About Alexander

Bio

  • Name: Alexander Williams (a-double-u)
  • Origin: Montreal, Canada
  • Location: Kamakura, Japan (near Tokyo)
  • Age: 35
  • Langs: French (native), English (native), Japanese (N3), Spanish (beginner), Korean (beginner)
  • Job: Entrepreneur, Engineer
  • Open Source: Yes! GitHub
  • Favourite Pen: Zebra FD-502
  • Favourite Paper: L!FE Noble Note
  • Favourite Phone: Fujitsu F-09C
  • Goal: ENJOY LIFE

The present

In early 2012, my best friend (Patrice LaFlamme) and I created our own company (Unscramble) in Tokyo, Japan - in order to self-sponsour our visas.

In 2013, we built a SaaS platform and service (Jidoteki) for creating virtual appliances from scratch, which helps companies put their SaaS apps on-premises.

In 2014, we obtained small seed funding from OnLab, but have remained self-funded since then.

In 2016, we converted Jidoteki into Jidoteki Meta, an on-premises virtual appliance for building virtual appliances.

I'm currently not looking for work, but always open to discuss new and interesting opportunities, particularly related to scalability, motorsports, and/or IoT.

Skills assessment:


  • Programming & databases:
    PicoLisp, Ruby
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    SQLite, MySQL, Redis
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    Ansible, Shell/Bash, Lua
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    CoffeeScript, JavaScript
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    C, Perl
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  • Systems & networking:
    Linux, BSD, OS X
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    KVM, Xen, VMware, VBox
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    Git, Nginx, HAProxy, Keepalived
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    IPv6, IPTables, DNS, VLANs
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    iSCSI, FCoE, AoE, NFS
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    Mosquitto, RabbitMQ, Nanomsg
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    AWS, Docker
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  • Hardware:
    Servers, switches, RAID, appliances
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    Datacenter racks, security, cabling
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    Arduino, RPi, MCU, sensors
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    Digital logic, Electronic circuits
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    FPGA, Verilog
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Life

As an athlete, I’m rather versatile in a number of sports. My favorites are: running (5k to 10k), american football, basketball, snowboarding, hockey, soccer, and motorcycle racing.

Like most people, I love traveling, and was lucky to have spent considerable amount of time all over the USA and Canada (east and west coasts), Jamaica, Spain, London UK, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Philippines.

I extensively use multiple library cards and museum memberships, so if I'm nowhere to be found, you should look there first.

Obsessions

I have a tendency to dart into a shop which caters to one of my obsessions. It's nearly impossible to walk past without going inside “just to see”:

  • Vinyl records
  • Stationery
  • Used books
  • G-Shock watches

The past

The last ~17 years (since Jan 2000) have been spent working in the IT industry as an R&D systems architecture specialist, system/network administrator, freelance web developer, technical/customer support guru, and IT consultant.

Previous employers:

I’ve written and self-published a free Web Scaling eBook, and frequently write for the Unscramble Engineering Blog.