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= Richard (Ricky) B. Elrod =
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I am a Linux enthusiast, who recently decided to find an already-active Open Source community to participate in. Because of that, I recently joined the Fedora Infrastructure Team. I'll talk a bit about that below, but so far I really enjoy it.
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= Ricky Elrod on the 'net =
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'''FAS''': [https://admin.fedoraproject.org/accounts/user/view/codeblock codeblock]<br />
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'''GPG''': [http://pgp.mit.edu:11371/pks/lookup?op=get&search=0x002710B0DAD3DF0E DAD3DF0E]<br />
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'''Freenode''' (nick: CodeBlock or relrod): #fedora-admin, #fedora-noc, #fedora-apps, #fedora-fedmsg, and a bunch of others.<br />
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'''Internal/Red Hat''' (nick: relrod)<br />
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'''Slashnet''' (nick: CodeBlock): #uakroncs<br />
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'''Ham Radio''': [http://callook.info/n8sql N8SQL]<br />
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'''Email''': [mailto:codeblock@fedoraproject.org codeblock@fedoraproject.org]<br />
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'''Blog''': [http://blog.elrod.me/ http://blog.elrod.me/]<br />
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'''Github''': [https://www.github.com/codeblock https://www.github.com/codeblock]<br />
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'''Facebook''': [https://www.facebook.com/codeblock https://www.facebook.com/codeblock]<br />
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'''Google+''' (rarely used): [https://plus.google.com/106726601246881076299/ https://plus.google.com/106726601246881076299/]<br />
  
= My Life =
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= What I do within Fedora =
At some point I can probably just link to my portfolio, but right now it's a bit specific to the class that I had to develop it for. After I graduate High School (two weeks left, as of this writing), I will remove some of the class-specific elements of it, and link to it here.
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* (June 2010) - Sent intro email to infrastructure@lists.fedoraproject.org, started helping out wherever I could.
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* (January 2011) - Got funded to go to [[FUDCon:Tempe_2011]]. (Thank you, Fedora!)
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* (February 2011) - Was asked about and gladly accepted entrance into sysadmin-main, the core sysadmin group for the Fedora Project.
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* (June 2011) - Won the [[Scholarship | Fedora Scholarship]]. (Thank you, Fedora!)
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* (November 2011) - Started administrating the [[Scholarship | Fedora Scholarship]] since the previous winner has the opportunity to run the next year's scholarship.
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* (February 2012) - Became an intern at Red Hat  (Fedora Engineering Intern).
  
Basically, I have been using Linux for nearly 5 years now. Started out with Freespire, moved up to Ubuntu, then to Arch. Then I stopped for a while, and went a different direction: Into the world of the BSD's. I really liked FreeBSD for some time. The ports system was excellent, and the community was very helpful. However, there were some things that irked me a bit, and made me want to try something new.
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= What I do outside of Fedora (in FOSS) =
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* I do a lot of web development, usually in Rails or Play Framework + Scala.
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* I maintain a small number of [https://rubygems.org/profiles/6607 Ruby Gems].
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* I created (and very badly need to re-create in another language some day) [http://da.gd/ http://da.gd/] and the [https://github.com/CodeBlock/dagd "framework"] that powers it.
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* I sometimes contribute to [https://github.com/facebook/phabricator Facebook's Phabricator project] in my spare time.
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* I am trying to make the FOSS bridge between Software and Amateur Radio more obtainable to more people.
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* I love learning and playing with a lot of different programming languages.
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** Here is a small list of ones that I know: Ruby, Python, PHP, Perl, [http://iolanguage.com Io], Java, Scala
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** Here is a small list of ones that I want to try out/play with one day: [http://magpie-lang.org Magpie], [http://clojure.org/ Clojure] (and other lisps), [http://elixir-lang.org Elixir] (whose package I maintain in Fedora).
  
That's where Fedora comes in. After playing around with Fedora for some time, I decided that I'd like to give back to the community a bit. The Infrastructure Team was very accepting of me, and [[User:mmcgrath]] helped me get started. He gave me my first job, which is to create an automated script to make Fedorahosted projects and repos, as needed, by parsing out Trac tickets from a template. For the full concept, see the ticket here: http://fedorahosted.org/fedora-infrastructure/ticket/2131. This is still a work in progress.
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= Non-software things that I do =
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* I am a part-time student, currently at Stark State College.
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** I am the former Vice President for [http://www.w8upd.org/ W8UPD], The University of Akron's Amateur Radio Club.
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** I am the former Vice President for [http://acm.cs.uakron.edu ACM at UAkron].
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* I am a founding member of [http://synhak.org The SYN/HAK Hackerspace] in Akron, Ohio.
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* I am learning Guitar in my free time.
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* I am learning calligraphy in my free time.
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* I play the keyboard for fun. I'm not good at it.
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* I love animals.
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* I enjoy photography - I shoot Pentax.
  
I hold an amateur radio license, KB3LLM, though I am very rarely active on the bands anymore. As mentioned above, I graduate High School in two weeks, and plan on entering the University of Akron, to major in Computer Science.
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= Things that I find interesting and one-day would like to try, but currently know nothing about =
 
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* Airplane piloting.
I am active on IRC, on Freenode (irc.freenode.net) and a small network I help run, Ninthbit (irc.ninthbit.net). On both of them, I use the nick "CodeBlock". That is probably the best way to contact me, or via email, at codeblock@fedoraproject.org.
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* Astronomy.
 
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* Upgrading my Ham Radio license to 'Extra'.
= Thanks =
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And finally, I just want to say thanks to the Fedora Infrastructure Team for allowing me to be a part of it, and letting me help out. I have yet to see another Distro's infra team be so open to people helping.
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Revision as of 13:32, 7 March 2013

CodeBlock.jpg

Ricky Elrod on the 'net

FAS: codeblock
GPG: DAD3DF0E
Freenode (nick: CodeBlock or relrod): #fedora-admin, #fedora-noc, #fedora-apps, #fedora-fedmsg, and a bunch of others.
Internal/Red Hat (nick: relrod)
Slashnet (nick: CodeBlock): #uakroncs
Ham Radio: N8SQL
Email: codeblock@fedoraproject.org
Blog: http://blog.elrod.me/
Github: https://www.github.com/codeblock
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/codeblock
Google+ (rarely used): https://plus.google.com/106726601246881076299/

What I do within Fedora

  • (June 2010) - Sent intro email to infrastructure@lists.fedoraproject.org, started helping out wherever I could.
  • (January 2011) - Got funded to go to FUDCon:Tempe_2011. (Thank you, Fedora!)
  • (February 2011) - Was asked about and gladly accepted entrance into sysadmin-main, the core sysadmin group for the Fedora Project.
  • (June 2011) - Won the Fedora Scholarship. (Thank you, Fedora!)
  • (November 2011) - Started administrating the Fedora Scholarship since the previous winner has the opportunity to run the next year's scholarship.
  • (February 2012) - Became an intern at Red Hat (Fedora Engineering Intern).

What I do outside of Fedora (in FOSS)

  • I do a lot of web development, usually in Rails or Play Framework + Scala.
  • I maintain a small number of Ruby Gems.
  • I created (and very badly need to re-create in another language some day) http://da.gd/ and the "framework" that powers it.
  • I sometimes contribute to Facebook's Phabricator project in my spare time.
  • I am trying to make the FOSS bridge between Software and Amateur Radio more obtainable to more people.
  • I love learning and playing with a lot of different programming languages.
    • Here is a small list of ones that I know: Ruby, Python, PHP, Perl, Io, Java, Scala
    • Here is a small list of ones that I want to try out/play with one day: Magpie, Clojure (and other lisps), Elixir (whose package I maintain in Fedora).

Non-software things that I do

  • I am a part-time student, currently at Stark State College.
    • I am the former Vice President for W8UPD, The University of Akron's Amateur Radio Club.
    • I am the former Vice President for ACM at UAkron.
  • I am a founding member of The SYN/HAK Hackerspace in Akron, Ohio.
  • I am learning Guitar in my free time.
  • I am learning calligraphy in my free time.
  • I play the keyboard for fun. I'm not good at it.
  • I love animals.
  • I enjoy photography - I shoot Pentax.

Things that I find interesting and one-day would like to try, but currently know nothing about

  • Airplane piloting.
  • Astronomy.
  • Upgrading my Ham Radio license to 'Extra'.