Óscar Pereira


I have since caught up with my sleep­ing schedule!

Pro­gram­mer, pro­fes­sional para­noid, and fol­lower of the “clever play­ful­ness” zen (com­puters and bey­ond). Form­ally an engin­eer, still try­ing to get over it. Often goes by the handle of gau­thma. It some­times morphs into this: ओस्चर् पेरेइर (if you see gib­ber­ish instead of nice Sanskrit char­ac­ters, you need to fix your browser/ sys­tem to sup­port UTF-8). If you can see it, but think the font is ugly, here’s the same thing writ­ten with a pret­tier one!

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Pre­ferred method is email to oscar at my domain dot org. Response time “tends to be an expo­nen­tial func­tion of mes­sage length”. (in the words quoted by Frank Stajano).

Caveat Lector #1: Unless there is a pre­vi­ous arrange­ment, I will not read attach­ments in pro­pri­et­ary formats, viz. MS Word and the ilk, and here is why. Also, HTML mail will usu­ally end up in the spam bin—not oft-inspected.

Caveat Lector #2: I use GnuPG to encrypt and sign email mes­sages I send, and I really encour­age you to do the same—not only for the import­ant stuff, but also for the rest (but do note that the sub­ject will not be encryp­ted!). There is secur­ity in large num­bers. If your mail cli­ent makes this difficult—or impossible—I sug­gest you con­sider switch­ing to Mutt. Details about my PGP keys are provided here.


I have more than my fair share of gripes with Amazon, but on a prac­tical level, some things just can’t be done without them. Things like a wish list. If you think the work I do is worth enough, please con­sider tak­ing a look at it.

And because people always ask: what about that long domain name?

It comes from the end of Ben Pimlott’s intro­duc­tion to George Orwell’s Nine­teen Eighty Four (emphasis mine):

Nine­teen Eighty-Four is a great novel and a great tract because of the clar­ity of its call, and will endure because its mes­sage is a per­man­ent one: erro­neous thought is the stuff of free­dom.

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