I was born in the 80s in St. Petersburg, Russia, back then known as Leningrad, USSR. At the age of three, I fled the now former Soviet Union with my family and took refuge in Italy. After spending nearly a year in Italy, my family moved to California in 1989 and I have been living in the San Francisco bay area since.
I am a software engineer and have a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from UC Santa Cruz.
Since the age of five, when my father brought home the first personal computer I had seen, a 386 running DOS, I have been interested in computers.
When I was nine, a Macintosh IIfx was brought home and I began using Macs for about seven years.
I discovered Linux back when I was in 6th grade, but I did not begin using it until I installed it on my Mac when I was a freshman in highschool. I had always been fascinated by other operating systems such as BeOS and interested in tweaking my system. Using Linux allowed me to work with my computer on a lower level than systems such as MacOS or Windows would allow and it is free.
Although I had taught myself C in middle school, I did not know the programming language very well until I began my involvement with the free software community. Throughout highschool, I worked on many personal projects ranging from games to a Hotline client. It was during my sophomore year of highschool when I joined the Debian project's development team.
My last major project, thinksynth, was a modular software DSP engine used as sound synthesizer which I co-authored with my friend Leif Ames.
If you're interested in my resume, please email me and I will gladly provide a copy!