I’m Alex Elman. The first time I was on the Internet was in 1995. What a time to be alive. There was this service that helped you get online. Let’s call them America Online. It was such a horrible experience that I nearly quit the Internet forever. I had to write a letter of apology in order to have my service reinstated… on several occasions. I found a boutique ISP in my hometown and begged my parents for proper dial-up service.

My buddies and I all had our own computers in junior high. We should not have had computers in junior high.

In high school my best friend and I started a web design firm. We were a scrappy outfit and offered services that utilized bleeding edge technologies such as Flash and CSS. Also, a word of advice: never promise clients a year of maintenance work heading into your first year of college.

I graduated from Purdue University with concentrations in Nuclear Engineering and Computer Engineering. An internship brought me to Austin, Texas and I couldn’t bring myself to leave.

This is Nikola

Professionally, I work on server automation and site reliability for a well-established dot-com. In my personal life I indulge in food, music, rock climbing, travelling, and street art.

I have this candle adorned with the enigmatic visage of Nikola Tesla on my desk. It serves as a reminder that without him, we would need a lot more candles. It also reminds me that we stand on the shoulders of giants. I acknowledge that my personal accomplishments are built upon the brilliant work of countless other people.

Some of my flaws

  • I want to write a novel.
  • I use my browser’s location bar for spell checking. Constantly.
  • I’m hopelessly optimistic yet incredibly cynical.
  • Jaywalking
  • I sometimes miss the 90s.