Bobby Powers Linux, Go, coffee, system dynamics
I’m a first-year grad student in the PLASMA Lab at UMass Amherst, advised by Emery Berger. Before this, I was most recently a software architect at SocialCode where I worked on developing scalable, maintainable backend systems.
libsd - System Dynamics simulation engine in C.
seshcookie - http sessions stored in encrypted cookies for Go.
psm - a Linux utility for RAM and swap reporting.
cnote - a music indexing service written in C that exposes a REST API.
btscale - reverse-engineered JS API to the Acaia scale.
slackfs - FUSE filesystem to interact with Slack, along with tmux-based UI.
I use and support free software, having contributed to a variety of projects over the years - mostly to address issues that I’ve encountered. I like to leave things better than how I found them.
I’ve authored a number of small changes, addressing issues in HTTP headers (235bd4eb543e), JSON support (233ff5d46b3d), gob (7f39a0541e03), and the build system (5a1c75805f59, 4f0d27dab290, 7d0f321ea87c), along with a nice little performance hack in the time package (d9e4f47ae341).
Once upon a time I was an intern with (and subsequently a community member of) OLPC. I helped with some bugs that had cropped up, worked on a (sadly unfinished) activity named Model to enable students to do system dynamics modeling on the XOs, and rewriting the boot animation in C, speeding up boot time by 12 seconds.
I’m currently working on a web-based editor for SD models, with a focus on usability and design: