Óscar Pereira

Lost in 日本-country! Programmer, professional paranoid, clever playfulness enthusiast (computers and beyond!). An engineer by training, who actually believes that «there is nothing so practical as a good theory».1

↪ To see how to get in touch with me, read this.

For further information, please see my Curriculum Vitæ. There is also a GitHub account, but other attempts to find me on so-called “social media” are futile. And since we are on that subject…

Businesses that make money by collecting and selling detailed records of private lives were once plainly described as “surveillance companies.” Their rebranding as “social media” is the most successful deception since the Department of War became the Department of Defense. —Edward Snowden2

On the purpose of “homepages”…

Here’s what my undergrad advisor thought personal webpages were good for, back in his undergrad days (late 90s):

It seems that nowadays everyone has the obligation to clutter servers [sic] disk space and waste other people’s bandwidth with useless junk. Well, this is my contribution. You’re welcome.3

Depending on your perspective, that’s either very silly, or notoriously prescient. Have fun reading!4

  1. Professional paranoia: see here. “Clever playfulness” was one way to describe the original—rather than the posterior, “Hollywood-esque”—meaning of the word “hacker”. See here and here for details. It also applies beyond computers; e.g. in the words of Schneier, «Richard Feynman was a hacker; read any of his books.» For the «nothing so practical» quote, see Wikiquote.

  2. Twitter link. The irony of saying such a thing on Twitter is not lost on me; but that does not diminish its truth.

  3. BSc advisor’s homepage, with the typically bad web design of the 90s.

  4. And should you still be in want for more “useless junk”, well here’s some more stuff.