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Kristof Kovacs
Software Architect & Devops Consultant

Hello, Iā€™m Kristof, a human being like you, and an easy to work with, friendly guy.

I've been a programmer, a consultant, CIO in startups, head of software development in government, and built two software companies.

Some days Iā€™m coding Golang in the guts of a system and other days I'm wearing a suit to help clients with their devops practices.

Well, since you asked... :-)

First of all, I'm a software architect. I've been programming computers since I was 7 years old ā€“ and I still find joy in it!

Some say you can learn all about a person from his environment; if that's so, you can look at all my personal dotfiles here. šŸ˜€

I've been practicing Iaido, the japanese art of samurai sword handling since 2014. The closest thing to an actual ninja that you can have on your team! šŸ„·

I'm an amateur GO player. I like that in this sport you sketch out strategies with a rough framework first, and then fill out with details progressively, in steps. Kind of like software...

I'm an aspiring haiku poet. I like things that are simple, small and effective. Interestingly, it often takes a surprising amount of effort to make something simpler ā€“ but it's usually worth it.

I got interested in financial markets and options trading when I was working on stock trading systems in Vienna during the dotcom era, and it's still one of my favorite industries to work for.

I try to find time to meditate every day. (This one is not going very well actually.) I believe that it's hard to grow if you don't have enough time to reflect on what you know and what you need to learn. Also, a little training in concentration is a big help in one's professional life. šŸ˜€

I used to compete in off-road navigation races with my brother. There I learned that an oblique approach works better against problems with too many unknowns, and that even the most elaborate plans often change!

And some more irrelevant things:

Myers-Briggs: INTJ, a rational.
AD&D alignment: Chaotic Good
Astrological sign: Cancer
Favourite cities: Budapest, Vienna, Bangkok, Istanbul, London
To do before I die: See my list
Printed magazines: Economist, 1843 Magazine
Smoke: The occasional hookah or cigar with friends
Drink: Socially, with friends. A lover of fine wines, especially Pinot Noir.
Spiritual practice: Mindfulness meditation
Favorite books: Neuromancer, Cryptonomicon, Ender's Game, The Mythical Man-Month
Favorite music: Thievery Corporation, US3, New Model Army
Favorite movies: Ronin, Hero, K-Pax
Favorite TV series: Stargate, House, M.D., Battlestar Galactica
Occupation: Software Architect and DevOps consultant. (CV)