about

Hello. My name is Byron. I am approximately 26 years old and I live in Athens, Greece. I’ll try to answer any questions I imagine you could have, but feel free to contact me for more info.


Personal:

I always liked fixing stuff. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” was never my moto. When I was younger, I liked automation and electronics – you can see some free-time projects here (it’s in Greek) – and I was good at setting up PC rigs and maintaining them. I was also good at finding information. When I finished high school, University was the next natural step. I chose to study at NTUA ECE school in Athens, since it was what I imagined as closest to “building robots and stuff”. Part of it turned out to be a lot more boring than I thought, so the chances of me finishing my studies there are being diminished by the second – sorry mom, a man’s gotta do what a man wants to do :P. I have a girlfriend, a cat and a dog. I speak Greek (native), English (quite fluently) and I can understand German – perhaps even communicate, if under extreme circumstances. There exists a paper stating I have a B1 certificate in German, but don’t believe it if you see it. I like music, precision driving, go-karting (if you just grinned, you are encouraged to contact me regarding the date and time you would like that grin wiped off your face), TV series and movies – preferably at the theater, but home is good enough. My desktop has 3 screens. They used to be enough.


Work:

My “professional” life caught me doing what I was quite good at, at the time (around late 2011): Home and small-business hardware and network infrastructure setup and maintenance. Later on I was by chance called in to assist in a hacked-website situation, where the “client” was an animal welfare organization called Stray Life, and that’s when I got my first taste of web development.

I gained some experience with Joomla, and took on a few Joomla web projects in the following months. About a year later (around March 2013) I started working for Terrabook, as a full stack web developer and IT administrator (that’s a very professional-sounding title for “the go-to person about everything pc-related”), and that’s when I moved from Joomla to WordPress. Since Terrabook was a startup-like effort, I had the chance to get my hands dirty with a wide variety of interesting stuff (server setup, CRMs, VoIP PBXs, automation). In the following months I completed a few freelance projects using WordPress.

Having dived into the web-world I started missing my old loves (electronics/automation), so then came Alyseum, a manufacturer of electronic musical instrument equipment (mostly midi devices), who found me through a freelancer.com profile I had setup while playing around. Willi (the founder of Alyseum) and I have been collaborating on some of his products since then. He designs the hardware and I program the microcontrollers that implement the functionality (I will hopefully convince him to let me in on the HW part also, someday).

I also help in the setup and maintenance of the technical infrastructure of the N.T.U.A Academic Open Courses initiative. Web servers (nginx, apache), application servers (tomcat), media servers (wowza), cmss (drupal, wp), live/vod media streaming (from everywhere (IP cameras, desktops, e.t.c.) to media servers, from media servers to everywhere – youtube included), web automation scripts (ruby). That came up due to my experience from voluntarily recording course lectures during my studies at N.T.U.A., so they could be available online, for students unable to participate, or for reviewing when studying (oh and this project (Greek again) was also a side effect of the lecture-recordings effort).

I’ve also worked on a rather big Drupal project, for about a year, starting in the summer of 2015, in a startup I can tell you no more about (007 stuff). At the end of 2015 I was chosen by the team behind HopIn, to work with them in developing their awesome concept/product. Lastly, I’ve been working as a software/hardware engineer at Artime, since mid-2016.


Work in keywords:

Setup, administration/management of:

  • VPSs (Debian-based distributions with a preference to Ubuntu LTS, Windows Server)
  • CMSs (Joomla, WordPress, Drupal) and phpBB
  • Server management tools (IspConfig, ZPanel, Webmin)
  • Web Servers (NGINX, Apache, IIS)
  • Email Servers (dovecot, postfix)
  • VoIP PBXs (Asterisk*, FreePBX, PIAF)
  • CRMs (Vtiger, SugarCRM, SuiteCRM)
  • Media Servers (wowza)
  • Customizations/Integrations (you name it)

Coding in:

  • Ruby (mechanize/nokogiri web parsers)
  • C (AVR ATmega chips)
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Javascript
  • PHP
  • SQL

Basic usage of Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator/Premiere Sony Vegas and any other piece of software needed to get the job done.

All sorts of technical work/support (Office door remote opening mechanism? Sure, why not. If it increases efficiency, I like it.)

 

Have an interesting project/task in mind, or even better, a problem that needs a solution? Get in touch.

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