now.

I like languages and writing systems, but it's hard to learn them without immersion, at least for me. I spent weeks trying fruitlessly to learn Cyrillic before taking part in the Mongol Rally, and then months later when I was in Ukraine it was something I picked up within a few days. I adore Hangul and wish I had the opportunity to learn it better. In studying Mongolian, I've learned some to read Mongol Bichig (the Mongolian vertical script; contemporary not classical, where possible), but without a period of immersion or regular practice, I don't keep up my skills.

I like dessert wines, Indian-Chinese food, Italo Disco, the Episcopal Church, Orthodox sacramental theology, Aikido and Jungian psychoanalysis.

I have tattoos and piercings and have often dyed my hair unnatural colors.

When I make the time for it, I enjoy doing many things: kayaking, cooking, glasswork, hiking, film photography, making electronic music, motorcycling, etc. I am a little bit of a Pacific Northwest stereotype. "Which one?" is an interesting question, though.

Contact

Feel free to email me jmallett@FreeBSD.org. I get a ton of spam and non-spam mail, but try to respond to messages sent to me.

Remembering

I wish to remember Alan Eldridge, who died in 2003. He and I had been talking about the dire job situation just before his death, and I got a great job very shortly after. I wanted so badly to tell him how much better the market was getting, and that there was still hope, and I couldn't. Many have mentioned his love of Warren Zevon, and when I (however infrequently) hear a Warren Zevon song, I still think of him.

I wish also to remember Cameron Grant, who died in 2005. He was a great friend, and I still miss him acutely. In 2007, I had the pleasure of meeting his father, and my partner and I bought a car that had been his to do the Mongol Rally. The trip was in many ways a chance to reflect on Cameron's passing, and to try to do some good things in his memory, and to have fun in his spirit. His impact on my life was major; in the short time we knew eachother, he greatly helped me in coming to terms with myself and the difficulties of life and other people. He was a truly charming man.

I wish also to remember Andy Purshottam, who died in 2007. His presence was always strange and awkward, delightful and unexpected. He regularly shared his thoughts with friends via email, and I was always pleased to find a new one greeting me in my inbox, with far-flung links and thoughts on technology. He moved with a gentle self-assuredness and had a fierce inability to deal with people who were there to waste his time. He despised fools and corruption, and was always glad to explain himself. His emails stopped, and I was informed that he had died, unexpectedly and sadly. I find myself wanting to share thoughts and links with him, and struggle to remind myself that he is no longer there.

I remember also Robert Mallett, my grandfather, who died in 2013. He was an engineer and an avid Unix fan, and had no small influence on my own passion about computers and technology, and the shape of my career. There is too much to say about him personally, but in this list in particular it seems like I must say that he was always curious, and encouraged me to be as well; he imbued me with a love of science, math and experimentation. As my great engagement with Unix really flourished, he gave me use of piles and piles of old Sun and SGI equipment, and would remind me how to get out of vi(1) when I got stuck. He was so much more than that to me, of course; I grew up very close to him. I've always hoped to please and impress him with my career and my work, and I think it important to say to those who value my technical output that I could not possibly have done any of it without him.

I wish to remember Alex Botero-Lowry, who died in 2012. We had been friends since the late 1990s, but never quite managed to meet up, always barely passing each other in space. We met and bonded around a shared obsession and fascination with computers of a certain era, the hopeful and expansive aesthetic that permeated the late '80s and early '90s, an era which was clearly formative for us both. Being able to share that imagination and enthusiasm for technology with someone was very important to me. As we grew up, we shared our struggles and the many changes in our lives with each other. He was always bright, energetic, sweet and reflective. It pains me to know that we will not manage to meet up some day in San Francisco or Portland after all, and the future seems a little bleaker for its lack of him.

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