Hello! My name is Alexander Nicholi. I was born Marshall Alexander Rose on March 6th, 1998 in Fort Sill, Oklahoma to parents native to Princeton, West Virginia. My mother was an active duty Army machinist when she had me, and is now a factory worker. My father is a musician and private tutor of guitar and piano. My paternal grandfather was among the last conventional labouring coal miners in West Virginia, and my maternal grandfather was a truck stop serviceman. I descend from a long line of poor, old stock Scotch-Irish Appalachian yeomen, who probably came to Virginia (as it were) under indenture to work plantations. I also have trace Melungeon ancestry, and am a sickle cell carrier.
As a child I was enamored with computers. I had countless old machines from thrift shops running various versions of Windows, and as I grew older I learned to use Linux over secure shell. I taught myself a great deal of programming technique, and by age 17 I was doing baremetal programming in C and assembly for the Game Boy Advance. This set the stage for my later research work concerning sustainable computing and the creation of C*, a programming language.
On December 7th,
1941, a day which will live on in infamy, 2017, I wed my husband from Indonesia, a former San Franciscan international student and the son of a Jakartan advertising magnate. He later attended college together with me and has had a presence in many of my business endeavours from the start, including ARQADIUM, which I started with him shortly after we met.
Most recently, I have gained employment at a presently-undisclosed Canadian startup, where I do low-level software engineering work on cloud infrastructure. Some day I hope we progress enough that I see it right to make public my role in the company, but until then it is not. You will see when the time is right.
A practical lesson learned from the decay of IRC networks.
Is it really the end of monopoly and tyranny, or something else altogether?
The code we write is increasingly dependent on the infrastructure that only exists in “the cloud”.
Software has steadily been getting worse. Here’s what it looks like and why.
The difficulty of motivating my fundamental research with sustainable computing.
A new paradigm for scalably sustainable systems programming.
A thorough benchmark comparison of GZip, BZip2, LZMA/2, LZ4 and LZO algorithms.
An essay to assert what I have learned from my research about the fundamental nature of computers.
My experiences with novel issues in Golang, and a failed attempt at applying Scala.
A criticism of the state of modern computing, and a prescription for a return to problem solving.
His name was Jan Sloot, his system was called the Sloot Digital Coding System, and I believe I have independently rediscovered what he created, under the name OAM.
A closer examination of how the authors of programming languages foster unbalanced relationships with their users.
Originally conceptualised by Dan Garfield. Paraphrased and reformatted here.
A case study in the relationship of performance and memory management, and risks posed to the scientific method in computing.
I don’t see a path out of here without somebody else coming along and giving a damn too.
As every great friendship of mine begins, ours started with a great bounty of mutual candidness.
I was so captivated by it all that it has become the greatest story I was ever told.
A good understanding about the severity of the crisis need not beckon existential dread.
There is a primordial field of reeds, in an endless expanse of unforgiving desert and dust.
A collection from Twitter to characterise NiceRx before it is inevitably mischaracterised by others.
…the belief that power is not only mutable, but also a static property of those who have it and those who do not…
The Western white collar working world finds itself very occupied with human equity at the office, often in an intersectional sense. What’s the point?
One of the steps we are to take in pursuit of Universal Unification, showing we are more similar than different to the world around us.