My interest in computers started when I took an HTML/QBASIC class in 8th grade, although I’d have to admit, most of that time was probably spent playing SimAnt on the side. From there my interests grew more towards software development, and a few years later, I began getting into Xbox and Halo 2 hacking which introduced me to hex editing and programming in x86 assembly. Starting with these gave me a very good knowledge of data types and low level CPU architecture which I still find very interesting. I also own a couple hard-copy volumes of the Intel reference manuals, which they used to ship to you free of charge. Shortly after, I moved on to other higher-level programming languages like C/C++, Java, and C#.NET, and even took a few college courses to prove myself worthy in those subjects for that useless piece of paper I’ll eventually receive after graduation.

My main technical interests include software development and optimization in x86 assembly or C-based languages, although currently I prefer to use C#.NET for anything I can due to its obvious ease of use and comparable performance with other native alternatives. Over the past year or so I’ve also taken a strong interest developing with ASP.NET and MSSQL for the web, and have working knowledge of other web technologies such as HTML, CSS, XML, Javascript, AJAX, Classic ASP, PHP, and MySql. Not only do I enjoy developing software, I think I enjoy reverse engineering it just as much. I tend to think outside of the box, and I believe that this is a fairly important trait to have when developing your software securely.

Currently, I’m a 24 year old computer science student at Loyola University in Chicago. I also work full time at a communications company as a software developer and do the occasional network administration and tech support stuff there on the side as well. The rest of my free time is spent either doing homework, researching new things, working on one of my many personal projects, hanging out with friends, playing video games, or just relaxing at home watching the History Channel.

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