Hello! I’m Jashank.

Computer Creature

I’m a programmer and sysadmin, with fifteen years’ experience under my belt.

I’ve spent most of my life around computers — I first started using computers when I was about 8 months old — and I spend my days as a “computer creature”.

I use FreeBSD (from 4.5 onwards) and Arch Linux on a daily basis. I’ve also had experience with Mac OS X, OpenBSD, NetBSD, Sun Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris, Debian Linux, Fedora Linux, AmigaDOS, and Windows (including Windows Server).

I’m a proficient sysadmin on most flavours of *nix; my preference is for BSDs, especially FreeBSD, but I can work with System V-derived systems (Linux, Solaris). I also have a basic grasp of Windows administration, though I nearly never use it.

I program, too, in a wide variety of languages. Ruby, Rust, Zsh, Emacs-Lisp, and C are my most used and comfortable programming languages, but I have a working knowledge of, in no particular order, C, C++, Objective-C, Java, JavaScript, Scheme, Haskell, Mathematica, XQuery, XSLT, XSL-FO, SQL (as spoken by PostgreSQL, MariaDB and SQLite), PHP, TeX, LaTeX, and troff.

I wouldn’t go so far as to call HTML, CSS and DocBook XML real programming languages, but I’m proficient in them, too, as I am in Markdown, LESS, and Sass/SCSS, and with BSD and GNU Makefiles.

Content Creation and Presentation

One of my strong suits is designing and presenting content, both on paper and online. Along the way, I picked up some skills at creating content too.

Graphic design and typography has long been one of my major hobbies. I first started experimenting with LyX in 2006, and my interest in graphic design grew from there.

I’m a competent TeX (yes, plain TeX) and proficient LaTeX user. I’ve had experience with Adobe’s graphics and page design tools — notably InDesign and Illustrator — as well as free solutions like Scribus and Inkscape. I’ve also used, in the past, troff and XSL-FO, but I’m much less proficient with them.


While many of my friends seem to question this, I’m human, although I have eclectic taste.

When I’m not at my workstation, I also experiment with photography, cooking, and music production. I’m also an amateur stage and voice actor as well as a production technician and stage manager.

I consume a few books a week as part of a staple diet; mainly classic SF and fantasy, especially Isobelle Carmody, Terry Pratchett, Anne McCaffrey. I also read lots of scientific or technical reference materials, and occasional scientific journals.

I also consume a fair amount of music, mostly (these days) via Google Play Music. Artists on common rotation through my headphones include Aphex Twin, Bonobo, Caravan Palace, Daft Punk, Emancipator, the Field, Floating Points, Flying Lotus, Four Tet, Goldfrapp, Hiatus, Jean-Michel Jarre, Jeremy Blake, Professor Kliq, Massive Attack, The Cinematic Orchestra, Pantha du Prince, Röyksopp, Snarky Puppy, Tim Shiel, Trentemøller, Uyama Hiroto, Vitalic, Willaris.K… and many, many others. “Modern”, “pop” mainstream music annoys me immensely.

I enjoy assorted television, including Doctor Who (‘63–’89 and ‘05–, and the noncanon Whoniverse), Monty Python, Firefly, Castle, The Mentalist, House, Bones, Fringe, Torchwood.

I’m not a movie buff, by any measure. I’ve enjoyed Blade Runner (the Director’s and Final Cuts), 2001: A Space Odyssey, Metropolis, The Martian, and Serenity. There’s evidently a science-fiction bent going on there.

Once upon a time, I also had a black-belt in tae-kwon-do, though I’ve not actively used it in years.