Heyo, I'm Alex Jordan, also known as AJ. I'm 17, live in Washington, and cofounded Nightlight Web with my buddy Jackson. Love that guy.

Q: Shut up about yourself, do you have anything interesting to show me?

A: Yes! Take a look at the projects page.

Note: this section is specifically aimed towards those of you who will think about accusing me of not having real content, and will make a remark about retiring to Aruba tomorrow with a bevy of supermodels.

Passions of mine

I freaking love code. I'm actually really good at theoretical programming (a term I have made up for this page), meaning I just know a ton of random useful stuff, mostly from Wikipedia, FreeDesktop, and the GNOME Wiki. Like, I know about GObject Introspection, and ioctl()s, and the difference between the W3C and the WHATWG, and why you should use git, and a bunch of other things ranging from pretty dang useful to semi-useful all the way down to fascinating and useless. I'm not extremely good at practical code-writing, but I'm working on it.

On this page, I used to say that I'm a passionate Mozillian. I still consider myself a Mozillian, and occasionally flit into SUMO and Live Chat and help people, but I'm more interested in other things now, primarily GNU, operating system design (for example, Plan 9 from Bell Labs and the Mach kernel), and system administration.

I'm a vocal supporter of digital freedom. I'm strongly opposed to things like SOPA, DRM, and Restricted Boot. I'm also a proud GNU, *nix, and free and libre software heretic.

Stuff I want to learn

Like I said, I love code. So here's an incomplete, unorganized list of technologies that I want to learn:

...and also some technologies that I'm vaguely interested in learning:

...and also some technologies that I've learned to varying degrees but want to learn more of:


I run a server called steevie. steevie is supposed to be a traditional UNIX server, which isn't really relevant anymore - now that you can run Xorg on a laptop without swapping - but still fun. He has a longish history of installations, but he currently runs Debian Wheezy.